I already told myself last year that I’ve got to save up to buy one of Sara Sally LeGrand’s gorgeous glass brooches!
Leslie Rogalski demos how to bead with peanut beads.
Ann Benson, owner of Beads East and author of Tapestry Bead Crochet, sells some of the prettiest kits for sale on the show floor.
Ann’s talented assistant, Melissa Grakowsky, is hard at work writing her first book for Lark Jewelry & Beading (but not while she’s working for Ann!).
Karen Ovington makes glass beads that look like they hail from antiquity. She sometimes incorporates them in felt jewelry. Yummy!
Laura McCabe, author of Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, was spotted at a booth that sells beetle wings—imagine that!
Tonya Davidson, from Whole Lotta Whimsy: Thanks again for letting me do a book signing for my book Leather Jewelry at your booth last year, Tonya! You’re a peach.
Diane Hyde has the most imaginative steampunk confections. Among other things, she’s selling little porcelain doll-head “factory seconds” (did that term exist in the early 1900s, when they were manufactured?!?) excavated in Germany. Fun!
Jennifer Heynen, author of Ceramic Bead Jewelry, at her colorful booth.
Thomas Mann,that techno-romantic, is the author of Learn to Saw.
Marianne Kasparian sells lovely raku beads. Can you tell how proud she is to have been included in the book 500 Raku?
Corki Weeks makes phenomenal kaleidoscopes that incorporate stunning beaded beads of her own making.
Brenda Schweder (Steel Wire Jewelry author) and Sabine Lippert (great news: she’s working on a book for us, too!) … such talented women, and so funny, too!
Catherine Tetrault captures real spider webs in glass. Pretty magical. Bet you’d like to know how she does it. Well, fuhgeddabout it, she’s not revealing any of her secrets!
Suzanne Golden models her creation Beaucoup d’Amusement (Lots of Fun), which is featured on the cover of the current issue of German beading magazine Perlen Poesie. Suzanne warns playfully, “Stick to beading, [and] this is what’ll happen to you.”
And now I’m off to scour the convention center floor… —Nathalie