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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How I Started Bead Weaving

20 Apr

My Venture into Bead Weaving Before I started working at The Bead Shop, I didn’t have a clue what “bead weaving” was! Emma had mentioned it to me when I had my interview here, and I thought she meant beading on a loom! Oh how wrong I was. After I had my interview, I scoured […]

The Big Bead Show!

25 Mar

The Big Bead Show! We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who came to our stall on Saturday at the Big Bead Show. It was a pretty busy affair for us, with a mega early start and a late night, but meeting so many of our lovely customers and the vibrant atmosphere makes it […]

Ribbon Jewellery and Crafts!

14 Mar

As someone who loves a bit of sewing as well as jewellery making, I was quite excited about our new range of Ribbons. It can be very quick and easy to make items with ribbon; check out these bow hair clips I made. I created a bow and simply stitched them onto the hair clip […]

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23 Jan

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