Bringing Beadworkers together - 25th July to the 2nd August 2020

What’s it all about?

International Beading Week started as a little acorn of an idea, in a Guild Journal meeting some years ago, and has grown and grown into a worldwide event that celebrates our passion for stitching with beads. The original ethos of our idea was (and still is) to educate and encourage the wider public to participate in beading, to support bead traders so we could continue to have an excellent source of supplies and to have some fun sharing our passion with others in our local area.

We’re often asked why we chose a week in the summer holidays to celebrate International Beading Week (IBW), but there was definitely method in our madness. Obviously we needed to choose a time in the Guild calendar when we could dedicate our time to organising activities for the event. This is also a quiet time on the bead shows calendar, which means that

 traders are quieter, so would have time to dedicate to local events, and hopefully it would boost their business in a quiet period. The summer months are a time when there are lots of local fairs and events that we could all participate in without the necessity of having to organise our own dedicated events. Finally, if our craft is to thrive in the future, there is a real need for us to pass on our skills to younger generations, and what better time to do this than when they are on holiday?

Don’t miss out!

We are so proud of how this event has grown over the years and that beaders from around the world want to participate too, but there is still lots we can do to make this event bigger and better than ever. If you’ve never participated in IBW before, please do take a look at this website, there are lots of ideas on how you can get involved and so many freebies, it would be a shame to miss out.

Whatever you have planned for NBW/IBW we hope it will be fun and remember to keep an eye on the website for all the latest news, events, special offers and freebies.

Lets spread the beading bug!

Guest Ambassador: Nela Kabelova - Czech Republic

It's a great honour for me to be invited as an IBW ambassador and share my passion for beadwork. It has been more than 10 years ago when I bought my first bag of beads and a spool of thread in A local craft store. Since then, my love for beads turned from a hobby into a lifelong passion and full-time job. I teach beading classes all over the Czech Republic, design and make patterns, cooperate with bead stores and manufacturers and organize events within the local beading community.

I love seeing people coming to my classes for the first time and then, a few hours later, leaving with a piece of jewelry they made with their own hands. I love meeting other creative people, sharing ideas and inspiration. And this time I hope to share some ideas and inspiration with you all.

I also hope to promote beadwork in general. I live in the Czech Republic, the land of glass and beads, but it seems to me that beadwork is still a little underappreciated here and a lot of people still think that beads are nothing more than childrens' toys. And I want to change that. I want to show people the beauty of glass and I want to show them that beadwork is more than "just stringing" and that beads are a fullY-fledged artistic medium, just like any other.

You can see my work at my website or at my Facebook page