IBW Events

This list will be added to as and when we are told of events so please check regularly for events in your area. If you are planning an event please complete this online form and we will list your event on this page for free.




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Burwell - Weds 25 and Thurs 26 July 2018 from 10.30-4.30, The Bead Society are welcoming Russian bead embroiderer Olga Martynova who has developed a new style of ‘casual kokoshnik’ to Mandeville Hall, Reach Rd, Burwell, Cambridgeshire CB25 0AR. Her project has evolved the idea of this very traditional Russian headpiece into a modern and wearable, very feminine and beautiful accessory for (almost) everyday use! They can be made and worn as wedding tiaras or even smart evening wear!
This is a fabulous opportunity for members to learn something new and different but which fits well into the modern world! The main feature of the kokoshnik is its construction. Embroidery is attached to a special steel frame, which does not lie on the head like a hair band, but stands up like a crown or tiara. It is not fixed on top of the head like a hat, but it beautifully frames the face. Olga will show beaders how to make a kokoshnik which will not require any additional fasteners – it just sits on the head thanks to the steel base inside.
At each two-day workshop Olga will teach:
• the stages of work on the kokoshnik
• constructing the kokoshnik pattern (the easiest way to achieve symmetry in this type of embroidery)
• embroidery of an ornament, fixing cabochons, elements of the national Russian embroidery – sazhenie po beli – using cord and beads.
• mounting of the embroidery and the reverse side on the kokoshnik and edge decorating.

The materials required list is given on the Bead Society website. There are three options to purchase supplies (payable on the day of the workshop to the tutor) depending on whether you want to collect your own beads and cabochons. There are some items which only Olga will be able to supply.

Bead Society members free - Non members £12 (only £6 per day) to book a place, please contact secretary Carole Morris on 01638 742024 or email her at bead.society@ntlworld.com.
Look up the workshop details and materials list at: http://beadsociety.org.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/society-events


Christchurch 28th & 29th July 2018 Priory Beaders will be attending Mudeford Arts Festival to celebrate IBW and to spread the beading bug. We will be exhibiting our group work and providing free 'have a go' sessions. If you are in the area do come and say hi. The festival is free and there are some wonderful exhibits and entertainment.


Poundbury - Wed 1st August 10am - 4pm                    Workshop by Sarah Bramwell to make a Reptilian Cuff at Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts. The workshop is suitable for all abilities but I would suggest that you have some experience of working in peyote stitch. There is parking at the venue. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided but you may want to bring a packed lunch with you. Book your place and kit at www.folksy.com/items/7155376-reptillian-cuff-bracelet-and-workshop

Semley - Sat 4th August 10am - 4pm Pack up your hampers, bring your chairs or rugs and come and join in our annual picnic day at the Studio. Fun and games with prizes, have a go sessions, demonstrations and a display of entries from our "Anything Goes” beading challenge. Free to all so come and join in the fun. www.stitchncraft.co.uk


The Malthouse in the village of Herstmonceux      1st August 10am - 4pm

The theme for this year's IBW event is 'Bringing Beadworkers together' - We will have an open day for children and adults to make upcycled paper beads and see what our Malthouse Beaders are working on, Wednesday, August 1 from 10-4, half hour sessions.

To book, please contact us:
Phone 01323819216 or 07771906630
Email: Crafts@TheMalthouse.co.uk


Colchester - Sat August 4th 2018 10am - 4pm         The Saturday Beaders group has invited Fran Griffith to run her fantastic Frond workshop for us. Sadly, as we are a large group and there are limited spaces, this is a closed workshop and we are unable to accept non-members but we hope everyone enjoys IBW. For more details about our group please contact Joan Newton on 01245 468380 or email joan@zjbnewton.myzen.co.uk

Linford, Stanford-le-Hope - Sun August 5th 2018 10am - 4pm
Craft Candy Community Group is hosting a workshop with the fantastic Fran Griffith. She will be teaching her beautiful Phoenix Necklace. The cost of this workshop includes your own, personal copy of Fran's pattern, but does not include the materials. Kits will be available to purchase, or if you prefer to choose your own colourway, a materials list will be available in advance of the workshop. Craft Candy Community is a mixed craft group which meets every Saturday from 1am at the Lighthouse Café, Grays Beach.
Workshop will be held at 11 Pinewood Close which is a stones throw away from East Tilbury Train Station on the line from London Fenchurch Street to Southend on Sea. Cost £40. For further details please contact Karen Glazzard on 07979 967862 or email kaz91822@yahoo.co.uk


Fran Griffith will be teaching her Phoenix Workshop on Wednesday 1st August 2018 10-4pm at Charisma Beads. Proceeds from the lunch will go to The Society Contact: Vivien@charismabeads.co.uk

Charisma Beads also have a 2-day workshop with Liz Thornton on 17th & 18th August 2018 (we couldn't get it together for IBW itself, but we can pretend!). The first day includes another charity lunch, this time for The Guild, and the second day coincides with the shop being open at Westmill Community Centre in Hitchin. As usual, all details are on www.charismabeads.co.uk


Whitstable Wed 1st August 2018 10am - 4pm all day Bead-In. At this Bead-In we will be working on a kit designed and available from Sarah Cryer - Baroque Tape Measure Surround. Join us at the event, which is atThe Horsebridge, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, CT5 1AF or in spirit by obtaining a kit from Sarah at her Etsy Shop.
For more details contact Gill Goldfinch on 01227 273524 or email: gillgoldfinch@btinternet.com.


Oswaldtwistle - 29th and 30th July 2018 - Beads & Biscuits and Halfpenney’s will be hosting 2 days of beading fun at Oswaldtwistle Mills. We will be bringing beadworkers together to bead and have an exhibition, demonstrations and ‘have a go’ tables. Come and see us for a nosy round and a chat. If you want to bead along with us, please book a place in advance – it’s free, but places are limited.
Contact kathryn@halfpenney.co.uk


Spilsby - During IBW, Beading Lincs are hosting ‘Come and Bead’ sessions at 9 Halton Road, Spilsby on Monday July 30th/Tuesday July 31st/Wednesday 1st August from 10am – 12 noon when we shall be making an even count Peyote beaded bead in keeping with the theme for the week to encourage beaders to try out this technique. Email: makemeinbeads.uk@gmail.com if you would like to come. There is no charge

Also, if you would like to come and take part in a local Bead Lucky Dip there will be 50 bags of beads or jewellery at 50p a go (proceeds to Church Funds) and we will be doing this at the Coffee Morning at St James' Church, Spilsby on Saturday 4th August from 10 – 12 noon. There will be a display of members’ work and demonstrations.


Creaton - What better way to spend International Beading Week weekend! From August 3rd-5th, 4pm Friday - 4pm Sunday, come and join us at the fabulous Highgate House, Creaton NN6 8NN - Great Escapes Weekends are open to all. The wonderful Chloe Menage will be teaching a choice of projects - her Sari Pendant with sparkling crystals, soutache braid and seed beads or bezel a Swarovski crystal with RAW for a dramatic Beaded Peacock brooch or necklace. Both are stunning. A fully inclusive residential weekend. Information and booking www.greatescapes-weekends.com or call Jane Dickinson 07711 348208


Nottingham - On Saturday 5th August from 2pm - 5pm at The Bead Shop, 7 Market Street NG1 6HY - there is a free social event, bring along your beading projects, have a cake, natter and hopefully pick up a few beading tips and tricks!

Steph will be on hand to answer questions about beading, whether they're general or more specific. You can bring along your own projects or why not head to the International beading week website (www.internationalbeadingweek.com) to see their range of free downloads kindly donated by some very talented designers and bring one of those along with you. You can also head to our Website for free mini projects or even pick up a kit or pattern from the shop. Beading does not have to be daunting!

To give us an indication as to how many people to expect and reserve you a seat please do RSVP to the event on Facebook or email us at steph@mailorder-beads.co.uk, many thanks! 


Sudbury Hall - Needwood Beaders - Two years ago we held a Beadathon at the National Trust's Sudbury Hall when we attempted to bead the length of the Long Gallery - 138 feet 2 inches. We did this and more, getting all the way along the Gallery, across it and part way down the other side. This year we'll be back there. Over two days - Saturday July 28th and Sunday 29th July - we'll be asking visitors to join us, as we try to make a rope of beads all the way around the space - and possibly further. Each day we'll bead from 1pm to 4.30pm and we're sure there'll be the same fantastic buzz and enthusiasm as there was last time when all ages joined in. For more details contact Maureen King at maureencking@hotmail.co.uk

Barton-under-Needwood Fri 27 and Sat 28 July 2018 from 10.30-4.30 at St James Village Hall, St James Rd, Barton-under-Needwood DE13 8HY, The Bead Society are hosting their second two day workshop with Russian bead embroiderer Olga Martynova , again making her new style of ‘casual kokoshnik’, details of the event can be found in their listing under Cambridgeshire 


Bungay -  Friday 3rd August, 10am - 4pm                    Fran Griffith's Frond Workshop at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. £48, £24 deposit, booking essential.  Organised by Moth Crafts (www.facebook.com/mothcrafts). Contact Didy Ward at didyw@aol.com for a booking form


Betchworth - 4th August 2018 10am - 3pm. Betchworth Beaders are holding a charity Bead-In to support 'Saying Goodbye' which provides help to people suffering miscarriage and baby loss. There will be bead shopping, displays, a raffle, the Beadworkers Guild stand and refreshments, as well as the opportunity to sit and bead with others. Entry is only £1, children free and welcome, free parking. A very enjoyable day for all! Betchworth War Memorial Village Hall, Station Road, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7DF. For more details please contact Ruth Vickery on 01483 282865 or email vickery.ruth@gmail.com


Littlehampton - Pam and Carol are again hosting their popular Garden Party on 2nd August at 8 Townsend Crescent, Littlehampton, BN17 6DH. Event runs from 10:30 to 3:00, and there will be Beading, a Bead seller, a raffle, tea and cakes. Everyone welcome. Email: margaret.haigh2@btinternet.com

Worthing Library (BN11 1HD) - Worthing Beaders and Bead Magicians have a joint display in Worthing Library from 21st July to 4th August. There will also be an open beadalong session on 28th July from 11am to 3pm, so do come and join in. Contact: margaret.haigh2@btinternet.com



On Thursday 19th July 2018 from 1.30 to 4.30pm at SWI Hall, A98 by Buckie, Banffshire there will be an Open Beading Meeting, Display/Exhibition, Workshops, Raffle and Sales Table. Admission is free, and refreshments will be part of the event. For more information contact: janet.firebird@btinternet.com

I am off to the Isle of Lewis during International Beading Week for my holiday and was wondering if anyone was holding an event there? If not, then I would be happy to meet up with any fellow beaders who would like to spend an afternoon beading. Please contact me, Rosie, on dylanandelmo@hotmail.co.uk

Glasgow, Ayreshire, Stirlingshire - Lots happening during IBW in Scotland. We are holding a number of Show and Tell events (see below)with a Mackintosh theme this year. We would like to invite you to come along and join us if you would like to know more about beadwork and the Beadworkers Guild, would like to see our work or just want to pop in for a chat. For more information please contact me: maureenanndesigns@yahoo.co.uk

- Monday 30th July Nan McKay Hall, St Johns’ Road, East Pollokshields 1.30 – 3.30 with the Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers

- Karen McDonald and Helena McCormack, with assistants Maisie and Tavish would love to see you at Westerton Library, 82 Maxwell Avenue, Bearsden G61 1NZ (Tel. 0141 942 0780) which is a short walk from Westerton train station, literally a minute!
They will be there on Monday 30th from 1.30 - 3.30 pm. with a selection of their work and lots of opportunity for chatting and sharing ideas.

- Tuesday 31st July Longniddry Library 11-1pm with Kathy Wallace and Sally Watson

- Wednesday 1st August The Mitchell Library Glasgow 11am to 2pm with the Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers

 - Thursday 2nd August Mackintosh at the Willow , Education Suite, 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EX. 11am – 2 pm with the Nan McKay Hall bead workers group

- Thursday 2nd August, Strathblane Library, Kirkburn Road, Strathblane 10.30 – 1p.m with Mary Murray, Elizabeth Ellis and Christine McLaughan

- Friday 3rd August Marks and Spencer’s Restaurant, The Fort, Glasgow 6 – 8p.m. with the Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers

- Saturday 4th August Erskine Hospital Nursing Home, Erskine, 11a.m. – 2p.m. with the Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers


West Kilbride - On Friday 3rd August Anne Paton and Mairi Carlton will be in the WK Library demonstrating beadwork and on Saturday 4th August Sarah Longfield and her shop, Mrs Magooty, will be with me in the village hall for a drop in session. For more details contact: mecarlton@tiscali.co.uk



Erika Sandor invites Dutch beaders (or anyone visiting) tocome and bead together the Star Anise pendant and get to know each other. On 4th August 2018, 10am - 1 pm at the offices of Container Solutions, De Ruijterkade 143, 1011 AC Amsterdam, a 5 minute walk from Central Station - 10 EUR / person, which includes the printed copy of the pattern, fruit and drinks. Every participant will receive a goodie bag, containing amongst other things, the GemDuo beads necessary for the Star Anise pendant (generously donated by The Beadsmith). Maximum number of participants: 16

To book your place please contact: thestorytellingjeweller@gmail.com


& World Wide Events

Most of the events posted for traders will be available via the internet and are therefore international but some may be shop based so please check the listing.


International Beading Week is here and we're so excited to be celebrating it here at JewelleryMaker.

To kick off the week, we'll be launching a competition offering Mega Bead Bundle PLUS a workshop experience with a friend, hosted by one of our guest designers.

We're excited to have the Beadworkers Guild very own Sylvia Fairhurst join us during our Seed Bead weekend (28th July). Not only that, some of our guest designers will be re-launching; Link Beads, GemDuos, SuperDuos, Rulla Beads and Leslie Rogalski's Kits in brand new colours.

Throughout the week we will also provide you with; storage solutions, clearance days, brand new books and an abundance of jewellery making inspiration.

Website: www.jewellerymaker.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewellerymaker


Jencel is offering 10% Off everything on the website throughout International Beading Week. Use code IBW at the checkout for your discount on Toho seed beads, Miyuki Delicas, Czech glass and fire polished beads, threads, findings and more.


   CJ Beaders is one of the largest on line stores in the UK, with over 13,000 products to choose from! We have a website, a sales area and run regular Open Bead Warehouse Days throughout the year ( next one is Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th August). We attend several Bead shows throughout the year, take a look at our website to see where we are attending next.

To celebrate IBW there will be a range of special offers, available both on line and in store! Sign up now to receive information emails letting you know about these offers, Bead Warehouse Open Days, shows we are attending etc.

Pop into the shop to join our Loyalty Card scheme which is completely free of charge; every time you spend £10.00 ( in store only), you receive a stamp.
10 stamps equals a £10 voucher or discount against your next purchase!
Our shop area is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30 till 4.30 and Friday 9.30 to 4pm. Our address is :
Unit 15 Williams Industrial Park, Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH256S. Tel: 01202 798151.

cjbeaders.com        sales@cjbeaders.com

Kernowcraft is celebrating International Beading Week with a special offer! Get 10% off everything in The Big Bead Collection with the code: BW18
Simply enter BW18 in the gold offer code box in the shopping basket and click apply to activate the discount.
Offer ends: 5th August 2018 - T&Cs apply

All the info you need is here:


We are having our Bead n Craft group on 1st august as normal but we will have an extra 10% discount on all beady products (excluding kits) in the shop on the night on top of the normal 10%.

We will also be running a prize draw throughout the week so anyone who places an order of £25 or more will go into a prize draw to get a £25 gift voucher to spend in our shop or online.

We will also have random offers on the website and in our shop throughout the week.


We will be running taster workshops from July 31st to August 3rd at our Lichfield Shop.

There are five beautiful jewellery designs to choose from, workshops cost just £5 and you will get a £5 voucher to spend in the shop at the end of the workshop too.

There will also be fabulous offers online and in the shop, a prize draw, and new videos on our YouTube channel. Pop over to our website or sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest information on International Beading Week offers.


We are delighted to be part of International Bead Week and we’ll be doing our best to spread the word about the joys of beading!

We have a huge range of beautiful beads, components and findings and we’ll be celebrating International Bead Week with some special offers, giveaways and fun competitions on our website.

We hope you’ll join our celebrations – please sign up to our newsletter for more information or visit our website.


Beads Unlimited have been supplying beads, charms, finding (and more!) for over 30 years. They will be running big daily discounts, offers and giveaways for everyday of International Beading week! Make sure you sign up to their newsletter to be the first to find out the discount of the day...



Free Facebook Bead-along by Cath Thomas

A wonderful opportunity to make this beautiful bracelet 'Meryl' made of 12 pentabezels and designed by Cath Thomas.


Bead Flowers

Join Katie Deanthroughout IBW for a FREE online Beadalong. You will be making a piece of jewellery designed to clear those odd leftover beads of all sizes from your beading stash. The project is suitable for all levels from beginner upwards. Katie will also be hosting a FREE online course which is open to everyone. Plus you can get special offers and enter beading competitions on the Beadflowers website, even if you aren't taking part in the course or beadalong. Katie is inviting you to sign up for these events now.

To find out more, please visit: www.beadflowers.co.uk


We are supporting International Beading Week (28th July - 5th August) this year with a 2-day event at Oswaldtwistle Mills.
You can just come to have a look or come and bead with us. It's all free, but if you want to guarantee your place for either one or even both days then please book online or you can email kathryn@halfpenney.co.uk.

Bead & Body

Summer Bead Challenge celebrating International Beading Week all summer long.

Bead & Body challenges you to think internationally... then share your design with others to get a $5 off coupon to spend in the shop. You create your unique design, and when you bring it into the shop, you get a $5 coupon just for sharing with all of us.
Step out of your box... let your creativity go wild ... and be inspired!


Jean Power

It's time for another Summer Secret Beadalong!

My Summer 2018 Beadalong will take place during IBW between the 28th July and 3rd August 2018 but can be joined and beaded at any time after that.

for more details visit www.jeanpower.com

To celebrate International Beading Week on 1st Aug Charisma welcomes Fran Griffiths from Frangipani Beads, another international tutor resident in the UK, to our teaching programme. For her first workshop with us, she will be teaching her amazing Phoenix necklace.

for more detail www.charismabeads.co.uk

Great Escapes Beading Weekend

Saris and Peacocks
Pendant Workshop Friday 3rd Sunday 5th August 2018
Highgate House, Northamptonshire.

Choose from two stunning projects; Sari Pendant or Beaded Peacocks and join us for a weekend of beadweaving. Stitch sparkling crystals, soutache braid and seed beads for an Indian inspired bead embroidered pendant or bezel a large Swarovski crystal with Right Angle Weave for a dramatic peacock pendant or brooch.


Sarah Cryer Beadwork

Baroque Tape Measure Beadalong for International Beading Week

The lovely Gill Goldfinch runs Whitstable Bead ‘n’ Banter, and rather excitingly is hosting a Bead-in of my Baroque Tape Measure for International Beading week. The Bead-in is on Wednesday August 1st and runs all day (10-4pm) at The Horsebridge, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1AF.

I’ve donated the patterns for the day to support the event and International Bead week, so if you fancy going along all you have to do is book in with Gill, and pull together the beads you need using the requirements list here (or if you’d rather, you can buy a materials pack from my Etsy shop here, where I also sell hard to get 2.8mm drops, and robust Hoechtmass tape measures).

To book your space email gillgoldfinch@btinternet.com