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

Bead palette donated by Spellbound Beads

Ten clasps donated by Claspgarten

Card sets donated by artist Sarah Gwyer: five of each set available


IBW 2018 Competition Time - Get to see your own design laser-etched!

Simply come up with a design to fit on a 36mm flat-fronted button, like those shown below. It could be anything (as long as it is your own work) but it must be in just one colour. It can be a picture or pattern and you can use a computer or draw it by hand. You can also enter as many times as you like. Tip - It's best to keep the designs simple, without too much fine detail. Also, to give you some ideas, there a few photos of other laser etched beads below.

The designs must be emailed to by the end of Sunday 29th of July. The winning design will be chosen by Old Bicycle Shop on Sunday 5th of August and will be made into buttons for sale. The winner will also receive 10 of their own printed buttons and a selection of laser etched beads. By entering the competition, you agree that your design can be used on any type of bead in the future.

Kerrie Slade in conjunction with Preciosa launches IBW 2018 Competition

To be in with a chance of winning one of five fantastic prizes, there are two main requirements: the first is that you make something using one of my patterns, and the second is that it must be made using seed beads and/or beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand. It could be one of the patterns I sell via my website, one from my book Playful Perfection, one of my free patterns available from the Preciosa Ornela project page or one of the many that I have published in books and magazines

You could make a simple pair of cufflinks in a couple of hours, or you could spend considerably more time making one of my floral lariats for example - from beginner to advanced, there is something out there for everyone. It doesn't matter which project you make, whether you make an identical piece or adapt it. You might like to change the colours, turn a bracelet pattern into a necklace, , but it should be clearly identifiable as originating from one of my patterns. Some of my designs call for specific types of beads, so unless you want to have some fun seeing if they work with other types, choose your pattern carefully

When you have finished your piece, take a picture and either post it on my Facebook business page and tag me, send me the picture via Facebook Messenger or email me ( Please make sure I have a way to contact you should you be one of the lucky winners. The contest will be judged by both myself and Preciosa Ornela and the final five will not necessarily be selected due to the complexity of the piece, but rather the workmanship, attention to detail and overall pleasing appearance

Preciosa Ornela is generously providing five equal prizes of a copy of my book and 1kg of beads. So if you want to increase your bead collection, or maybe experiment with some new shapes that you've never tried before, it's well worth having a go at this contest! I'm so glad to be in a position to be able to embrace the spirit of International Beading Week and share the beady love worldwide, and I'm really looking forward to seeing which piece you decide to make. The contest is now open, the closing date is the 6th of August 2018, winners will be announced on my blog the following week. Good luck everyone!

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