Today was my local bead show and I was excited to see what new treasures I could find. I arrived armed with a list of the things that I wanted to get, mainly findings, wire, threads and if I was lucky some affordable sterling silver. I promised myself that I’d use the show as an opportunity to try something new so I did my best to ignore the mountains of gemstones and look at different things. I saw some nice lampwork beads, beaded kumihimo designs and pretty seed beads.
I usually love bead shows, everything you could want under one roof, hours spent wandering around looking at every stand, but this time there was a problem – it was just too busy!! Every stand I stopped at had 30 other people there first and I had to push and fight (or sometimes wait patiently) for a chance to look at a strand of beads or to have a rummage through a discount bin. I love a bit of aggressive shopping when it’s necessary to grab a bargain but unfortunately today’s bargain’s just weren’t big enough. It’s a shame that because London has a ridiculously low number of bead shops and a local show only twice a year, you end up with tons of bead starved jewellery fans like myself and no event space is big enough. It made me think back to my bead shopping in New York where I was spoilt for choice with store after store and all the time in the world – now that’s the way to shop for beads!
Despite the crowds I still managed to have a good time and pick up a few things (although I was very restrained). This pic shows some two toned and faceted glass beads and brightly coloured wood beads.
I didn’t manage to get any affordable sterling silver (is there such a thing right now??) but I did find some fab coloured hemp cord, wire and clasps, so a few crosses off my list. For my “something new” challenge, I picked up some clay. I’m more than excited to start using it and I have a few ideas in mind already so I’ll let you know how that goes.
Right now I think I need a lie down, it’s been a long day!
Until next time