Bringing Beadworkers Together - 29th July to 6th August 2017

We really want to bring as many beaders as possible together during National 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?

National 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 NBW. 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 NBW 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 NBW, 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 NBW. 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 (see our Bead Traders page for shops taking part).
  • Invite your local NBW Ambassador to your meeting and celebrate together.
  • Celebrate in style and create a party atmosphere at your NBW 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 NBW (see our Bead Traders 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 National 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 National 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.

NBW Ambassador: Fran Griffith (Frangipani Beads)

All hail the humble glass bead! Who would have thought it could inspire such pleasure, creativity, focus and self expression! A myriad of beads in so many exquisite colours and finishes, mixing to make endless variations of delightful shape and design. So many friendships made by the coming together of people eager to pursue their craft in the company of others. The Beadworkers Guild is inspiring thousands of beaders all keen and eager to learn and make more exciting pieces of beadwork. Whether you’re working on your own or as part of a group, celebrate the joys of beading during National Beading Week in the full knowledge there will be others all over the world enjoying its pleasures at exactly the same time as you! You’re never alone as a Beader!

NBW Ambassador: Alex Witney (London Bead Company)

I stand up and admit that my obsession is “Beadwork”. There is great sense of achievement creating with these small objects, then displaying and wearing them with the knowledge that you made it. What a joy. Ok, the needles can be hard to thread (I have a fabulous technique, just ask me). Once that hurdle has been jumped there are many wonders ahead. Don't even get me started on the colours and the effects now available. I have this passion and love seeing not just my own successful pieces, but also of others. Simple, elaborate, in any form. I'm very lucky to have my hobby as my job. Playing, designing, making mistakes is all part of the fun. And most of all sharing this passion, along with The Beadworkers Guild. I've been there from its beginnings and love that I've had the chance to educate and share my expertise with others alongside so many other beady talents. Long may we continue to enjoy inviting new beadaholics to our love of beads. To bead or not to bead? Well that's a ridiculous question!

I'm very excited about being part of the National Beading week and helping people on their beady journey


NBW Ambassador: Pam Kirk (West Yorkshire)

For more than 20 years my passion and obsession has been for bead weaving, I just love the tiny little wonders that are beads, with such varied shapes and infinite colours. If you can imagine something you can invariably bead it. For the past 7 years I have used my skills to design Pam's Poppy and then manage an international bead project to raise funds for The Royal British Legion, this has raised £48,000.00. I have made so many wonderful friends during this process and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed. I hope you like my “Little People Necklace” pattern for National Beading Week and enjoy making and wearing it.