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.

Events To Attend

Physical events to attend in the UK, Europe & rest of World.

If you are holding an event please let us know by completing this google form

Thornaby-on-Tees, England.

Beadwork Demonstration

& Exhibition of Work

Members of the Beadworkers Guild from the North East of England, will be demonstrating FREE beadwork techniques and exhibiting some of their wonderful work, as part of the International Beading Week celebrations. 

Venue:  Hobbycraft, Teeside Park, TS17 7BW from 5.30 - 7.30pm, Thursday 1st August.

Whether you are an existing beader or looking to learn a new skill, please do join them for some friendly beading tips and advice.

For further enquiries call Karen Gibson-Brown on 07864 867 728 or email: A1beadclub@gmail.com

Nottinghamshire, England.

Open Beading Meeting with Patty McCourt

3rd Aug 10am - 4pm

BEADALONG with Patty —Demonstration of the Tropical beaded rope.

Kinoulton Village Hall, NG12 3EN.

For more details

Email: patty.beads@googlemail.com

or Call:07983884941

North Linconshire, England.

Free IBW Workshop

To celebrate The Beadworkers Guild's National Beading Week, Handcrafted by SUE will be hosting an evening of beading.  Why not pop in and learn more about Handcrafted by SUE, The Beadworkers Guild and the massive world of beading. 

After the initial introduction each guest can choose from a selection of beginners beading projects to make and take home. All supplies and tuition will be supplied free of charge. 

In addition to this, if you have any pieces of jewellery in need of repair feel free to bring them along and we'll see what we can do. Please do bear in mind that although we have made numerous jewellery repairs for others in the village, we are not gold or silversmiths.

Venue is Wroot Village Hall, High Street, Wroot, North Lincolnshire.

For more details email: Sue.scnsc@gmail.com

Glasgow, Scotland.

Free IBW Workshop

The Nan McKay Beadworkers will be hosting a free workshop at Mackintosh at the Willow on Thursday 01.08.19 from 11a.m. to 2p.m.

Materials and pattern for a flat spiral workshop will be provided. Tuition by Maureen Russell with volunteers from the group to guide and assist. 

There will be a limited number of places so please ring the tearooms to book a place 0141 204 1903. 

There will also be a display of work if you don't have time to stay for the workshop but would like to pop in and see our work.

Glasgow, Scotland

IBW Display & Demonstrations

The Nan McKay Beadworkers will be at Langside Library, Glasgow G42 9QE on Tuesday 30th July from 1.30 to 3p.m.  There will be a display of work and demonstrations.  You are most welcome to pop in just for a chat or to do some beadwork.

For more details email: maureenanndesigns@yahoo.co.uk

Prague, Czech Republic.

IBW Beading Marathon

Saturday July 27th to Sunday August 4th

Classes every day throughout International Beading Week (see program on our website for further details) - registration necessary

Address: NaSpirale, Minska 5, Prague

Teachers/Designers: Ivona Suchmannova, Nela Kabelova, Lea Balakova

For More information http://naspirale.info/kurzy/2019/IBW

Torquay, England.

IBW Gathering


Come and join our bead group for a celebration of IBW on Tuesday 23 July, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Fee £7.50 for the day.

We will have several patterns available for you to try, including a new one by Alison, or bring your own project to work on.
There will be a display of members work, lots of Beads and Kits for sale, and refreshments. We will have a Raffle with proceeds going to the groups chosen charity.
Contact Sylvia by email - fabbeads@talktalk.net or telephone 01803 328902
OR JUST TURN UP  and join in for a fun beading day.

West Kirby, England.

IBW Gathering

Bring your own projects and bead with others to celebrate IBW.

Wednesday 31st July 2019 from 12pm
West Kirby Library, The Concourse, Grange Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4HX, England, UK.

For further details please contact Cheryl Jackson chezjackson@hotmail.com

Bath, England.

Pop Up Bead Shop with Beading Club.

27th July 12pm to 4pm

Harington Club, 5-6 Harington Place, Bath

Meet other bead enthusiasts, view completed beaded items, buy beads and other beading sundries normally available on our website www.beadsandmore.co.uk.

10% discount on production of your BWG membership card.


Lincolnshire, England.

Beading Lincs Bead Group

Beading Lincs are having a two day event to celebrate International Beading Week.

On Saturday 27 July we are meeting to make a graduated beaded bead necklace.

On Sunday 28 July the theme is a stitched and wrapped piece of beading ready to use as a pendant, brooch or a box lid.

These courses are being held at the Franklin Hall, Spilsby, PE23 5JZ from 10am - 4pm and the cost is £5 for each day with materials included.

Coffee Morning at St James Church, Spilsby on Saturday 10 August from 10 – 12 noon. There will be a display of members’ work and demonstrations.

Email makemeinbeads.uk@gmail.com if you would like to come.

Staffordshire, England.

Workshops for International Beading Week

If you attend any workshop during IBW you will get a £5 voucher to spend in our shop on the day of the workshop.

Saturday 27th July - Beginners 9.30am to midday £25
Saturday 3rd August - Spiral Rope 9.30 to midday £25

We are also thrilled to be hosting a display of beadwork from the Beadworkers Guild at our shop in Lichfield, Staffordshire - please come along to see the beautiful beadwork and sign the visitors book.  The display will be up until the end of August.

For more info

 www.spellboundbead.co.uk email service@spellboundbead.co.uk phone 01543 417650 

Shop at 47 Tamworth St, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JW Open Tue to Sat 10am to 4.30pm

Brno, Czech Republic

Nela Kabelova & Hana Blazkova

When: from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August, each day from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM (on Thursday 1 August from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Where: Bead Shop Zrzavá Kočka, Pekařská 84, Brno, Czech Republic (website: zrzavakocka.cz)

With whom: Hana Blazkova (shop owner), Nela Kabelova (beading teacher/designer)

What: Lampworking demonstration/workshop

There will be lampwork beads making demonstration/workshop going on through the entire week, so if you want to see how lampwork beads are made or even make a bead of your own (fee 50 CZK for one bead) you're
welcome to drop by.

On Thursday 1st August the shop will be open late (until 8PM or maybe even later), we'll still be doing the lampwork demo/workshop and there will be some refreshments provided. All beaders are welcome to drop by, no matter if you'd like to see the lampwork demo or make your own beads,

do some shopping, if you need help with your beading project or just want to say hi and spend some time with like-minded, creative people.

More info (in both Czech and English) is on our website

If you have any questions, contact us at e-mail kurzy@zrzavakocka.cz

Glasgow, Scotland.

Nan McKay Workshop, Demo & Display

Nan McKay beadworkers will be demonstrating and displaying their beadwork at Langside Library, 2 Sinclair St, Glasgow G42 9QE

on Tuesday 30th July 2019 1.30 to 4 p.m.

We will also be holding a workshop

on Thursday 1st August 11am to 2pm at Mackintosh at the Willow, 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EX
There will be no charge however places are limited so please book a place with Sula at sula@mackintoshatthewillow.comor call 0141 204 1903
We will be making a flat spiral bracelet, suitable for beginners but fun for more experienced beadworkers, and materials will be provided.
For anyone who does not have time to stay for the workshop we will also have a display and demonstrations.

Surrey, England.

Betchworth Beaders present.......

CHARITY BEAD-IN ... £1 entry, in aid of MNDA 

3rd August 2019 - RH3 7DF  You are invited to pop along to the Betchworth War Memorial Village Hall, Betchworth, Surrey, RH3 7DF.

See the flyer below for details of the traders in attendance. Plus a raffle, beading tables, cake and other refreshments.

The Hague, Netherlands.

'Limited Edition'

For the fifth year, my Bead shop ‘Limited Edition’ in The Hague in The Netherlands will organise a beading event in the IBW. Like all five years before we will all work together on the ‘Secret Beadalon’ of Jean Power. 

The first year we only worked with a small group, but every year more beaders join us to work on this project and a lot of starters learned so much about beading because experienced participants are helping and teaching the starters.

Send an email to info@cursussieraden.nl

Visit the website - www.cursussieraden.nl/the-secret-beadalong-van-jean-power-2019/

Online Workshops, Beadalongs Offers & Discounts


If you are holding an event please let us know by completing this google form

For Beading Week we have a Display; Workshops; Competition; Raffle; Special Offers and Beaded Bead Free Tutorials

The display and workshops are all at our shop in Staffordshire (see Events to Attend in left column), the competition and raffle are open to anyone

Competition - send us a photo of something you have made using Czech beads to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous book on the history of Czech seed beads or a beautiful fused glass plate from Preciosa.  (entries close at midnight July 31st)

Special Offers - on Matsuno beads, Miyuki cubes, Delica kits and our very popular range of Miyuki and Matsuno palette selections and a few other discounts too, and if you are visiting the shop for every £20 you spend you can choose a free pack of beads from our lucky dip pot as well.

Raffle - buy anything in the shop or mail order this week to be in with a chance to win a lovely selection of crystals and rivolis worth over £50 - we have one prize each for a mail order customer and a shop customer.

Free Tutorials - if you'd love to send a beaded bead to the Guild to enter their prize draw but have never made one we have 5 'how to make a beaded bead' videos on our YouTube channel, from complete basics to something more elaborate.

Whatever you are doing this beading week we hope you have lots of fun enjoying all things beady!

For more info

 www.spellboundbead.co.uk email service@spellboundbead.co.uk phone 01543 417650 

Shop at 47 Tamworth St, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JW Open Tue to Sat 10am to 4.30pm

Creative Beadcraft 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 great range of beautiful beads including Czech glass beads and Preciosa, Matubo, Toho and Miyiki seed beads. We’ll be celebrating International Bead Week with some special offers, give-aways 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.


10% off all purchases at Jencel

throughout International Beading Week. We have Toho seed beads, Miyuki Delicas, Swarovski and Preciosa crystals, Czech glass beads, and a good selection of threads and findings.

Use code IBW at the checkout.


20% discount and free laser etched beads

We're excited that International Beading Week is almost here. We will be giving a 20% discount on website orders placed during IBW when you use the discount code IBW19. We will also be giving away a ring of 10 laser etched daggers with all website orders over £15.  These prices exclude p&p.


Kernowcraft is back with some exciting offers over International Beading Week!

Sign up to Kernowcraft’s newsletter so you don’t miss out on a free gift and 15% off selected gemstone beads - plus lots of jewellery making kits, inspiration and interviews with talented beaders.

Subscribe to Kernowcraft’s newsletter to stay up to date with offers: email.kernowcraft.com/h/d/47C70AE05EA6A49E

WIN! Kernowcraft is also running a competition to win a beading bundle worth over £60! Enter here: https://www.kernowcraft.com/blog/win-beading-bundle-worth-over-60

Follow Kernowcraft

Website: www.kernowcraft.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kernowcraft
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kernowcraft
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Kernowcraft

International Beading Week is back!

This year we're dedicating five days (27th - 31st July 2019) to the event and we have so much to look forward to at JewelleryMaker HQ!

To kick off the week, we’ll be launching a competition offering a Mega Bead Bundle PLUS pick a workshop of your choice to enjoy with a friend. We'll also have designer jewellery give-a-ways, and Facebook competitions throughout the week.

We’re excited to invite Sylvia Fairhurst (Guild Trustee) back who will be joining us during the launch day of our IBW event (27th July). Not only that, we're ecstatic to be launching 6 brand new beads throughout the week including; DropDuo Beads, Vexolo Beads, Dragon Scale Beads, Volcano Beads, Flower Beads and Preciosa Tee Beads. We have a range of different colours to suit everyone's taste and our guest designers will be launching DVD's to help you get familiar with the new beads.

We'll also be re-launching; IrisDuo Beads, Patty McCourt's Spear Beads in brand new colours, BeadSmith jewellery making kits presented by our guest designers and so much more.

Throughout the week we will also provide you with wirework and gemstone specific kits for those looking for something different, brand new beading books and an abundance of jewellery making inspiration.
Website: http://www.jewellerymaker.com/en-gb/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewellerymakeruk  Instagram: www.instagram.com/jewellerymakeruk Twitter: twitter.com/Jewellery_Maker

20% discount on all online purchases

Place an online order between 27th July & 4th August and get 20% off all orders (excluding postage & packaging) just enter BWG19 in the code box.


Jean Power

This is the fifth Summer Secret Beadalong Jean will be running and she's excited to be involved with more beady events and to raise even more money for charity through beading!

So far, through sales of the patterns and contributions & events from beading groups & bead shops all around the world, the Secret Beadalongs have raised over £15,000 which has mostly gone to small local charities, which mean something to the beaders who chose them.
The Beadalongs also get people beading together, even if just via the internet, and helping each other out with colours, choices & encouragementalong the way.
Jean delights in being able to share her love of beading with others and this week-long event is just perfect to raise awareness of beading and the wonderful beaded art work being created all around us.
BWG members get 50% off the Beadalong  (simply enter the password from your recent journal that you would use to log in to the Guild website)
Bring on International Beading Week!

for more details visit www.jeanpower.com

Seed Beads and More Facebook Group

We will be celebrating IBW from July 20th through to August 31st.

We will be featuring background and membership information about the Beadworkers Guild and about IBW. Interviews with the Ambassadors and Guild officers will be posted.

A Bead-a-long featuring the patterns from the IBW Free Goodies page will be ongoing. If you are not currently a member, come join one of the best beading groups ever at


Some fantastic offers during IBWeek

  • A free mini bracelet kit with any order £10+ (code IBWGIFT)
  • Daily competitions on our Facebook page (facebook.com/makingjewellery)
  • £100 bead hamper competition for joining our mailing list
  • £5 off any workshop booked during the week (code WORKSHOP5)

Plus, anyone signing up to our Totally Spoilt Loyalty Club during International Beading Week will also receive an additional £5 voucher with their Welcome Packs.

We will also be launching an exclusive kit in conjunction with the wonderful designer Heather Kingsley Heath and £5.00 from the sale of each kit will be donated to the BWG to support all of their valuable work with the beading community.


Online Workshop

Join a worldwide online workshop/beadalong to learn how to make a special International Beading Week beaded box, designed by Katie Dean exclusively for this event.

You can enrol at any time from now on. The cost is just £12 (+VAT where applicable). You can choose to pay with Paypal or with credit or debit card.

If you sign up before 19th July you can benefit from Katie's 'Early Bird' offer and enjoy a 25% discount.

The beadalong officially launches on 19th July. So, you can start beading at any point after that date and work at your own pace.


Beads Unlimited are celebrating IBW 2019! They will be running different big daily flash sales, offers and giveaways throughout the week, make sure you check in daily or sign up to their newsletter so you don't miss out! Happy Beading! X  


IBW Competition

How would you like to win £50 of beading goodies of your choice? Two lucky people will do just that. But even if you aren't one of them, you still get a prize just for entering!

What do you have to do? Simple: grab your copy of Katie's special free IBW beaded needle case pattern. Then use that to create your own piece of beadwork. You can modify the pattern, or just take inspiration and diverge from it completely. Any style of beadwork is acceptable. And it doesn't have to be complicated, so all levels of experience are encouraged to take part.

To read the full competition rules and enter, please use the link. Remember, it could be you who walks away with £50 of beading goodies at the end of IBW!