Sunday, April 30, 2006

Suppliers with possibilities!

A little sharing here! In my compulsive searching for all things beady and bright, for backings, good sterling silver catches etc., I have discovered the following sites. I’ve only dealt, so far, with Linda’s, but these are worth a look. A few words on each…

Rishashay – Bali silver beads and catches. Member of the Fair Trade Federation. Reasonable prices,and some of the most beautiful catches and findings I’ve seen anywhere. Their minimum order is $50.00 but you’d be hard-pressed to keep it down to that. US company? The beads, of course, are made in Bali.

Linda’s (Ultrasuede) – Ultrasuede and nothin’ but! Linda’s prices are high for yardage, but she features great small cuts and bags of pieces at really affordable prices. Canadian Company.

Denver Fabrics – Haven’t shopped there yet, but prices on …the ultrasuede, the African prints, the faux fur, the velvets and silks, oh MY!

Honey Beads – Don’t think I’ve ever seen a store carrying Czech cut GLASS beads. Found this site during a search for 12MM beads. Hard to tell them from crystal and I’m thinking they’d make nice fillers when you’re doing something huge – if you mixed them in with the pricey beads. They carry all kinds of Czech glass and crystal, as well as Swarovski and nifty little Czech bead fruits.

Vitabeads – Stonesssss. BIG stones. Big reasonably priced stones! Some eat them up beautiful stuff. I suspect they may increase saturation in their photos, but even if that’s true, still worth looking at.