I’ve heard of this event for a few years, but I’ve never actually been, until now! The Big Bead Show was held on the 19th October 2013 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey (yes this should have been posted before my craft fair report, but I’ve only just got around to writing this). I’ve been here before for a jobs fair with school, but I was nice to be seeing things I enjoy looking at.
The hall was rather large (no way as big as the NEC, that’s enormous!) and stuffed full of stalls selling loads of different types, style, colours, ect of beads, findings, tools and other paraphernalia. If you could think of it, it was probably there. Talk about sensory overload!
I do have to admit that it did get quite repetitive as some of the stalls were selling exactly the same stuff (although to be fair you can only get so many different variations of beads). The fair is very good if you do bead stringing and/or use big beads. There were only a handful of stalls that I found that sold seed beads, which is what I was mainly after. Thought I was extremely happy to find a good source of Miyuki Delicas, the cheapest place with the biggest range was Half Penney. Mission accomplished!
I come home with sore feet (too much walking!) and a nice haul of goodies. Once I finish my Christmas crafting I’ll be kept happy for days with these.
And a little robot man pendant charm that for some reason I fell in love with. He will be staying with me although I don’t know quite yet what he will end up in. Most likely a necklace with the cogs and gears.
The next one is next April and I hope to go again, and catch some demonstrations as I missed them all this time.