The Great British Bead Show Schedule of Classes 2019

Here are the details of all the classes. We have tried to guide you in the class descriptions, however if you are in any doubt which class / workshop you will benefit from most, or would like more information about materials required, please contact

Sylvia Fairhurst 01908 311 243

who will be happy to talk things through with you. 


Workshop Fees 

Thursday to Saturday classes run from 9am to 4pm with an hour for lunch. 

Sunday classes run from 9am to 1pm. 

£38.00 for half-day classes on Sunday. 

£68.00 for one-day classes 

£75.00 for the Masterclass

£136.00 for the two-day classes 

All Workshop fees include morning and afternoon refreshments, and a three course hot or cold lunch, except Sunday which includes morning refreshments only. 

 Thursday 9th May 2019

 

9/01: Masterclass Pagoda Scissor Case 

Fran Griffith

Make this sophisticated freestanding scissor case. The oriental Pagoda roofed lid is centred with a 30mm twisted drop Swarovski crystal and edged with crystal pears. It has a double layer for rigidity, and the elegant outer Peyote stitch casing is enhanced with a crystal studded surface braid. The workshop incorporates flat and tubular Peyote stitch with and without increasing, CRAW, a combo stitch of Peyote/Herringbone and picots and fringing. Fits scissors measuring around 4.5cm x 9.2cm.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

9/04: Oh Flower of Scotland

Sylvia Fairhurst

Enjoy creating a cluster of small but beautifully formed thistles. Each thistle element is constructed using a variety of techniques. The body and base are made separately then joined together, both sections incorporate many Swarovski crystals, so they have a gorgeous sparkle. Spikey leaves and a slinky lariat complete the piece. Knowledge of Ladder stitch, Herringbone, Netting and Peyote would be an advantage.


Suitable for intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

9/05 Fragmentary Relic Necklace

Heather Kingsley-Heath

Originally inspired by elements of the diverse collections at Bristol Museum, Fragmentary Relic is a mixed media necklace, made of interchangeable components. Bead embroidered segments capture tiny remnants of gold woven silk fabric. Pure beadwork elements include lotus flowers, buds and beaded rings which are used to embellish a hand dyed silky cord. With so many interchangeable elements you will have lots of variations to choose from.


Suitable for intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....


9/08: Ligilo Necklace

Jean Power

An advanced class that covers making this unique necklace, with a dramatic crystal centrepiece, and fully beaded chain and clasp. The bezel and accompanying beadwork are designed to highlight and show-off the focal crystals without overwhelming or detracting from them. The chain and links covered can also be used in other projects as can the beaded clasp. Must be comfortable with Peyote stitch and working with small beads.


Suitable for advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

 Friday 10th May 2019


10/01: Ocean Needlecase

Fran Griffith

A Golden fish leaps amidst the extravagant waves of colourful Peyote stitch, which form this needle case lid. The fish are made using a two needle ladder stitch with reinforcement. Students will need to control the tension of their tubular Peyote stitch with increases and be able to hold long and short needles.


Suitable for intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

 

10/02: Jacobean Scissor Keeper

Manda Kent Burns

If you think bead embroidery consists of lots of large clunky beads making gorget style necklaces then think again. See how traditional thread embroidery stitches can be transformed into ones using simple beads so that it’s the stitches that make the item and not the beads. Learn a variety of different stitches to make a beautiful but very usable item.


Suitable for beginners and those with hand sewing and general craft experience

Bookings open shortly ....

10/03 : Grab those Cabs 

Liz Thornton

This stunning pendant features ultra-sparkly 14mm Swarovski Rivolis, which is framed with a combination of triangles and two different sizes of seed bead. The main technique used for the framework is Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) which is again used for the necklace. A good understanding of Right Angle Weave is essential for this course and familiarity with CRAW is advisable.


Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....


10/04: Say it with Flowers 

Sylvia Fairhurst (day 1 of 2)

Who can resist flowers? Tulips, Myosotis sylvatica (Forget-me-not) and a hint of Gypsophila are brought together to form a gorgeous delicate bouquet. The basket is a sturdy construction made entirely with beads, using Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW). The size of the basket is optional (you might decide to make a bud vase). Those signing up for this class should be comfortable working with size 15 seed beads and have a working knowledge of Peyote, Herringbone and Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW). Not for the faint hearted!

Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

10/05: Lark Bay Bracelet

Heather Kingsley-Heath

For beaders who love to experiment, Lark Bay is a new variation on mixed media. A delicious blend of hard candy Swarovski crystals and seed beadwork, combined with silky hand dyed cord, fastened with a funky paracord clasp. The stitches are an easy mix of Peyote and Albion stitch and the construction is easy to do.


Suitable for intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

 

10/06: Gaia Necklace

Melanie de Miguel

Gaia is composed of a number of interlinked beaded elements. The opulent, central crystal is flanked at the compass points by four smaller, pear-shaped crystals, connected by an orbital ring structure. More rings are used for the bail and for aesthetic effect to balance the shape. This design is worked almost exclusively in Hubble stitch, in its various forms, and students can choose to work the smaller or larger version of the pendant. As always there will be plenty of discussion regarding adaptation of these elements, for use in other ways.Working knowledge of Peyote and Hubble Stitch are required.


Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

10/08:Estrella Star Necklace

Jean Power

This advanced class is to make a striking and unique pendant/brooch which combines geometric beadwork with crystals for a real wow factor! The pendant is strung on an optional beaded chain designed to let the pendant stand out in all its glory.Must be comfortable with Peyote and Ladder Stitch plus using small beads.


Suitable for advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

10/09:Crystal Clematis Lariet

Mairi Carlton

A dazzling donut of vintage Swarovski Roulette crystals, encrusted with Swarovski bicones, forms the centrepiece of this statement flower, which could stand alone as a sparkling brooch. The trio of leafy chains are completed with Herringbone caps and a dagger and crystal fringing.Knowledge of Herringbone would be an advantage.


Suitable for adventurous beginners or intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

10/11: Crown Bangle

Claire Crouchley

Join us to make a bracelet fit for a queen. Magatamas and size 11 & 15 seed beads are used to embellish a base of Right Angle Weave, in sparkling fire polish beads, to give a truly regal finish. Varied bead sizes form a natural curve to give a pleasingly solid bracelet. Experience of Right Angle Weave is helpful, but not essential.


Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

10/12: Rosebud Bangle

Carole Cowie 

This design was inspired by West African bangles, once worn as a symbol of wealth. This modern twist is created with two stunning Swarovski pear stone caps at each end of a strengthened Herringbone bangle. You need to have mastered thread tension and a knowledge of Herringbone and Peyote stitch would be an advantage.

Suitable for confident beginners

Bookings open shortly ....

10/15: Gordian Knot Bracelet or Lariat

Justine Gage

Tie yourself in beautiful knots! Reminiscent of macramé, ladders of beads twist and turn into an intriguing knot, enclosing both Rivolis and Chatons. The necklace features MiniDuo beads, for a finer effect, and the bracelet is chunkier, using Superduo beads and a bought clasp. The design elements are interchangeable, there is an optional tassel, and the reverse is attractive too.


Suitable for Intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

Saturday 11th May 2019



11/01: Nicole Necklace

Fran Griffith

This Swarovski Crystal Pear fronted necklace is embraced with stacks of rounded sepals, each centred with an Iris duo. The fluid necklace strand is reversible for strength and solidity, and is tipped with a smaller Swarovski pear for the clasp, which frames the front section. Techniques include Tubular Peyote with increasing, and Square stitch.


Suitable for intermediate beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

11/02: Jacobean Tile Booklet

Manda Kent Burns

If you think bead embroidery consists of lots of large clunky beads making gorget style necklaces then think again. See how traditional thread embroidery stitches can be transformed into ones using simple beads so that it’s the stitches that make the item and not the beads. Learn a variety of different stitches to make a beautiful but very usable item.


Suitable for beginners and those with hand sewing and general craft experience


Bookings open shortly ....

Say it with Flowers 

Sylvia Fairhurst day 2 of 2 

See Friday 10/04 for details

11/03: Trellis Stitch Cuff and Lariat

Liz Thornton

This gorgeous cuff is both beautiful and fabulously tactile – it is lovely to wear. The technique used is a development of Right Angle Weave, which Liz has called Trellis stitch, and it combines different sizes of bead. In this cuff there are mini cubes and size 15 seed beads, but there are lots of other possibilities for you to experiment with. The fastening features bezelled 8mm Swarovski cabochons, which are also used in the lariat to divide blocks of Trellis stitch.


Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

11/05: Fantasie Pendant Necklace

Heather Kingsley-Heath

Heather’s work often features intriguing hinges, joins and moveable sections and the fascination continues with the Fantasie pendant. This necklace was inspired by 19th century ‘En Tremblant’ jewellery, where diamond sections were mounted on delicate coils, enabling them to tremble and glitter as the wearer moved. Interpreted into beadwork, explore how tiny beaded loops and links become the mechanism that allow each element of Fantasie to move and sparkle. Worked with a delicious mix of Swarovski pearls and stones and in a combination of Right Angle Weave, Peyote and Albion stitches, Fantasie hangs from a delicate beaded chain.

Suitable for intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

11/06: Dish Delish

Melanie de Miguel

The Dish Delish is a robust structure, with walls comprising of six large outward-facing crystals, in a delicate beaded trap and a beautiful geometrically patterned base. This design involves an exciting mix of different stitches, used to best advantage structurally and aesthetically, which will foster plenty of discussion, interpretation and inspiration throughout the day. Knowledge of Hubble stitch, Right Angle Weave, Brick and Peyote stitches required.


Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders


Bookings open shortly ....

 

11/08: Connesso Necklace

Jean Power

This advanced class is about beading links to make unique chains. The class covers how to switch from beading a piece of round Peyote Stitch to tubular Brick Stitch, with some clever increasing and stitching tricks incorporated. Multiple variations will be shown so it can be adapted to the students’ personal tastes but a full project is included in the instructions.Students must be comfortable with Peyote, Brick and Ladder Stitch as well as working with small beads.

Suitable for advanced beaders

Bookings open shortly ....


11/09: Tequila Sunrise Necklace and Bracelet

Mairi Carlton

Originally named after the bead colour, the centre backlit cabochon nestles in a cage of fire-polished crystals, petal and seed beads atop a Peyote base. Baroque cabochons glow amid the smaller flowers and picot links in both pieces, which are secured with double toggles. The necklace is completed with a twisted Herringbone rope. Knowledge of Herringbone and Peyote stitch would be useful.


Suitable for beginners


Bookings open shortly ....

11/10: Dragon Tail Bracelet

Sue Ticehurst

This beautiful bracelet is created using Peyote stitch and size 11 Delica beads. A bezelled Rivoli adds a wonderful sparkle as a centre piece, as do the matching bicone crystals used to join the two main components. There are hidden gems inside the folds of the cuff (the dragon’s secret treasure). Smaller folded warped squares are joined in a unique way to add movement and articulation to this bracelet. A matching toggle adorned with further bicones completes the coordinated look of this special piece. Knowledge of Peyote and Herringbone increases required.

Suitable for intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

11/11: Asymmetric Necklace

Claire Crouchley

Gleaming pearls and sparkling crystals are used to make two different types of beaded bead, which are then linked by chain to form an unusual asymmetric necklace. Glass pearls form the base of each bead, followed by embellishment with size 8, 11 & 15 seed beads, with crystal chatons added to the focal bead for extra sparkle.

Suitable for intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

 

11/12: Picture Perfect

Carole Cowie

Stunning delicate Swarovski princess baguette stones are suspended in double sided Peyote squares, allowing the cut of the stones to truly display their best side. Swarovski bicones are incorporated into the Peyote frames and the hinges join each frame together to add an extra bit of sparkle. The bracelet is finished with a beaded toggle and bar fastening.Students must have mastered thread tension. Knowledge of even and odd count Peyote stitch is useful but not essential.

Suitable for intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

11/14: Geometry with a Twist

Helen McIntyre

This beautiful piece may be used as a gorgeous Christmas bauble or a decorative object to admire all year round. The construction method defies the eye but is straightforward once you are in the know. The ball is made using multiple elements with varying sized beads, circular Peyote, and Herringbone stitch to give a wonderful undulating texture. The key to success is the right thread path for tricky places. You must have mastered Peyote and Herringbone stitch.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

11/15: Flowers

Justine Gage

There are so many possibilities with these pretty design elements! Make four different flowers featuring gem duo beads, then join them together into either a wide bracelet, or a pair of long necklaces. All the flowers are reversible, adding to the possible variations. Small flowers also double-up as buttons for the bracelet clasp.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

 Sunday 12th May 2019



12/07: Elizabeth Bracelet(half day class) 

Giulia de Cesare


Create the look of high end jewellery by encasing straight-sided stones using bugles and seed beads. This class covers the basic technique, and includes information on the sizes and numbers of bugles/seed beads needed to cover a variety of different sized stones.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate beaders

Bookings open shortly ....

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