Jewellery Making Classes at The Nottingham Bead Shop

Important: All classes are currently held virtually via zoom or catch up video (unless otherwise stated). We will be resuming our bead and craft workshops at our city centre shop as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Virtual workshops are run live via Zoom (so that you can interact and ask questions).

Virtual Workshop – Tiara Making

Learn simple wire work techniques to create an effective hair band, comb or decoration.

Virtual Workshop – Trailing Flower Bracelet

Learn how to make a right angle weave bracelet incorporating beaded flowers.

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Training Flower Bracelet Virtual Workshop
Beaded Gerbera collection

Virtual Workshop – Beaded Gerbera Daisy with Lesley Belton 

Learn how to make French beaded Gerberas using seed beads and wire with our guest tutor Lesley Belton.

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Virtual Workshop – Introduction to Brick Stitch

Learn how to get started, increase and decrease, while creating sweet hexagon charms.

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Getting started with Brick Stitch

jewellery making for beginners virtual workshop

Virtual Workshop – Beginner Jewellery Making 

A great introduction to jewellery making; learn how to make earrings and a bracelet.

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Virtual Workshop – Kumihimo Braiding with Beads

Learn how to add beads into a Kumihimo design with a two part virtual workshop.

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Kumihimo Braiding with beads workshop
Beaded Carrier Bead Workshop

Virtual Workshop – Carrier Bead Workshop

Learn how to bead around carrier beads using Peyote stitch.

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Virtual Workshop – Decorative Felt beads

Learn how to make simple needle felted beads and how to add decorative details.

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Needle Felting Virtual Workshop
Beaded Fuchsia Flower virtual workshop

Virtual Workshop – Beaded Fuchsia Pendant

Learn how to make beautiful bell shaped flowers using herringbone stitch.

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Virtual Workshop – Freeform Wirework Bangle

Learn how to create a structured bangle using wire and a mix of beads.

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Freeform wirework bangle workshop
Mini Mandala Earrings Virtual Workshop

Virtual Workshop – Mini Mandala Earrings

Learn how to combine multiple beading stitches to create stunning earrings.

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Virtual Workshop – Macrame Plant Hanger

Learn basic macramé knots including square knots, spiral knots and half hitch knots to turn into your own plant hanger.

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Virtual Workshop – Star Mandala Pendant

Virtual Workshop – Mandala Pendant

In this workshop you will learn how to make a mandala pendant.

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Introduction to Silver Art Clay

You will learn all the basic techniques for creating your very own Silver Art Clay jewellery with our own in house Level 1 certified Art Clay tutor.

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Introduction to Silver Art Clay Workshop

Please note this is the rescheduled class from 11th April. Class size is now limited to 4 to enable social distancing and we hope we will be able to go ahead, if anything changes we will rearrange again.

polymer clay jewellery

Please note this is the rescheduled class from 21st March. Class size is now limited to 4 to enable social distancing and we hope we will be able to go ahead, if anything changes we will rearrange again.

Introduction to Polymer Clay

Get to grips with some of the most useful and practical processes when working with polymer clay. Learn how to use your designs to make your own beads or pendants.

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Silversmithing 5 week beginner class

Learn basic silversmithing techniques for jewellery making in 5 consecutive
Thursday evenings 6pm – 8pm

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  • New dates to be confirmed
5 week beginners silver smithing jewellery making class
Make resin jewellery in this resin jewellery workshop

Resin Jewellery with Mould Making

This class is held over 2 consecutive Saturday afternoons. Learn how to create jewellery using resin in ready made moulds as well as making your own mould.

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  • New dates to be confirmed

Introduction to Jewellery with Beads and Wire

Using Czech glass beads and silver plated wire. Learn how to shape wire with pliers to create neat wrapped loops which you’ll use to make your own earrings and bracelet.

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  • New dates to be confirmed
beginners jewellery making classes The Bead Shop

Please note All current classes are being postponed until we can safely run full classes from our workshop room. We will reschedule all postponed classes.

Basic Jewellery Making for Beginners

Using a variety of different techniques learn how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. You’ll be introduced to the basic tools needed to start making jewellery.

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  • New dates to be confirmed

Glass Fused Coasters and Wall Hangings

Learn how to effectively, cut and layer glass to create beautiful fused glass coasters or small decorative pieces.

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  • New dates to be confirmed
Fused glass beads and pendant workshop

Glass Fused Beads and Pendants

Learn how to make fused glass beads and pendants using innovative moulds that are fired in our kiln.

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  • New dates to be confirmed

Mala Necklace

You will learn how to knot Mala beads, creating a mala necklace using coloured howlite beads and a semi-precious Guru bead.

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  • New dates to be confirmed
make your own mala necklace
Swarovski Netted Necklace The Bead Shop

Swarovski Netted Lace Necklace

Learn how to create this elegant necklace, inspired by Victorian netted necklaces.

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  • New dates to be confirmed

Beaded Roses with Lesley Belton

Join the talented Lesley Belton to learn how to create her wonderful beaded rose using Victorian & French beading techniques.

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  • New dates to be confirmed
Beaded Roses by Lesley Belton
Dichroic glass jewellery workshop

Dichroic Glass Jewellery

Learn how to cut and layer glass to achieve different effects using vibrant and decorative dichroic glass to turn into jewellery.

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  • New dates to be confirmed

Silver Smithing – Introduction to cabochon setting

Learn how to create a ring and solder a setting to the band before adding a cabochon. You will need to have some soldering experience to do this workshop.

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  • New dates to be confirmed
sterling silver cabochon setting jewellery making class

Our workshops are also available to do as 1-2-1 tuition which is £26 per

Bead and Craft Social group runs 1st & 3rd Monday evenings
(except Bank Holiday’s) 5.30pm – 7.30pm

It’s held on our first floor in our airy and bright workshop room accessible by one flight of stairs (with banisters). Everyone is welcome whether you’re new to beading or been making jewellery for years. It’s a friendly informal session, there’s no obligation to come every week, just pop along when you can and there’s no need to book.

The Bead and Craft Social is £3 per session which includes tea/coffee & biscuits (& sometimes cake!)

We also run Private Parties for Kids, Hens, Work socials and team building. Please contact

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Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
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
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
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
Sam Self
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
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
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
Mairi McInerney
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
Susan Horsman
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
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
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
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
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
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
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
Wendy Booth
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
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
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
Rosamund Bowler
Rosamund Bowler
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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