Bringing Beadworkers Together - 27th July to 4th August 2019
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
Guest Ambassador: Edwin Batres - USA
Edwin Batres has been beading for over ten years. He discovered the beading world when he first met his teacher and mentor, Aurelio Castano. Edwin is now one of the newest designers to join the IBW ambassadors around the world. He is both happy and excited to be able to contribute to the growing number of beading enthusiasts around the world and to share his creativity, passion and love for beading.
Edwin is a bilingual bead weaving teacher who holds classes throughout the north-east coast in South America. His work has been published in multiple international beading magazines including Bead & Button, Perlen Poesie, Beading Polska and Beadworks magazine. Edwin also uses his YouTube channels to share his passion for beads to his English and Spanish speaking followers around the world.