Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2008 Bead & Button Show

The 2008 Bead & Button Show is now online! The show offers over 490 classes, a bead bazaar for great shopping, a bead social with a special award honoring Diane Fitzgerald, and much, much more.

Class registration opened on January 15th. Can you believe that some classes have already sold out?! Sherry Serafini has 6 classes - 3 are still open. Among some of my favorite are Huib Petersen's "Going Medieval" -but, as I write, this class has also sold out. Wow. Another great looking class is Jan Zicarelli's Leaf Pendant with Spiral Chain (shown left). Diane Fitzgerald is offering a few classes too and her Gingko Leaf Necklace (a perennial favorite) has also sold out! If you are interested in attending this year's Bead and Button show and taking a few classes, be sure to sign up soon. You can browse the class list by clicking HERE.

Education in Motion
This year, Rio Grande is offering their "Education in Motion". These classes include such basics as soldering, PMC, stone setting and other techniques for creating beautiful jewelry with metal. To view these classes, click HERE.

Special Events
There are three wonderful events including a Lampworking Madness during which flameworkers will show off their talents while composing beautiful pieces of glass art. Space is limited for this event, so if you are interested in going, sign up soon.

Need to learn more about the show? Check out the online videos from the staff at Kalmbach. There are fourteen in all, including information on classes, the marketplace, networking and organizing your time while attending the show (Getting past the first row of vendors!). Click HERE to view all of the videos.

Bead Dreams
Every year Bead & Button sponsors the largest competition in the US for beadwork. This year, Bead Dreams has included a new category called "Crystal Jewelry" sponsored by Swarovski. To read more about the competition click HERE. The deadline for online entries is April 4th.

To find out more about the 2008 Bead and Button Show, click on the title above. Hope to see you there!
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout-out, SuzyQ! For those of you looking to attend this year's Show, be sure to book your hotel reservations soon. Like the classes, hotel rooms fill up fast! For more information on the hotel situation, including special Show attendee rates, visit this page on BeadAndButtonShow.com. Thanks, again!

SuzyQ said...

Thanks for mentioning accomodations - I forgot about that little (big) necessity!!!