Beads Galore! The Toronto Bead Society Fall Fair at the Toronto Reference Library

October 30, 2012 | Monika

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The Toronto Bead Society's Fall Fair is fast approaching! This year it’s being held on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, in the Appel Salon on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library.

Bead fair poster

As a long-time bead lover, I’m looking forward to seeing what new beads are on offer, and getting ideas for jewelry projects. There will be many bead and jewelry-supply vendors and some great classes, so take a look at the TBS  website for all the information.

Bead jewelry and beadwork have become very popular.  It’s a craft and an art that can be learned and enjoyed by all ages, with a minimum of supplies. 

We all remember making macaroni or button necklaces in kindergarten, and some of us remember the love beads we wore in the 60's!

My hippie grandmother

Today it just gets better. With such a colourful variety of beads available, in all shapes, colours and sizes, there’s something for everyone.


Everything you need to know about beads, from woven beadwork using tiny seed beads, contemporary glass bead-making, knitting and crocheting with beads, to the history of ethnic and antique beads, is represented in the great selection of books available at the library.

Beadwork a world guide       Glass bead workshop        Wired jewelry


       History of beads       Middle Eastern and Venetian glass beads       Beads an exploration of bead traditions around the world    

For inspiration and to learn more about the fascinating world of beads, be sure to take a look at some of these latest titles. Check out the bead fair, then check out some books!

Beading across America          Bead tube jewelry         Diane Fitzgerald's favorite beading projects


Glass bead jewelry projects      The Venetian glass bead        Vintage-style beaded jewelry