Puget Sound Bead Festival Workshops On Track for a Full Show!
Only three weeks into workshop registrations for the Fifteenth Annual Puget Sound Bead Festival, and many classes have already filled! With new registrations coming in each day, even more workshops are close to filling. Show Producer, Viki Lareau says “We’ve lowered class fees by 15% for our Fifteen Year Anniversary, and we’ve stopped requiring students to purchase kits at the same time as their workshop registration. In this economy, we’re trying to help students out wherever we can!” Show Coordinator Melissa Lovejoy Goldman adds, “we always think our workshops are fabulous, but it’s wonderful to see so many students just as excited as we are!”
In addition to new, lower class fees, this year’s workshop registrations support a greater trend toward DIY and handmade that is exploding in popularity right now. After the economic trends of late 2008 and 2009, people are investigating money-saving hobbies like beading to fill their time. Many of the popular workshops at the 2010 Puget Sound Bead Festival involve creating jewelry by hand, which is often a significant savings over purchasing a similar piece of jewelry at a store.
Prospective students can find more workshop information and register for class spaces online at www.PugetSoundBeadFestival.com. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis online, via fax or in person at The Bead Factory at 3019 6th Avenue in Tacoma. Class pre-registration ends June 25th but current trends predict many full workshops before that date.
Fifteenth Annual Puget Sound Bead Festival, Fri - Sun July 9th - 11th 2010, located in the Murano Hotel’s Bicentennial Pavilion at 1302 Broadway in Tacoma, WA. The festival includes vendors, artists & bead merchants and artisans from across the country, bringing beads from all around the world. Beads made from glass, clay, semi-precious stones, silver, wood, and polymer. Beads range from hundreds of years old to contemporary one of a kind glass beads made by local artists.
The festival also features over 70 classes in every kind of jewelry making including a Business Class teaching you how to sell your jewelry, a very popular option in this economy! All workshops are taught by nationally known instructors on glass bead making, seed beading, wireworking, contemporary jewelry design and on selling your work.
Hours are 10AM to 6 PM Friday and Saturday, and 11AM -5PM on Sunday. $ 7 admission is good for all three days. For more information, please contact The Bead Factory, (253)-572-5529 ext. 121 or 1-888-500-BEAD, fax (253) 383-9701, email Melissa@TheBeadFactory.com, or on the web at www.PugetSoundBeadFestival.com