Bead Fest is back again! Just after a pandemic hiatus, the most significant East Coast bead and jewelry event is returning August 17-20, 2022, at the Lancaster County Conference Middle. Bead Fest will element the educational workshops and special shopping you’ve come to hope, along with entertaining new gatherings.

Revealed previously mentioned: Lampwork glass beads at Bead Fest 

It is going to be a great position for the beading and jewelry group to gather collectively and rejoice.  

Attendees waiting around to enter Bead Fest.

Past to Present 

At the first Bead Fest occasion, there were seven teachers supplying 14 classes and vendors filling 100 booths in the marketplace. Interweave Director of Written content Tamara Honaman remembers standing at the doorways in hopeful anticipation that folks would come. A half hour prior to the very 1st Bead Fest opened, persons were being lined up to get within, and a well worth-the-hold out tradition was born.

Tamara says, “It’s remarkable to see how it’s developed. It genuinely speaks to the passion of beaders and jewelry makers and all of our instructors and vendors who make it all achievable.”   

This calendar year, more than 30 instructors will train 100+ classes on bead weaving, metalsmithing, kumihimo, steel clay, polymer, and extra. You’ve seen many of the instructors’ projects in the pages of Beadwork and Lapidary Journal Jewellery Artist and these classes are a pleasurable opportunity to commit time with them and master together with them. All pupils who obtain a workshop ticket mechanically obtain free of charge entry to the Marketplace and a unique goodie bag (restrict 1 for every person).  

Mokume Gane jewelry by Julie Sanford
Learn Mokume Gane with Julie Sanford. 

Learn Your Craft 

New this yr, there will be four learn classes that involve a supper with the instructor, breakfast each and every working day, and other unique benefits. Metalsmith Julie Sanford will current two 2-day workshops, including one covering Mokume Gane. Beader Edgar Lopez will present two 2-working day workshops to progress your beadwork.

Scroll the workshop choices or download the PDF to see all the classes.  

The Dakota Stones Bead Fest booth
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In the Market, you can shop, satisfy the artisans and exhibitors, and also connect with folks who like the artwork and craft of beading and generating jewelry. Numerous vendors provide demonstrations of their products, this kind of as new applications, or ideas for employing their inventions in innovative ways. You’ll obtain everything from handmade a single-of-a-kind beads and factors to jewellery provides to extend your stash.

Artisan’s Alley 

Lots of attendees make their initial Market quit in Artisan’s Alley, for the reason that this specific spot of the display functions unbiased instructors and makers. Ceramic bead maker Diane Hawkey admits this is her preferred portion of the present. She says, “There’s so a great deal creativeness in a person put. It is also where by I meet up with my finest pals who are bead artists. It feels like a bead party down the aisle.”

You can glimpse ahead to assembly the makers and browsing for handmade beads and elements at the present.  

Beads of Courage
Beads of Bravery offers arts-in-drugs to youngsters going through therapy for lengthy expression disease.

Exclusive Events 

On Thursday night, Bead Fest will present Building with the Stars, a gain for Beads of Braveness. 7 rockstar jewellery instructors will lead individuals by means of seven pieces of jewellery Beads of Braveness founder Jean Gribbon will be on site to share the story. This speedy-paced jewelry-making bash often sells out when it is held at the Beads of Courage headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. We’re so psyched to share the practical experience at Bead Fest. All proceeds will aid restock the Beads of Bravery Bead Pharmacy.  

We just cannot wait around to see you at Bead Fest! Have you reserved your workshop seats?

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