The Great British Bead Show Tutor Profiles 2021

Here are the details of all the class tutors, 


Mairi Carlton

Originally a self taught beader who has been creating and teaching her own designs for over 14 years. She organises a large beading group in Glasgow called ‘Beadwildered’, teaches locally on a regular basis and delivers workshops for several Scottish Guilds and shops. Mairi loves Swarovski crystals, particularly vintage samples, and includes them in her work whenever she can. 

Stephanie Burnham 

Stephanie  comes from a textile background. After completing her City & guilds in Creative Studies & Embroidery she discovered Beadwork which is now her passion. She has taught countrywide for private beading groups including The Beadworkers Guild, Missenden Abbey, Knuston Hall and was honoured to be invited to teach a workshop tour of Japan. In 2002, Stephanie launched The Bead Scene, then in 2009 opened the Bead Scene Studio’ selling all things bead related including an extensive workshop programme. Stephanie has written six beading books.

Carole Cowie

Carole has been designing and teaching beadwork classes for 5 years. Her passion for beadwork began when she met The Beadworkers Guild in 2012 and has flourished rapidly into a complete obsession!  A true magpie by nature her designs usually incorporate something very sparkly, aka Swarovski, and are often inspired by the simplicity of the Art Deco era.

Claire Crouchley

Claire is firmly addicted to colour and sparkle, leading to a love of beading for over 20 years. She experiments with all sorts of textile crafts and is trying to incorporate beads into just about all of them. Her work has been featured in several books and articles, and she can be found designing, teaching, and selling her beadwork whenever she gets the chance. You can find out more and see her work at

Melanie de Miguel

Melanie is an internationally renowned beadwork artist, author and tutor, known for her delicate, filigree beadwork trapping crystals, and whose work has been featured in many publications and beadwork books. Melanie is an inspiring tutor, constantly endeavouring to make workshops fun and challenging. A science teacher, passionate about her subject, Melanie’s fascination with thread paths, and constant desire to experiment, led her to create the exciting new technique Hubble stitch, about which she has now published two books.

Sylvia Fairhurst 

Sylvia has a passion for teaching, she has represented the Beadworkers Guild on live t.v.on numerous occasions. Sylvia is a qualified tutor for adult education and has travelled the UK and Japan teaching her designs.

She enjoys working with small beads and Swarovski crystals, her work includes wearable and functional / decorative pieces. Sylvia’s work has appeared in several exhibitions and has been published in a number of books and magazines.

She is a trustee and former chairman of The Beadworkers Guild and the proprietor of Witch Beads.


Karen Gibson-Brown                                    

Karen learnt to bead many years ago with help from some wonderful tutors and beading friends, attending BWG workshops and events whenever possible to expand her knowledge of beadwork. She has fun creating useful projects from recycled objects, but her love is for stylish and elegant jewellery. Karen can be regularly found demonstrating stitching techniques on behalf of the Guild at bead shows, has taught absolute beginners at WI meetings, local craft groups and more advanced beaders at local bead clubs. 

Fran Griffiths 

The riotous excitement of colour married with even more colour spills into Fran’s designs. The pursuit of ever new and different elegant shapes and techniques to embrace delight into her pieces, fills her days. Fran, a full time Beadwork Designer & International Teacher, loves to teach and impart knowledge and travels extensively to do so. She has developed two of her own stitches, STACK STITCH and T STITCH and one technique, BOXED HERRINGBONE, however, she has yet to find the time to write a book or two!


Manda Kent-Burns 

Manda is a lover of the Jacobean style and an independent minded beader, Manda Kent Burns revels in designing beautiful but practical items to enhance the every day. She transforms traditional thread embroidery stitches into ones using beads which are then incorporated into her designs and then shares with others through her e-books and kits. They can be seen at 

Heather Kingsley-Heath

Heathers work is delicate, richly detailed and infinitely wearable. Often inspired by history, heritage, vintage and treasure, her work explores the relationships and traditions of combined beading techniques.

Heather is also known for her more experimental figurative and sculptural pieces which combine a huge range of seed beading techniques to create three dimensional pieces, with a sense of fun.

As a tutor Heather is a kind, patient, lively and inspiring teacher, generous with her design processes and techniques. She teaches regularly both in the UK and overseas. 

She writes and publishes her work as books, kits and patterns as well as creating pieces to commission.

Liz Thornton

Liz is a beadworker with a passion for sharing her knowledge and love of the craft with others through her teaching and writing.  An experienced and fully qualified adult education tutor, she is based in south London but also teaches further afield when invited, including overseas trips to New York and Japan.  Liz has frequently contributed articles to beading magazines in the UK and the USA. The publication of which she is most proud is The Beader’s Floral, written jointly with Jill Devon.  Also with Jill Devon, Liz edited The Beadworkers Guild’s ‘Introduction to Beadwork’ series of books.  Liz is currently Chairman of The Beadworkers Guild.

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