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A Bountiful Bead Universe

Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 2:14 pm

Pasadena Bead and Design Show welcomes over 300 artisans to the Hilton Pasadena for a tiny universe of all that shimmers, glitters and sparkles. This week’s four day extravaganza includes everyone from bead wholesalers to designers and statement-making stylers.

Terry Henry exhibited nature-inspired jewelry made with organic and inorganic materials and will host classes this Friday and Saturday. These delicate creations are from her “stream of consciousness” line.

Lillian Todaro displayed her stunning bead sculpture – what she calls wearable art – alongside the numerous books she has written on the subject. These time consuming pieces are one-of-a-kind and some take over 50 hours to create but she is happy to share her craft and get others beading.

Nature was a recurring theme for designer Barbara Garwood, who has been working with women in remote Mongolian villages for over 25 years to preserve craft and create art. Her new line includes preserved orchids from Thailand and Vietnam, hand set with precious stones.

The show includes over 100 workshop classes that guests can sign up for on the spot. There is plenty to explore and learn and some free demonstrations as well.

The Pasadena Bead and Design Show is open to the public. Admission is $10; good for all four days at the Hilton Pasadena on 168 South Los Robles Avenue. Visit for more details.



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