Last Sunday (3rd) I decided to pay a visit to the London Bead Fair held at Kempton Park. They don't have a website as such so I won't bother pointing you in their direction. I went for two reasons, the first being that my friend was going to be there and that I would be missing The Big Bead Show as I am going to be at Flame Off.
When I arrived I was surprised at how quiet it was - in fact if it wasn't for all the cars in the carpark and 1 sign, I would have thought it wasn't on.
Anyway in I went (£4 entry) and met up with my friend and had a lovely cup of tea and a chat, another lady joined us that I had met previously. Then toddled off for a look around.
It wasn't a very big show, well I can only compare it to The Big Bead Show as that is the only other show I have been too and most of the stalls seem to be aimed at seed beaders. However Tuffnells glass was there.
rainbow bead tutuorial from JC Herrell.
Anita's Beads, only £2.00 a string and I do so like a bargain! These are a bit bigger than the ones I usually use.
Craft Pimp forum about Kumihimo at the moment and when I was visiting a friend before Christmas, she showed me how to do it. I thought it was about time I gave it a try so I bought a little mini disc from GJ Beads, it was only £2.99 and I didn't want to spend a lot of money as I am not sure it is something I want to do a lot of. I was a bit dissapointed that there wasn't a good selection of cord to buy so will have to look for something online.
Stitch'n'craft (you can find it further down the page) £1.18. It's great if your bead hole is a bit big and you want to use wire. Very simply it makes the hole smaller.
Finally and probably the best thing that happened to me at the fair was I got to chat to Laney from Izzybeads. A frequent visitor and a member of the Craft Pimp Team, we have been chatting via the forum for ages and I did meet her at the Stourbridge Festival of Glass last year but didn't have a chance to chat to her so it was really nice to get to know her a bit better.
She makes lovely beads, a lot of which will bring a smile to your face. I bought these lovely beads and because I am her friend she popped one of these cute little bee beads into the bag. These can be ordered from her Etsy store for just £2 along with ladybirds, butterflies, sunshine and bones!
Well, I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings and sharing the goodies I bought. Please feel free to comment, it's always nice to know when you've liked my posts.
Thanks for looking.