A Can’t Miss Local Event for Bead Lovers!

Highland Park Art CenterSo 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 Originals Bead ShowAyla’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.

Ayla’s Originals
Cynthia McEwen Design
Dakota Stones Enterprises
Diane Tarullo
Elka Designs
Hobo Glass
Ken’s Tribal
Kina Denton
Maike’s Marvels
Medusa’s Stones
Midwest Maille
Mostly Buttons
Nina’s Gem
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!

BeadStashBead Stash 2


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