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 […]

Resin Tutorial: Unlock my Heart Pendant!

24 Mar

Hello! Today’s post shows you how to make a resin pendant by embedding items! As resin supplies are one of many products at The Bead Shop that people are unsure of, what better than to show you just how easy it is! First of all, choose your mould and items that you wish to embed. Most items […]

Needle Felt Beads

18 Mar

Felt Beads When most people think of felting, it conjures up soggy and soapy images and a long wet process, before you get your finished product. It certainly put me off making felt beads on a regular basis! However, after picking up a rather useful book in a second hand book shop all about felting, […]

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 […]

Shrink Plastic Rings

5 Mar

In this how-to, Lisa will show you how to make beautiful shrink plastic rings. Lisa is our Mailorder Supervisor, now working mainly in our mailorder department, although she has also had many years experience working in our shop. Lisa has always made jewellery and studied decorative arts at Nottingham Trent University,  where she specialised in mould […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

26 Feb

So Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) is just around the corner, on the 15th March, so we thought we would help you to get organised with some gift and craft ideas for those of you who may not have realised how soon it is! We have a free mini projects section on our website, which […]

Microwave Kiln Test

16 Feb

Microwave Dichro Kiln Test! We have been stocking the microwave kiln for a few years now, but before we started stocking it, Hana, our glass fusing expert, decided to do a little experiment to see if it produced good enough results for us to both stock it and to teach workshops using it.   Experiment from 2010: I’ve […]

Hello world!

23 Jan

Thank you for looking at our blog, we are attempting to bring back the old blog so please bear with us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 9588899 or email on