National Beading Week is Here!

Special offers, giveaways, a new book and some rather charming new free downloads, all to come this National Beading Week

10% off Kits*
10% off GL code glass beads – that’s lots of beads to choose from, including donuts, letter beads, pips, petals, flowers, pyramids, tiles, triangles and much more
and …
an extra 10% off all our bargain bags!
Clearance kits – we have some lovely new designs coming along so we need to clear a little space, these kits are heavily discounted to clear

*sale small print – ‘kits’ means complete kits, not bead packs or project packs, and the Clearance Kits are already heavily discounted and will not have a further 10% discount applied in the shopping basket.  All offers apply to instock items only and will not be applied retrospectively to items that go out of stock during the sale.

and …

20% off the following workshops, so if you fancy trying something new, there’s no better time to do it!

August 1st (Monday) Introduction to Right Angle Weave with Vicky 10am to 1pm £30 £24

August 1st (Monday) Melody Tassel Necklace with Vicky 2pm to 3.30pm £12.50 £10

August 6th (Saturday) Cordoba Bracelet with Vicky 9.30am to 12.30pm £30 £24

September 4th (Sunday) Spiral Rope with Pat 9.30am to 12.30pm £30 £24 – we’ve had to put this workshop back as Pat has broken her arm and will still be in plaster for NBW but we’re keeping the Beading Week discount on it.

and …

All purchases (shop or mail order) will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two beautiful Delica Palette Collections – the winner gets to choose which one of these gorgeous collections they would like – chocolate eclair; club tropicana; mediterranean; spring or under the waves.

chocolate eclair club tropicana mediterranean nocturne spring garden

and …

we’re starting the week with a Facebook giveaway

and … we are working on a very charming collection of new free projects for the website – shown here with a reel of Nymo so you can see the scale these are just some of the beautiful new free projects that will be available from our website very soon.

Charming Collection

and … during National Beading Week you will be able to pre-order our New Book Spellbound Floral Beaded Jewellery
 Spellbound Floral Beaded Jewellery

There’s not long to wait now, our new book is safely at the printers and will be available to pre-order from Tuesday August 2nd, and from August 2nd too there will be a display of the projects from the new book at the shop.  For more info on the book and photos of some of the beautiful projects that are in it click here.


Fabulous Workshops 20% off for National Beading Week

Can you believe it is less than two weeks to the start of National Beading Week?  There are loads of fabulous things happening all over the country and as part of the celebrations we have put on a special workshop programme, including a special one off workshop from Julie, and all of them at 20% off our regular prices.

As always the workshops include absolutely everything you need to complete your project and you have our lovely tutors there to guide you every step of the way, so, what’s on?

Next Monday, July 25, Peyote Stitch for Beginners.  In this class you make a beautiful bracelet, shown here top right in super jazzy colours, you work in colours of your choice isn the class.

Saturday 30th we have the super Starry Night Bauble in the morning (lots of lovely colours to choose from in this class too), and in the afternoon Julie will be teaching the brand new Lysandra Butterfly necklace – a sneak preview project from her brand new book that is coming out mid August.

On August 1st there is a choice of the stunning Intro to Right Angle Weave (that is the really yummy bracelet that looks like stained glass, shown here in pastels and also in black and red), in the morning, or the Melody Tassel Necklace (bottom picture) in the afternoon.

The Cordoba Bracelet is on Saturday August 6th (shown here in blues and Autumn colours), a beauty to make for a beginner, and then to complete the ‘week’, on September 4th we have a fabulous Spiral Rope class with Pat … this class should have been on August 7th so would have been in National Beading Week but Pat has broken her arm so we’ve had to put it back to September 5th!

How much for a place? The Melody Tassel workshop is just £10, the others just £24 each.

We do have more planned for National Beading Week too but, as always, booking is essential for our workshops as spaces are limited so we thought a little advance notice might be in order.

Book Ahoy!

What have we been up to in the last few weeks?  Well, Christine has spent an awful lot of time going back and forth to the hospital with Pat.  She is now safely through the op, her arm has been pinned and wired back together, in plaster up to her elbow and hopefully a mere 5 weeks away from being able to get beading again!  Jodie, Ellen, Vicky, Lisa, Abi and Louisa are working on some new web projects with a bit of a theme and Julie has been totally immersed in designing, writing and testing for the new book and that is not all!

We have published a lovely workshop programme for National Beading Week that we are offering at 20% off, so if you fancy trying something new there is no better time to book, and as always with our workshops everything is included in the price, we’re not skimping on anything, just our regular workshops at bite your hand off prices!

Julie was on Create & Craft last weekend leading to a very busy start to the week packing and sending orders, interspersed with some very stressed phone calls to a shipping company who kept failing to deliver a rather large Delica order.

Wednesday was book photography day, part one, and here is a sneaky peak of some of the projects that are in it.  We had a lovely day in Julie’s garden, with our trusty assistant Jess the dog.  It was a beautiful typical English summer day (cloudy with showers), so more than once there was a frantic grabbing of all the kit and running indoors to get out of the rain!

Friday saw the much delayed delivery of the Delica order (phew, seriously, there were almost tears as after many, many phone calls, someone finally got it sorted), and there was an almost eerie feeling of joy and disbelief when it finally turned up mid afternoon, so it was a late night for the team, and an early start on Saturday, as we unpacked, checked in and switched on the Delicas.

and coming up?  Well, it is the 1st of July on Friday so the annual Spellbound Birthday Sale is not very far away.  This year the sale will just be for the first two weeks of the month, July 1 to 14, online and in the shop there will be some super offers so keep an eye on the website for more details at the end of the week.

Lots of Lovely New Stuff

new beads may 16

In May we had oodles of new beads delivered, and we have started June with a few new beads too.  In the last few weeks we have had 16 colours of the new Preciosa Forget-Me-Not flowers (for a gorgeous design idea using them click here); the first few colours of Preciosa Candy beads (for ideas on using Candy beads click here), new heart, leaf, flower and heart shaped beads.

New too are these beautiful kits, the Michaela necklace in three beautiful colour ways, and the bright and beautiful Jessie necklace.

Coming Up –  This Sunday, June 5, we still have a few spaces on the Rosalind necklace, bracelet and earring workshop with Pat, and Julie and Kevin will be at the Nantwich Bead Fair.  Next weekend, we have a few places left on the Beginners workshop with Ellen on Saturday, and on Sunday the 12th we will be at the Wincanton Bead Fair

Edinburgh Here We Come!

Exciting news from the show team – they have added an extra date to this Spring’s excursions and will be at the very first Knitting and Stitching Show to be held in Edinburgh.

We have been attending the Knitting and Stitching Shows in Harrogate and at Alexandra palace for more years than we care to remember (we’re not that old, honest!), and they are both a fabulous day out with loads of exhibitors, workshops and exhibition space and we are hoping that this new show will be just as fantastic.

Show dates are April 28 to May 1 and the show website is here.  If you’d like us to bring anything along for you please let us know by Monday morning, April 25th at the latest so we can get it to the show team in time.

See you there!

Tiara Day

Pat’s Floral Tiara workshop last Sunday was great fun and the participants all went away with some beautiful tiaras.  None of them had ever done any wirework before, and as you can see from the photos below, you would never think that complete beginners can create such fantastic designs in less than 3 hours, but they did!

Workshops and TV

Coming up at Spellbound

Julie is on Create & Craft TV this Saturday, April 2nd, at 3pm with a mix of flowers and tassels … and some very special offers.

Pat is teaching the fabulous Floral Tiara workshop this Sunday morning, we still have a few places left so call us on 01543 417650 or pop into the shop to book your place.  This is a fantastic morning where you learn to make a basic frame and decorate it to create your very own floral masterpiece – you will be amazed at what you can make in just one morning!

other workshops coming up are:-

April 17th (Sunday) Rosalind Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings with Ellen 9.30am to Midday £25

April 17th (Sunday) Daffodil Brooch with Vicky 1pm to 5pm £40

May 14th (Saturday) Beginners with Ellen 9.15am to 11.45am £20 – don’t delay if you would like a place on this workshop, our beginners workshops are booking up faster than we can find dates for them!

in other news?  It was Jodie’s birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday Jodie!), we are waiting for several big stock deliveries including Delicas and Fireline and it is the fabulous Big Bead Show next weekend, Saturday April 9th.  Julie is teaching floral earrings at 3pm and the last we heard there was just one place left on her workshop.  (Bookings via the Big Bead Show website.)


Happy Easter

Shop opening over Easter is – Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm; Saturday 9.30am to 5pm; Closed Sunday and Monday – so just the same as usual!

There is no post collection for the next couple of days though so Mail Order is now shut until Tuesday Morning March 29th.

In other news – we have a big new delivery of Delicas on its way; Julie is back on TV on April 2nd at 3pm, and we have found a new date for a Beginners Workshop, May 14th.  Beginners Workshops are booking up super fast so don’t delay if you would like a place on this one.

and as it is Easter we thought we’d share some photos of our lovely bunnies (and guinea pigs) with you.

A Day Out in the Black Country

Taking a leaf out of Helen’s book (over at The Beading Library) who has been encouraging  us all to celebrate the great things that are local, and not so local – basically if you go somewhere and it is great, tell people about it, there’s some fabulous stuff out there!

Last week, on a very chilly day, a few of us, including some faces that will be very familiar to you,  ventured to the Black Country Museum in Dudley, less than 30 miles from our shop.  We had a great day and will be going back (probably when it is a bit warmer).

It was bitterly cold (check out the red noses in the photos!), but beautifully bright and sunny, and because it was so early in the year, and most people have more sense than to go out when it is so cold, apart from a couple of hundred of exceptionally well behaved school children we pretty much had the place to ourselves.


The high points of the day?  All of the guides we met were fantastic, full of information and really helpful and engaging.  The tram ride – who doesn’t love a tram ride!  The cake shop (really good cakes, and they do giant custard cream biscuits too – we brought one of those back for Pat who is a bit addicted to them); poking around all the houses and shops, exploring alleyways and yards; the nail making demo; the chain making demo; the Victorian Bakery – where part of the BBC series was filmed – it is so much smaller in real life than it looked on the TV and the baker brought it all to life.

At the end of the Victorian village you can pop over the canal and take a canal boat trip through the tunnels – but be warned, no matter how cold it is outside it is even colder in those tunnels.  This is run by the Dudley Canal Trust so there is an extra charge but well worth it.  The guide was really informative and Kevin had a go at ‘legging’.  After the canal trip we were all proper frozen so nipped into the pub (roaring fires, hot tea, real beer, and some great stories from the staff).

From the pub we wandered up through the Edwardian street to the Workers Institute, a fabulous building and another fantastic guide.

Did we see it all?  No, but our tickets are valid for a year so we will be back, we didn’t go down the coal mine, or find out what ‘chocolate veal’ is (it is written on the windows of the bakery), and of course we will need more cake!

Take 45 – behind the scenes

February has rolled round so quickly that if we didn’t have an extra day this year I doubt we would have had a post at all!

The sale went by all too fast and while the shop and mail order team worked their socks off parcelling bargain bags, behind the scenes Julie and Christine were tackling the whole issue of video.  We had a little help from our friends, especially the fabulous Steve, who is more used to shooting music videos like this one, starring Kevin with a guest appearance from Jess the dog.  Steve came along to help us with the whole set up – and here are a few photos of him and Julie getting ready to roll.

DVD1 dvd2 dvd3 dvd4

The actual teaching bits of the video went smoothly, she does have years of experience teaching and doing demos so we would expect not too many takes on those but the bits straight to camera?  How many times can you fluff a simple sentence?  Take 45 was not the worst of it, and of course the more times it goes wrong, the easier it is to get a fit of the giggles, and then her tummy started rumbling …


While all this was going on Jess, always up for a photo opportunity, sat patiently in front of the table that Julie was working on, and rather sadly we didn’t manage to capture her on the video at all, something we must put right on the next one!

After a couple of days we had all the film safely in the bag and our first ever DVD is now a reality, to be launched on March 1st.  It is called Making Beaded Tassels and Fringes – a beginners guide, and is over an hour and a half of Julie taking you step-by-step through getting started, choosing your beads, simple stranding, beaded beads, branched stranding and more.

tassel cover

It is, we hope, the first of many.  We have lots of ideas so let’s see what comes next!