Bobbin Lace – Suzanne Plamping – Guest Tutor Profile

14 Apr

We have the very talented bobbin lace artist, Suzanne Plamping, joining us to teach two workshops at the end of April. I love it when two crafts combine and complement each other so well and I’m always intrigued to find out how people get involved with certain crafts so I thought I’d find;    How […]

Spreading a bit of love!

8 Feb

Hi, it’s April here, I have written a little post about new things that I L<3ve, what with Valentine’s Day around the corner and our shop window full of hearts, I thought it’d be a nice way to share the love. Firstly – SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS sew on Hearts! Swarovski have a beautiful range of Sew on […]

How To: Create Your Own High Street Style Jewellery.

6 Nov

Layering Necklaces. Hi there! I’m Amber, and for my #AnythingCanHappenFriday project I am going to be talking you through how to make and design your own high street style jewellery. I got inspiration for this project as I noticed lot of high street brands such as Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Accessorize have been displaying ”layering […]

Button Stash

27 Oct

Hello, Lauren here! As part of “Anything can happen Friday” (16th October 2015), I shared some recent makes with you on facebook; jewellery I created using buttons! I recently inherited my Grandma’s entire button and haberdashery collection; she was an avid sewer and crafter, always had a project on the go, and probably one of […]

Life at the Bead Shop

22 Sep

Ever wondered what it would be like to do work experience at The Bead Shop, well we asked just that of our latest work experience student…. This is lovely Jess, who joined us from Bulwell academy for a week at the beginning of September, she’s just starting year 10 and loves her creative subjects. 1. What did […]

April’s venture into bead weaving

22 Aug

Hello!   My name is April, I have officially been a member of the Bead shop team for almost 3 whole months! Being relatively new to the world of beads and jewellery design it was quite exciting when I attended the basic jewellery making workshop in my first week here. I won’t go into too […]

National Beading Week 2015

6 Aug

Last week saw the first ever National Beading Week sponsored by The Bead Workers Guild and designed to bring bead workers together and encourage others to join in too. It’s a great way to engage with more people and it turned into a wonderfully social and inspiring week for us at The Bead Shop. We […]

Polymer Clay Basics – How To Make A Spiral Cane

19 Jun

Polymer Clay Tutorial – Spiral Cane Polymer clay doesn’t have to be as intimidating as some people think it is! Many people don’t realise that you don’t need a lot of tools to get started with polymer clay. This tutorial will show you how to make a basic spiral (ideal for beginners), using only clay, an acrylic roller […]

Swarovski Celebration & Giveaway

22 May

Swarovski is celebrating their 120th anniversary this year! They have launched two new designs of crystals to celebrate this milestone. Before we share these striking pieces with you, we thought we’d give you a little back story on where it all began. The founder of the company, Daniel Swarovski, was born in what is now […]

Union Jack Flag Square Stitch Pattern

11 May

So the Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born last week! To commemorate this occasion, I made this amazingly patriotic head piece, that was just made for a garden party at Buckingham Palace! I have taken inspiration from the abundance of Union Jacks around and created a miniature beaded flag. It really is quite dinky and could […]