The 23rd annual Creativ Festival
“Where shopping, inspiration and
The Creativ Festival was held this past weekend from Oct 22-24th and JohnBead was there!
It’s where you go to get in-the-know and stay on top of what’s hot, what’s new and what’s next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, rug hooking, fibre arts, paper crafts and other creative art forms.
Formally known as the creative sewing and needlework festival, the event has come some ways from it’s origin. Guests had a wider variety of creative outlets to admire. Though this wasn’t specifically a BEAD event, Swarovski Ambassadors Laura Timmons and Stephanie Dixon held make and takes as well as classes. The show also featured Nick Regine who shared 25 years of Jewellery manufacturing experience as he showed guests how easy it is to use Hot Fix Swarovski Element Flatbacks.Guests embellisehd a denim pouch with the BeJeweler Stone Styler. Kim, key account manager of Swarovski Elements, provided valuable insights and an exceptional overview of the company, their products, applications and trends that benefits both retailers and consumers alike.
Our Sales Manager Lynda got to take a class and had this to say;
“I had a fabulous time at the show on the weekend. If you want to get inspired then you must take a workshop with the fabulous duo, Kim Paquette and Nick Regime, instructors from Swarovski. Kim was awesome as usual ,giving us valuable insights and showing trends that were very inspiring. Nick came up with great ways to apply Swarovski elements to fabric, glass, wood and Plexiglas. He had some great ideas and unique techniques with working with crystals.
They were awesome!
So if you ever see them at a show you must stop by and see them in action!” -Lynda.
A variety of Bead related Classes were showcased;
Jewellery & Accessory Design (25) All Levels-3 hour workshop
Guests worked with Swarovski Elements exploring the varity of techniues and discored various ways of setting stones. With different types of glue, epoxy clay, ultravilet and hot fix gluing techniques to create and embellish jewllery and accessories.
Pearl Knotting (25) All Levels- 2 hour workshop
Guests learnt the proper technique of pearl knotting to ensure high quality end results.
Jewellery & Accessory Design for Retailers – 3 hour workshop
The class was restriced to retailers and designers. They learnt new techniques to embellish and design jewellery and accessories using Swarovski Elements.
On our Saturday exploration of the show, we came across many beautiful works of art. There was a handful of booths representing Bead Stores ;
Marilyn Gardiner had some wonderful kits ready with all the beads and findings as well as full instructions you’d need. She has various chainmaille designs and beadwork. Melanie from our inside sales team and Dorthe, from our purchasing department both did a make and take with Marilyn and made themselves some lovely earrings with the chainmaille technique.
The Girls and I also fell in love with Karibu Beads (Kazuri Beads from Kenya). Not only do the beads have a great story but they are trully beautiful and individually unique. Full of color and magic Kazuri was founded in 1975. The now established factory employs disadvantaged single women and trains them to produce these unique clay beads and jewellery. Kazuri is a member of the World Fair Trade Federation.
One of the other fun things I picked up at the show was a fur necklace made of sheared beaver yarn made by Paula Lishman from Fur Yarn. It’s so nice and warm ,I love it for the coming fall season.
Scrapbooking and stamping seemed to have grown in popularity. The show was full of the latest and greatest sewing, knitting machines as well as the dedicated work of handcrafted knits and quilts.
Donna from our customer service team said it best;
“A veritable feast for the creative soul! A cornucopia of colour and inspiration!” -Donna
Saturdays New Item Showcase Saturday proved to be a great success !
This past Saturday John Beads had it’s first New Item Showcase Saturday. Customers had the opportunity to see and purchase Swarovski Elements NEW colors and shapes for the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 season. The three new colors ; Sunflower Yellow, Silver Night Crystal and Light Gold Pearl were well received and customers who had attended Septembers Swarovski Seminar were happy to get their hands on the new items they had been shown in September.
My personal favourite from Swarovski Elements is the Wild Heart Pendant. Available in 12mm, 17mm and 27mm and in Sunflower, Aquamarine, Black Diamond, Crystal, Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Silvershade, Crystal Copper, Crystal Red Magma, Indian Pink, Crystal AB, Dark Indigo ,Jet, Rosaline and Tanzanite.
It’s a more modern breakaway from the classic heart shape. The Wild Heart Pendant owes its elongated shape and asymmetric faceting to the nostalgic mood sweeping through the design world. One of Swarovski Elements inspirations is Farmland/Fox. It’s based on a Classic style that embodies rich reds and golds. It plays off floral patterns, that ones your grandmother would wear on her approne. It’s a step towards nature and the comforts of farmlife. The mood is familiar, cozy and warm.
Swarovski Element -Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011/2012
The perfect compliment to this Wild Heart Pendant is leather cording as it makes the overall look more organic. I also combined the Helios Pendant with leather cording further playing off of this Farmland/Fox theme.
Holiday Booklet and Designs
Our in house designer; Thanh Tran showcased New Earring designs for the upcoming Holiday Season. Angels, Evergreen Trees and Light Bulb Earrings were part of her demos, complete with instruction sheets customers could take home. Swarovski Elements Create-Your-Style Website features even more design. ( Ask us what items we carry that are featured on other designs)
Rishma, our newest in house designer, did demos with Tila beads and farfalles. And with her bubbly personality, who wouldn’t get exited about beads !? She did a great job showing the Farfalle Ball Earring and the Tila Cuff Bracelet. The tila cuff bead is shown below. It’s a great piece for the fall season. The creator of the bracelet our designer Brianna Walsworth choose the Rasberry Gold Iris Tilas because of their beautiful iridescence and the way the bead shows many colors as the light reflects off it. She complimented it with the Gunmetal Tila that is easily matched to any color of clothing. Brianna also prefers to work with A Sterling Silver findings to ensure strength and durability of her jewellery pieces. This piece is beautiful and finely crafted, if you’re up for the challenge, it takes approx. 4 hours to complete.
Bead weaving: How to start
You need 10 strands 1 ½ to 2 ft long to start.
3 strands in one bead tip for the outer wires and 2 strands in one bead tip for the middle wires.Materials Used:
I came across some great pieces using Farfalle Beads!
BERNADETT VARGA’s blog AGABEN, showcases the designers beautiful work. The farfalle bead , also known as Bow beads or peanut beads by some, have an interesting shape that allows the beads to fit into one anothers curves. This interesting shape gives way for endless amount of possibilities. Whether strung in a simple row or sewn in an elaborate stitch there’s no wrong way to farfalle.
Bernadett Varga’s pieces look elegant and finely crafted. The necklace below looks like such a solid construction using the crochet technique.
The round earring balls make me think of how many possibilities you can come up with using the farfalles. Bernadett uses crochet techniques to create the jewellery and each piece is more interesting then the next.
She also has many seed bead variations creating balls and long necklaces with interesting shapes. I love her combination of colors and the way she combines glass beads with seed beads and crystal bead accents.
We also have sample necklaces in our showroom made by a designer from the Czech Republic; Adella Kodonova. The jewellery combines farfalles, crystals, pearls and seed beads. These pieces have more movement and you can see the shape of the farfalles a little more. The necklace is full of sparkle and glitz. The focal point with the pearls is beautifully done with crystals bursting out. I love the weight of the farfalles and the pearls, it’s a true statement piece.
I love this look because really you can combine any type of bead in any variation of color and twist them around. You can make it as chunky or minimal as you like! All you need is a little black dress and this necklace!
John Bead’s Bead Extravaganza 2010. Held September 14th and 15th was a hit !
The Tuesday evening wine and cheese, Swarovski seminars, designers, vendors from the USA, and attended by over 200 customers to the john bead showroom, with a number of out of town guests staying for both days.
With seminars, demos and make and take workshops from major suppliers from the USA and well known designers. Media personality Leslie Rogalski from Philadelphia, an artist, teacher with a passion for creating jewelry. She appears on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, With program segments sponsored by John Bead. Leslie is the former editor of Step by Step Beads and BeadingDaily.com, her designs and articles have been widely published. Leslie showcased our Miyuki Delica beads and the New Tila beads. Showing guests the Peyote stitch and the right angle weave stitch with the Tila beads.
Stephanie Dixon showing off Swarovski Elements
Stephanie Dixon, Canada’s own Swarovski Ambassador was here crocheting up a storm. Her specialty being using 26 gauge artistic wire and Swarovski Elements, Stephanie showed guest how easy it is to crochet and use artistic wire to create rings, earrings and necklaces.
Pam Arion from Tierra Cast was here to show an exciting sneak preview into their new Alternative line; Tierra Cast: Quality in the Making . The line features TWO NEW Finishes ; Black , a classy and edgy shade and brass oxide that serves as a perfect complement for vintage-inspired designs. These finishes are shown in many of Tierra Casts already popular clasps, charms, caps, beads, bails and spacer designs. John Bead is excited to have these in stock. Pam also showed how great Tierra Cast can be combined with other beads and Swarovski Elements like the Tierra cast Setting that fit 12mm Rivoli stones. As well as the Glue-in Charms that can hold ss10 flatback stones.
Karen Fish, a designer and bead store owner from Bracebridge, showcased various chainmaille designs. She used Beadalon’s jumpring makers to make her own jump rings using 20 gauge wire. Karen demonstrated various chainmaile patterns as well as the option of adding beads. (Chain maille books)
Douglas Ho, President of Unicorne Glass Beads was also in the showroom. Designers from Flirt were doing make and take earrings using Unicorne beads. They showed guests how to make their own hooks using artistic wire and used tools from the JOHN BEAD line; (JB PRO PLIER CHAIN NOSE WITH 3 STEP NYLON V ). Guests then added 3 teardrop beads to the hooks and perfect, a new pair or earrings.
The showroom buzzing for Beads
Tuesday nights wine and cheese cocktail party was full of excitement and buzz, one couldn’t help but feel like in a tradeshow. Swarovski’s North American representative; Vince Scalera debuted Swarovski Element’s New colors for the autumn/winter 2011/2012 season as well as new shapes, finishes and production components. (Book your appointment today with one of our sales representatives to learn more about what’s new from Swarovski Elements). Vince also presented next seasons major fashion inspirations, themes and moods.
Guest went home with gift bags complete with Swarovski’s new magazine SALT as well as samples of the featured seasons products. We would like to thank the Toronto Bead Society and the Canadian Beading Magazine for supporting us and inspiring our guests.
Presenting John Bead’s newest media outlet. We are very excited to present this blog in which we will showcase our past and upcoming events. Also a place to feature new items and really anything and everything to do with beads.
Stay tuned for some wonderful blogs from various John Bead members and stay in loop with what’s new !!