The Great British Bead Show Schedule of Classes 2021

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 9.30am to 4pm with an hour for lunch. 

£69.00 for one-day classes 

£76.00 for the Masterclass

All Workshop fees include morning and afternoon refreshments, and a three course hot or cold lunch.

 Thursday 6th May 2021

 

6/01: Masterclass Kuipers Dream

Melanie de Miguel

Gleaming cosmic bodies twinkle and drift serenely until Neptune’s powerful gravitational kick flings them into the inner abyss, to be corralled into orbit by Jupiter or doomed to wander amongst the asteroids and sleeping comets. Hubble stitches (from the new planet) create several different beaded elements that conspire together gravitationally to wend a beautiful draped pathway.

Suitable for experienced beaders.


6/04: Medallion Medley

Sylvia Fairhurst

Who can resist a bit of Swarovski? Not me! In this luscious necklace the richly coloured Rivolis are captured, expanded and embellished. They are adorned with complementary colours to make them ‘pop’ and are linked together with tiny Rondelles and size 15 seed beads. Three chains featuring different techniques and a custom-made fastener complete the set.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

6/07: Let's twist again

Fran Griffith

Three Herringbone twists are uniquely twirled around each other to form a substantial but light and airy necklace chain. Five arching shaded florets circle a central Swarovski Rivoli concealing the front opening clasp.

Suitable for intermediate to experienced beaders.

6/08: Podcrastination

Heather Kingsley-Heath

The ‘Podcrastination’ pendant is a Heather classic, a beautiful pendant to make and wear combining hollow, embellished forms with rings, loops and fringes. 2mm and 3mm crystals add sparkling detail to both the pendant and the beaded beads that form the necklace. For those of you wishing to explore and experiment, the structure of Heather’s intriguing hollow pod can be easily altered and developed; your curiosity will be welcomed in class. Materials are a straightforward mix of seed beads and crystals, with decorative chain to display your beading on.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

6/10: Ceilte Boxes & Ear rings

Jean Power

Unite advanced geometric beadwork with hidden crystal & pearl delights for the Ceilte series of beadwork. Comprising of unique adorned vessels with matching earrings (and optional pendant), these projects give you finished jewellery plus the sparkling storage box it deserves. This class covers all the necessary techniques to design your own variations.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

 Friday 7th May 2021


07/01: Tamara

Melanie de Miguel

Create iconic Art Deco fan shapes and define them with crisp ‘drawn’ outlines using simply needle, thread and beads. Embellish with beautiful focal and drop crystals and suspend from a delicate chain. Learn an exciting new blend of techniques enabling you to ‘draw’ and embellish beaded shapes to your heart’s desire! Not a single CRAW stitch in sight!

Suitable for experienced beaders.

07/04: Rivolis Three Ways

Sylvia Fairhurst

A celebration of Rivolis, each with a different method of embellishing. Each one is individually gorgeous and could be adapted to make either a brooch or pendant. In this project they adorn a delicate latticework bracelet, which could also be worn ‘naked’; the bracelet also has a customised beaded fastener.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

07/05: Eastern Promise

Karen Gibson-Brown

A rich mix of Eastern-inspired embellished Swarovski crystals has been used to create this sumptuous necklace. Each crystal is captured within a Right Angle Weave (RAW) ring and drawn in with Netting, before further embellishment is added.  RAW is used again to link each component before adding a beaded dual toggle and loop to complete the ensemble.


Suitable for intermediate to experienced beaders, must have a knowledge of RAW.

 

07/06: Prism Necklace

Stephanie Burnham

This necklace is a wonderful piece for experimenting with colour. During the class we shall be bezelling a Pear cut Swarovski crystal, learning how to shape your beading to fit snuggly, and creating a strong statement with embellishment on the outer edge. The chain links, a mixture of Herringbone & Peyote stitch, also make a really useful chain to wear on its own.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

07/07: Collette

Fran Griffith

Quarter Tila fans are linked with seed beads and strewn with pearls to form leafy necklace strands. A large Swarovski crystal Pear, beaded with a scalloped border, graces the front of the necklace. The clasp is concealed beneath the scallop-edged Rivoli.

Suitable for experienced beaders

07/08: Mullion

Heather Kingsley-Heath

The Mullion bracelet, inspired by the romantic ruins of Languidou Abbey in Brittany, is a delightful combination of two beaded elements. A beautiful structure of combined stitches create detailed bezels for glittering chatons and simple panels are set with Firepolished crystals. Heather uses a combination of stitch techniques to create and join the two elements in sequence. The elements can be re-combined to create pendants and necklaces too.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

07/09:Geometric Elements Necklace

Liz Thornton

Three 3-dimensional geometric structures are created using embellished Right Angle Weave: a square, a triangle and a circle. Each piece has a double colourway, giving twice the possibilities for wear. Liz has combined the shapes to create three different pendants for her necklace. Small versions could also be connected to form a bracelet, and any of the shapes could make the connection for a lariat or curtain tie-back.

Suitable for intermediate to experienced beaders.

07/10: Lemon Blossom

Jean Power

Combine tiny beads and crystals to create a range of dazzling floral-themed beadwork. Lemon Blossoms are perfect as pendants, necklace centrepieces or earrings and these intricately beaded components can be worked with a variety of different centres. The class will cover all the necessary techniques as well as multiple projects.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

07/11: Knot A Garden

Claire Crouchley

Canvaswork technique and beads come together to create an Elizabethan knot garden, complete with a paved path and beds of flowers. A selection of canvaswork embroidery stitches incorporating beads are included, allowing you to show off your fabulous stitching.

Suitable for complete beginners.

07/12: Cascading Leaves 

Mairi Carlton

An exuberant stash-buster of a necklace with dainty Peyote flowers, multi-toned leaves and decorative beads secured to a Herringbone spiral rope with a concealed toggle fastening. This is an opportunity to explore colours and use your stash to make a truly unique piece, you can even try out an alternative leaf design if you are feeling adventurous.


Suitable for beginners, although a knowledge of Herringbone and Peyote stitches would be useful.

Saturday 8th May 2021

08/01: Kahleesi

Melanie de Miguel

The Dragon, the Compass Stone and studded metalwork can mean only one thing – Khaleesi the Warrior Queen! Spice up a little-used beading technique with mixed bead shapes to bezel a glorious stone, then embellish with Hubble stitch, add a flying Dragon talisman and suspend from chains. Let the adventure begin!

Suitable for experienced beaders.

08/02: Tudor Rose

Manda Kent Burns

The Tudor Rose - instantly recognisable!  Make your own 3D brooch while learning a new skill using 'The Jacobeadery' style of beaded stumpwork. Fashioned from either two colours or just one (no wars please!) in Dupion Silk. Templates for a larger picture version are also included.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

08/04: Opulence

Sylvia Fairhurst

This stunning dual purpose Swarovski Rivoli is sure to attract attention and can be worn as a brooch or a pendant. The Rivoli is captured with a variation of Triangle weave which leaves much of the gorgeous crystal visible. The embellished framework contains more crystals that enhance the colour and sparkle. The necklace is an attractive open weave structure that echoes the framework of the centrepiece and is finished with a customised beaded fastener.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

08/05: Santorini

Karen Gibson-Brown

Mirroring the colours of the Aegean Sea and the blue painted architecture of the Santorini islands, this beautiful bracelet is made using Swarovski Rivolis. Each Rivoli is nestled within six Right Angle Weave (RAW) tentacles, to limit the amount of beads around each crystal, thereby creating more sparkle. The components are then linked with Swarovski bicones and Rondelles to add even more sparkle, before completing the project with a Peyote toggle and loop fastener.

Suitable for confident beginners to intermediate beaders. Knowledge of basic RAW Would be an advantage.

08/06: Mirror Mirror

Stephanie Burnham

A statement cuff with lots of sparkle. Two sizes of Swarovski stones are encased and come together with the help of tiny pearls. This piece is a Peyote delight and the class will really guide you through neat, well-fitting bezelling around each stone. To finish, Swarovski bicones are added to frame the crystals.

Suitable for experienced beaders.


08/07: Running River

Fran Griffith

Fran tried to make this necklace more complex but decided it was too lovely in its current flowing form to change! A pair of lustrous, sleek, Swarovski studded necklace strands unite asymmetrically at the front and are tipped with a cluster of dainty pods. More pods form the clasp.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

08/08: Arabesque

Heather Kingsley-Heath

Arabesque is a classic combination of beaded elements straight out of an ancient treasure chest. Perfect for beaders who love their detail and exploring new thread paths. Each element can be linked to the next in never-ending combinations. Bezelled chatons, links and loops are worked in a combination of techniques including Herringbone and Ladder stitch. Tiny sparkling detail is added with Swarovski crystal mesh.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

08/09:  Carrick Bend Bracelet 

Liz Thornton

We begin by making two ropes of beadwork using embellished Right Angle Weave. The ropes are then woven together into an attractive ‘Carrick Bend’ knot, which Liz has made the centrepiece of this bracelet. The fastening is formed by passing a beaded toggle, also made of embellished Right Angle Weave, through a gap created between the two ropes. The knot can be used in many other ways, too, for example as a curtain tie-back or the connection of two ends of a lariat.

Suitable for intermediate beaders.

08/10: Crystal Ribbons

Jean Power

Take double-sided, slanted Peyote Stitch, add some crystals and voila… you have Crystal Ribbons! These striking components and unique technique are perfect for making chains, pendants, earrings & bracelets. This class and the instructions will cover all the necessary techniques for multiple projects, plus how to design your own projects.

Suitable for experienced beaders.

08/11: Black, White and Red All Over

Claire Crouchley

Enjoy creating this dramatic piece of counted thread work, based on central European traditional cross stitch designs. We’ll use beads and thread to create a stitched motif and will investigate pattern sources and techniques to create your own designs.

Suitable for complete beginners.

8/12: Rapuni Mirror

Mairi Carlton

Inspired by a recent trip abroad, these three sets of sparkling Swarovski Rivolis represent Easter Island’s volcanos with the compass stone secured in the middle to show the way. All the stones are enclosed using Right Angle Weave (RAW) and Modified Right Angle Weave (MRAW) with Swarovski and Firepolished crystals crowding around the edge of the mirror and Peyote stitch completing the landscape.

Suitable for intermediate beaders, must have a knowledge of RAW, and Peyote stitch.

8/14: Positively Distracted 

Carole Cowie

A gloriously fluid lariat that just oozes elegance and a Swarovski crystal focal point. The lariat is made from a number of different components that allow the beader to be creative, and make a piece unique to them, if they wish. Cubic Right Angle Weave captures the central stone, and baguette crystals are embedded into the rope and tassels.

Suitable for intermediate beaders, must have a knowledge of Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW).


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