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Welcome Beadphoria Friends! It’s been awhile, and we have so much we want to catch up with you about. We have just returned from Anaheim, CA where we attended the Winter 2012 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show. While there, I, Suzann Sladcik Wilson, was honored to be a part of the Designer Trends Panel reporting on the latest trends in beads and jewelry design. The other designer members of the panel included amazing talented and super inspiring people like Laura Bray, Beth Watson, Eileen Hull, Carol Heppner, and Vicki O’Dell.Over the next five days, I will be sharing with you slides from the jewelry trends report. There were some technical difficulties with the slides, so this will give you an opportunity to see some new information even if you were able to attend CHA.

Here is a quick overview of what we will be discussing in the next few days. Mixed Media is making an impact in the jewelry making market. Materials often reserved for other areas of crafting are now freely used in jewelry making, as are jewelry components being used by general crafters in new ways. The metals market is continuing to influence the types of metal being used in jewelry designs. Making a statement with big and bold necklaces, bracelets, and pendents is a trends that is carrying over from last year. Color is definitely back! Swarovski and Pantone have both introduced pallets that will bring pops of color into your jewelry designs.

Tomorrow, we will look deeper into the Mixed Media and Cross Crafting trend in beading. You might be surprised to see what materials jewelry makers are using and who in the crafts industry is looking to market to beaders!

If you have any questions about beading, or jewelry business marketing tips, 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.

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