Bringing Beadworkers Together - 27th July to 4th August 2019

Where would we be without our bead shops and traders? Twenty years ago we all struggled to purchase the variety and quality of beads that can be bought today, so we believe it is very important to support our bead businesses around the world to ensure that we continue to be able to buy the best products for our craft.

If you own a bead business please help us to help you by supporting International Beading Week and provide your customers with a wonderful experience during IBW. At the bottom of the page are lots of ideas of how you can get your customers involved in IBW, on the ‘Bumph’ page you will find a logo and artwork to use in your publicity and on the 'Goodies' page you will find lots of free patterns to offer to your customers.

We will also include a list of events taking place during IBW on the website; do let us know what you have planned so we can provide you with free advertising for all your activities and special offers (just email: with your logo and the text you would like uploaded to the website).

Free Advertising

Shops and Traders if you would like to have your International Beading Week event or offer advertised on this website for free email

Please email your logo and the text you would like us to upload

(please can you ensure that your text is proofed and ready to upload on the website. The IBW team are all volunteers and we would appreciate it if you kept the workload to a minimum please)

Ideas for International Beading Week

  • Offer discounts to your customers to encourage them to visit your shop or website during IBW.
  • Organise taster workshops to introduce customers to the products you sell.
  • Provide free pattern downloads on your website to celebrate IBW or link to the free downloads on our Goodies page.
  • Invite local beading groups to your shop and provide free tea and biscuits or organise an event together.
  • Hold a Bead Bombing day or walk in sessions and invite beaders to add to your beaded chain (see our Bead Bombing page for ideas and free patterns).
  • Hold a local beading competition to incorporate products from your shop/website.
  • Provide free goodie bags for the first 50 customers to visit your shop during IBW or to place the first orders on your website.
  • Hold an exhibition of local beaders work or open a gallery on your website and encourage beaders to send you images of their work.
  • Take your internet business to a local beading group and enjoy the day together.
  • Hold a raffle and invite local beaders to the draw during IBW.
  • Invite a IBW Ambassador to your shop to provide a talk, demonstration or workshop or ask if they can provide a free download for your website.
  • Provide free walk-in beading sessions for beginners to encourage new customers.
  • Find out what’s happening in your local area during IBW and take a stall at your local craft fair or market.
  • Decorate your shop with beaded and paper chains to create a party atmosphere or use our free artwork downloads on our Goodies page and decorate your website.
  • Provide free packs of beads (with your business card) to your local beading group for them to use in their Bead Bombing activities.

IBW Ambassador - Spoilt Rotten Beads

Spoilt Rotten Beads is delighted to be supporting IBW and have teamed up with designer Heather Kingsley Heath to offer a unique pattern and limited edition kit called Ravenna, which will launch at 9am on Friday 26th July.

£5 from the proceeds of each kit and pattern sold will be donated to The Beadworkers Guild to support the amazing work that they do promoting beading across the world.

IBW Ambassador - Spellbound Bead Co.

The Beadworkers Guild have made such a difference to the UK beading scene with their endless enthusiasm to promote all aspects of beading, whether as art, craft or hobby. Through classes, demonstrations and exhibitions they inspire and educate and now, with International Beading Week, they have given us an extra excuse to celebrate all things beady and especially encourage new beaders to give beading a go.

IBW Ambassador - Barbara Squires, Beads and More.

I am thrilled to be asked to be an Ambassador for International Beading Week. I have been involved with beading for 12 years beginning with basic stringing, moving to wirework, then other styles of beading.  I was eventually seduced into the bead stitching world, probably a natural follow on from my love of sewing. I joined The Beadworkers Guild three years ago to promote my business Beads and More, an online bead shop but love reading the journals and seeing all the wonderful beading that members complete. I run a monthly beading group and members have a mix of beading skills. Some love basic bead stringing, revamping old pieces or creating new pieces, whilst others prefer more intricate bead stitching designs. Many are members of BWG, one of the regular contributors to the journal projects is a member of our group –Debbie Webster- her creations are just stunning, certainly make a few jaws drop when she brings them to a meeting. If not for The Beadworkers Guild she would never have known about our group. It is a fantastic organisation for beaders to get to know each other.