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, 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.
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.