Our ambassadors are here to help us celebrate International Beading Week and to spread the love of beading around the world. If you have an ambassador near you why not get in touch and see how you can celebrate IBW together? Check out their websites during IBW to see how they are celebrating and take a look at our Goodies page as many ambassadors have donated free patterns for you to enjoy during IBW.
Our permanent IBW Ambassadors are detailed below and are all members of The Beadworkers Guild
You will find guest ambassadors for the year on other pages throughout the website.
Melanie de Miguel, United Kingdom.
I am so excited to have been asked to be a permanent ambassador for IBW. This means I get to talk even more about my favourite subject - BEADING!!! I took my first beading class in 1999; I was in a room filled with like-minded souls, having fun, sharing ideas and inspirations - it felt like an extended family. Wherever I am, at whatever bead show, I still feel as if I'm surrounded by sisters, grans and aunties - we are a wonderful community! For as long as I can, I will continue to bead, design and teach, and most importantly, spread the word about this amazing craft. We must keep it alive and continue to explore its beautiful, infinite potential, and with IBW we have the perfect opportunity to make some real beady noise!
Katie Dean, United Kingdom.
I am honoured to be a permanent ambassador for International Beading Week. Beads and beading have so much to offer, whether it is respite from illness or a difficult period in life, or just having an opportunity to express your creativity. I see how much happiness people gain from learning to bead. Everyone I know says how relaxing it is and, in this stressful world, that is so important. The sense of achievement you get from learning a new technique or working with a new pattern is something very special. In its first year (2015) National Beading Week did a fantastic job of spreading the word about beading and everyone who took part had enormous fun. With competitions, special offers from beading shops and special beading events, there is so much to enjoy if beading is already your passion and so many ways to discover this wonderful craft.
Cath Thomas, Switzerland.
I am proud to be a permanent ambassador for International Beading Week. This special event is all about showing the art of beading to a broader audience, and getting together to celebrate it.
Making our craft better recognized is a subject close to my heart. Together with other members of the Guild, I manage the dedicated Facebook group: "International Beading Week - First week of August every year", to encourage people from all horizons to participate in this week of beading frenzy, to inform about upcoming meetings and share photos and videos of events. Members can also participate in an informal year-long beading challenge.
I love beading. Not only does it save my sanity, but the shared love of the craft connects me to a world of passionate beaders around this planet through social media, and became the foundation of very meaningful friendships.
Jean Power, United Kingdom.
After joining in International Beading Week for the last 4 years I'm really looking forward to this year and getting to join in some more beady events and raise even more money for charity through beading.
This is the fifth Summer Secret Beadalong I’ll be running and so far, through sales of the patterns and contributions & events from beading groups & bead shops all around the world, they 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 & encouragement along the way.
I delight in being able to share my love of beading with others and this week-long event is just perfect to raise awareness of beading and the wonderful beaded artwork being created all around us. Bring on International Beading Week!
Heather Kingsley-Heath, United Kingdom
It is a real honour to be a permanent IBW ambassador. I love beading, I love our community and enjoy travelling the world to meet and work with many beaders, it is the magical part of my job. This year I’ve designed a bracelet, and for the first time kits will be available. Each kit sale will generate money for our Beadworkers Guild who work tirelessly to encourage new and established beaders, with events, books and a quarterly Journal.
IBW is such an important event, it’s not just about the free stuff, it’s about getting together to bead, welcoming newcomers, supporting our bead shops and local groups and supporting all the designers who keep us bead inspired with lovely new creations; all of which keeps our amazing global beady community thriving and full of energy. Make IBW the week you visit your nearest bead shop, join a class or group, or buy a pattern you’ve been thinking you’d like to try.
Erica Sandor, Slovakia.
Beading is my passion: my hobby and my work at the same time. It is part of every one of my days. It fulfills me and brings me new friendships. Being a permanent ambassador of the International Beading Week is an honor and happiness. I hope you will join me in learning this wonderful art!
Patty McCourt, United Kingdom
I started beading in 2004 and have loved every minute of it! I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of creating a jewellery piece and over the years have tried many different techniques and materials in my creations. I have learnt a lot during all these years and I am happy to say that I am still learning.
I am delighted to be an IBW Ambassador. We want to encourage the younger generation, and anyone else who wants to get interested in this amazing and rewarding art form, and I am happy to play my part. I am proud of the hard work the Beadworkers Guild has put into this event and happy to see the success of it as it becomes a worldwide event. So, come along and join us and have fun beading!! Support the International Beading Week
ETSY: PattysBeadShop (I sell shibori and a few beads)
Jessica Hayman - United Kingdom
I've tried a variety of different crafts but nothing really resonated until I discovered bead weaving. Without the Beadworkers Guild I don't think I would have progressed much past simple stringing, my eyes were truly opened to the immense potential in beadwork. The infinite ways to combine beads of every shape, size & colour to create fun, elegant, simple or complex shapes and pieces holds me captivated, there's no right or wrong just what you enjoy and if that's different from everyone else well that's just fine!
I cherish the inspiration I have got from the people I have met over the years and if I can inspire even a fraction of that I will be very content.
It's so exciting that we have a week all of our own shared by so many different nationalities so lets make IBW amazing.