Beads at a textile exhibit?

Impossible, you say. Beads are not fabric! 

Actually, they can be. And the Baltimore Museum of Art decided to include them in their annual textile exhibit this year. My mom (Carole, that is) and I got to accompany internationally known quilt and bead artist Judith Wilson Shapiro. We did beading demonstrations for interested folks all day long, which was fabulous, not to mention seeing the wonderful work of other  fiber artists, many of whom did jewelry as well. We even met the cutest little family – the little girl, age six, was full of adorable questions and is, I’m sure, destined to become a beader. If you ever get a chance to get over to Bead Attitudes/Theodora’s in the Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll see some of Judy’s fabulous beadwork. If you happen to be interested in the quilting side of things, the BMA has three gorgeous Baltimore Album quilts which are also worth a look. I loved them, and I don’t know the first thing about quilting!

-Liz

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