Last Tuesday I wrote about my last minute trip to the Philadelphia Bead Fest and I shared the wonderful stash of beads I brought home with me.
A group of bead and component artists and jewelry designers had planned this trip together. We all stayed at the same motel and had planned several activities together. At 4:00 p.m. Saturday, we all gathered in the snack bar area, in the back of the convention hall. Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio had organized an art bead swap for us.
My bead swap partner was Erin Siegel. I was delighted. I’d just met Erin for the first time that morning. We’d eaten breakfast together while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive at the motel.
Here’s Erin opening the package I gave her; taking out a copper component from my friend Kristi Bowman. All in all, I included 4 art beads from Washington State artists. To see all the beads I gave Erin, visit her post about Bead Fest.
I got these great lampwork glass spacers from Erin. I love orange and was so excited to receive these. After the bead swap, Diana threw all the names back into the bag and drew out names for door prizes. I won the awesome polymer clay heart pendant you see on the right below, (artisan made by Staci Smith). Look – its orange!!! I have a feeling the lampwork beads and the heart will be starring in a necklace together soon!
Bohemian Knotted Earrings
Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto have written a book together called Bohemian Inspired Jewelry. Erin is going to teach 3 of the earrings from the book in a class at the August Bead Fest, (for more info on the class click here). Erin wanted to give the class a practice run, so she taught our group 2 of the 3 earrings. Using waxed linen thread in this way was a new technique for me and very fun! I’ll be making more of these earrings, for sure!
I’ll do one more post about Bead Fest later this week. It will probably be mostly pictures of people who were formerly my online bead friends and who are now my “for real” friends!