Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bead Expo HighlightsThere were more than 160 vendors at the

Bead Expo Highlights
There were more than 160 vendors at the show with just about anything a beader could desire. I spent the weekend demonstrating projects and techniques from Hip to Bead, signing books and shopping! It was fun to meet readers and beaders. I also enjoyed seeing The Beaded Figure exhibit in person. These beaded sculptures are just amazing. Check out the The Beaded Figure gallery at www.beadworkmagazine.com to see them for yourself.

Here are some other things that caught my eye at Bead Expo:
Big (25mm) disk-shaped gemstone beads

Opaque resin beads that look like chunky gemstones

Bead frames: geometric shapes that are open in the center

Shell beads: tons of different styles

Lots of rhodocrosite and rhodonite beads (pink gemstone)

katie@katiehacker.com (Katie Hacker)