Tag Archives: National Beading Week

Who needs beads? The (w)hole of civilisation

It is National Beading Week so we have been taking a look at how beads have been used in contemporary jewellery designs

A bead can be anything threadable. The first pieces of jewellery were beads made from shells, while the trading of beads was one of the first forms of currency leading to the development of language. Oh yeah and they are pretty too.

It’s worth keeping your beady eye on the graduates spilling out of this year’s degree shows. They are fresh and dynamic and completely varied. Some of the bright young things of Central Saint Martins have favoured using beads this year and are creating some great examples of the potential for striking results that can be achieved. Rosanna Batt uses delicate threads of shimmering beads to trace the outlines of the body to create garments that challenge traditional ideas of function in clothing and jewellery as decoration.

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Rosanna Batt

Bead counting toys have been a traditional sight in the doctor or dentist waiting room aiding the development of fine motor skills in children. Also used as the inspiration for Dani Lane’s Abacus Maximus rings, a delight for any kidult stuck in a dull meeting.

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Dani Lane

Teri Howes takes simple bead threading to another level with her knitted and crochet fine jewellery pieces.

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Terri Howes

The tiny beads on Just Rocks and Coral’s yellow waterfall necklace work as a team to make for a bold statement and a cool cascade of colour for the summer.

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Just rocks and coral

Words can’t explain the staggering potential of the humble concept of these items of adornment, but it may be thanks to them that we can use language to attempt it.

Take a look at this video by our founder/director Jessica Rose explaining a simple and effective way of making a quartz crystal bead necklace that can be used for any type of bead.

Inspired? Take a look at our beading classes run at our London studios and our free online course with Jewellery School Online

 

 

 

Next week is beading week

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Don’t forget that next week is National Beading Week, (25 July to 2 August 2015), and there is still time to sign up for two special London Jewellery School events.

“Bead In” evening on Wednesday 29 July from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Drop in to see us and do some beading with like minded people over tea and biscuits.

If you’re new to stitched beadwork there will be beads, instructions and tuition provided for you to learn your first beadwork stitch and create your first piece of beautiful beadwork.

If you already love beading – do bring your latest work in progress to work on, or feel free to join in with the tuition, for a fun evening of beading, competitions, making new friends, sharing ideas and lots of beady inspiration.

The drop in evening is FREE but please email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to let us know you are coming because spaces are limited.

 

Introduction to Peyote Stitch, Friday 31 July, 10am-5pm

This special one day class for National Beading Week is an introduction to this popular and versatile beading stitch for anyone new to beadwork or interested in developing their skills.

Working with small seed beads, needle and thread, over the course of the day you will learn how Peyote stitch works, and how to use it to create flat panels of beadwork as well as how to create three dimensional shapes and ropes.

This will be a busy day, covering how to do flat even count peyote stitch, designing your own chart and making a simple pin brooch. We will also look at creating peyote stitch ropes and tubes, as well as creating different shapes with the stitch – using increases and decreases to turn a flat sheet or disk into a three dimensional shape. Click here for more details and to book.

 

And don’t forget to share your beading images with us next week. So get beading!

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Join in our National Beading Week events

To mark the UK’s first National Beading Week, 25 July to 2 August 2015, London Jewellery School is holding two special events hosted by beading tutor extraordinaire Penny Akester.

First off is a “Bead In” evening on Wednesday 29 July from 6.30pm to 9pm.

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Drop in to see us and do some beading with like minded people over tea and biscuits.

If you’re new to stitched beadwork there will be beads, instructions and tuition provided for you to learn your first beadwork stitch and create your first piece of beautiful beadwork.

If you already love beading – do bring your latest work in progress to work on, or feel free to join in with the tuition, for a fun evening of beading, competitions, making new friends, sharing ideas and lots of beady inspiration.

The drop in evening is FREE but please email us on info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk to let us know you are coming because spaces are limited.

 

Introduction to Peyote Stitch, Friday 31 July, 10am-5pm

peyote stitch beading

This special one day class for National Beading Week is an introduction to this popular and versatile beading stitch for anyone new to beadwork or interested in developing their skills.

Working with small seed beads, needle and thread, over the course of the day you will learn how Peyote stitch works, and how to use it to create flat panels of beadwork as well as how to create three dimensional shapes and ropes.

This will be a busy day, covering how to do flat even count peyote stitch, designing your own chart and making a simple pin brooch. We will also look at creating peyote stitch ropes and tubes, as well as creating different shapes with the stitch – using increases and decreases to turn a flat sheet or disk into a three dimensional shape. Click here for more details and to book.

national beading week

National Beading Week is a new event for the UK bring beaders together and supporting bead traders all over the country. London Jewellery School will be supporting the initiative by encouraging more people to take up beadwork in all its variety. Individual beaders and beading groups all over the country can get involved by holding events, offering taster opportunities or by “bead bombing” – there are lots of ideas on the National Beading Week website.

 

Beading Week is coming

National Beading Week, 25 July to 2 August 2015, is a new event for the UK bring beaders together and supporting bead traders all over the country. And London Jewellery School will be supporting the initiative by encouraging more people to take up beadwork in all its variety.

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Individual beaders and beading groups all over the country can get involved by holding events, offering taster opportunities or by “bead bombing” – there are lots of ideas on the National Beading Week website www.nationalbeadingweek.co.uk.

Bead bombing is an idea inspired by the “yarn bombing” craze, where knitters decorated public places with their creations (generally secretly at night). The NBW team have come up with some clever ideas about how you can achieve the same thing with beads.

The idea of beading week comes from the Beadworkers Guild and is all ready attracting support from other organisations and magazines in the sector. The campaign is also signing upm ambassadors who will promote beading and beads.

Anyone can get involved so why not have a look at the ideas on the campaign website and then tell us how you will be getting involved. London Jewellery School will share infomration about your Beading Week events in future blog posts and newsletter items.