Category Archives: Materials

Northern Ireland Beaders Guild

I spent a most wonderful, fun weekend in Northern Ireland with the ladies of the Northern Ireland Beaders Guild, teaching 2 workshops for them – Heqet Pendant and Beatrice Cuff. Their warmth and hospitality was unsurpassed – I was treated … Continue reading

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Hubble Stitch is a prize-winner!

2015 is the 15th anniversary for the Beadworkers Guild and they were running a crystal anniversary competition, sponsored by Swarovski (of course) to mark the occasion. They announced the winners on the final day of the Great British Bead Show … Continue reading

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Video Beading Tutorial: Tips & Tricks – Protect Your Crystal Cabochons

It can be soul-destroying when you’ve put so much hard work into making a treasured piece of jewellery, and you notice it has started to deteriorate. Have you ever noticed how older crystals have lost their sparkle and when you … Continue reading

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Swarovski 4627 Rectangle crystals for Leonora

Instagram is OK for an instant fix but I had to finally get round to blogging about the arrival of these stunning Swarovski crystals. Opening the boxes I felt like a child at Christmas time! The Oooo factor was amazing. … Continue reading

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Abbey Road Beaders – Byzantine Cross workshop

I spent a brilliant weekend in Nottingham, with the Abbey Road Beaders teaching my Byzantine Cross workshop. I was treated to a lovely warm welcome, super hospitality and generosity – we had such a laugh. One of the many great … Continue reading

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Video – A visit to The Dangerous Beaders

The Dangerous Beaders, was started by three friends, Sandra, Jacqui and Joan, who met in 2002 at a beading workshop held by Pat Trott. They discovered that they all lived within 10 minutes of each other and started getting together … Continue reading

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Re-organising my bead stash!

I couldn’t put it off any longer. I’ve been meaning to re-organise my bead stash for the last couple of years but dreaded having to do it as there was so much. The worst thing was that with every visit … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Materials: Fireline

Fireline is a great beading thread although it was developed as a fishing line so it comes in many strengths. The main ones used in beadwork are 4lb and 6lb. It’s strong and quite resilient when using crystals (even good … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Materials: Needle Sizes

In this video I discuss needle sizes and choosing the right ones to use for different bead sizes. The needles range from size 10 to size 16 and the seed beads range from size 8 to size 20. A helpful … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – Techniques: Square Stitch

This video tutorial is about how to do Square Stitch. It’s a really useful stitch and can be used in many ways. If you like working on pictures, then Square Stitch is perfect, because you can draw out a picture on … Continue reading

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