Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bead and Button Show 2014

This past year I traveled to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee for a second time.  As before, I had a most wonderful time. I live in a rather small town so it is always nice to travel outside of that realm and get out and see a little culture. One of my favorite parts of the show (besides the shopping)is seeing some of the jewelry pieces from the different contests/challenges that are held through out the year. Here are some of the pictures I took while I was at the show of those pieces. Please excuse the quality of the pictures. I went early in the morning to take the photos and the sun was shining brightly in the lobby and reflecting off the glass on the cases.

First is Best in Show by Sarah Thompson titled: Thistle.
Next was one of my personal favorites by Heidi Kummli titled: The Shamanic Path. 
Next is Sherry Serifini titled: Rhinestone Cowboy
 And one with Sherry and Wayne Robbins.
Next we have 2 by Sue Horine. Unhinged and El Lobo.

Another piece by Betty Stephan titled Warrior Princess

Here's a piece by Diane Hyde

Emi Yamada with Suzaku and Justina Coffey with My Big Fat Pink Jellyfish

Next we have Yukikoya Mamota with Chinese Phoenix and Zhanna Vasilyeya with Lobster.

Next we have June Huber's Kirigami Star followed by Pam Horbit's Astrometry Ball.

Next we have some very colorful Three Amigos by Svetlana Chebotayeva and Andrea Grzabka's White Raven.

Next we have Guzel Bakeeva with the Shards of a Black Star and Megumi Saso with Milky Way.

Next we have Eliana Maniero with LaGrande Bellezza Necklace and Tina Hauer with Arizona Cabochons and a close up.

Finally we have Kathy King with Eighth Order and Janice Cuozzo with Hawaiian Surf.

I have a few more photos of finished pieces that I will try to post when I get some more time. They also had a beautiful display of buttons again this year. So stay tuned for those.

I highly recommend that if you get a chance try and make the trip to Milwaukee. So much talent under one roof. Plus shopping for three days.

Plus they offer many classes at the show. I took a class with Sherry Serafini and Hannah Rosner. I had wanted to tackle learning some bead embroidery for some time and this class was the perfect opportunity to do so. This is the finished cuff I made from the techniques learned in that class. It turned out just lovely.

Another one of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to meet up with Pat Winter. It was so very nice to meet one of my internet friends in person. Wish I could actually meet all of you in person.

I am going to be away for a while because I am going to be relocating. I am moving to Florida from Northern Wisconsin. I have been hard at work packing. I really hate moving. I have done it way too many times in my life. But I want to take my business to a more populated area and I didn't want to deal with winter anymore. So Florida here I come. I leave in 2 days. See you when I get there.


  1. first of all all the best with your move and wishing you lots of hapiness in your new home.

    What wonderful beading, this has taken beading to another level some amazing pieces. A very nice cuff you have created too

    1. Thanks Margaret. Yes the beading at this show is remarkable. It's wonderful to see the pieces up close and personal.

  2. What beautiful creations! The one that grabbed me was 'Warrior Princess'.

    I hope you have a smooth move to FL. What a change you are going to have from Wisconsin. What part of FL are you moving to? I live in the the s.e. part, over populated especially during the winter.

    But you are in for lovely weather, fall/winter/spring. Summers can be brutal with the heat and humidity but the other 3 seasons help make up for that. :-)

    Have a lovely Sunday and a good week in your new home.


    1. Yes Lorraine these pieces are stunning. So much talent under one roof. I am going to be moving to Melbourne FL. I use to live there about 12 years ago so I am familiar with the weather and I'm looking forward to it. Last years winter up here was brutal and propane prices out of sight. You have a wonderful week as well and see you when I get reestablished.