Lineage of Bead

Dates & Times

July 28th - 31st, 2016, Thursday through Sunday, 10am - 6pm daily, with workshops, forums, and seminars 8am - 9pm.


Hilton PasadenaHilton Pasadena, in Pasadena, California, is a boutique-style hotel, three blocks from the historic Old Town shopping district and a short distance from Los Angeles. The first European settlers to San Gabriel Valley established vineyards and ranches, and by 1884, Pasadena had attracted the attention of railroad magnates, steel barons, and industrialists who built their grand homes along sycamore-lined boulevards. By 1908 Pasadena was a showcase for the Arts & Crafts Movement and was more like a European village on the outskirts of Paris or Vienna, than a city in Southern California. Today, it still has the most examples of Arts & Crafts architecture in the United States. The address is 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101. For the convenience of the Pasadena Bead and Design attendees, special hotel room and parking rates are available (see below for details). The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle within a 2 mile radius.


Hilton Pasadena valet parking will be available for a special rate of $10 a day, with self-parking at $8 / day. Paseo Colorado Shopping Plaza, which is a five minute walk from the hotel, is $2/hour. Street parking is also available.


Pasadena is located nine miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The closest and most convenient airport, Bob Hope Airport, in Burbank, is sixteen miles, about a 20-minute drive. Los Angeles International, served by all domestic and foreign carriers, is twenty-eight miles, a 45-minute to a 2½-hour drive, depending on the traffic. See the map below for directions.

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Special room rates are available starting at $139/night at the Hilton Pasadena. For hotel reservations, reserve a room online or contact the hotel at (626) 577-1000 or 1-800-HILTONS. Ask for the Pasadena Bead and Design Show Group Rate.

Admission & Registration

Admission is $10, good for all four days. You may register online, or at the door. Open to the public, with both wholesale and retail pricing; to register as a wholesale buyer, please bring a business card and resale license. Children under 18 are free.


The Hilton Pasadena has a gourmet restaurant and bar –Trevos Restaurant –conveniently located next to the ballrooms. Within a short walking distance there are multiple choices in the world famous Paseo Colorado Shopping Plaza.


The Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a sanctuary of art, rare books, and 150 acres of themed gardens. Here are some examples of the wide-ranging collection: the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible, the first seven drafts of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, The Grand Canal, Venice (1837) –Joseph Mallord Turner, Satan, Sin, and Death (1806) –William Blake. There is also the Norton Simon Museum, one of the world’s most extensive art collections, including Flight into Egypt (c1544) by Jacopo Bassano, Self-Portrait (c1636) by Rembrandt, Tulips in a Vase (c1890) by Paul Cézanne, and Dancers in the Rotunda (1895) by Edgar Degas. Other attractions include Blacker House, the largest and most ornamental of Greene & Greene’s handmade, wooden house designs; Castle Green, across from the old Santa Fe Depot, where wealthy Easterners disembarked for the winter cure; Pacific-Asia Museum, 5,000 years of art and artifacts from Asia and the Pacific Islands, including a Japanese house and Zen gardens; Pasadena City Hall, California Mediterranean style, with formal courtyard and fountain, patterned after the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. In addition, Pasadena has many exquisite boutiques, European-style shops, fine restaurants, and walking parks. There are many other ways in which Pasadena embodies the beauty of nature –red sunsets, Cypress trees, rosebuds, the range of blue tones from Indigo to turquoise in the play of clouds and shadows over the San Gabriel Mountains.


The Pasadena Bead and Design Show features artists, artisans, and wholesale merchants who are chosen by juried application and by invitation for traditional and contemporary handwork and artisanship, showcasing handmade beads, gemstones, designer components, gold & silver, wearable art, embellishments, lapidary, art jewelry, ceramics, ethnographic art, glass art, textiles, fiber arts, metalwork, enameling, art couture, handwovens, collectibles, decorative arts, and artisan supplies. Exhibitors are located in the ballrooms, showrooms, and conference rooms inside the Hilton Pasadena. View the exhibitor list here. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at Pasadena Bead and Design Show, or any of our other future shows, apply online.


Workshops, forums, and demonstrations will be ongoing July 28 - 31, 2016, from 8am - 9pm, and will include techniques such as jewelry design, bead making, fiber art, kumihimo, bead weaving, loom work, pattern design, fashion forecasts, wire work, polymer clay, ribbon flower work, metalwork, precious metal clay techniques, art clay silver, embellishment, creative connections, stone setting, photography, hand spinning, soldering, and color on metal. View workshop list.

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