Star’s Clasps will be debuting plenty of beautiful and intricately designed clasps so be sure to come find us in the main ballroom, we can’t wait to see you!
Show dates: February 2nd – 10th
Here is a little bit about this show…
To Bead True Blue offers 500 bead displays, artisan booths, galleries, merchant showrooms, and workshops. Since it debuted seven years ago with 50 exhibits, it has grown to 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, and has changed some commonly held preconceptions of what a bead show should be.
By showcasing the most important names in artistic bead making, along with unusual and imaginative handmade products, original clothing, fine gemstones, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and handwoven textiles, it has become true to the lineage of design.
The beadmakers are selected for their original, handmade, one-of-a-kind designs that reflect both traditional handwork and design innovation. Many handmade beads and jewelry designs, hard-to-find, with unmatched quality, and will be offered here for the first time by the artists themselves.
The range of beads is extraordinary –artistic, contemporary lampworked glass beads, handcut crystal and stone beads, hand modelled clay beads, rare, vintage and antique beads, shell, dichroic, fabric, wood, resin, gold, silver, copper, and brass beads, tribal, trade, ethnographic, pre-Columbian, Roman glass, and Egyptian scarab beads.
There are also wholesale merchants with an extensive selection of wholesale beads, large in-stock inventories of jewelry supplies such as Czech glass, seed, pearl, shell, silver, and brass beads, beading and lampwork tools, findings, and stringing supplies.
The show features jewelry suppliers, gemstone merchants, and nomadic traders, with objects including but not limited to collectibles, antiquities, artifacts, rare ethnographic objects, unusual gold and silver pieces, carved gemstones and pendants, champlevé enamel, uncut garnets, Gablonzer crystals, vintage jewelry components and findings, costume jewelry, hard-to-find ceremonial and tribal objects, and handmade earrings.
Another highlight of the show is its exceptional selection of boutique arts and design, such as hand-dyed silks, wools, and cottons; felted hats and jackets; hand-sewn skirts and blouses; handwoven rugs, textiles, and kilims; art clothing, artwear, wearable art; hand painted silks, kimono fabrics, shibori dresses; handspun fibers, boutique yarns, spun wool; vintage laces, ribbons, buttons, and embroideries; nomadic textiles, tribal rugs, and ceremonial tapestries; antique baskets and carved boxes.
In addition to exhibits, the show presents 8,000 square feet of workshops and classes, taught by respected instructors, with step-by-step instruction for all skill levels in such techniques as hand knotting, glass pendants, bead making, soldering, jewelry design, mixed media, polymer clay, resin jewelry, enamelling, metal and wirework.
To Bead True Blue has changed some commonly held preconceptions of what a bead show should be. It has become a vibrant showcase –bringing buyers from around the world. Attendees tell us it exceeds their expectations. The beads that pleased the eye for thousands of years are remarkably resilient, and true to the lineage of design.
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