We are so excited to be back at Maryland! We’ll be in Booth N-5 with Art for your Feet.
Debuting this year we have our brand new Spin Kits! always wanted to spin with beads? Here’s everything you need in one handy package: 100 grams of roving, 15 grams of beads, and a big eye beading needle (to put the beads on the roving)!
Just look at all fluffy goodness. It even comes with 100 beads already threaded on the roving! Did we mention the roving is hand dyed by our good friend Susan at A Riot of Color?
Also debuting at this year’s festival is our Fancy Beaded Boot Cuff pattern hot off the presses!
Of course we’ll also have some great new bead shapes including these cool rounded triangles that fit on any yarn up to and including aran weight. Yes, you read that right! Aran weight! We’ve tried it!
Just wait until you see the amazing colors! Can’t wait to see you all! Only 2 more sleeps!
We've been busy getting ready for NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. Of course we're getting our layers of clothing together and choosing (as if one could choose!) what yarns we can't leave without. We're happily making plans to meet up with friends and enjoy each other's company. We have been organizing our beads, and yarns, and kits so that we have enough for all of you, but we're also busy putting together some special Rhinebeck treats for all our wonderful friends and customers!
The first treat we have are some amazing new bead colors! A friend of ours closed his bead business in NYC and we scored lots of new and vintage beads that are perfect for knitting, crochet, and spinning! We have been putting them in tubes and labeling like crazy. Now you probably want a preview. We can arrange for that!
We've also commissioned a very limited number of hand made glass sheep, alpacas, and rabbits from the extremely talented Maureen Henriques at Pumpkin Hill Beads. We are busy making these cute little guys into amazing earrings. Want to see the cutest glass animals in the world? Of course you do!
We are also making labels for our limited edition beaded yarn. According to one of our spinners this yarn is made of an "awesome fiber blend [that] felt like butter." Can't get much softer than that! And it looks amazing too! See for yourself!
We have one more treat in store for you! How about $3.00 off your admission to Rhinebeck? Sounds good? Just save and print this coupon and present at the gate when you arrive!
We can't wait to see everyone this Saturday and Sunday! Come by our booth in Building B Space 4, say "Hi!", and check out all of the wonderful things we have waiting for you at the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival this year!
We did indeed and it's high time we gave you a nice preview.
So far we have this white 20/80 cormo/alpaca blend, but coming soon we will have beaded hand dyed 20/80 cormo/alpaca.
There may or may not be some of the yummy yarn available at our September shows, and there might a special limted edition kit in the works with this yarn, but we're not tell anyone ;)
Don't forget to sign up for our mailing list to find out as soon as the yarn is available and to receive valuable discount coupons for all are fabulous beads, yarns, and kits.
Last fall we purchased a number of yummy alpaca fleece and a few weeks ago we took those fleece and some sheep fleece on a road trip. Our first stop was the home of wonderful friends Patty and Arthur. They graciously shared their home with with us and Patty even helped with our project. With lovely warm weather and lots of sunshine it was easy to skirt all those fleece. OK. Perhaps easy is not the best word. Some better words would be dirty, poopy, straw and grass-filled, and sometimes smelly. Despite all those words, the bright sun and great company made it a lot easier to get through two full days of skirting.
Once we had beautiful fleece done, we brought it to our friends at The Mill at the Meadowlands. Ruth Lamb and Paulette Ringley run an environmentally friendly mill that has antique equipment all restored to perfect working order. They were so helpful as we all sorted, weighed, and tagged the fleece.
So, what's to become of all this delicious fleece? The mill will processes it into roving and then our amazing hand spinner, Angela, will magically spin it all into beaded yarn! Yes, you heard correctly. Bead Biz will have our own beaded yarn available in time for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck).
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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