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Bead Fest makes an exciting return to the West Coast with Bead Fest Fall.

Bead Fest returns to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and we’re doing it bigger and better than before—with dozens of workshops offering premium jewelry-making education to beginner and lifelong jewelry enthusiasts alike! Enjoy fun, hands-on workshops taught by some of the best instructors from across the country. And don’t miss out on the shopping—aisles and aisles of booths stocked with beads, gems, tools and even finished jewelry. Bead Fest is your ticket to one-of-a-kind, handmade wearable art—and the jewelry-making getaway you deserve!

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Meet Our Editorial Team!

Come and meet our Interweave bead/jewelry editorial team! Learn from experts like Tammy Honaman, Debbie Blair and Kristal Wick, as they host ongoing technique demos, answer your questions and host book signings!

 

Meet Tammy Honaman!

Meet Tammy Honaman!

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Tammy Honaman, editor of BeadingDaily.com and an Authorized Swarovski Instructor, has enjoyed making and teaching jewelry for over 20 years. Tammy works in many different media and enjoys sharing techniques on all the new and innovative products that hit our industry.


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Looming with the Jewel Loom

Watch and learn how Tammy sets up the Jewel Loom. Learn how to set up the Jewel Loom with leather cording, bead with DiamonDuo beads and seed beads, then finish with cord ends and clasp. Materials provided by BeadMaster USA, Beadalon and LeatherCord USA. Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Friday and Saturday



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Ice Resin Bezels, Buttons, Charms and Pendants

Join Tammy as she shows you how to create quick and easy image transfers then how to capture them with resin. See examples on how you can use the finished filled bezels in beaded designs. Resin, tints, and foils provided by Ranger Ink. Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Friday and Saturday

Meet Kristal Wick!

Meet Kristal Wick!

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Kristal Wick, Content Strategist for the Bead & Jewelery group at Interweave is an Authorized Swarovski Instructor, frequent YouTube host and author of 3 Jewelry making books loves beading with her pups Sparkle & Bling!


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Resin Bezel Bling

Join Kristal as she shows fun ways to combine resin, fabrics, fibers and beads! Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Friday



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Fabulous Fabric Beads

Check our Kristal’s exciting techniques from her bestselling book, Fabulous Fabric Beads. Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Saturday

Meet Debbie Blair!

Meet Debbie Blair!

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Debbie Blair is the editor of Beadwork magazine and a proud Colorado native who is always on the hunt for the ultimate pastries wherever her travels take her. An avid crafter since childhood and holding a degree in fine art, she enjoys incorporating interesting colors, textures, and shapes in her work.


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Easy pendant using circular brick stitch

Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Friday



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Circular peyote stitch medallions using DiamonDuos

Schedule 12-1pm and 4:30-5:30 on Saturday

Meet Merle White!

Meet Merle White!

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Editorial Director of Interweave’s Gem & Jewelry Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. She has been with the magazine since 1985, when she started as Lapidary Journal‘s Managing Editor. She has launched several related magazines, most notably Step by Step Wire Jewelry, and oversaw the initial development of workshops at numerous Bead Fest events.

Shipwreck Beads Inspiration Playground

Get inspired! This interactive DIY space will fuel your creativity while offering one-on-one instruction, loads of information, and a finished project with $5 Make & Take projects!



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TRAVEL
  • Metalsmithing

    Shape and mold metal into beautiful, fashionable pieces.

  • Beading

    String, weave, and stitch away creating wearable art.

  • Silversmithing

    Get creative with silver and immerse yourself in the craft.

Bead Fest Expo

Expo Hours

  • FRIDAY, October 14
    10am-6pm
  • SATURDAY, October 15
    10am-6pm
  • SUNDAY, October 16
    10am - 5pm

Testimonials

  • "The quality of instruction by these top instructors in the country is terrific. Really enjoy learning from the masters."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The shopping, I do not have bead shops in my area, so this is very important to me to have the section and to have so many bead vendors to buy from. But I also love the fact that I can take workshops to learn from."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The workshop and also the atmosphere and excitement and inspiration of the other people. I have been to a lot of bead shows, but never Beadfest before, this was much more friendly and not just about selling beads."
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "I enjoy looking at all the new beads and displays. I love just being here it is inspiring. Helps to jumpstart my creative juice twice year. "
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "The quality of instruction by these top instructors in the country is terrific. Really enjoy learning from the masters. "
    — BF Fall Attendee
  • "Very well organized event with a great selection of classes, instructors and vendors. The staff are always helpful and pleasant."
    — BF Fall Attendee

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