Celebrating the Wonderful World of Beading: National Beading Week 2017

Celebrating the Wonderful World of Beading: National Beading Week 2017

Embroidered Mermaid from last year’s exhibition made by Claire Crouchley

I recently heard about a beading event happening in Great Britain that I had no idea existed: National Beading Week. While this event may not be new to the United Kingdom, as this is its third year, The Beadworkers Guild is reaching out across national borders this year and making the event an (Inter)National Beading Week. For the past two years, The Beadworkers Guild has held a week full of beading events throughout England to celebrate and promote the ancient art of bead weaving. This year, they wish to celebrate globally so all may enjoy the wonderful art of beading.

Celebrating the Wonderful World of Beading: National Beading Week 2017

This necklace was created by Ruth Vickery and was on display at the Milton Keynes gallery in an exhibition dedicated to Beadwork.

From July 29 through August 6, bead shops, retailers, and individual beading groups are hosting events across the world. Some of the events include Jean Power’s Summer Secret Beadalong Day, free classes and patterns, and fun competitions. Even if there’s no event near you, you can participate online. Check out the Facebook page where several UK designers will be taking over to share their own passion, and keep checking back with the website as more free patterns are to come including some from Laura McCabe and Marcia DeCoster. Or if you’re feeling bold, you can create your own event!

Celebrating the Wonderful World of Beading: National Beading Week 2017

Sylvia Fairhurst organized the first ever dedicated Beadwork exhibition in Milton Keynes in celebration of National Beading Week.

The National Beading Week website contains suggestions for how to partake as an individual beader or as a group. For example, you could schedule a virtual beading day with friends who may not be local, hold an exhibition at your local library, organize a round-robin beading chain, or even create your own challenge to see who can craft the most unique project with the same set of beads. The Beadworkers Guild also has a competition of its own; this year’s challenge is a beaded bookmark. For more information, visit The Beadworkers Guild website.

If you’re looking for a way to share your passion for beading, look no further than the UK’s National Beading Week. This wonderful week celebrates the art of bead weaving, which continues to draw creativity and passion centuries after its creation. And what better way to participate than with friends around the world! Check out the National Beading Week website to participate and find free goodies.

Happy Beading!
Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor
Beadwork Magazine


Check out some of Jean Power’s and other artists inspirational designs from around the globe for National Beading Week in the Interweave Store!