IBW Gallery

Beading Lincs - Spilsby Lincolnshire 2020

We have looked forward each year to meeting as a group working on a project to celebrate International Beading Week, so it has been an odd experience this year to be working through contact on the internet or by post.  During Lockdown we have kept in touch with a weekly pattern and email.

The publicity from the BWG, with activities and patterns, has been gratefully received and members have been able to join in and have a feeling of being part of a larger group.  I decided to work two of the patterns offered and used them as a springboard incorporating them into my projects.

The  Heart Bookmark by Alison Wray-McCann was a gift to those with little time as you could do one for a brooch, two for earrings or as many as you like for the bookmark.  I used 8s as I find my eyesight isn’t what it was!  Doing one a day made this an easy way to make sure it got finished.

We loved Heather Kingsley-Heath’s Flora flower and I worked mine in 8s and used them to decorate my homemade mask.  They are tied on with ribbon so you can detach them and sanitize them after use!

Fran Rose on behalf of Beading Lincs - August 2020

Beadworkers Guild Bunting

Bead'n'Banter, Whitstable, Kent.

Our beading club decided to have our August meeting on 7th August, as a "Beading on the Beach" session in celebration of International Beading Week. One of our lovely members, Linda, has a Beach Hut and she allowed us to use this for our Beading and Bantering. It was a bit of a blustery day, but five of our intrepid members braved it and thoroughly enjoyed getting together in the open air. We generated interest from passers by and also from a few dogs who must have smelt the sausage rolls! We had a visit from a member who had to go to work.....(work so gets in the way of beading sometimes!).

We all agreed that it was a great day and plan to do it again. Believe it or not, we did actually get some beading done and did a lot of bantering.

Stockton-on-Tees 2019

Ebonie Hamilton (left) and Ava Beever (right) both came along to Hobbycraft Teesside Park last Thursday, where local members of the Beadworkers Guild gave beadwork demonstrations and exhibited some of their work.

The girls had a great time, watched on by two very proud dads and both went away with some beading goodies to carry on beading.

There was a small, but fun turn out, with lots of interest in finding out how to join local groups and everybody wanted to come back for more. So, even though IBW is sadly over for another year, the party is carrying on at Hobbycraft Teesside Park, with another session on Thursday 5th September 2019. Come along and join us!


IBW 2019 with Roundball Beaders

This display was put on by the Roundball Beaders along with the beading members of the Honiton Craft Club, which was held at their Summer Social meeting.

It generated a great deal of interest at the Craft Club and will hopefully persuade a few more people to join the wonderful world of beading!

IBW with Betchworth Beaders

We had a successful and enjoyable Bead-In, with lots of new beaders, and several new Guild members! Our traders did us proud too! Altogether we raised over £350 for our charity, Saying Goodbye

IBW Amsterdam

The link below is from Erika Sandor, one of our 2018 Ambassadors, to her blog about IBW in Amsterdam



IBW 2018 was kick started with an appearance on Jewellery Maker TV, with Guild trustee Sylvia Fairhurst, demonstrating techniques from the Beadworkers Guild books.

IBW Exhibition by Priory Beaders

To celebrate IBW Priory Beaders had an exhibition and demonstration table at Mudeford Arts Festival. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great (only wet weekend in two months!) but we still had lots of visitors and interest in our work. Thank you to everyone who made this a very special week,

Jane Marie Griffin.

Art Deco Bead-In to celebrate IBW

Beaders in the north west had a great time on 31 July when they hosted a BWG Art Deco Bead-In with Liz Thornton  at Penrith. Inspired by the display provided by the Guild, the twenty participants created the beginnings of some lovely projects. And one has already been completed - here is Margaret Hall's version of Sue Maguire's Half Tila Necklace design.


We started the week with display boards at 9 Halton Road, Spilsby showing Beading Lincs members at work and what we were doing for IBW.

This was followed on 30 July and 1 August by sessions making beaded beads where we joined with some of the Queen Street Beaders from Horncastle. We had an interesting time exploring decorated Squardel beads from Fran Rose’s Project Book 1- Nice and Easy Beading book. These were used as earring drops, linked beaded beads, necklace pendants and for Pandora bracelets In the afternoon we made curtain ring earrings in Brick Stitch and looked at Peyote strips for carrier beads which are very popular at the moment .

On Saturday 4th August Beading Lincs put on a display at the Coffee Morning at St James’ Church, Spilsby and Norma and Karen demonstrated the Squardel Beaded Bead we did earlier in the week. There were 50 bags of beads offered in a Lucky dip to raise money for Church funds. We sold out!

This week has been a productive time giving us a chance to get together and exchange ideas and to do our bit to publicise beading internationally, nationally and locally.

For more information about Beading Lincs email - makemeinbeads.uk@gmail.com and Queen Street Beaders - Norma’s email is pisces70@btinternet

IBW Scotland 2018 - Saturday 4th August

This is the last official event for IBW 2018 in Glasgow and what a great way to end the week. Visitors, staff and residents at Erskine Nursing Home came along to see our beadwork and chat.

Karen Macdonald's International Beading Week 2018!

'I had my grandchildren, Maisie (aged 12) and Tavish (aged 10) with me this week, and as they are both good at crafts, and Tavish was desperate to learn, I thought I’d set up a wee beading corner in our local library (Westerton Library, Bearsden, Glasgow,) along with my friend Helena McCormick. The previous day I had started teaching Maisie and Tavish how to do spiral staircase. We sat in the library and beaded for a couple of hours. One wee girl came and watched and Helena showed her how to hold the needle and do a stitch of two. Meanwhile Maisie was making great strides with spiral staircase (she had done a little beading before, mainly just threading beads onto elastic for bracelets), and Tavish was beginning to get the hang of it. Helena then taught Maisie and Tavish how to do square stitch.

On Thursday we joined Maureen Russell in the Willow Tearooms in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, and both Maisie and Tavish made progress with their beading. Both children finished items to give their Mum, Maisie ( the spiral stitch necklace and ear-rings) did all of hers and I gave Tavish a little help with putting on the bottom crystal and the findings on his Mum’s ear-rings. They both went home with beading mats and beads to continue the good work!'

IBW Scotland 2018 - Friday 3rd August

Photographs from our visit to M&S at The Fort, Glasgow. The staff were lovely and special thanks to the lovely Chris, the Manager, who even found time in his busy schedule to join us for a photograph.

IBW Scotland 2018 - Thursday 2nd August

Another photo from Strathblane library this time. Mary and Elizabeth had several people come to talk about beading and craftwork in general and at least two were seriously interested enough to take away a wee handout we had prepared with information about the upcoming dates for Beadwildered. It was a very pleasant way to spend a Thursday

Bead'n'Banter's All Day Bead-in at The Horsebridge, Whitstable for IBW 2018

What a lovely day we had, beading, chatting and eating cake – what is not to love!

Bead’n’Banter, Whitstable’s beading club had a double celebration – our birthday, we are now 9 years old (hence the cake) and our first Bead-in. The Bead-In came about because one of our members, Jayne, had a gorgeous beaded tape measure on the desk at one of our meetings earlier this year. After we drooled over it, Jayne told us that she got the kit and pattern from the wonderful Sarah Cryer, who has an Etsy shop. A couple of us went on to order this. From this the idea of doing a Bead-in at the August meeting (slap bang in the middle of International Beading Week) started.

It resulted in 12 people ordering a kit and joining us on Wednesday 1st August at The Horsbridge, Whitstable to make our own Baroque Tape Measure Surround, with the kind permission of Sarah, who also very generously donated the pattern to us.

Everyone so enjoyed the day, and we had a mix of abilities from the very new to beading to the very experienced. Help was on hand for those moments when it doesn’t go quite right and everyone loved the layout of the pattern, with such good instructions – yay Sarah!

All to be finished at home. A big thank you to Sarah, from The Indecisive Beader - https://theindecisivebeader.com/ who made this all possible.

Now, what can we do next year?

IBW Scotland 2018 - Thursday 2nd August

Maureen tells us today 'What a fabulous day we had at Mackintosh at the Willow, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. We are so proud to have been the first group to use the community learning room, we had lots of visitors and created many links between communities and groups, such a very successful day. There will be a programme about the Willow Tea Rooms on BBC2 9pm on Tuesday 7th August, I am sure it will be very interesting viewing.'

IBW Scotland 2018

A few more photos from Glasgow...…...

IBW Scotland 2018 - Tuesday 31st July

More photos from Scotland, this time from the Longniddry group on Tuesday

Dorothy has sent some photos taken at Ardardenon on Tuesday too

IBW Scotland 2018 - Monday 30th July

Maureen Russell has sent us some pictures of visitors to their first day of IBW at the Nan McKay Hall on Monday afternoon. It was a great start to the week and they are looking forward to lots more beady time.

Roundball Beading Group Honiton, Devon.

A lovely display of beadwork to celebrate IBW 2018 by The Roundball Beading Group and Craft Club to show that beading is alive, well and thriving in Honiton, Devon, Uk.

Bead Magician's NBW 2017 Event in Littlehampton

NBW 2017 - Betchworth Bead In

Penny Crawley at Hobbycraft for NBW 2017

Another great beading week has been had by all. I started it as I normally do at Hobbycraft in Eastbourne - I was stitching the secret bead along by Jean Powers and had a few people talk to me about beading . I also taught a class at my regular haunt in Hertsmonceux on the Wednesday. I have attached a photo of me at Hobbycraft

Beading Lincs 'Come and bead in Lincolnshire' NBW 2017 Events

During National Beading Week Beading Lincs hosted several events to celebrate beading. On 31 July Spilsby Library was the venue, where we made a beaded bookmark which was a simple project that anyone could drop in to make. The design added a 2017 charm to mark the occasion. The next three sessions (1/2/3 August) held in Spislby gave us a chance to make a Stretch Magic bracelet with a tassel and charms. The starting point was the logo for National Beading Week but of course we had a big box of beads to choose from to make each bracelet individual. Then we went into production as you can see, getting ahead for Christmas! We had good fun and celebrated beading with lots of cake!

Beads for Beauty National Beading Week 2017 Torquay Devon

We had a very interesting two days here at Beads for Beauty. Everyone brought in some of their work, or if they forgot they removed items from around their necks! There was a very diverse range of subjects and techniques. The beading was from classes we have held here, from classes taken elsewhere, and from magazine articles. It was lovely to see the interest taken in every one else’s work and the conversations it evoked. We spent the two sessions either working on Alison’s Rainbow Bookmark, or members own projects. There will be at least one new member for the Beadworkers Guild, maybe more. We also had a visit from a beading friend that was on holiday in Torquay, so that was an extra surprise. Our chosen charity for the year was decided upon, ‘Prickly Ball Farm and Hedgehog Hospital’. This is a local charity initially set up to care for sick or orphaned Hedgehogs. We had a raffle each day, and together with the money from the group participation in Jean Powers Secret Bead along, we collected £85 for this cause. We hope that all other events this week go as well as ours did. Thank you Beadworkers Guild for all of the work you have put in to organise another delightful week of beading. Everyone is now looking forward to 2018 from Sylvia, Alison, and all of our beading friends at Beads for Beautywww.fabbeads.co.uk

Our first 'Beady Peeps' 2017

made by Sylvia Fairhurst

See the Goodies page to get your free pattern designed by Heather Kingsley-Heath.

Read all about National Beading Week 2016

Priory Beaders NBW 2016 Celebrations in Dorset

Priory Beaders has a great time celebrating NBW 2016 by taking part in the Mudeford Arts Festival at Mudeford Quay in Christchurch. Lots of lovely comments from visitors to our stand and new members for our group.

NBW Projects 2016

Jennifer Greenwood has sent us these pictures which show the projects she made during NBW. She says ''I really enjoyed making these items - The necklace cord is not from the Secret Beadalong pattern, but it worked with the rings, I will do the other cord at a later date. I love the Laura McCabe earrings pattern and have since made another pair in cerise. Hope you like them''

NBW Beadwork Exhibition - Milton Keynes 2016

Sylvia Fairhurst organised the first ever dedicated Beadwork exhibition in Milton Keynes in celebration of National Beading Week. Here are some comments from visitors to the exhibition and photos.

  • Stunning work, inspiring and very talented people, something to aspire to.
  • An excellent exhibition of beadwork. Fantastic ideas for future projects.
  • Lovely display, from some very talented people. Great Inspiration!!
  • Wonderfully inspiring to be surrounded by such creative, intricate and beautiful artwork!
  • Absolutely beautiful display. I don’t think I have ever seen such clever work with beading!
  • Wow! Stunning work. I leave inspired. Thank you.

NBW withBeading Lincs 2016

We had our usual stand at St James Fayre, Spilsby, where we celebrated National Beading Week. We use this event to publicise our group, this year we had a 'Make and Take' table making paper beads. We liked the idea of a bracelet that everyone could do using Heather's pattern and decided to use the rainbow colourways. Only two are completed so far as most members were on holiday, but they all now have beads ready to use at the next meeting in September. Having an annual event gives us a focus to try something new and to know that there are many others 'out there' who get great pleasure from their beading.

North Cumbria Beadworkers NBW Competition 2016

We had a competition to design and make a piece which had to include a little person motif for NBW. We had a few entries on the day and 2 winners were chosen. Kath Norman won the competition with her beading kit on a wooden tray. She won a voucher and Margaret Hall won 3 copies of Beadwork magazine for her NBW hanging decoration. We thought you would like to see our work

Auld Reekie Beading Group 2016

The Auld Reekie beading group based in Edinburgh held a beaded bead competition and small exhibition of work at their summer meeting. Weattach some photographs, which we thought you might like to see.

Nan McKay Group Part II

Our final event of the week and what a fantastic way to end NBW. The photos show us all bright eyed and bushy tailed at the start of the day, Alma helping one of our many visitors, the inevitable 'hunt the bead' game (a whole pile of beads were knocked off the table, I would like to submit this one for photo of the week). Then there's Poppy who popped by to see what we were doing and finally the end of a busy day. We are still collecting so don't have the final total but we will have made at least £300 for Erskine Hospital Charity. We will definitely be doing this again. Very happy but very tired beadworkers!

Nan McKay Group Part I

The Nan McKay Group had a fantastic night at Dandy’s Deli in Clarkston on Wednesday, I must say those cakes were delicious, especially the gluten free polenta, key lime and raspberry cake. Then we were back at the Burrell on Thursday. The Burrell will be closing for 4 years for refurbishment and we will miss it so much. The staff there are always so very welcoming and helpful we love having our demonstrations and taster sessions there. Can’t we have NBW every week? Happy beading!

Beads for Beauty 2016

Beads for Beauty had two great days trying some of the projects, it will be lovely to see finished results at our next meeting later this month. We had a lovely cake supplied by one of our members, several members joined Jean Powers Secret Beadalong, and we held a draw. Altogether we raised £60 which went to The Cats Protection Charity. The photographs are of the work that everyone brought in to display for our celebration of beadwork. Some is from patterns, some from projects used at our meetings, and some from classes with Alison. What we really love to see is the way many participants adapt the work to suit their own individuality. Using different beads, sizes of beads, changing the colour, the order in which the work is presented, and more. These innovations can give a completely different look to an original design. Thank you to the NBW team for all of their work in organising the event. We now have to wait a year for the next one!

Betchworth Beaders 2016

Betchworth Beaders were proud to be able to support Pancreatic Cancer Research yesterday with a Bead In attended by nearly 80 people. Beading was of course the activity of the day, with demonstrations, bead traders, beading displays, and of course refreshments and a raffle. All our visitors and traders gave generously to the various fundraising activities and we raised £657.80. The organisers each wore a beautiful purple beaded flower pin, design donated by Heather Kingsley Heath, and made up pins and kits were also on sale. Photos to follow

Zebra Beaders 2016

On the first Sunday of NBW the Zebra Beaders in Barton under Needwood gathered for an afternoon tea party. Leading up to the event the Zebras had been busy making beaded cakes for the day and a wonderful display appeared ranging from a complete Simmnel (minus one slice)cake through slices of Battenburg, Swiss roll, chocolate eclairs, fondant fancies, cup cakes, jam tarts, bakewell tarts, Black Forest gateaux, doughnuts, a basket of strawberries, a gingerbread man, Victoria sandwich slices, even Bertie Bassett and a wasp stealing from a jam tart appeared!!! Real cakes imitating the beaded ones were produced and a selection of dainty home made sandwiches were all enjoyed with plenty of tea poured from a bone china teapot and drunk from a bone china cup with a saucer - a bit of a do all round to celebrate beads, friendship and a lovely afternoon. Thanks BWG for NBW.

Roundball Beaders 2016

Thought you might like to see a photo of the Roundball Beaders tackling a beading project for NBW. Our group is based in Honiton, Devon and most of us have been beading together for the past 5 years. We meet once a month in my house – located at the foot of Roundball Hill. Hence our name! We thoroughly enjoy our beading sessions and have made numerous projects from your wonderful Journal. Please, please keep up the good work! Enjoy the summer and happy beading to everyone!

Bead & Biscuits/Halfpenney's Event 2015

Beads & Biscuits, Lancashire Supported by Halfpenney’s, hosted a beading day at Accrington Library. Other bead groups were invited to come and bead with us and it was open to everyone to come and have a look. Pam Kirk crossed the Pennines to bring her poppies and we got to read her project book. We also did some demonstrations and let people have a go. We even got our 15 minutes of fame when BBC Radio Lancashire came along for an interview or 2!!

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) 2015

We published a blog about national beading week, sharing it's success. This is the link to it http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/news/2015/08/06/national-beading-week-2015/. The images below show our NBWworkshops in progress 

Beads for Beauty 2015

We have attached images of a selection of the beautiful work brought in during the NBW here in Babbacombe, Torquay. The work is from projects made at our group meetings, at formal classes here, or other projects made by the students. We were delighted that our raffle for our Mare and Foal local charity raised enough to 'adopt' 3 of their horses.

Beading Lincs Out and About during National Beading Week 2015

We now have our own flag thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dorothy Banham who spent many hours working the pattern. She says she made it several times over trying out different letter styles before being satisfied with the final result. The group now have their own piece of publicity material which was on show at our two events during National Beading Week. Beading Lincs had a display at St James' Fayre Spilsby and in Skegness Library. The 'Make and Take Tables' were very popular as you can see from the photos.

Carmarthen Beaders 2015

In Carmarthen, South West Wales, last Thursday we had an open beading day which attracted 12 beaders and a few onlookers.  We made  1.5 inch squares with a ‘space’ theme (somewhere out there is a cure) to send to the Bead_it_forward charity in aid of breast cancer support. A few cakes were devoured at the same time and patterns and some beading guidance given to newcomers which hopefully has attracted some new members to the Beadworkers Guild!

Julia Atkins

Addicted to Beads, Milton Keynes 2015

were at their local Hobbycraft store for the whole week. Their youngest participant was only 3, the eldest 11, with an average age of 9. The loomwork was very popular and several people made return visits, one lad even turned down a bike ride with his dad to come beading! They also raised a few pounds for a local children's hospice.. the Hobbycraft store's charity. They rounded the week off with a workshop by Claire Crouchley ..Fantastic!

Priory Beaders at Priory Hall Christchurch on Saturday 25th July 2015

Nan McKay Hall Beadworkers 2015

The group were at the Burrell on Saturday and Tuesday with 55 adults and 20 children stopping to chat on Tuesday alone. On Wednesday they were at Dandy's Deli, where the cakes were to die for

Penny Crawley 2015

was demonstrating at Eastbourne Hobbycraft on Saturday 25th July. Although the store was unusually quiet, those who visited the table were very interested.

Banners and Chains