Bringing Beadworkers Together - 28th July to 5th August 2018

Yarn bombing has become a very popular form of street art over the last few years, whereby knitters decorate their community by knitting around urban objects such as benches, bus shelters, fencing, trees etc. to create colourful displays. We think this is a wonderful way of celebrating creativity, although we are not suggesting that you take to the streets and bead everything in sight! But wouldn't it be wonderful to create a colourful display of beading that everyone can participate in?

So our idea is to make chains of beading that you can decorate your International Beading Week venue with, whether you are celebrating at home, in your community hall or at your local beading shop. We have lots of ideas and free downloads to get you started on your beaded chains and we hope that you will join in the spirit of International Beading Week and bead together to create some wonderful displays.

We would love to see your Bead Bombing ideas: please send us photos of your beaded chains so we can put them up on the website and encourage others to take part. You can get started on your beaded chains right now in preparation for International Beading Week or organise an event to coincide with IBW and get lots of beaders together making chains.

                          Beaded Chain Links - Free Patterns

These simple strips of Peyote stitch can be zipped together to make interlinking chains to decorate your International Beading Week venue or they can be made in to bracelets and then linked together to make a temporary chain, which can be disassembled at the end of your event. 

We have provided lots of free charted designs to get you started (available to download on the 'Goodies' page) or you could design your own Beaded Chains. 

Beaded Bead Chains

Here is the Beadworkers Guild's very own Beaded Bead Chain made by members for our 10th anniversary. With almost 400 individual beaded beads and measuring over 10 metres long, it looks quite spectacular when displayed.

Why not make your own beaded bead chain or add to the Guild's chain and send us your beaded beads?

For lots more Bead Bombing ideas  visit our Pinterest board

Group Bunting


If you are part of a beading group why not help us to promote your group around the UK by adding to our Group Bunting? For more details visit the Goodies page.

IBW Ambassador: Erika 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 fulfils me and brings me new friendships. Being an ambassador of the International Beading Week is an honour and happiness. I hope you will join me in learning this wonderful art!

IBW Ambassador: Maureen Ann Russell (Glasgow,Scotland)

IBW 2018, another exciting opportunity to share my love of beadwork. I was brought up in a crafting family and have tried all manner of crafts but found my niche with beadwork. There are so many ways to use this wonderfully creative art form; my favourite must be creating beadwork sculptures and of course all the variations of RAW, CRAW and PRAW. I design and write my own patterns, have had a number of pieces published and love sharing my craft with others. I have a regular class in Glasgow and run occasional workshops. This year I plan more events in and around Glasgow and hope to share a pattern with you all.