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

IBW Prize Draw 2018

We want your Beaded Beads!


In previous years the Guild has run a NBW competition for all to participate in but this year we have changed it slightly and will be having a Prize Draw. We are asking beaders to donate a beaded bead to the Guild and for each bead received you will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win lots of beading goodies.

Details of prizes will be available on this page and the prize pot will be added to right up to the start of International Beading Week.

How to enter
Simply make and donate a beaded bead to the Guild, or several beaded beads for more chances to win! It can be as elaborate or simple as you like, you can be a beginner, intermediate or experienced beader, the prize draw is open to all (including non-members) at any stage of your beading journey.

The rules are simple:

* Bead a beaded bead - it must have a central hole no larger than 5mm and be no longer/wider than 5cm.

* The Beadworkers Guild will retain all donated beads for display at the various shows we visit and for publicity materials.

* Every bead must be labelled with your name, contact details, your membership number if you are a member of the Guild and the name of the designer (if it’s your own design please state ‘own design’).

* You can donate as many beads as you like, each bead will result in one ticket going into the draw.

Please send your beaded beads to:
The Beadworkers Guild, IBW Beaded Beads, 4 Honor Oak Road, London, SE23 3SF, United Kingdom.

All beads must be received by Saturday 28th July and winners of the draw will be announced on Sat 4th August via Facebook and the IBW website.

Prize Pot

Claspgarten clasps

(kindly donated by Claspgarten Germany www.claspgarten.com/en)

NBW 2017 Competition Results

Our 2017 NBW competition was to design a beaded bookmark, the winner was chosen by popular vote on facebook and by email.

Photos of all entries below

Winning Design

Congratulations to Claire Madder who won our bookmark competition and received some great prizes from Southampton Bead Shop and Spoilt Rotten Beads.

Results of our NBW Competitions 2016


'Little People Beads'

The challenge was to create an original piece of beadwork in which the little people beads played a starring role in the final piece. There really were some fabulous entries and the judges had such a hard time choosing a winner that they decided to award a runners-up prize too.

Congratulations to Jessica Hayman for winning first place and Pam Kirk for winning the runners-up prize (photos of all the entries are below).


Wild, Wacky & Wonderful Beading!

The winner of the wildest, wackiest and most wonderful beading photo moment from NBW 2016 were the Nan McKay Beading Group in Glasgow with their 'Find a Bead' photo.

Here's what Heather Kingsley-Heath, our judge, had to say about the image - "This image captures perfectly the trials, frustrations, camaraderie and craziness that will be familiar to beaders everywhere. It is also the perfect illustration of however batty you get, you're never alone if you're a beader!"

Results of 2015 NBW Competitions

Margaret Hall

Logo Cabochon Competition

The challenge in 2015 was to create an original piece of beadwork in which the National Beading Week Logo played a starring role in the final piece. 

We had some wonderful entries, which can be see below.

Congratulations to Margaret Hall who won a £25 voucher for her NBW cabochon (seen to the left).

Design a Tie for Gordon

To celebrate National Beading Week in 2015 we held a competition to design a tie for Gordon Halfpenney of Halfpenney's Beads.

The Winner was Susan Foster with her
wonderful geometric design.

The pattern is now available to buy from the Beadworkers Guild's on-line shop or you can buy a full kit from Halfpenney's 




Susan Foster receiving her goodie bag from Gordon