Now, we get 5 days at home in Connecticut and then we're off to Pittsburgh, Loveland, Dallas, and then to Allentown. This is one of our favorite long road trips, not so much for the scenery as for the stops. We get to stop in Cleveland which has the Best Laser Tag place ever.
I know that laser tag doesn't have much in common with beads or fiber, but it has everything to do with driving to Colorado to go to YarnFest. Daxton, the Bead Biz Kid, is celebrating his 7th birthday on this trip and one of the things he asked for is to spend 2 days at his favorite laser tag place. (His actual natal day is April 1st, and we'll be spending that with friends in Dallas.)
So, where are we going to be when we're not at laser tag? Mostly in the car ;)
Our first stop is the
Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
Friday March 15th 12pm to 7pm
Saturday March 16th 10am to 6pm
Sunday March 17th 9:30am to 3:30pm
Double Tree - Green Tree
500 Mansfield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
***Our Booths: 13-14***
Jean Elizabeth will be teaching at this show.
You can take her Beaded Infinity Scarf Class on Friday from 12pm to 3pm and learn to make this beauty:
Or you can take her Beaded Bracelet class on Saturday from 9am to 12pm and create one of these:
Online registration has closed, but there are still a very few spots left that you can slip into by registering at the show.
After that we're going to:
Thursday March 28th 10am to 6pm
Friday March 29th 10am to 8pm
Saturday March 30th 10am to 6pm
No Sunday Hours
Embassy Suites Loveland
Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
4705 Clydesdale Pkwy
Loveland, CO 80538
***Our Booth: 323***
DFW Fiber Fest
Friday April 5th 9am to 6pm
Saturday April 6th 9am to 6pm
Sunday April 7th 10am to 4pm
Irving Convention Center (ICC)
500 W Las Colinas Blvd
Irving, TX 75039
***Our Booths: 115-117***
And finally we'll be at the
Allentown Fiber Festival
Saturday April 13th 10am to 5pm
Sunday April 14th 10am to 3pm
Merchants Square Mall
1901 S 12th St
Allentown, PA 18103
We hope everyone is having a great 2019 and we'll see you on the road :)
We've had an amazing summer! We got time at the beach and Disney World (Daxton's first time!), and we had some time to relax at home.
We even helped capture the notorious intergalactic criminal Zurg!
We've also been getting lots of new beads and patterns for you! Here are just a few of our new ones:
We know you want a sneak preview of the new shawls for 2018-2019. Some are still having samples made, but we can show you this:
We can promise you that this year's new patterns and beads are spectacular!
In the meantime, we will be back doing shows starting the second weekend of September and can't wait to see everyone!
We'll be at the
24th Annual Garden State Sheep & Fiber Festival
Hunterdon County Fairgrounds
1207 Route 179
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Saturday 8 Sept. 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9 Sept. 9am - 4pm
Finger Lakes Fiber Festival
Saturday September 15th 10am to 5pm
Sunday September 16th 10am to 4pm
1 Fair Street
Hemlock, NY 14466
Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival
Saturday September 22th 10am to 5pm
Sunday September 23rd 10am to 5pm
Washington County Fairgrounds,
$1.00 Off Admission
Vogue Knitting Live San Francisco
Saturday September 22th 10am to 6:30pm
Sunday September 23rd 10am to 3pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
***Our Booth: 422***
Stop by and check out our 2017-2018 shawls while you still can!
See you soon!
We're going to be at both YarnFest and the DFW Fiber Festival this year!! We're so excited! We are busy getting ready for an epic road from Connecticut to Dallas to Loveland and back. We have lots of new beads to share with you as well as our exclusive 2018 shawls! We have 3 shawls this year all hand dyed by June Pryce Fiber Arts using merino and cashmere fingering. It's as yummy as it looks and so very soft - mmmm.
What happens when you get a knitter and a crocheter together? They create a shawl that can be either knitted or crocheted! Nymphaea is a collaboration between PDX Kniteratti and Laurdina Reddig. One version is knitted and one is crocheted. Both of them use June Pryce Fiber's yarn which has been dyed to match a set of Bead Biz's beads. The results are amazing!
Once upon a time there was an ice storm and a knit designer. When the storm was over, there was a beautiful pattern called Ice Rain designed by Kristi Holaas. This beaded beauty is your lace project for this year. It has beautiful beads and wonderful drape and comes in several colorways.
We will also have a number of Tsocks from our partner Art For Your Feet including:
(Golden Amber, Irish Red, & Chocolate Stout)
Of course, for those of you who knit socks, yet, we will have the wonderful Tsocks 101 kit which has a wonderfully written guide sock knitting and a skein of AFYF's own Tsilk Tsocking yarn (a blend of long staple US wool and silk with a high hosiery twist especially designed for sock knitting).
If we weren't busy enough this trip, it is also Daxton's (aka The Bead Baby) 6th birthday! Can you believe that he is already 6? We can't. He's been coming with us to fiber shows since he was 2 weeks old and many of you have known him since before he was born. He will be celebrating his birthday just before DFW with some friends in Dallas, but feel free to tell him Happy Birthday when you see him!
Can't wait to see you all!
Bead Biz will be at 2 locations in Connecticut this weekend! You can come see us at the 108th Annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool, & Fiber Festival in Tolland and at Stitches United in Hartford!
The CT Sheep, Wool, & Fiber Festival is a great family event with food, sheep, a fleece sale, and, of course, lots and lots of fiber and tools! We'll be in the Green Building. Can't wait to see you!
Stitches United is a brand new show in Connecticut that brings together lots of different fiber arts. There will lots of wonderful supplies for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Felting, and Embroidery. We'll be in booths 312-314 with lots of beads for everyone no matter what crafts you do.
We have a special discount for admission to Stitches United. Just print out this coupon and get 1/2 Off your admission to the show!
And to help you find us once you get in, here's a handy map of our exact location!
In other news, Daxton (aka The Bead Biz Baby) turned 5-years-old this month! We can't believe it either! We'll leave you with this photo of him playing with his new favorite toy, The Bubble Machine.
See you soon!
Daxton was very excited to pick our lucky winner out of the hat and he was excited that he would be on the computer! Congratulations to Daxton for starring in his own video, and to our wonderful winner Laura Edelstein! See you Vogue Knitting Live!
If you've been to the booth, you've seen the wonderful things we carry and you have probably met the Bead Biz Baby - our son Daxton! Unlike his older brothers, he loves coming to shows and seeing friends both new and old. If you've been to our booth over the past 3 years, then you've watched him grow.
Daxton turned 3 this weekend and we thought you might enjoy seeing how much he's grown over the past 3 years.
We're just a couple of bead chicks who found fiber and came over to the dark side. It's OK though, we brought cookies :)
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