GBBS Workshop Itinerary – Friday 5th May

Paloma earrings with Erika Sandor

Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of fruit trees.

A hidden bezel behind Half Tila beads, with only a sleek, elegant circle of seed beads peeking through. Around it is rich decoration, sparkly crystals and bugle beads to give the design an edge with the asymmetrical shape.

Skill level: Beginners who have tension control.

Class code 05/01



Dazzling Daisy Dish with Mairi Carlton

Inspired by old-fashioned dressing table dishes, a simply bezelled, dazzling textured rosette crystal sits as the central focal point of a wooden lid resting on the decorated glass dish.  Frilled Herringbone petals with crystal bicone tips and caged chaton centres fan out from the top of the dish, while the stems are netted together to complete the embellishment using seeds and fire polished crystals

Skill level:  Suitable for intermediate skills, knowledge of Herringbone and St Petersburg is required, Peyote and Netting would be helpful.

Class code 05/02



Heart Nouveau Cuff with Carole Cowie

Born from Mairi Carlton’s class on Design at the 2018 BWG Beading Festival, two curling hearts surround two beautiful navette crystals to the form the focal point for the cuff.  Created using Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW), Right Angle Weave (RAW) and a touch of Peyote and finished off with some microcrystals for a little extra sparkle.  A truly inspired piece to add to your collection.

Skill level:  Experienced. A good understanding of CRAW is recommended.

Class code 05/03



Frivolous Freeform with Sylvia Fairhurst

For those who squeal at the very thought of the word ‘random’ let me say this, “Freeform is NOT random”! This captivating bracelet was Inspired by the colours of the plant ‘Lantana’, for me the colours evoke thoughts of fun & frivolity.

The bracelet structure begins quite formally then branches out to become something quite unique to you. Once you have the base sized up, the real fun begins, using different shapes, sizes and colours to embellish your piece, you have the freedom to choose what to use and when, which is why it’s not random! You may also use a combination of techniques to add texture and sparkle. Resulting in a beautiful structure that combines a variety of stitches

Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels

Class code 05/05



Sheba Necklace with Fran Griffith

Mini Superduos and Mini Gemduos slip gracefully alongside each other to gently curve the necklace chain. A Crystal Navette (still Swarovski!) is bezelled using tubular Peyote stitch with decreasing. The Rivoli hides the clasp. Suitable for beaders with some experience…… brave, go for it!

Skill level: Intermediate

Class code 05/07



Bead Quilled Drops with Rowena Henderson

Adapted from her winning BWG Challenge piece – The Peacocks Jewel – learn how to use Bead Quilling to bezel a crystal drop, ideal for pendants and of course earrings. The drop used is 18mm x 13mm.

Skill level: Intermediate, knowledge of Square stitch is essential.

Class code 05/08



Celtic Princess Necklace with Heather Kingsley-Heath

A charming medley of beads and metallics, the Celtic Princess is a gorgeous piece to bead and wear. Grown from a delicate filigree metal frame, the beadwork is a rich mix of 8mm Chatons, seed beads and lots of 4mm crystals. A sweet bail section creates the transition from pendant to necklace strap and allows the whole piece to move easily when worn.

Skill level: Intermediate

Class code 05/09



Beaded Bobbin Trees with Jane Griffin

These adorable trees use vintage bobbins, Bead Embroidery techniques and Peyote stitch to create a fun ornament or a useful pin cushion. There are different shapes to make so you can create your own little copse or spinney and there will be lots of ideas on how you can embellish your tree.

Skill level: Suitable for those with a little knowledge of Bead Embroidery and Peyote stitch.

Class code 05/10



Amber - Essence Necklace with Patty McCourt

Sparkling crystals, seed beads and a semi-precious cabochon are used to create this stunning necklace. Students will be shown a variety of techniques that include netting, embellishing, bead embroidery, bezeling, Peyote stitch as well as the assembling of the components together to produce the final piece.

Join Patty for a workshop packed with tips, ideas, colour combination possibilities and loads of inspiration!

Skill level: Intermediate - knowledge of increasing and decreasing in Netting stitch and bead embroidery an advantage.

Class code 05/11



Floral Cube with Helen McIntyre

Inspired by a favourite garden shrub, this ornament is made using multiple small elements with varying sized beads, circular Peyote and Herringbone stitch to create the shape and texture of the petals which are then joined to form a cube. Just substitute a few sparkly beads and a chaton or six to transform this into a beautiful Christmas ornament.

Skill level: Intermediate beaders who have mastered Peyote and Herringbone.

Class code 05/12



Wings of Whimsy with Chloe Menage

Create a statement brooch or pendant with this steampunk-inspired design. Whether adorning a coat or top hat at a Victorian ball or fluttering around your neck as a colourful summer accessory – your colour choices for this project will be sure to make it stand out!

Choose metallic base metal colours or go wild with rainbow opaque beads – the choice is yours! The project uses single needle Right Angle Weave to bezel stones and create delightful circular components reminiscent of cogs, which have so many uses beyond this project! Bring it all together with added embellishment and metal components. The class will include ideas and inspiration for other uses for the individual components.

Skill level: Intermediate/advanced beaders. Some experience of Right Angle Weave would be advantageous.

Class code 05/14