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If your idea of a good time includes crafting a “crimson queen medallion” with Austrian crystals, Czech fire-polished beads, and rivoli crystals, gather your beading tools and brace yourself for the 2011 Interweave Bead Fest, which runs through Sunday, March 13, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.) and the Hilton Santa Fe (100 Sandoval St.).
From now until October, the festival celebrating DIY bead culture migrates from here, to Pennsylvania, to Texas, promising an array of fun and informative beading activities. The bead bash pops off in Santa Fe during National Craft Month, and more than 130 exhibitors at a “Bead Bazaar” trade show and 90 classes led by experts in the field provide something for every experience level.
It’s also National Caffeine Awareness Month. Please be aware of the dangers posed by beading with sharp objects or kiln-firing a glass bead while hopped-up on a triple macchiato. Also, all workshop attendees are required to bring their own project light and an extension cord or power strip.
Bead crocheting, stitching, stringing, chain mail (for the Renaissancefair aficionados), kiln-fusing, lampworking, wire knitting and wrapping … If you don’t know what these things are, those proficient in the beading arts are on hand to set you straight. If you do know what they are and it makes you want to jump in headfirst, Bead Fest is the place to be.
Bead Bazaar hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at both locations. A free shuttle runs between the hotel and convention center during bazaar hours. Admission is $12 daily, $14 for a two-day pass, and $16 for a three-day pass. There is no charge for registered Bead Fest workshop attendees. To register for workshops, learn about the Bead Bazaar, and for more information visit www.beadfest.com.