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. 

GBBS bookings received by the December deadline have now been allocated. As a result of the allocations, the programme has been amended and the website has been updated to reflect the class status. This will continue to be updated regularly.

However if you wish to book a place now, please contact Sylvia Fairhurst 01908 311243 for exact/live availability, as things do change on a daily basis.

Due to popular demand, our Saturday Social is available to book, simply spend an entire day beading in the company of some like minded beaders (some amazing beaders I might add) the cost is to cover the room hire, refreshments, and 3 course lunch. 

Call Sylvia on 01908 311243 for booking details 

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


FULL

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


FULL

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


PLACES AVAILABLE


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


FULL

 Friday 10th May 2019


10/01: Pardise Lariat 

Fran Griffith

New Class Release! 


Due to overwhelming demand we have added this stunning new Lariat to our workshops. 


Lariats are so versatile, they can be rearranged to wear in many long or short styles. Each end of this 'Paradise' lariat is tipped with a cluster of shaded and sculptured bells which are topped with crystal beaded sepals and pearls. It is ringed with a crystal and bead daisy punctuated slider.


1 PLACE AVAILABLE

 

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

PLACES AVAILABLE

10/05: Fantasie Necklace

Heather Kingsley-Heath

Due to popular demand we have asked Heather to repeat this necklace. 

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

PLACES AVAILABLE

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


1 PLACE AVAILABLE

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


FULL

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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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


FULL

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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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

FULL

11/06: Gaia Necklace

Melanie de Miguel

Due to popular demand we have asked Mel to repeat this necklace. 

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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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

FULL


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


PLACES AVAILABLE

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

PLACES AVAILABLE

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

FULL

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