Bringing Beadworkers Together - 29th July to 6th August 2017

Where would we be without our bead shops and traders? Twenty years ago we all struggled to purchase the variety and quality of beads that can be bought today, so we believe it is very important to support our bead businesses around the country to ensure that we continue to be able to buy the best products for our craft.

If you own a bead business in the UK please help us to help you by supporting National Beading Week and provide your customers with a wonderful experience during NBW. At the bottom of the page are lots of ideas of how you can get your customers involved in NBW, on the ‘Bumph’ page you will find a logo and artwork to use in your publicity and on the 'Goodies' page you will find lots of free patterns to offer to your customers.

We will also include a list of events taking place during NBW on the website; do let us know what you have planned so we can provide you with free advertising for all your activities and special offers (just email: with your logo and the text you would like uploaded to the website).

Free Advertising

Shops and Traders if you would like to have your National Beading Week event or offer advertised on this website for free email

Please email your logo and the text you would like us to upload

(please can you ensure that your text is proofed and ready to upload on the website. The NBW team are all volunteers and we would appreciate it if you kept the workload to a minimum please)

We at the London Jewellery School are supporting National Beading Week. We have scheduled a special evening taster class 'Stacked beaded bangles' on Tuesday 1st August 6.30pm-9pm where part of the course fee will be donated to charity. We have other beading classes running during the week and we will be promoting NBW on our social media, blog and newsletter. We hope the week goes well!

We are delighted to be involved once again in National Beading Week and will be running special offers throughout the event to celebrate our passion for beads. Visit our website or follow us on social media for daily treats including promotional discounts, free giveaways and fun competitions. We will also be running a 'Recommend a Friend' scheme to get as many people involved in beading as possible!

Once again we are teaming up with Starman to offer a week of subsidised workshops suitable for adults and older children of all abilities, using patterns designed by members of the Starman TrendSetter Team and Toho seed beads and the CzechMates 2, 3 and 4 hole beads.  Details of all these workshops are on the website, but you are welcome to ring the shop on 01453 520 000 if you would like more information

GJBeads will offer a promotion through their e-mail newsletter at the beginning of NBW, you can sign up for the newsletter through the website there is a link to the newsletter sign up at the bottom of every page

Beads for Beauty, Torquay, Devon - To celebrate 2017 NBW, we will be having a show of bead group members work. Join us in making Alison's new Rainbow Bookmark pattern, or Jean Powers Secret Bead-a-Long project. We will also have a raffle for our chosen charity as it was so successful last year. Tea, coffee, and biscuits available all day. Join us on Tuesday 25 July 10.30 to 3.30, or Wednesday 26 July 10.30 to 1.00.

Email or telephone 01803 328902 for further details

  Alison's bookmark pattern will also be available as a free download from 3 July

On June 29th we’ll be spreading the word about National Beading week with a blog post via the hugely popular beading blog: NBW ambassador Heather Kingsley-Heath is creating a new free pattern which will be available from this website, and Heather’s website from June 25th. The pattern will be in pdf format and free to download. Heather is happy for shops and groups to use the design to celebrate NBW at planned events.

On Saturday 29th July - CJ Beaders, The New Forest Bead Shop Open Warehouse Day

Start National Beading Week with a 'Bang' and come and browse our bargains to add to your stash! Lots of Summer Beads, clearance products, Bulk Bags of Beads and Findings and Special Offers throughout the day! Pop in from 10am -3pm to bag a bargain!!​ ( N.B  One discount only- either use your Loyalty Card or take advantage of Warehouse discounts, its your choice!)

Find us at 15,Williams Industrial Park, Gore Road, New Milton, BH256SH. Look out for the Feather Flags and Balloons on Gore Road. Turn into the industrial Park, keep right at Jewsons. There is a white building on the right; follow that to the end and round the corner; we are the second unit on the right. Plenty of free parking or we are on the X2 Bus Route ( Morebus)

Email or call 01202 798151 for more details

Katie Dean will be running a free beadalong on her Beadflowers website. This is a chance for you to join in and take a few minutes out of each day having some fun and relaxing with your beads! You'll be getting free tuition from Katie. She has three projects on offer, covering seed bead-weaving and French beading. There is something for complete beginners and more experienced beaders alike. In addition to this, Katie will be running some special events and offers on the Beadflowers website throughout National Beading Week.

Get all the details at this address:

Summer 2017 Secret Beadalong Day

Combined with my Summer 2017 Beadalong and taking place on the first day of National Beading Week, this beadalong day will be the ideal opportunity to meet beading friends and beadalong with them. Click on the link below to book your place.

50% discount for Guild Members

Ideas for National Beading Week

  • Offer discounts to your customers to encourage them to visit your shop or website during NBW.
  • Organise taster workshops to introduce customers to the products you sell.
  • Provide free pattern downloads on your website to celebrate NBW or link to the free downloads on our Goodies page.
  • Invite local beading groups to your shop and provide free tea and biscuits or organise an event together.
  • Hold a Bead Bombing day or walk in sessions and invite beaders to add to your beaded chain (see our Bead Bombing page for ideas and free patterns).
  • Hold a local beading competition to incorporate products from your shop/website.
  • Provide free goodie bags for the first 50 customers to visit your shop during NBW or to place the first orders on your website.
  • Hold an exhibition of local beaders work or open a gallery on your website and encourage beaders to send you images of their work.
  • Take your internet business to a local beading group and enjoy the day together.
  • Hold a raffle and invite local beaders to the draw during NBW.
  • Invite a NBW Ambassador to your shop to provide a talk, demonstration or workshop or ask if they can provide a free download for your website.
  • Provide free walk-in beading sessions for beginners to encourage new customers.
  • Find out what’s happening in your local area during NBW and take a stall at your local craft fair or market.
  • Decorate your shop with beaded and paper chains to create a party atmosphere or use our free artwork downloads on our Goodies page and decorate your website.
  • Provide free packs of beads (with your business card) to your local beading group for them to use in their Bead Bombing activities.

NBW Ambassador: Lorraine Whitehouse (Oak Tree Crafts)

To create something with your hands is a wonderful feeling. Even with all my years of experience I still get a buzz from taking a selection of shapes, colours and sizes, and making them into a beautiful piece of jewellery or an object. It doesn’t matter if you are following a designers pattern or creating your own project the feeling is the same; achievement, satisfaction and of course a smile. Regardless of ability it is a craft for everyone. So join in with National Beading Week and meet like-minded people, learn new techniques and of course have fun.

NBW Ambassadors: Johnny & Joanne (Southampton Bead Shop)

When you enter the world of beading, you’re diving into a wonderful creative craft where the only limit is your imagination! In here, you’re engaging with thousands of like-minded people, creating a bespoke and exciting creation that’s practical and stunning. It’s one of a kind hobby that never fails to get your creative juices flowing!

NBW Ambassador: Ann Tucker (Tanzee Designs)

We love National Beading Week and the opportunity it gives us to encourage people to ‘have a go’ at Beading. Showing a novice beader that anyone can combine colours to create something beautiful is so rewarding, especially if it’s a person who has thought for years that they couldn’t be artistic because they can’t draw.