Bringing Beadworkers Together - 27th July to 4th August 2019

We really want to bring as many beaders as possible together during International Beading Week, to celebrate our passion for beads and to have some fun! What better way to celebrate than in the company of like-minded people doing what we love best, beading?

International beading week is all about getting together with other beaders in your local area. Here are lots of ideas of how you can get involved in IBW. And make sure to take a look at our Bead Bombing page to find out how you can help us to make this a really special celebration: let’s spread the beading bug together!

Beading groups

  • Organise a special meeting during IBW and celebrate together.
  • You don’t have to meet at your usual venue, why not meet at one of your members’ homes and have a garden or tea party?
  • If you don’t have a local shop taking part in IBW, invite an internet trader to visit your group for the day.
  • Organise a ‘Round Robin’ at your meeting by getting members to bead one item and then pass it on to the next member to add to. This would be a great way of making your own beaded chains (see our Bead Bombing page for ideas and free patterns).
  • Have an open house, invite beginners to your meeting and share your knowledge.
  •  Organise an exhibition of your work to show to the public. This could be held at your meeting venue, the local library or another public venue that offers exhibition space.
  • Find out what’s happening in your local area during IBW. There may be another craft event or show you can participate in to spread the word.
  • Get together with your nearest beading shop and organise an event together .
  • Invite your local IBW Ambassador to your meeting and celebrate together.
  • Celebrate in style and create a party atmosphere at your IBW event by organising a raffle, a quiz, a display of members’ work or share a meal together.
  • Decorate your meeting venue with beaded and paper chains to create a celebratory look (see our Bead Bombing page for ideas and free patterns).
  • Set members a challenge by giving them a pack of beads or a theme to bead to and vote for your favourite piece at the end of the day.

Individual beaders

  • Take a look at The Beadworkers Guild website and see if there is a beading group near you that you can join.
  • Visit your nearest beading shop and join in their celebrations for IBW (see our Events page for shops taking part).
  • Invite a friend over for the day and introduce them to the joys of beading.
  • If you have access to Skype, why not have a ‘virtual’ beading day with your beading buddy?

And remember to keep an eye on our website for events happening around the country during International Beading Week.

Invitation to groups 

If you didn't make one last year, we would like you to make a beaded 'flag', with your group name and location, to add to our Beadworkers Guild Bunting. So many people ask us where their nearest beading group is when we attend shows, so we thought why not have this information loud and proud on display?

The idea is that we have a BWG flag as per sample shown, followed by a slightly larger group flag. It would be fantastic to have more on display at the Guild's AGM in May to promote International Beading Week. So if you fancy joining in contact Sylvia Fairhurst ( to register your intention to make either a group flag or a BWG flag or perhaps even both! You can also download the charts from this link.

Claudia Cattaneo, Italy.

It is an honour to be invited to be an ambassador for The Beadworkers Guild's International Beading Week. I love to experiment, as a rule, using the colors that are close to me, such as purple and sky blue, but I'm happy if I can meet my customers' expectations and to please them even if their tastes and points of views can be completely different from mine. I have always included part of my roots and the taste of Italy in everything I create, always using the best materials I can find. Silver and Swarovski are my favorites but I always strive to find new materials and new ways to explore. I usually take my inspiration from the natural world, there are so many interesting things undiscovered: amazing colors, shapes, textures... I'm sure there is still a lot to learn.