National Beading Week 2015

6 Aug

National beading week bunting

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 had plenty going on all week, from competitions to workshops and demos, so I wanted to share our week with you all.

Demos with Kerrie Slade - collection

The very talented Kerrie Slade joined us for demonstrations, Q&A and bead ‘n’ biscuits. Kerrie showed eager beaders how to make several of her lovely Preciosa Czech glass bead designs. The patterns for her Kumihimo Pips and the Pipflinks can be found on our website here. The Ripple Crown and Pip candle decorations were an exclusive preview for National Beading Week, so they won’t be available until they’ve been showcased by Kerrie in Hamburg later this month, keep an eye out on our facebook page and we’ll let you know when they’re available.

Kerrie demo in progress

Kerrie also had a cabinet of her wonderful beadwork patterns, all available from her website. My personal favourite is the Popper flowers, a very clever interchangeable design.

Kerrie Slade collage


We were also joined by international beadwork artist Patty McCourt who taught her Cleo Jewellery set workshop, using Khéops® par Puca® Beads, Swarovski crystals as well as her own ‘Quad’ beads. Not only has Patty been designing her own beads, she teaches beading all over the world and is also an ambassador for National Beading Week.

Patty's work


She’s a natural choice for this role as her passion for beads is quite infectious and her work is quite spectacular, the photos really don’t do her intricate work justice. Everyone who attended Patty’s workshop came away delighted with their creations, the array of chosen colour combinations were lovely.
Patty McCourt's workshop in progress at The Bead Shop Nottingham during National Beading Week 2015

Our shop window had a beading week take over with loads of beaded flowers, which many of our wonderful customers helped make. We invited our customers to submit handmade pieces into a competition which were displayed in our shop window, we invited everyone (including our facebook fans) to vote for their favourite piece.
Competition piece in the window

The competition went down very well, with many people stopping to have a good look at all the wonderful work. What I loved most about the competition was the variety of pieces that were submitted; embroidery, chainmaille, beadweaving, wirework and much more. You can still view the photo album on our facebook page, although voting has now closed.
2 - Cinders wish tiara

The piece that captured most people’s imagination and won the competition with most votes was the beautiful Cinderella inspired Tiara, made by one of our regular customers, more of Nicola’s work can be found on her facebook page here. The more you look at this piece the more detail you notice from the carriage shape to the subtle glass slipper in the centre.

We hope you enjoyed National Beading week!

To find our more about National Beading Week visit the official website here
For more information about Kerrie Slade’s work and to purchase any of her patterns visit her website here
To discover more about Patty McCourt visit her website here

4 Responses to “National Beading Week 2015”

  1. Karen Wakefield August 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you Bead Shop Nottingham for all your activities during NBW! I was thrilled to attend the demos and workshop with my best friend and also my 7 year old granddaughter who thoroughly enjoyed Kerrie’s demos and loved being her little helper. Roll on next year!

    • beadadmin August 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Thank Karen, it was great that you could make it so many of the activities and your little helper was much appreciated. See you soon :)

  2. wendy August 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I enjoyed NBW and look forward to next year.

    • beadadmin August 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks Wendy, we’re glad you could join us :)

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