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Priory Beaders NBW 2016 Celebrations in Dorset

Priory Beaders has a great time celebrating NBW 2016 by taking part in the Mudeford Arts Festival at Mudeford Quay in Christchurch. Lots of lovely comments from visitors to our stand and new members for our group.

NBW Projects 2016

Jennifer Greenwood has sent us these pictures which show the projects she made during NBW. She says ''I really enjoyed making these items - The necklace cord is not from the Secret Beadalong pattern, but it worked with the rings, I will do the other cord at a later date. I love the Laura McCabe earrings pattern and have since made another pair in cerise. Hope you like them''

NBW Beadwork Exhibition - Milton Keynes 2016

Sylvia Fairhurst organised the first ever dedicated Beadwork exhibition in Milton Keynes in celebration of National Beading Week. Here are some comments from visitors to the exhibition and photos.

  • Stunning work, inspiring and very talented people, something to aspire to.
  • An excellent exhibition of beadwork. Fantastic ideas for future projects.
  • Lovely display, from some very talented people. Great Inspiration!!
  • Wonderfully inspiring to be surrounded by such creative, intricate and beautiful artwork!
  • Absolutely beautiful display. I don’t think I have ever seen such clever work with beading!
  • Wow! Stunning work. I leave inspired. Thank you.

NBW withBeading Lincs 2016

We had our usual stand at St James Fayre, Spilsby, where we celebrated National Beading Week. We use this event to publicise our group, this year we had a 'Make and Take' table making paper beads. We liked the idea of a bracelet that everyone could do using Heather's pattern and decided to use the rainbow colourways. Only two are completed so far as most members were on holiday, but they all now have beads ready to use at the next meeting in September. Having an annual event gives us a focus to try something new and to know that there are many others 'out there' who get great pleasure from their beading.

North Cumbria Beadworkers NBW Competition 2016

We had a competition to design and make a piece which had to include a little person motif for NBW. We had a few entries on the day and 2 winners were chosen. Kath Norman won the competition with her beading kit on a wooden tray. She won a voucher and Margaret Hall won 3 copies of Beadwork magazine for her NBW hanging decoration. We thought you would like to see our work

Auld Reekie Beading Group 2016

The Auld Reekie beading group based in Edinburgh held a beaded bead competition and small exhibition of work at their summer meeting. Weattach some photographs, which we thought you might like to see.

Nan McKay Group Part II

Our final event of the week and what a fantastic way to end NBW. The photos show us all bright eyed and bushy tailed at the start of the day, Alma helping one of our many visitors, the inevitable 'hunt the bead' game (a whole pile of beads were knocked off the table, I would like to submit this one for photo of the week). Then there's Poppy who popped by to see what we were doing and finally the end of a busy day. We are still collecting so don't have the final total but we will have made at least £300 for Erskine Hospital Charity. We will definitely be doing this again. Very happy but very tired beadworkers!

Nan McKay Group Part I

The Nan McKay Group had a fantastic night at Dandy’s Deli in Clarkston on Wednesday, I must say those cakes were delicious, especially the gluten free polenta, key lime and raspberry cake. Then we were back at the Burrell on Thursday. The Burrell will be closing for 4 years for refurbishment and we will miss it so much. The staff there are always so very welcoming and helpful we love having our demonstrations and taster sessions there. Can’t we have NBW every week? Happy beading!

Beads for Beauty 2016

Beads for Beauty had two great days trying some of the projects, it will be lovely to see finished results at our next meeting later this month. We had a lovely cake supplied by one of our members, several members joined Jean Powers Secret Beadalong, and we held a draw. Altogether we raised £60 which went to The Cats Protection Charity. The photographs are of the work that everyone brought in to display for our celebration of beadwork. Some is from patterns, some from projects used at our meetings, and some from classes with Alison. What we really love to see is the way many participants adapt the work to suit their own individuality. Using different beads, sizes of beads, changing the colour, the order in which the work is presented, and more. These innovations can give a completely different look to an original design. Thank you to the NBW team for all of their work in organising the event. We now have to wait a year for the next one!

Betchworth Beaders 2016

Betchworth Beaders were proud to be able to support Pancreatic Cancer Research yesterday with a Bead In attended by nearly 80 people. Beading was of course the activity of the day, with demonstrations, bead traders, beading displays, and of course refreshments and a raffle. All our visitors and traders gave generously to the various fundraising activities and we raised £657.80. The organisers each wore a beautiful purple beaded flower pin, design donated by Heather Kingsley Heath, and made up pins and kits were also on sale. Photos to follow

Zebra Beaders 2016

On the first Sunday of NBW the Zebra Beaders in Barton under Needwood gathered for an afternoon tea party. Leading up to the event the Zebras had been busy making beaded cakes for the day and a wonderful display appeared ranging from a complete Simmnel (minus one slice)cake through slices of Battenburg, Swiss roll, chocolate eclairs, fondant fancies, cup cakes, jam tarts, bakewell tarts, Black Forest gateaux, doughnuts, a basket of strawberries, a gingerbread man, Victoria sandwich slices, even Bertie Bassett and a wasp stealing from a jam tart appeared!!! Real cakes imitating the beaded ones were produced and a selection of dainty home made sandwiches were all enjoyed with plenty of tea poured from a bone china teapot and drunk from a bone china cup with a saucer - a bit of a do all round to celebrate beads, friendship and a lovely afternoon. Thanks BWG for NBW.

Roundball Beaders 2016

Thought you might like to see a photo of the Roundball Beaders tackling a beading project for NBW. Our group is based in Honiton, Devon and most of us have been beading together for the past 5 years. We meet once a month in my house – located at the foot of Roundball Hill. Hence our name! We thoroughly enjoy our beading sessions and have made numerous projects from your wonderful Journal. Please, please keep up the good work! Enjoy the summer and happy beading to everyone!

Bead & Biscuits/Halfpenney's Event 2015

Beads & Biscuits, Lancashire Supported by Halfpenney’s, hosted a beading day at Accrington Library. Other bead groups were invited to come and bead with us and it was open to everyone to come and have a look. Pam Kirk crossed the Pennines to bring her poppies and we got to read her project book. We also did some demonstrations and let people have a go. We even got our 15 minutes of fame when BBC Radio Lancashire came along for an interview or 2!!

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) 2015

We published a blog about national beading week, sharing it's success. This is the link to it http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/news/2015/08/06/national-beading-week-2015/. The images below show our NBWworkshops in progress 

Beads for Beauty 2015

We have attached images of a selection of the beautiful work brought in during the NBW here in Babbacombe, Torquay. The work is from projects made at our group meetings, at formal classes here, or other projects made by the students. We were delighted that our raffle for our Mare and Foal local charity raised enough to 'adopt' 3 of their horses.

Beading Lincs Out and About during National Beading Week 2015

We now have our own flag thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dorothy Banham who spent many hours working the pattern. She says she made it several times over trying out different letter styles before being satisfied with the final result. The group now have their own piece of publicity material which was on show at our two events during National Beading Week. Beading Lincs had a display at St James' Fayre Spilsby and in Skegness Library. The 'Make and Take Tables' were very popular as you can see from the photos.

Carmarthen Beaders 2015

In Carmarthen, South West Wales, last Thursday we had an open beading day which attracted 12 beaders and a few onlookers.  We made  1.5 inch squares with a ‘space’ theme (somewhere out there is a cure) to send to the Bead_it_forward charity in aid of breast cancer support. A few cakes were devoured at the same time and patterns and some beading guidance given to newcomers which hopefully has attracted some new members to the Beadworkers Guild!

Julia Atkins

Addicted to Beads, Milton Keynes 2015

were at their local Hobbycraft store for the whole week. Their youngest participant was only 3, the eldest 11, with an average age of 9. The loomwork was very popular and several people made return visits, one lad even turned down a bike ride with his dad to come beading! They also raised a few pounds for a local children's hospice.. the Hobbycraft store's charity. They rounded the week off with a workshop by Claire Crouchley ..Fantastic!

Priory Beaders at Priory Hall Christchurch on Saturday 25th July 2015

Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers 2015

The group were at the Burrell on Saturday and Tuesday with 55 adults and 20 children stopping to chat on Tuesday alone. On Wednesday they were at Dandy's Deli, where the cakes were to die for

Penny Crawley 2015

was demonstrating at Eastbourne Hobbycraft on Saturday 25th July. Although the store was unusually quiet, those who visited the table were very interested.

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