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


Design a Bookmark

and win over £100 of prizes!

The competition for this Year's National Beading Week is to design and make a beaded bookmark. You can use any stitch you like and any subject matter. You design might be pictorial or a pattern - as long as it is your original design, anything goes!

However, there are guidelines on size: the finished bookmark must be between 15 to 20cm long and 3 to 5cm wide. An image of your entry should be submitted to Alison Peacock at (please do not send your beadwork).

                                                 The deadline for entries is Friday 30th June 2017

Beadworkers Guild members will decide the winner and will be invited to vote for their favourite design. The winning design will be announced on Friday 29th July as a great start to National Beading Week.


The competition is being sponsored by The Southampton Bead Shop and Spoilt Rotten Beads who are very generously donating over £100 worth of prizes. The prizes will be a £60 voucher and one year club membership from The Southampton Bead Shop, a £50 voucher from Spoilt Rotten Beads and the winning design will be featured in the Beadworkers Guild Journal.

Results of our NBW Competitions 2016

'Little People Beads'

The challenge was to create an original piece of beadwork in which the little people beads played a starring role in the final piece. There really were some fabulous entries and the judges had such a hard time choosing a winner that they decided to award a runners-up prize too.

Congratulations to Jessica Hayman for winning first place and Pam Kirk for winning the runners-up prize (photos of all the entries are below).

Wild, Wacky & Wonderful Beading!

The winner of the wildest, wackiest and most wonderful beading photo moment from NBW 2016 were the Nan McKay Beading Group in Glasgow with their 'Find a Bead' photo.

Here's what Heather Kingsley-Heath, our judge, had to say about the image - "This image captures perfectly the trials, frustrations, camaraderie and craziness that will be familiar to beaders everywhere. It is also the perfect illustration of however batty you get, you're never alone if you're a beader!"

Results of 2015 NBW Competitions

Margaret Hall

Logo Cabochon Competition

The challenge in 2015 was to create an original piece of beadwork in which the National Beading Week Logo played a starring role in the final piece. 

We had some wonderful entries, which can be see below.

Congratulations to Margaret Hall who won a £25 voucher for her NBW cabochon (seen to the left).

Design a Tie for Gordon

To celebrate National Beading Week in 2015 we held a competition to design a tie for Gordon Halfpenney of Halfpenney's Beads.

The Winner was Susan Foster with her
wonderful geometric design.

The pattern is now available to buy from the Beadworkers Guild's on-line shop or you can buy a full kit from Halfpenney's 

Susan Foster receiving her goodie bag from Gordon