2016 London Workshop Programme

We are pleased to announce a programme of six exciting workshops to be held in central London during 2016. The new venue is just across the road from Holborn tube station. The high cost of renting space in such a location means that the workshop fees will be £45 per class. It also means that a minimum of ten students need to enroll on each class for it to run – anything under that number, and we will have to cancel the workshop.  But these are first class workshops with first class tutors and too good to miss - so please book up fast to be sure of your place!

All the workshops will be held at the Apart’hotel, 94-99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF. Full details of the workshops are given below and there is a booking form you can download here (and it is also in the centre of the January Journal).  Or just call us on 07837 649712 and we will take the details over the phone.

12th March :Peyote Buttons Bracelet with Embellished Oval Cabochon. 

Tutor, Liz Thornton 

This bracelet is composed of a collection of small double-sided Peyote buttons, each of which is very quick and easy to make. The centrepiece of the bracelet is an embellished oval lucite cabochon which could also be used as a pendant or brooch. Two additional ways of decorating the cabochon will be shown. This workshop is suitable for beadworkers of any level as long as they have a good working knowledge of Peyote stitch and are comfortable working with size 15 seed beads.


 2nd April : Orbit Necklace 

Tutor, Shona Bevan

Orbit is a stunning necklace that captures the beauty of Polaris beads within intricate beaded frames seamlessly integrated with an attractive beaded rope. Make a sophisticated version in subtle shades or explore the colour possibilities with bright Polaris beads. The project will stretch your cubic right angle weave skills with this triangular variation of the stitch incorporating SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicones, so you must be proficient in CRAW. This class is suitable for advanced beaders. 


 9th July: Elizabethan Glory

Tutor, Tracy Clegg

This necklace is fun to create. You will capture the lozenge and then create the graduated embellishment to create the effect of ruffles around the lozenge. A simple herringbone rope completes the piece which will be sure to attract lots of compliments and surprise that it is not a real piece of jewellery! One unit can also create a gorgeous ring. This workshop is suitable for those who are confident in peyote thread paths and comfortable working with 15s. 


 10th September : Boxed Herringbone, a New Technique. 

Tutor, Fran Griffith

This workshop will teach you how to work a new technique, Boxed Herringbone. Unlike ordinary Tubular Herringbone which is circular and hollow, Boxed Herringbone allows you to produce a completely reversible narrow to wide piece of beading with a flat flexible, sleek and firm finish where the front side is internally attached to the reverse. For this, your first piece, you will be making a bracelet, flat or with a twist, narrow or wide as the photograph. The potential for development in Boxed Herringbone is vast! The workshop us suitable for those who are proficient in ladder stitch and tubular herringbone with a nice even stitch and a step up at the end of each row.......though you will receive lots of help in achieving this.


 15 October:  Hubble Stitch Bonanza

Tutor, Melanie de Miguel

Explore the limitless potential of the new beadweaving technique Hubble Stitch! Hubble in single, 2-drop or 3-drop mode for slinky, lacy textiles; extend stitches sideways, lengthways, or both ways for lovely, open weaves to embellish with crystals; work in the round for cabochons and ropes, and vary bead sizes for beautiful waves, curls and whirling vortices. Be prepared for a real day of adventure and discovery into planet Hubble! This workshop is suitable for beadworkers of all levels

 12 November : Celtic Tiles Necklace

Tutor, Shona Bevan

Use Czech two-hole tile beads and SWAROVSKI crystals to make this dainty, feminine necklace before exploring the possibilities for matching accessories. In this class you will learn how to make simple units that are then combined into more complex components. Once you've mastered the basics of this versatile unit you'll be able to make countless variations for your jewellery box. This workshop is suitable for intermediate beaders. 


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