Beads

If you go down to the woods today.

If you go down to the woods today.

Golden leaves tumble and twist, cheeks glow apple-red with cold, and a brisk wind whips the woodland floor into a frenzy of excitement. The forest is a place of natural exchange, sharing and inspiration, and this month’s ruffle bracelet project was born of such beginnings.
Whistle down the wind
Returning to the studio after an invigorating forest walk, we felt inspired to create a piece of jewellery that reflected the crisp freshness of the breeze, the dancing exhilaration of the lea[..]

Categories: Jewellery Making, Beads, How to Bead

A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

We explore the history of one of our favourite and most versatile beads, the Presiosa Ornela seed bead, and introduce you to a dramatic spiral seed bead necklace suitable for every level of jewellery designer.
Humble beginnings
Our relationship with jewellery dates back many thousands of years. Indeed, the discovery in 2013 of 130,000-year-old Neanderthal eagle talons adorned with deliberate cuts and notches led archaeologists to believe that they had discovered the world’s oldest kn[..]

Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, Jewellery Making

Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

One of the most common things we hear from people who would love to have a go at creating their own jewellery is: “We don’t know where to start and wouldn’t know which colours to choose”.
So here you have it, the perfect beginner’s project, with a simple accompanying step-by-step video and free instructions. And the most exciting bit; we supply the design, YOU choose the bead colours.

Elegant luxury* (*and it won’t break the bank – shh!)
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Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making

A Hand Knitted Beaded Sock for English Summer Days

A Hand Knitted Beaded Sock for English Summer Days

There’s no denying the character of a hand knitted pair of socks, crafted perfectly to your taste and created from soft fine yarn. With a pair of hand knitted, beaded socks you’re guaranteed to feel cosy and maintain control and comfort even when the weather is not so perfect.
The feeling of slipping on a pair of cosy socks is unbeatable, even in circumstances where you would perhaps be less likely to wear a pair of socks at all. You could even say a comfy pair of socks can help c[..]

Categories: Knitting, Beads

Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and we wanted to invite you all to raise a glass (bead!) in celebration of cherished mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law everywhere!
As a special thank-you to mothers far and wide, we’ve put together a FREE ring-making masterclass which we hope you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends this Mothering Sunday.

We’ve kept the technical aspects of this project super simple so that it can be enjoyed by all abiliti[..]

Categories: Beads, How to Bead, Glass Beads, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Making

The spirit of the season

The spirit of the season

We delve into the murky depths of All Hallows Eve, and take inspiration from this annual festival of ghoulish remembrance for two of our latest seasonal jewellery kits. Read on to find out a little more about our two-beautiful Autumn-inspired necklaces. As a special Halloween treat, we are also offering 25% off our Autumn Collection including the featured bracelet kits to help inspire your own design journey.

Halloween – why all the fuss?
All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween as i[..]

Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, The Design Studio, Jewellery Making

Yves Saint Laurent – ‘Style is Eternal’

Yves Saint Laurent – ‘Style is Eternal’

Yves Saint Laurent once said; “Fashion fades, style is eternal”
The world famous ‘Bowes Museum’, recently hosted an exhibition, in which they present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer ‘Yves Saint Laurent’s’ work and life in Couture.
The YSL show highlights the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.
“Fashion fades, style is eternal&rdquo[..]

Categories: Beaded Clothing, Beads

The History Of Beads – 20 Fascinating Facts!

The History Of Beads – 20 Fascinating Facts!

We tend to think of decorative jewellery as a relatively recent phenomenon. In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that early humans may have created and worn beaded jewellery up to 75,000 years ago, making it one of the world’s oldest expressions of individuality and status.
Did you know?

Two beads made from ostrich eggshell were discovered by archaeologists in Tanzania in 2004, and are thought to be around 70,000 years old. They are believed to be the world’s earliest [..]

Categories: The History of Beads, Glass Beads, Beads

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