Bead & Button Show 2017!

It seems like it takes forever to get here and then it’s gone in the blink of an eye. Tons of plans were made for the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I sure had a full schedule but not so full I couldn’t get in a lot of shopping on the show floor.

I was lucky to have my daughter with me this year. She’s busy with work and plenty of gigs (yup, she’s a musician). Sara accidentally introduced me to beading when she went to a birthday party at Funky Hannah’s in Racine, Wisconsin…that was 17 years ago. I signed up for a class while I was there and the rest is history.

Friday morning we went to Coffee with Candie. Candie Cooper has a fun Facebook live video. She works with chain, stones, and metal pieces to make eclectic pieces of jewelry. Candie and her great bunch of sponsors (Jessie James Beads, Beadalon, Vintaj, RoundBeads….) put together a bag of goodies, coffee, and donut holes. It was an opportunity to meet and put names to those tiny little pictures of friends on Facebook.

After fueling up with much needed caffeine and donuts,  it was time to hit the show floor and shop. It’s overwhelming even for someone like me that’s done this for 15 years in a row! I like to stroll the floor and get the ideas flowing. My favorite purchase from this years show? Red lucite schnauzers! Awfully cute and I’ve started a project with one of them already.

Friday and Saturday, I had the privilege of teaching at Brenda Schweder’s, Now That’s a Jig booth. Experienced jiggers (someone that uses a Now That’s a Jig) and newbies, learned how to make shapes and wire wrap seed beads inside the shape. On Saturday, I got to teach my cuff bracelet. We made the TriPetal element and created flowers to attach to a leather cuff. Brenda offered 23 different workshops and demos from Thursday to Sunday.

Another show is in the books so its time to start the shopping list for next year because you can never have too many beads.