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2012 Beads, Baubles & Fleece show

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ELLSWORTH - The fourth annual Beads, Baubles & Fleece Downeast: Fall Bead, Jewelry and Fiber Show will take place during Autumn Gold Weekend in September (Sept. 28 and 29). This show is a combination fine craft show and supply sale. For those who love to work with their hands and create holiday gifts, the marriage of beads and fiber supplies at this event is a match made in heaven! Among the goodies available will be an array of pearls, gemstones, seed beads, Czech glass beads, vintage beads and buttons, clasps and findings, handmade artisan lampwork glass beads, hand dyed and handspun yarn and roving (roving is unspun fleece for felting projects), fiber for spinning and felting and other supplies for knitting and crocheting projects. Featuring 25 vendors, the show includes farms creating their own fiber supplies and wares, local bead and yarn shops, as well as local professional artisans creating high quality jewelry and fiber wares.

Those who are looking for beautiful hand-created gifts will find a beautiful selection of artisan goods in the form of jewelry and fiber wares. Jewelers from all over the state are offering adornments created with a variety of techniques and materials. Beaded jewelry using many of today's newest and most innovative techniques will of course be available. However, fine silver, beach glass, handmade lampwork glass and precious metal clay jewels will also be featured. The array of finished fiber goods at the show includes clothing and accessories, dishtowels, bags and totes, change purses, handknits, housewares, felted ornaments and more.

In so many ways this is an entirely unique event. While there are many craft shows in Maine, and also occasional fiber events like the Maine Fiber Frolic, this is the only non-agricultural show event in Maine to feature the combination of fine craft, beads and fiber supplies. This unusual combination provides an unprecedented opportunity to stock up on supplies, talk with artisans and vendors knowledgeable in the latest fiber and bead wares or simply purchase a special finished piece of jewelry or fiber art created by a local artisan. A wealth of knowledge and skill is available at the show in the form of the vendors present. The following vendors will be participating: Priscilla Wentworth (handmade polymer clay beads & jewelry), Margaret Hagopian-Slack (beads & jewelry), Mary Eaton (handwovens & jewelry), Diane Allen (beads & jewelry), Sihaya Hopkins (handmade glass beads & jewelry), Barbara Fernald (beads & jewelry), Janelle Delicata (precious metal clay jewelry), Jenny King (beads & jewelry), Erlynne Kitagawa (felted animals & beadwork), Doris Walsh (handspun yarn, handknits & jewelry), Tina Beachy (handmade Lampwork glass beads & jewelry), Bead Biz (imported Czech glass beads and handspun yarn), Barbara Fleming (beads & jewelry), Ellen Pride (jewelry), Jennifer Miller (fabric wares & beads), Sharon Broom (beads & jewelry), Kathleen Henderson (handmade glass beads), Ashley Faulkingham (jewelry), Kathy Gearhart (knitted and crocheted hats), Marcie Amory (dichroic glass jewelry), Cullen Concannon (silver and stone jewelry), Julie Jones (handspun yarn and hand knits), Jodi Clayton (felted accessories, yarn, and roving), Robin Byrne (felted gift items) and Christina Heiniger (beads & jewelry).

The show takes place on Friday, Sept. 28, noon-7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Schoodic Room at the Ellsworth Ramada, 215 High Street. Enter at the lobby entrance and the Schoodic Room is to your right. Admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under free. Snacks will be available for purchase right at the show. For more information, please visit www.GiftedHandShow.com/events.htm, find the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fhs.giftedhand or call organizer Christina Heiniger at 664-2404.

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