The Evolution of a Design


Hello it’s Steph here. I teach a lot of the workshops at The Bead Shop and design quite a few of the kits too. I regularly get asked how do I come up with my designs so I thought I’d share a little insight as to how our latest design got developed into a kit, which originally started life as a workshop.

There are several reasons why I might design a particular project either for a workshop or kit. Some are born from customer requests and suggestion and others are to demonstrate new equipment or ranges. The latter reason is how the Candy bead Rosette workshop started life. Preciosa, the leading manufacturer of Czech glass beads, launched the CandyTM bead, an 8mm round two hole bead, flat on the back with a domed front resembling a cabochon (or Smartie), early in 2016 and I couldn’t wait to get playing with them.

Candy Beads

I had already been thinking that their round shape would lend themselves to a simple flower design, which is where I started. The design came together as I imagined, after a little beading back and forth to get the centre looking neat and the tension right. With its striking star shape in the centre and beads around the edge I felt it resembled a rosette more than a flower and so it was named the ‘Candy Bead Rosette’ workshop, which I intended to be a brooch.

Candy bead rosette - workshop - the bead shop nottingham ltd
In the first 3 hour workshop several lovely brooches were created, I love how different they all look just by the use of different colours.

Candy-Bead-Rosette-workshop

In this workshop I experimented with my rosette and added an extra row of embellishment giving the rosette a spiky edge.  You can see my dark green one on the top right.

Once I’d got this far, I thought I’d develop it further and create a statement necklace, so over the next few Monday night Bead Group sessions I made 4 more smaller rosettes and linked them all together to create this necklace.

Candy-Bead-Rosette-necklace

I wore the finished necklace to The Big Bead Show in Oct 2016 and so many people asked if we had a pattern for it that I knew exactly what I’d be doing next!!!

As I started creating the pattern for the necklace I also redesigned it a little as I wasn’t happy with the connections between the smaller rosettes, so with a little adaption the new Candy Bead Rosette Necklace Kit & Pattern were finished.

Candy Bead Rosette Necklace Kit Instructions

They were literally just launched on the website this weekend which some of you may have seen in our newsletter. You can find the kit here which is available in purple and silver, and we have made the pattern available as either a printed version or as an emailed PDF. So if you fancy putting your own colour palette together you can quite easily, the full list of materials needed is also listed on the pattern page of the website here.

If you think a Candy bead rosette is a little beyond your beading skills at the moment, why not try one of PRECIOSA’s simple Candy bead bracelet projects as a great starting point.
https://preciosa-ornela.com/en/news/projects/basic/973-candy-bracelets

To view our full range of Candy beads you can visit the website here.

We love seeing your finished versions of our kits and patterns, so do feel free to share them on facebook or Instragram with #thebeadshopnottingham.

The Candy Bead Rosette Necklace is an original design by Steph Gibbs for The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. Copyright by The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. You can make and reproduce this design for your personal use but the pattern and design cannot be reproduced for resale.

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15:29 24 Dec 19
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Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
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12:26 12 Dec 19
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Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
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Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
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09:54 10 Nov 19
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09:39 04 Nov 19
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11:56 28 Oct 19
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13:33 24 Oct 19
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06:39 15 Oct 19
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Mo Beach-Morris
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14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
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Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
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18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
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06:27 09 Aug 19
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Sue E
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14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
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14:11 18 Jul 19
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yogicaspi
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21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
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12:04 13 Jun 19
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Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
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23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
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06:01 24 May 19
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CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
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09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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