We got the bead

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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.

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