Tucson Trends: New Beads & Inspiration

The World's Largest Treasure Hunt

Every February, beaders and jewelry makers gather in Tucson to meet one another, see what's new, take classes, stock up on beads and supplies, and get inspiration for the coming year. It's an intense two weeks with 55,000 folks attending the approximately 50 shows around the city. I've never been there, but I imagine the scene is something like the wild fashion weeks in The Devil Wears Prada or Ugly Betty, except perhaps with slightly less shrieking and sobbing. Several Interweave editors were there last week, including editor of Step by Step Beads, Leslie Rogalski. I asked Leslie to share a couple of her finds: 


"Here's something I only saw one place–it's sterling chain with a black polish, giving it a fabulous gunmetal finish. The vendor was Forever Creations. Lots of types of links, smooth and hammered, large and small. Of course I'm already musing on a design for this!"


"I also loved the ArtGIrlz felt beads. Stay tuned . . . Step by Step Beads is going to have a needle felted bead project from them AND some totally fun embellished bead ideas!"


"Color trend: brown and blue!"

These beads are Ann Campbell, Kennebunkport Beads.

Bloggers Fiber Addict, Silver Wings Studios, and Bead Line Studios have early reports of the shows. More people will probably be posting this week or next as they return to town–and reality! 

Instructor Tip: Starting a New Project 


"Whenever I start a new project, I open up a special notebook and record the beads used, where I purchased them, the stitches used and a row by row account of everything I do. This detailed information helps to write directions in case I want to teach or publish this project, or simply duplicate it later."–Perie Brown

Perie Brown is teaching Wire Swirls (pictured) and Spiky Beaded Beads Bracelet at BeadFest Miami in April. Learn More

Have you voted for your free project yet? One project from Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan will be available for free to Beading Daily members for a limited time. View projects and vote for your favorite.

Coming This Week: Jean Campbell talks about her love of bracelets on Wednesday and on Thursday (yes, Thursday!) learn how to enter the next Beading Daily design challenge. Here's a hint: Start digging out all your glass beads–you'll need them!

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She's never been to the fabled Tucson, but she is making plans to attend Bead Expo Portland this March. Yay!

Post a Comment