Czech Glass Beads

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

The history of knitting

The history of knitting

Inspired by our exhibition at Yarndale 2016 (24-25th Sept), we’ve delved deep into the colourful history of this most ancient of crafts.
In the beginning
The Danes developed a technique called Nålebinding (which literally translates as ‘binding with a needle’) in around 6,500BC. Known as ‘knotless netting’ or ‘knotless knitting’ in English, Nålebinding predates both knitting and crochet and uses just one needle with an eye.
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Categories: The Design Studio

Czech glass and Swarovski Macramé Bracelet

Czech glass and Swarovski Macramé Bracelet

Macramé knotting using fine diameter thread
When the small holes in the prettiest glass beads are too small for your normal choice of thread; Griffin Bead Cord is an ideal solution for micro macramé work.
Griffin Bead Cord comes in a variety of diameters, and has a distinctive twist to its form. The tutorial features 0.8mm diameter Griffin bead cord, within this Macramé bracelet design. The needle is integrated within the twist of the Griffin bead cord increasing desig[..]

Categories: How to Bead

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