News and Updates

Gallery of members work updated with image of "Crackers" made by Julia Atkins to her own design

 New beading group and classes in New Malden Surrey

 New contact email address for Beadwildered in Glasgow

 New beading group in Gateshead

 New beading group Beading Babes in New Milton Hampshire

 New contact details for Bead Magicians in Worthing

Members pages  classified ads updated with items for sale, you will need your password for these pages

 Gallery updated with Julia Atkins' Ringing Platonic Shapes

 Gallery updated with an image of Fran Griffin's "Tiptoe through the Tulips" made by Linda Peel

 New beading group - The Cube Beaders, in Malvern

 changes to Budding Beaders Group in Royston Hertfordshire

 We have had several requests for the next project (2016) to be Summer and Winter. The Spring and Autumn squares were so popular we thought we would return to the seasons to complete the set

We are currently discussing the project dimensions, colours etc, and will announce the ordering details as soon as we have the beads and guidelines ready for you.

You can start your researching and collating ideas to get your creative juices flowing. We'll let you know when the packs are available.

 The Challenge winners are:

Beginners - Smaug the Magnificent by Robert Crouchley 
Intermediate - Charlotte's Web by Erika Fidler
Experienced - The Great Gatsby by Marjorie Ashburner
Previous Winner - Goshawk's Guide to Herbology by Claire Crouchley
Group - A Mad Tea Party! By Priory Beaders 
Members' Choice - Goshawk's Guide to Herbology by Claire Crouchley.

 The Crystal Anniversary Winners are:

Jessica Hayman: Grand Prize Trophy and First Prize
Ruth Vickery: Second Prize
Melanie De Miguel: Third Prize
Erika Fidler: Newcomer Prize
Fiona Scott: Highly Commended
Debbie Webster: Highly Commended

Updated list of Traders for GBBS Bazaar

 NEW COMPETITION.. design a tie for Gordon 

 NEW REVISED VERSIONS of Peyote and Ladder Stitch workbooks for members

 Download pictures of the finalist entries for the Crystal Anniversary Competition or view them as a gallery on the Crystal Competition page

 New Patterns for members

There are still just a few places left on workshops in our Great British Bead Show, and non-members are now able to apply for them also, download the booking form here.

 BWG Bunting for National Beading Week

Whenever the Guild is at a show, almost everybody's first question is "Is there are group near me?" 

So we thought why not have this information loud and proud and on display, but obviously we need your help.

Invitation to groups

We would you like you to make a 'flag' with your group name and location to add to our BWG bunting?

The idea is that we have a BWG flag as per sample shown, followed by a slightly larger group flag. It will look amazing if we can get folk onboard and beading. It would be fantastic to have some on display at The Great British Bead Show to promote National Beading Week.

So if you fancy joining in please contact Sylvia Fairhurst: to register your intention to make a either a group flag or BWG flag or perhaps even both.

Visit PMC Studio France for their new list of courses

 Download Birmingham City University's brochure for summer courses

Diary updated with new courses at Beads for Beauty in Torquay

 Gallery of members work updated with an image of a bracelet made by Barbara Burling-Perkins

 New beading group in Worcestershire

Twin Hole Bead- Opaedia added to members downloads

Good news, we have a new class added to the Saturday GBBS programme, Fran Griffith has agreed to repeat the fabulous Tulips workshop. Classes are filling up nicely but there are still a few places if you would like to join us.

GBBS confirmations have all been sent out, either by email or post. If you haven’t received yours by Tuesday 20th, please alert Sylvia Fairhurst: 01908 311243 or email:

Join us for National Beading Week  25th July to 2nd August 2015

New Encased Pearls pattern for members 

Hurrah you will be pleased to know that we have now completed the GBBS allocations - it was quite a day! There are a few disappointments but most people were lucky to get at least one of their first choices. The website has been updated to show what is still available. Non members are now eligible to book so encourage your friends to come and join the party.  

See you in May.

Julia Atkins will be teaching a "Double St.Petersburg Chain & Pendant" workshop at Denman College in Oxfordshire from 17th – 19th April.  The cost is £255 for W.I. Members and £295 for non members. more information at or email:  

 Design - a series of features from 2014/15 now available to download (members only)

Attention tutors,groups and members:  One of our members, Myrna Carr, is downsizing and has lots of beads for sale. They are in grouped into bags of colours (eg mauves, reds, greens) at £12 each.There are Toho and Miyuki beads of various kinds: seed beads in sizes 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, 6/0s, Metallic Feature Beads, Drops, Ovals, Flowers, SuperDuos and Rizos and more. Also available are some Flip Top storage boxes, zip top poly bags and round tubes and patterns.

For more details, please contact Myrna Carr by e-mail:

Morgan’s Fancy necklace by Rebecca Williams one of the GBBS workshops has been updated with new images in new colourways

Groups and Classes updated with new contact in Herefordshire


Ann Mockford has purchased a large quantity of head beads suitable for her Mini People at 25p each plus p&p (see Ballerina Fairy in the Oct 2014 Journal). If you would like to purchase some please contact Ann directly on her email address:


We have wrongly attributed the "Itza" butterfly on the back page of the October Journal to Sylvia Gidding, when it should be Jenny Green. Our apologies to both Jenny and Sylvia whose "Scorpion" was not featured.

Full details of the next Great British Bead Show available now

Members Area updated with new pattern downloads, and updated stitch downloads

Gallery of members work updated with Linda Peel's Thistle Fob, from a workshop by Sylvia Fairhurst, and her Snake Necklace from a workshop with Diane Fitzgerald

Groups in Cambridgeshire updated: Beading in Burwell now meets on the 3rd Monday of the month

Diary updated with details of a residential festive beading course in December

Gallery of Members work updated with two pieces depicting Dr Who and one of Elvis, by Sandy Richardson

A message from Brambridge Park Garden Centre Eastleigh Hampshire Art and Craft Club

Hello fellow crafters, We are a group of friendly crafters who meet every Wednesday in the P Shaped Conservatory. We are organising and hosting in conjunction with the Management Team of Brambridge Park Garden Centre a Calendar of Events for Christmas. There will be a small craft village. All items sold must be locally hand / home made. We have 4 garden sheds and 3 spaces for gazebos of max size 3x3mtr All stall holders will need Public Liability Insurance. Stall holders not booked into a shed are required to bring their own Gazebos and Tables. No power is available but we encourage you to bring battery operated lights and or bunting etc to give a festive feel to the village. Other things going on include Demonstrations and Exhibitions, Santa in his Grotto and at some point we may see Lamas and Reindeer oo-er. We are also hoping for some live music. Sheds and Gazebos are £20 each per day. Exhibition and Demonstration Conservatory £25 per day includes power. All money raised will go to a registered charity. So far this year we have raised £300 which will be presented and published in the near future. Dates; Oct 25th Normal Craft Fair in Show garden - no sheds available on this date Nov 29th and 30th Dec 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st If you would like more information please contact. or Remember if you haven't paid you haven't booked! 

Groups in Dorset updated for Annette Bolton in Ferndown

Gallery of members work updated with an image of Grace Skill's Little Treasures from Journal issue 28 made by Barbara Perkins

Members Gallery updated with Lyn Hamilton's impression of a Picasso

Get more details of a Beaded Cuff Course with Sally Boehme


1914 - 1918 Memorial Poppies Update

Wow, what a spectacle, many BWG members turned out for the unveiling of the WW1 commemorative beaded poppy wreath at the National Arboretum on Sunday 3rd August.

Pam Kirk and her right hand woman Dorothy have worked very hard to bring this project to fruition. The Beadworkers Guild was represented by several trustees, and many members with friends and family present to witness the unveiling, I estimated over 60 people present. 

Members from all over the globe contributed poppies and did a brilliant job to achieve the 454 poppies that make up the wreath, one for every life lost in Afghanistan since 2010 and one for Lee Rigby who was killed in London .

The wreath contains over 1 million tiny glass beads, it measures 1 metre in diameter and will be on display at the Arboretum until the end of October in the Long Gallery, in November it will be moved into the Chapel. 

A fantastic response from our members, you can all be very proud that the aim was achieved. Hundreds and hundreds of people will see this tribute as it was in place before all the ‘official tributes’ by the armed services, so well done everyone and hats off to Pam and Dorothy and a special thanks to Janet Weeks for her foresight and suggestion.


Sylvia Fairhurst

The Beadworkers Guild
Trustee & Event organiser:
The Great British Bead Show & Beading Festival


1914-2014 Memorial Poppy Wreath:
Dear all,
At last I have been informed of the detail with regard to the unveiling of the 1914-2014 Memorial Wreath.  A short unveiling ceremony will take place at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Sunday 3rd August at 1.00pm, please accept this invitation if you are able to attend it would be great to have some of the contributors there.
I would be grateful if you could pass this information on as widely as possible to anyone who has helped with this project,
Hope to see some of you there, with sincere very best wishes,
          A short unveiling ceremony will take place at  The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Sunday 3rd August at 1.00pm.   Sylvia Fairhurst is organising a coach trip from Milton Keynes and would like to offer members who have contributed poppies, along with family and friends who want to share the experience, the opportunity to join them. If you would like a place on the coach please get in touch with Sylvia as soon as possible

          Gallery of members work updated with a Red Berry Necklace by Gill Tofts and a necklace and bracelet set by Barbara Perkins

          Details of new beading group in Knebworth Hertfordshire, updated details of Dunstable Beaders Bedfordshire, updated details of Aire and Calder Beaders in Yorkshire

          Download the entry form and rules and conditions for the 2014/15 challenge ~ "Literature"

          View all the entries in this years Annual Challenge: Myths and Legends

           Updated Brick (&ladder) stitch instructions.. now includes increasing and decreasing (password from April Journal required)

           New Bead Embroidery basic stitch instructions (password from April Journal required)

           Download the full text of the Chairman's Annual Report for 2013-2014 as presented to the AGM held on the 10th May 2014 at Staverton Park Daventry

           Please note that the Bead Fairs at Plymouth, Lincoln and Ardingly arranged by The Craft Kit Company have been CANCELLED

           New Beading Group in Burwell, Cambridgeshire

           New Beading Group in New Milton Hampshire

           Change of contact details for the White Horse Beading Group in Abingdon

           New Beading Group in Highcliffe Dorset

           Worcestershire Beaders will be hosting Melanie Potter on 11th and 12th of October for two one day workshops.  The workshops are Lace Cap Bolo and Flora.   Cost £60 per day.   Please contact     

           Worcestershire Beaders will be hosting Lauara McCabe on  29th and 30th of August for two one day workshops.  The workshops are Renaissance Revival Necklace and Belle Epoque Bracelet.  Cost is £46 per day.  Please contact

           New Beading Group in Oakington, Cambridgeshire

           We have some places left on the Bead Embroidered Bracelet workshop with Julia Atkins in London on Saturday 21st June. Create an individual bead embroidered cuff using a variety of bead sizes and cabochons, under guidance from your tutor. Suitable for intermediate upwards.

          • The workshop is now open to non-members at a cost of £40. Please ring the Guild office to book your place - 07837 649712

           Members Gallery updated with Barbara Perkins version of Da Do Rondelle, a pattern in issue 49 of the Journal

           Missing emails:  We have just discovered that lots of message to our website have not been reaching us.  Somehow, they gave been sucked into the ‘” spam filter.  So if you have sent a message to us through the website since 20 February and not received a reply, please accept our sincere apologies.  We will work through all the messages and do our best to catch up with all of you, but it will take quite a while, sorry.  In the meantime we will, of course, try to fix the glitch.

          The projects for the next Great British Bead Show, Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th May 2015, have been selected and classes will be announced in October 2014 here on the website and in the Journal, and our next Bead Festival is scheduled for Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2016. The theme for this event will be announced in 2015 

           We have winners of the Myths and Legends Challenge! 

          Congratulations to the following:
          Intermediate: Aborigine Dreamtime by Linda Hamilton
          Experienced: Death of Kashcei the Immortal by Liz Thornton
          Previous Winners: Snegurochka by Claire Crouchley
          Members' Choice: Green Man by Julia Atkins
          Group: Pandora's Box by Betchworth Beaders
          See the winning entries here

          The password for the members pages has changed. Please see page 5 of the current Journal (April 2014) for the new password


           New group at Hampton on Middlesex

           Don't forget to visit the North East Bead Fair at the Holiday Inn, Great North Road, Seaton Burn, Newcaster Upon Tyne. NE13 6BP on the 18th May from 10.00am - 4.00pm, the Guild will be there!

          contact tel: 01782 850 108 email:

          Gallery updated with a photo of a necklace by Barbara Perkins


           New patterns and self publishing advice available for members

           Journals pack for 2013/14 is now available to members

           Journals pack for 2010/2011 is now available to non-members

          Sorry... "Bugs and Butterflies" bead pack is sold out


          New beading group in Ashby Lincolnshire


           Halfpenneys  are now able to offer 10% discount against all online orders over £30 in addition to the discount they give members at shows.

          Diary updated with details of the Norwich Bead and Textile Fare on April 27th

           You can now buy your Bugs and Butterflies pack for our Community Beading Project on-line (now sold out)

          THE COSTUME & TEXTILE ASSOCIATION for Norfolk Museums is inviting entries to their 25th anniversary open juried competition SILVERY THREADS. read more here

          Don't forget that on March 23rd the Bead Fair is at Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset. BH17 7JB, not at the Lighthouse as advertised 

          contact tel: 01737 841 080
          Free entrance to members

           Groups in Warwickshire updated with two new groups in Curdworth

           If you run a group or classes, please check your details and let us know if they need updating using our new on-line form

           "Bead In" places still available at May's Beading Festival!

           NEW ! GBBS tutors submission form.

          • Those wishing to be considered as tutors for The Great British Bead Show 2015 should download our new tutor submission form. Please complete and return with your work. This is an updated form.

            All submissions are due by 3rd May 2014.

          Bead Festival update.

          All confirmations have been sent, mostly via email some by post. If you haven’t had yours please contact Sylvia:  it may be that she translated your email incorrectly.

          If you would like to join the party, please get your booking form sent in asap. Booking forms available in your January Journal or via website.

           You can now let us know about new groups and classes or changes to existing ones with our on-line form

          FAQ's updated with information on insurance for groups 

          Gallery of Members Work updated with an image of a Blue and Green Necklace by Stephanie Greenwood

           Gallery of Members Work updated with images of work by Joanna Weymar

          Mobile phone access now enabled


           Diary updated with events in October 2014

           Members' Gallery updated with an image of a bracelet made by Linda Peel

           Puffins pattern available now to download from the Members Area, donated by Rachel Beard


           Herringbone Weave Spirals available now to download from the Members Area

           London Workshops for 2014 now available

          Read the New Rules and Conditions for the Annual Challenge  

           Update on the Beaded Memorial Wreath: It has been confirmed that the 1914 - 2014 Memorial Wreath will be displayed next year at The National Memorial Arboretum Croxall Road Alrewas Staffordshire DE13 7AR.  read more about the Wreath here

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