Bringing Beadworkers Together - 28th July to 5th August 2018

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IBW Ambassador: Claire Madder (Colchester, UK)

I began beadweaving around 20 years ago when I was signed up to an evening class by my sister-in-law for one evening a week. Due to family commitments I could only go to those classes for one year, however the beads had bitten and I continued to learn through friends and books. No such thing as 'Youtube' back then!

I became a member of the Bead Society and shortly after that The Beadworkers Guild, and am still a member of both today. I have been lucky enough to be featured in the 'Journal' on 3 separate occasions, including being featured as the winner of the 'Design a Bookmark' competition in 2018. I have had the privilege of cataloguing the Guilds beadwork collection which is now ready to be added to for future generations to study.

The biggest challenge is always the annual 'Challenge' the Guild run each year. Unfortunately I do not always have the time or the ideas to enter (my ideas do tend to be a bit involved!), but I enter when I can. I enjoy teaching new beaders, especially when the 'eureka' moment happens and I can see that they get it.

IBW Ambassador: Prudence Ngum (Africa - Cameroon)

Beading to me is like a puzzle or game that you need to put in the correct parts to form a whole. It's a beautiful and fun way of representing various articles around you with beads. It's a very flexible art through which you can use both natural, artificial and waste materials to create beautiful items for decoration or for your outfit.

IBW Ambassador: Annette Bolton (UK)

What a wonderful privilege to become an ambassador for the IBW. My beading journey started in early 2000, shortly after the birth of the BWG. Val Campbell Harding (who was a founder member) introduced me to beading in her passionate and enthusiastic way, inventively adapting many familiar stitches and passing on her knowledge. So, today, all these years later I am still loving the process, always trying to incorporate new ideas, so that beading stays alive. I find beading to be extremely gratifying, therapeutic, rewarding and creative.....even better when shared with others and the community of the BWG.