Bringing Beadworkers Together - 24th July to 1st August 2021

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.

IBW Global Bunting Project


If you would like to take part in our global bunting project you can download instructions and templates here or contact Sylvia Fairhurst for further information.

                          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

Guest Ambassador: Marca Smit (France)

Thank you so much for the invitation to be an ambassador for International Beading week! Together with my husband we "live beads", we have an online bead store and design geometric patterns, like Peyote Stars, Pods and Kaleidocycles. Loving what we do and being able to make a living of our passion is the best thing in the world. We look forward to designing something especially for the International Beading Week!                                                                      

 Guest Ambassador: River Rose (California, USA)

What I enjoy about being involved with International Beading Week is hearing about the different groups of people who are promoting an interest in my life’s passion. I love the art of beading, I love seeing what others are accomplishing with beads, and I like to contribute to the field by teaching what I know and sharing my work of 27 years.

Beading with River Rose