NEC Show starts today – why not come and do a make and take on the stand?

Today is the first day of the show with the very long name The Creative Craft Show, Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch and Sewing for Pleasure at the Birmingham NEC

The Spellbound team will be down on stand C10 surrounded by lots of beady loveliness, and Vicky will be teaching workshops all through the show.  She is teaching three designs, a brooch, a tasselled bag charm, and a pretty bracelet, classes are about 30-40 minutes long and cost £3 each.  If you’d like to do one just head down to the stand to book your place.

The show runs from today, Thursday March 15 to Sunday March 18.  See you there!


2018 Workshops Now Booking

This year we have a fabulous programme of beading workshops for you to choose from.  Many of them are suitable for complete beginners, whether you have done no beading before, or you would like to try a new aspect of beading that you have never done before.  All of them are a great way of spending a few hours beading with an expert tutor who will help you every step of the way.

In this years programme we also have three full day masterclasses with Julie.  These are quite intense days with lots of technique and design ideas covered and although you need no experience of the subject she is teaching on the day we strongly recommend that anyone attending these days has attended at least one of our other classes before hand or has some beadwork experience.  For the Tassels day some experience with beading with needle and thread would be ideal, and for the other two classes (Floral Jewellery with Wire and Tiaras), some experience of working with simple hand tools – pliers and wire cutters would be good.

All the workshop prices include all the materials you use on the day, and they are all small group workshops (maximum 6 students on Sundays and Mondays, maximum 8 students on Saturdays).

For full details on the workshops see the website, and to book please either phone us on 01543 417650 or call into the shop.

Sunday March 4 – Spiral Rope with Pat 9.30am to 12.30pm £30

Saturday March 10 – Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Monday March 26 – Ravishing Rivolis with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday April 8 – Simple Knotting with Pat 9am to 1pm £40

Monday April 9 – Calangute Tassel with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday April 15 – Tiaras with Julie 9.45am to 4pm £70

Monday April 30 – Peyote Stitch for Beginners with Ellen 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday May 6 – Beautiful Bag Charms with Pat 10am to midday £20

Saturday May 19th – Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Monday May 14th – Beginners Macrame with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday June 3 – Introduction to Twin Beads with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Monday June 4 – Introduction to Right Angle Weave with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday June 10 – Floral Wire Jewellery with Jule 9.45am to 4pm £70

Monday June 11 – Shaped Brick Stitch with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday June 17 – Beaded Tassels with Julie 9.45am to 4pm £70

Saturday June 23 – Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Monday June 25 – Fiji Necklace with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday July 1 – Floral Tiaras with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Monday July 9 – Beginner Plus Loops and Linking with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Monday July 23 – Daisy Chains with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday August 5 – Rosalind Necklace and Bracelet with pat 9.30am to midday £25

Saturday August 18 – Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Sunday September 2 – Bead a Bauble Starry Night with Pat 9.30am to 12.30pm £25

Monday September 3 – Bead a Noel Star with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday October 7 – Christmas Decorations with Wire with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Saturday November 10 – Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Sunday November 11 – Christmas Decorations with Wire with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Monday December 3 – Bead A Bauble Swags & Tails with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Monday December 10 – Stocking Fillers with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Deliveries Galore – Delicas and Baubles

Well, that’s the end of the sale for this year, we hope you all managed to bag a bargain.

As always in the weeks of the sale we are not just doing sale things.  At the end of last week we had a huge delivery of Delicas and our very own Elf on the Shelf made sure they were all checked in online for the weekend, and they will be weighed up and in the shop for Tuesday morning.

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Why is Robert sitting on a packing table? Do you think he’s hoping we’ll post him out to somewhere warm?

Also on its way – we are due a lorry load of baubles in the next day or two so all colours all sizes are now available to order again and we’ll have the full selection back in the shop by the end of the week.  If you are planning to visit the shop to buy loose baubles it is always worth calling us a couple of days beforehand so we can put your colour selection up for you – we don’t have room to store lots of baubles at the shop and although we have deliveries in from the warehouse a couple of times a week to keep us topped up it is always worth pre-ordering if you are travelling for something in particular.

Clearance Sale Bags – If you are coming to visit the shop this half term week there will still be a table with some fabulous bargains on it, including a host of £1 bargain bags with a 10 for £7 offer on it and some fabulously priced discontinued kits too.  Should you happen to be visiting us this Tuesday, February 13th, why not pop down to the city centre at midday to see a bit of the pancake races and civic parade?

In Other News

Julie has been hard at work designing some of the cutest kits we have seen in a long time – more on those very soon!

All sorts of shiny new beads have just been delivered, fancy facets and some intriguing two hole beads.  All should be ready to sell by the end of this week we hope.

SALE – last few days, extra discounts, ends midnight Sunday

There are only a couple of days to go until the end of our sale and we now have

40% off discontinued kits and jigs


60% off selected short bead strings and mixes

as well as

10% off loads of other kits

10% off all sorts of beads tools and findings

and some amazing clearance bargains


if you come along to the shop in Lichfield you can now choose any 10 £1 bargain bags for £7, and in addition to all of the above there is an extra 20% off all the goodies on our sale table.


Spellbound Big Annual Sale Now On – up to 50% Off

From now until Midnight February 11th we are having our annual clearance sale and this year it is huge!

Whether you are shopping online or are visiting our shop in Lichfield, Staffordshire there are some fabulous bargains to be had, we have :-

50% off:- 
Selected Bead Mixes
Designer Bead Strings
6mm Chevron Cube Strings

25% off:– Lots of clearance kits – WigJigs – DVDs

10% off:- GL glass beads – Matsuno 15s – Miyuki Cubes
Mixes – Wooden Beads – Ceramics – Plastic and Plated Plastic
Crystals – Tools

10% off:- Lots of Kits

Discounts to all of the above will be added in your shopping basket … and on top of all those bargains we also have …

Clearance – even more bargains are to be had as we have added lots more lines to our clearance section

We put as much of the sale as we can online but there are a lot of one offs that you will only find at the shop including semi-precious and lots of made samples at amazing prices, so why not have a day out in lovely Lichfield?

Upgrade to Mobile Website – will be down for about an hour on Monday morning

Our website will be down for about an hour on Monday morning, January 8th, so that the necessary changes can be made to make our new mobile friendly website come to life.

This has been a long time in the building so fingers crossed it will be working most splendidly on small tablets and mobiles from about lunchtime on Monday January 8th.  As with all things techy there will probably be the odd snagging issue but fingers crossed not too many.

The 12 Giveaways of Christmas … and Snow!

Christmas is traditionally a time for giving and at this time of year we like to give something back to our lovely customers.  If you head on over to Facebook today you can find the eighth of our 12 giveaways of Christmas, 8 pairs of bead filled stylus from Preciosa, and once that is drawn we still have four more chances to win something in the next few days.

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This beautiful scene is Lichfield Cathedral in the snow.  It looks fabulous but the heavy snow in the Midlands is making it a little tricky to get to work, so much so that there have been no Royal Mail post collections in the city today – a bit of a blow for our mail order team who had managed to get in and process orders but fingers crossed things will be back to normal very soon.

Tomorrow however, with the freezing conditions predicted overnight promising to make the roads even more treacherous than today, the shop may not open, or only be open for a few hours, all depending on how many of us can safely get in to work.  We will post on our website and Facebook as soon as we know.  If you are planning to travel to see us please call beforehand and make sure we are open.

All that said, chances are the roads will be clear and everything back to normal on Wednesday and we’ll wonder what all the fuss was about!

Wherever you are we hope you are staying safe and warm, and maybe enjoying the odd snowball fight and snowman building too!

Make and take Workshops at Birmingham NEC next week

Next week we head off to Birmingham NEC for the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show.

This year Julie and Pat are teaching mini make and take workshops throughout the show.

Choose from:-

A simple star

Looping and linking to make beautiful earrings

Making a bag charm tassel

The workshops all last for about 30 minutes, are limited to just six students per session and cost a bargain £3 per place.

To book your place:- come to stand F35 in Hall 20 and choose and pay for the workshop you fancy from the list available that day.

All the materials you need to make your project are included.

Places are first come, first served and are only available to book on the day – we are sorry but we cannot take advance bookings for these workshops.

Apart from that – we will have our usual selection of Spellbound goodies on the stand next to F35 – bizarrely stand F30 (not 34 or 36 for some reason).  If you would like us to bring along any pre-orders for you please let us know by email to or by phone on 01543 417650 before 5pm on Monday October 30th so that we can get it to the show team.

What else is at the show?

There is quite the choice of make and takes this year, with quite a few listed on the organisers website.  There are also some pre-bookable workshops on offer including some rather splendid looking ones with the British Polymer Clay Guild.

Shopping!  There is sure to be plenty at the show to tempt you to part with your pennies and stock up that stash, as well as the ready made items that you will find in the adjoining Simply Christmas show, and a few tasty treats will doubtless be there too – we will be definitely be heading to Linden Lady to stock up with yummy chocolates!

A Day in the Life – Behind the Scenes at the Big Bead Show

Yesterday was one very long day for the team at the Big Bead Show – up at 4am, on the road before 5 – quick break at Beaconsfield Services (how did we cope before that opened, in the olden days when the last stop before London was Oxford?)

The drive from the M25 to Sandown Racecourse is lovely, along the Thames and past Hampton Court Palace.  We always look out for people rowing on the Thames, a little moment of watching something calm and quiet before the hectic day ahead.

We arrived at Sandown just after 7.30.  The hall doesn’t open until 8 so we unloaded the van right by the doors so that we could get in as fast as possible once the doors opened.  By five to eight there was quite a large group of exhibitors all hanging around – we must look quite a strange sight with our bags, boxes, boards and bleary eyes.  When the doors are unlocked it is like a slow ‘first day of the sales’ moment as all the waiting exhibitors rush forward as fast as their various beady burdens will let them.

Once in it was heads down and get the job done time.  Julie started on set up, getting the tables sorted and all the bottom cloths on.  Then the big boards go up – these are heavy and have to be clamped to the tables.  While Julie was doing this the rest of us got all the stock into the hall.  Christine is in charge of bauble kits and all things Christmassy, Pat looked after the electrics and got all the lights up, and the all important socket for the card machine, and Lisa had the trickier than it looks job of setting out the bead trays.  They are quite the jigsaw to fit together, they come off the van in a random order and need to be sorted and colour co-ordinated as best as possible in the time available.

A quick hello to Elizabeth, the fabulous lady at Bead Magazine who organises the show, and then back to the display.  Having got the basics out we now had to put up trees and twigs and decorate them with baubles, stars and angels; necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earring stands went out too, and suddenly it is 10 o’clock, the doors are open and we have customers, lots of them, asking questions and it takes a minute or ten to work out where things are, bags, cash box, brain cells!

The first couple of hours flew by, we saw lots of friendly faces, chatted about new designs, met Vicky the new editor of Bead & Jewellery Magazine who is super enthusiastic and was wearing some wonderful beady creations of her own designs, sold things, re-stocked, and then there was a little lull, phew, comfort breaks all round, and then it all got very busy again and suddenly it was quarter to three and Julie rushed off to teach her workshop.

By 4.30 the hall was quite quiet, we had seen several ladies who had been in Julie’s workshop and had really enjoyed it, and we were starting to tidy up and get ready for breakdown.  It is amazing how much mess you can make behind a stand in just a few short hours.  Empty bags and boxes, coffee cups, water bottles, all needed to be cleaned away before we could start breaking down the display.

Break down was hectic, re-packing the van as neatly as possible but never as neatly as it arrived, back on the road, home at 9, van unpacked by 10 … and today we get to sort it all out, stock check, tidy, re-organise, re-stock and get ready for the show in Harrogate next weekend!

I realise I have said very little about the hours that the show is open – that is because it all passes in a complete whirl.  It really does seem that no sooner have you set up than you are breaking down again, the day completely flies by.  We have our moments though, Christine completely lost the ability to construct sentences mid afternoon while talking to some ladies about dragons – they were fabulously understanding and we’re pretty sure we worked out what we were doing in the end. Christine was then revived with strong coffee with extra sugar in the hope she wouldn’t talk complete gibberish to anyone else!

The best thing about shows is meeting lots of people, there are loads of familiar faces at the Big Bead Show, there are people completely new to beading who want to get started, there are mail order customers who we finally get to meet – it is lovely to put faces to names, and there are the other exhibitors, many of whom we have known for years and it is great to catch up with.

If you were at The Big Bead Show we hope you all had a lovely day and if you are coming to the Harrogate Bead Show next weekend we look forward to seeing you there!

Shows This Week – Alexandra Palace and The Big Bead Show

This is the week where we get all too familiar with the wee small hours of the morning as we travel the country bringing our van of beady lovelies to various shows.  Yesterday Kevin had a lovely day at the Cardiff Bead Show, although he’s not too keen on getting up at 4am it was good practice as tomorrow is set up day for the fabulous Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace and he will once again be on the road before most of us are even considering getting up.

The Knitting and Stitching Show is an amazing show, with lots of tempting things to buy and fabulous galleries of work to inspire you.  Vicky and Ellen who will be on the stand with Kevin this year both love all sorts of crafts and will undoubtedly be bringing more bags away than they went with!

The Knitting and Stitching Show runs from Wednesday to Sunday this week and we are on stand L26 in the great hall.

The Big Bead Show is our third show of the week, next Saturday Oct 14th.  Julie, Christine, Lisa and Pat will all be on the stand and Julie will be happy to sign any of your Spellbound books on the day.  Julie is also teaching in the afternoon – the class is fully booked so no last minute places available this year – so she will be off the stand from 2.45 until 4.15.

The Big Bead Show is the ideal place to top up your stash and there are also workshops, demos and make & takes going on throughout the day so plenty to see and do!

and then, phew, we can get home, get a little rest … but not too much as we need to sort out, re-stock and pack the van again to go to Harrogate for the Bead Show at the Great Yorkshire Show Grounds on Sunday 21st.