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.



On 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.



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


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

On 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





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