The Crossroads Market has a plethora of unique & creative offerings - 120+ Shops! - such as the whimsical characters that are hand-felted out of wool by the talented Ian Paquette (pictured above) of "Just Felting Around". Ian shares space with A & B Fiberworks and creates dryer balls, bottle toppers and all sorts of creations with humour and meticulous detailing.
When I opened my shop at the Crossroads Market last year and saw Ian's creations, I told him about the Trollbeads "People's Bead" competition, because I thought a lot of his designs would translate into wonderful Trollbeads!
If you'd like a little more information about the Trollbeads People's Bead competition, see my blog post >>> Design Your Own Trollbead.
When the competition opened up earlier this month, I reminded Ian again about coming up with a submission, and he decided to make the fabulous Viking that you see him holding in these photos above and below.
Cool, or what?! Don't you think it would make an awesome Trollbeads People's Bead???
I'm not sure what the name is of Ian's Viking, but he does have quite an elaborate "back story" to explain the partial horn on his helmet and the eye-patch on his eye! Ian mentioned to me that he'll be posting Mr. Viking's story, along with his submission to peoplesbead.com ... I'm looking forward to reading the story (and VOTING for Ian's entry)! :-)
The next stage for The People's Bead is the VOTING by Trollbeads Fans from all over the world.
Wouldn't it be great for the People's Bead WINNER to be from Calgary??? Do I hear a resounding YES!???... Then let's make it happen!... I'll be sure to pass on the LINK for Ian's "Viking" Trollbeads entry as soon as I have it and let you know when the voting starts.
In the meantime, you can take a look at some of the People's Bead entries at: peoplesbead.com and keep your fingers crossed for Ian's Viking becoming the People's Bead 2019 -- Good Luck, Ian!
FYI... Ian demonstrates the art of "Needle Felting" every weekend at the CROSSROADS MARKET, so come on down for a visit, AND... please remember to pop by my shop to say "Hi", just two "doors" down and across the way, from Ian (Just Felting Around) and A & B Fiberworks.
~ xo Suzie ️