We are going to do two shows this weekend, The New England Fiber Festival and Stitches SoCal. How will we accomplish this witchcraft? Glad you asked! Esther and Jean Elizabeth will be in Springfield, Mass for The Fiber Festival of New England and our wonderful employee Cecillie will be in Pasadena.
Cecillie will have the shawls Ice Rain, which is knit, and Nymphaea which can be done as a knit or a crochet project. As well as a ton of brand new beads!
We are participating in the Scavenger Hunt this year!
All you need to do to participate is to find the booths which have this picture posted and then scan the QR code and answer the questions in order to be entered into a chance to win a boatload of amazing prizes!
Esther and Jean Elizabeth (and Daxton) will be at THE Fiber Festival of New England in Springfield, Mass. We'll have two amazing shawls of our own!
We'll also have a ton of new beads including a great selection of these brand new square beauties!
Jean Elizabeth will be teaching Learn to Knit with Beads. This is a great class which will show you multiple methods for adding beads to your projects and talk about what beads are good for different types and sizes of fibers. You will start to make a beaded cuff bracelet. It's an easy project that lets you focus on the beads instead of complicated directions. If you knit, you can make this beautiful, sparkly, soft bracelet.
You can still register for the class right here!
We also have it on good authority that Art for Your Feet will have an amazing selection of Tsocks in the booths right next to ours at THE Fiber Festival of New England!
So where are these great shows? Glad you asked!
Friday 2nd November 10am to 6pm
Saturday 3rd November 10am to 6pm
Sunday 4th November 10am to 4pm
Pasadena Convention Center
175 South Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
***Our Booths 421-423***
The Fiber Festival of New England
Saturday November 3rd 9am to 5pm
Sunday November 4th 9am to 3pm
Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds
1305 Memorial Avenue (Rte. 147)
West Springfield, MA 01089
***Our Booths 410/411 East***
So, no matter which coast you're on, you can get all the beads you this coming weekend!
Can't wait to see you!
Now that we are one week away from Rhinebeck, let's talk.
First things first, when and where:
New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
Saturday October 20th 9am to 5pm
Sunday October 21st 9am to 4pm
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
**Our Booth: Building B Space 4**
We will be premiering two new shawls. The first one is a knitted lace shawl by Kristi Holaas called Twisted Leaves. Kristi has reworked this pattern and added beads in both the body and the edging of the shawl. The yarn in the kit is a fingering weight mix of cashmere and merino hand-dyed by June Pryce Fibers Arts. The beads in the body are wonderful Czech size 6 beads and along the edge are Japanese Long Magatamas.
The second one is a crochet shawl created for us by Linda Dean called Pilgrimage. This pattern includes two colors of our brand new Square Miyuki Seed Beads. They are so new that they are not even up on the web page yet! (As soon as I get them up, I will include a link here.They are up! You can get them here!) The yarn in this kit is also the cashmere/merino hand-dyed by June Pryce Fiber Arts. This kit has both a neutral gradient and a colorful one to create a great contrast!
Not enough goodies yet? We will also have a special Art For Your Feet Surprise! We will have a rarely seen Tsock-Shawl set. We are not revealing here, so you will have to come to the booth to see what it is! (Hint: The colors are black and red.)
See You at Rhinebeck!
We had a blast meeting so many wonderful new people at DFW and seeing lots of old friends at YarnFest! We'll definitely be back next year!
We have so many things in the works right now. We are working on 2 new shawl kits to debut at Rhinebeck, but you folks haven't seen this years beauties yet.
We are in the process of increasing the variety of Tsock Kits we will have available. Right now we have:
Daughter of the Regimen
Love in Idleness
And there are several in the skeining and dying stages. Keep your eyes peeled.
If you want to be in the know and get discount coupons when we are at shows near you, just sign up for our mailing list and you will be the first to know everything.
Despite the rainy forecast, we are looking forward to a great show this weekend and know that ya'll will come out no matter what the weather! Still, it never hurts to cross your fingers and toes and hope for a change in the forecast.
See you at the Fairgrounds!
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Saturday May 5th 9am to 6pm
Sunday May 6th 9am to 5pm
Howard County Fairgrounds 2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, MD
***Our Booth: N20***
***We will be sharing space with Art For Your Feet***
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 Stitches West this weekend and in addition to our Exclusive New Shawls, we will be hosting the West Coast premier of Art For Your Feet's fabulous Tsocks! As you may know, our friend Lisa Grossman, the Tsarina of Tsocks and creator of many wonderful and unique sock patterns, passed away 2 years ago. Her life partner, Jeff, inherited the business, and we and he have partnered in order make sure that her amazing tsocks continue to be available to our knitting community.
We will a limited number of her many designs available in our booth including:
As a special treat, we will also have Quantum Paratsox making its first public debut since being introduced in the Tsock Kit Club!
This unique tsock is based on quantum theory and includes Schrödinger's cat in illusion knitting as well a mobius strip which creates the paradox. (The tsock contains both your foot and everything that is not your foot in the same sock!)
Not a sock knitter but wish you were? We will have Tsock101 - a kit which will have you knitting socks in no time!
So, just to recap, we'll have brand new shawls, tons of new beads, and tsocks!
Don't miss it!
Friday February 24th 10am to 6pm
Saturday February 25th 10am to 6pm
Sunday February 26th 10am to 4pm
Santa Clara Convention Center
5101 Great American Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054
***Our Booth: 322 - 421***
Click Here to get 50% your admission to the Marketplace!
See you this weekend!
So many new things are in the works here this Spring!
Let's start with our new Partner Company! Bead Biz is pleased to announce that we have officially partnered with Art For Your Feet (AFYF). As you may know,, our friend Lisa Grossman, the Tsarina of Tsocks and creator of many wonderful and unique sock patterns passed away 2 years ago. Her life partner, Jeff, inherited the business, and we and he have partnered in order make sure that her amazing tsocks continue to be available to our knitting community.
Both Bead Biz and Art For Your Feet will be at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend in booth North 18. Bead Biz will be featuring our newest shawl kits complete with pattern, beads, and yummy cashmere-merino yarn hand dyed by June Pryce Fiber Arts.
We will also have eleven brand new Gradient Bead Kits because if you have gradient yarns, you absolutely need gradient beads to go with them! Can't you just picture a wonderful gradient with dark-to-light yarn and light-to-dark beads in it?
There will be a limited number of Willow Ware Tsock Kits as well as a special limited number of patterns only available for purchase there. There might even be a few other tsock kits as well.
That info for Maryland? We have that right here!
Saturday May 6th 9am to 6pm
Sunday May 7th 9am to 5pm
Howard County Fairgrounds 2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, MD
Our Booth: North 18
We will be sharing space with Art For Your Feet
Now it's time for us to continue getting all these beautiful goodies ready for Maryland!
See you this weekend!
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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