Thursday, March 26, 2009

South Shore Beaders Field Trip

Yesterday the South Shore Beaders went on a Field Trip to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Wow! What a place.

We gathered at 5:00 PM and spent several hours looking at the various exhibits. Somehow, the name "Craft" doesn't give the pieces their due. Now, that may just be me but Uber Craft or extremely Artistic craft or Artisan Crafts might fit better.

We went from room to room oohing and awing at the pieces. We finally went to what seemed to be the end corridor only to find a new Gem! The Education class rooms and the workshop for those who just wanted to come and craft with others. We hit the right night, Wednesday. A group gathers around 6 - 7 PM and just does their own thing. We saw several making "Dream Catchers" each one very different from the others. Another lady was there because she wanted to learn how to knit. She pulled out several beautiful scarves she had made. Her choice of yarns, mixed together made some spectacular pieces.

We asked about the schedule of classes and since most of us are interested in jewelry were told that we should wait a while and Ann would be here. She makes lots of jewelry. While waiting, we had fun talking to the people already there. Our group almost filled a table but Ann shortly joined us and then the conversations really got started. What classes have you taken and the infamous passing our jewelry around. How did you do that? Where did you get those stones? Do you buy on line? What are your favorite sites? and on and on.

Then we all had a laugh when one of our group started laughing about a post she (and several others) had seen on The Beading Daily blog. It was called "The Beaders Handshake"

"That’s when you walk up to another bedecked beader (maybe someone you don’t even know), stare at her chest, freely pick up the focal piece on the necklace she’s wearing, get a goofy “wow” look on your face, look into their eyes, and then finally say 'Hello!' ”

We had just done that to Ann when she walked in.As the conversation rolled around to point out that we all had much in common, Ann mentioned that she is going to start teaching at a bead store in Mansfield. We, in a chorus said "The Beadcache?" Of course, many of us met there and all frequent the place often. That is where I teach Chain Maille classes.

We are all sure that we will be back to the Fuller Craft Museum. If you live close, you should check it out.



  1. Love the beader's handshake for it is so true! I'm always looking at people's jewelry and trying to figure out what it is made of or how it is made. When you are a jewelry designer, you just can't help it.

  2. Cool that you went to the museum! It is on my list of things to do!

  3. Yes, the beader's handshake! Sometimes I wonder what people think when I stare at their chest to check their jewelry. *laughz*
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