So glad that Bodacious Beads informed me of the upcoming Ayla’s Originals Bead Show and that it was a can’t miss event for bead lovers in the area. So this Sunday my husband and I got in the car and braved the traffic despite carmaggedon construction work on the Jane Byrne Interchange and headed north to the Highland Park Art Center.
Ayla’s Wonderful World of Beads Show is similar to the Bead & Button Show but with mostly local vendors coming together for a bead bazaar. There were 18 vendors offering a wide selection of supplies including buttons, gemstones, pearls, findings, crystals, chain, kits, leather etc. The Show is a great size as you could thoroughly admire and look over everything without being too overwhelmed or pressured by time constraint.
The fair also included gorgeous lamp work glass artists offering handmade glass art beads and jewelry. Jewelry designers were in attendance selling jewelry including wire work, chainmaille, soldered glass art, casting, and lampwork glass pieces.
Cynthia McEwen Design
Dakota Stones Enterprises
Ovington Glass Studio
Silk Road Treasures
String-a-Strand on Wells
The Reith collection
Two Charming Chix
I happily found some great supplies I was looking for. I got some gorgeous Aquamarine which is my birthstone, crystals, and findings. I wish the fair had offered more seed beads. But, I did find a wonderful vendor offering some seed beads from her large stash for a low price. Can’t wait for the next show!