People! BEADS! Fun! …Tucson 2014. Did you participate?
“Amazing!” The phrase may seem trite and overused, but it’s perfect to describe my experience.
One of my favorite To Bead True Blue vendors, Moggie Moyer said it well:
“Beads are the vehicle that introduce you to many wonderful people. It’s all about relationships and beads lead to great relationships.”
Moggie and daughter Meg Fillmore operate Bead My Love, a store with everything you need for beautiful bead embroidery.
I now own the marbleized ultra suede Moggie shows to me in this picture. It was all I could do to NOT buy four or five other versions.
This yummy piece already has a home on one of my beadweavings.
“Won’t that make a nice surprise when someone turns a focal over?” said Moggie. I agree.
We traded bits of wisdom and favorite philosophies about relationships. We visited. She introduced me to other friends.
Both Moggie and Meg delight in talking beads. I agonized over the stainless steel (pricey) delicas in this focal when I met Moggie in 2013. The metal beads add a great dimension to any beadweaving.
An earlier post mentions Feather Fancy and I connected Moggie with the post during the show. I wore Feather Fancy for the specific purpose of showing her my creation.
How fun is it to share creativity with someone who fosters it?
It’s not unusual, this camaraderie. It’s part of the bead connection.
It wasn’t only Moggie, or only one bead show. I found Santa Fe glass designer Donna Nova at The Best Bead Show.
I latched onto some wonderful turquoise beads she had on display and we reflected on the yellow, orange and red glass beads I’d bought the previous year. Donna commented that she’d heard about the necklace I’d created with her glass. We both agreed that no picture could really do “those beads” justice.
Behind Donna’s display I rediscovered Daryoush of TheBeadchest.com. He’d moved from another locale to The Best Bead Show at the Kino Veterans Memorial Center.
And, of course, I added some additional African Trade Beads and Ethiopian metals from him so I could make more bracelets.
Shhhhhhhhhhh! I confess: this is the tip of the iceberg. Classes. Tools. Ideas. Look for more on Tucson 2014 in future posts.
Moggie’s onto something: It’s the people I remember! Connect with people and you’ll connect with the soul of beading.
What was your favorite part of the Tucson shows?