April 12, 2010

Bead & Button: Memory Lane

Yep, it is right around the corner!! The Bead & Button show is much like attending the Super Bowl of bead shows. With nearly 650 classes to chose from you can't go wrong. Of those 650 classes I will be teaching a mere 11 of them. It is akin to a marathon of creativity and jewelry making!

When this show first began it went under the name Embellishment and was first located in Texas. In those days I was a budding obsessive beader who dreamed that one day I would be able to attend. The chance came when the show changed its location to Sacramento, CA for one year.

The day before the big show I went on a date. We ended up going to a nude beach (I was 20 something and a bit firmer) in Marin County. Lesson learned: wear waterproof sun block at nude beaches when swimming. Needless to say, I burned my top half to a light shade of purple. But there was no way I would miss that show! The temperature in Sacramento during that weekend was a paltry 108F. I didn't know if the stars before my eyes were of excitement or heat stroke.

I haven't missed a show since. These days the show is located in Milwaukee, WI. I am looking forward to this years show, busily making mental notes of what to bring and jewelry to wear.

I'd love to hear from the other side of the monitor. What are your favorite shows and why?


  1. Haven't been to Bead & Button, but have been to Beadfest Santa Fe twice (flew in from Europe). Loved that. Great classes and a lovely location.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Love your story. I have to say, in all of my travels for bead shows, Bead & Button is my absolute favorite. So many great people selling beads, the people attending are always so friendly, and I really like Milwaukee. (Of course, I haven't ever been to Hawaii for a show, so I might change my tune if that ever happens.)

    And I swear, one of these days I will fly in a little early so I can take a class. I can't help but get a little bit jealous seeing all of the amazing things people make in their workshops.