Friday, 4 April 2014

Beadweaving Bonanza

I am going to run a bonanza of a class at Hobbycraft, Carlisle, in May.

It's a totally new format for me so I will be interested to see how it goes.

Beadweaving is a technique with a needle and strong beading thread, no tools, needed except scissors, so it makes a really nice hobby as you can pop all the bits into a little Tupperware box and pop it in your bag!

The plan is to start at 10.00am and run through until 4.30pm breaking the day into one and a half hour segments, like this....

10.00am - 11.30am - Peyote Stitch.

Peyote Stitch is a nice flat stitch, ideal for making bases to be embellished....

Or if done with Japanese Delica beads a piece of beauty on it's own.

11.30am - 1.00pm - Right Angle Weave, aka RAW.

This stitch is lovely when used with crystals and slightly bigger beads than seed beads. It is ideal for bracelets and is really quite eye-catching.

1.30pm - 3.00pm - Spiral Staircase.

I think this is my favourite stitch, you can do so much with it simply by adding different beads, or putting them in in a different manner.

It makes a wonderful rope like texture which is perfect for necklaces and bracelets alike.

3.00pm - 4.30pm - Adding clasps.

Personally, after doing all that work on beadweaving pieces, I don't want to add a plated clasp that might tarnish or make your skin turn green.  I like to use buttons and beaded loops, or beaded toggle clasps.  So this section is all about making clasps to suit your work.

The way this workshop is different is that you can come to one, two or all of the sessions.  You can pop in and out, or bring a packed lunch and stay and play all day.

The price is £10.00 per session or all four sessions for £30.00.

The price includes all materials, and you take home what you make along with a little pack so you can finish off anything you have started at home.

If you fancy joining me you can now book a place on my website by clicking HERE.


  1. Looks fab - wish it was at the weekend (or that I didn't have to work full-time!)

  2. I will try and do a weekend one Dorothy as a few people have mentioned they would like to do this one but work all week.


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