Hi it’s Hana here, I’ve noticed recently that we’re getting more people coming to visit us from outside Nottingham. I’m not sure if it’s because there are now less bead shops in the UK or because beading and crafting are becoming more popular. Either way we often get asked what else there is to do and see in Nottingham so I thought share some of my favourite places with you.
Hi Steffie here!
One of the things I love about my job here at The Bead Shop is when new books come into the shop. I get a chance to review them before putting them online and on the shelves for sale. I love flicking through our book collection and finding inspiration.
Festival season is round the corner, whether you’re going to a full weekend of music or a one day carnival we have some great ideas for quick makes and hint and tips for layered jewellery to ensure you do not lose your precious jewels. Continue reading Festival Jewellery
A little bit about us…
Despite having a bright purple shop front in the centre of Nottingham we often find that some people in Nottingham still don’t know who we are, where we are or what we are about! Continue reading The Bead Shop Crew
It’s In Nottingham’s Independents Festival takes place each June and is a fantastic way of shining a spotlight on all of the great independent businesses in Nottingham. Continue reading It’s In Nottingham – Independents Festival
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before about how excited we get here at The Bead Shop every time Swarovski launch their new ranges. They send us small boxes of joy with sample pieces of new crystal cuts, bead shapes as well as sparkling new crystal and pearl colours.
Thinking outside the box, is one of those odd phrases I’m never entirely sure what people mean when they say it. However I do believe I found myself “thinking outside the box” when the brand new SoftFlex Trios arrived. I wanted to do something a little different with them, my initial thought was to do some simple stringing with some of the colourful wires on show, however the small snippet of an image on the front of the trio set led me down a different path.
Swarovski Ceralun clay is a wonderful media that allows you to make simple jewellery with maximum impact. The clay comes in 2 parts (resin & hardener), when equal amounts of each are mixed together it forms a clay that can then can have Swarovski crystal chatons, diamantes and stones set into the surface.
Here at The Bead Shop we love helping customer realise their designs and it’s wonderful when we get to see the final results. Which has lead us to create a new series of blogs posts introducing you to some of the talented makers who frequent The Bead Shop.
We’re holding a Paw-some tea party at The Bead Shop in our light and airy workshop room along with a bead social on Saturday 3rd June 2pm – 5pm – we do hope you can join us!
Hello it’s Steph here. I teach a lot of the workshops at The Bead Shop and design quite a few of the kits too. I regularly get asked how do I come up with my designs so I thought I’d share a little insight as to how our latest design got developed into a kit, which originally started life as a workshop.
We hope you’ve all had a great start to the new year. If you’re anything like me you’ve already been asked “have you made any resolutions” way too many times. It’s not something I really do myself, I have in the past but inevitably they lead to disappointment in yourself when you’ve not achieved those ridiculously unrealistic challenges you set yourself. Instead, I have made a resolution with myself to not feel guilty for spending time doing the stuff I love and what I love is creating things!
With the holiday season creeping up on us I’ve been getting crafty with our Christmas charms. We regularly make our Christmas charms into earrings for customers who want something to jazz up their outfit for their Christmas parties and they are always popular. But I wanted to use the charms to make something a little different.
Hello Steph here! Some of you may already know how much I love right angle weave (RAW), particularly if you’ve been on any of my workshops before. It’s such a versatile beading technique and one that looks more complicated than it really is. We’ve taught many people how to make a right angle weave bracelet on our basic jewellery making class and everyone is always surprised by how easy and relaxing it is to do.
Hello! My name is Alex. Since I’m the newest member of The Bead Shop and I’ve always been interested and supportive of independent businesses, I wanted to start the new and updated blog with a post about the history of the bead shop and how I ended up working here.
Hello there! If you’re looking for inspirational tutorials, reviews and news then you are in the right place. We’ll be regularly sharing great new products, free projects and intriguing articles with you from our creative team here at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) ltd.