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How to make your own Mala Beads

Knotted Mala Bead Necklace

Buddhist prayer beads or malas are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited. They are similar to Catholic rosary beads used in prayer though they tend to have 59 beads and finish in a cross or crucifix. Misbahah are muslim prayer beads, usually in strings of 99 beads.

Mala necklaces consist of 108 beads plus a 109th Guru bead and are used to count the number of times a mantra or breaths are repeated.

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How to make your own beaded felt bowls

Hi Steph here, I thought I’d show you how to make your own beaded felt bowls! You may have seen these beautiful bowls in our bead shop or on our social media. We launched them for our 20th Birthday party back in January. We wanted an alternative to the plastic tubs that customers use to collect their beads in whilst shopping. We had been on the look out for a while, but hadn’t found anything suitable. That was until I visited the Nottingham Yarn Expo last November where I saw these fun bowls on Joe’s Toes stand. They are a Yorkshire based company producing DIY slipper kits as well as a few other fun felt items.

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Trio Challenge – thinking outside the box!

Soft Flex trio beading wire packs

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.

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Christmas Crafting

The Bead Shop Earrings

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.

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Pretty in Pink

The Bead Shop Glass Beads

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.

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