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Snow is falling across the country today, but we have something that will have you thinking about summer. Registration for the 2011 Bead and Button Show that takes place June 4-12 opens today at Noon central time. This year the number of classes to choose from utterly overwhelming! Fear not! Beadphoria is here to help you with some suggestions when looking at classes.
– Stretch Your Creativity Bead and Button does an excellent job of offering a vast array of techniques to jewelry makers. Almost any technique you might have wanted to try is here. With excellent instructors who are experts in their fields, why not try a class in a new area? Seed beaders could try chainmaille or a Polymer clay artist could try their hand at making glass beads . Not only could you walk away with a new technique, but you could also have a new perspective on your jewelry designs.
– Learn From Someone You Admire The caliber of instructors is amazing! Names of people that you have seen on books, television, and blogs come here to share their skills with you in person. People such as Katie Hacker, the host of Bead, Baubles, and Jewels on PBS, Diane Fitzgerald, world renowned author of numerous books and articles on beadweaving, Thomas Mann, best known for his Techno.Romantic Jewelry Objects™ and sculptural vision of jewelry design, and Anne E. Mitchell, the 2009 winner of the 2009 Excellence in Bead Artistry Award.
– Pace Yourself Take it from someone who signed up for way to many classes the first year, keep your schedule at an even pace. There is a lot of new information to take in. After that first show, I think I slept a week! Also, don’t forget to allow yourself time to go shopping in the Bead and Jewelry Market Place. You will probably need more than one trip in the Market Place to take it all in. There is a reason it is the Biggest Consumer Bead Show in the World!
– Special Events Consider registering to attend some of the special events offered. At the Meet The Teachers Reception on June 8, not only can you meet the instructors in person, but often times purchase kits from them. Lampworking Madness June 10, is a rare opportunity to see celebrity flameworkers craft works of art in the shape of glass beads. Those beads are then auctioned off at the Bead Social and Auction Night June 11, to raise funds to fight breast cancer.
Tell us what classes you plan on taking this year. We would love to hear from you!
If you have any questions about beading, or about the 2011 Bead and Button Show, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and BeadphoriaBoutique.com.