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Enamelling with Katie Sanderson

Enamel pendant by Katie Sanderson

We have invited the wonderful enamel artist, Katie Sanderson to write a blog post about her work and inspirations for us! She currently has a selection of work for sale in our window. And is going to be teaching an enamelling workshop here at The Bead Shop in November! Read on to find out more … Read more

We’re excited to welcome you back to The Bead Shop

The Bead Shop During lockdown

As I write this it’s only a week until we will be re-opening our doors to welcome you back to The Bead Shop! In some ways it’s been a very long 4 months since we shut our doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In other ways it feels like the time has flown by! Back in March it felt like everything was falling apart both from a business and personal point of view. We had no idea how we would manage to keep paying everyone, mixed with worry about higher risk friends & family.

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Needle felting for the mind

Needle felted Rain bow brooch

Hi, Alex here!
For a while now we’ve been wanting to produce a new needle felting kit to add to our ever growing collection of crafting kits here at The Bead Shop. Steph and Emma are our needle felting experts but we wanted to aim this kit at complete beginners. So for the production of this kit I thought I’d have a go! Needle felting is something I’ve always wanted to try. Inspired by seeing Emma’s adorable needle felted bunny Ralph, I was keen to get involved and I also had a slight ulterior motive… 

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The history of 7 Market Street Nottingham

History of 7 Maret Street nottingham

7 Market Street Nottingham is a beautiful Victorian shop and has been The Bead Shop’s home for the last 14 years. I fell in love with it when we first looked around it in 2005 and have been fascinated by its history ever since. I knew it had always been in the care of various independent shops but had never quite been able to piece together all of its history.

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Swarovski Crystal Birthstone Jewellery

Learn how to make Swarovski crystal birthstone jewellery as gifts and presents using simple jewellery making techniques. 

Traditionally, birthstones are natural gemstones that are associated with particular months. Jewellery made using these stones is often given as Birthday gifts.  With stones including emerald and diamond, you can imagine these materials are often out of many people’s price range.

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Did you know you can hire our beautiful workshop room?

Hi, it’s Steph here to talk about our workshop room. It’s a lovely, bright, airy space in our listed Victorian building in Nottingham City Centre. It retains many of its period features like the fire place, coving and picture rail. Though probably its biggest asset is the wonderful, bright big bay window.

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We’re hiring! Want to join our team?

We currently have 2 part time vacancies to join our team as a sales assistant.

Sales Assistant 

We are looking for 2 enthusiastic creative individuals to join our friendly and knowledgeable team as a sales assistant. No two days are ever the same and even after working her for several years they’ll always be new skills and techniques to learn.

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My 20 favourite things to do in Nottingham!

The Bead Shop Hot Chocolate

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.

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS – Innovations Launch – Light & Shadow

Swarovski Innovations Launch – Light & Shadow 2017

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.

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The Evolution of a Design


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.

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