Lapis Turquoise & More beadweaving focal

Beads are the Vehicle

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.

Mary Ellen Merrigan and Moggie Moyer of BeadMyLove.com

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan & Moggie Moyer of Bead My Love

 

“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.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lapis Turquoise & More, scenic

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lapis Turquoise & More, scenic

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.

Lapis Turquoise & More beadweaving focal

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Lapis Turquoise & More, focal

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?

Beadweaving entitled Feather Fancy

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Feather Fancy

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.

glass designer Donna Nova

©2014, Donna Nova & Mary Ellen Merrigan

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.

ROY-red orange and yellow glass by Donna Nova

© 2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, ROY-red orange and yellow glass by Donna Nova

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.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Daryoush of The BeadChest

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Daryoush of The BeadChest

And, of course, I added some additional African Trade Beads and Ethiopian metals from him so I could make more bracelets.

Macrame bracelet with African Trade Beads & Ethiopian Coins

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Macrame with African Trade Beads & Ethiopian Coins

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?