Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bead and Button Show 2009

I had the good fortune to attend the 2009 Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee for a few days. I took the Polygon Weave class with Linda Lehman and had a wonderful time.

The show encompassed the Midwest Airlines Center, the Hyatt Hotel, and the Hilton Hotel. The Polygon Weave class was in the Hilton and took place on Thursday.

The polygon weave is an African stitch that reminds me of a cross between Ndebele and African Helix. The class was great fun and we picked up all sorts of tips on bead weaving, beading supplies, and even fiber arts. The kits available came in a variety of colors and I was able to grab a purple one. Pictured right is my progress towards the end of the class. I've since picked up the pace with my stitching, though I can't match Linda's seven inches an hour (!) yet.

General shopping opened on Friday. I attended the show with my mother and it took us about five hours to wind our way through the show floor, even after we started picking up the pace in anticipation of Chicago rush hour traffic on the way back.

Here's Beyond Beadery's booth, where I purchased some great Swarovski crystal focal cabochons. I'll save my loot for a separate post. I found some great deals and had a great time ogling lampwork beads.

Another highlight of the show was the Bead Dreams display. My pictures don't do justice to these fantastic pieces.

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