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Happy August!

Phew- what a week it's been as National Beading Week rolls on and is still continuing over this weekend.

I've had a very busy week with the Secret beadalong going on (you can check out hundreds of wonderful photos of works in progress & finished pieces here on the beadalong's Facebook page).
So far over 600 people have taken part, with many more beading days planned for the next few weeks & months, and more people joining daily.
I'm hoping to be soon able to bring you a tally of how much was raised for different charities which is wonderful.

I also got to visit some different bead groups in London and had great fun chatting with beaders and then Wednesday evening I took part in a 3-hour long question & answer session on the Beadworkers Guild's Facebook page and you can see it all here and here.
For the Q&A session I had a special tidy-up and shot 2 videos tours of my working spaces, which if you're interested you can see here and here.

In my last newsletter I launched a new set of Delicas (My Favourite Delicas 10) and I'm pleased to say that due to currency fluctuations etc my distributors estimated price was too high and so I have been able to drop the price for this collection. Everyone who already purchased it has been sent a refund for the difference and the last few remaining are now listed at this lower price so be sure to snap them up whilst you can!


So until next month, and lots of exciting new things... best wishes and happy beading













p.s. In between newsletters you can always see what I'm up to on my Instagram or Facebook page
 

Launched in July

My Favourite Delicas collections are an opportunity to expand your beading palette (and stash) and discover new colours and colour schemes.
Each set comes with a sheet detailing ideas for colour schemes and combinations and each bead tube is labelled so you can re-order your favourites.
These are all very popular and sell out quickly so be sure to grab them whilst you can as they will never be repeated.
My Favourite Delicas 10 - 54 new colours!

It is always good news when new bead colours are introduced and this new set is no exception. Miyuki have added some new colours to their palette and also 'filled in some gaps' in their previous colours to bring out 54 brand new beads.

To give you a tempting peek as to what is contained there is:

  • Luminous Silk Sun Glow
  • Silk Deep Capri Blue
  • Silk Fruit Punch Pink AB
  • Transparent Sky Blue Luster
  • Matte Opaque Milk Chocolate
  • DURACOAT Opaque True Navy (and 3 other navy blues)
  • and 48 more!

The colours cover all shades of the rainbow and are bound to add impact to whatever project you use them in. Each tube will be labelled with the colour number so you can add it to your list of favourites. This pack is a limited product (only 25 will be sold) and the colour scheme won't be repeated again.

All packs contain a sheet detailing ideas for colour combinations and shipping world-wide is included in the price of £139

My Favourite Delicas 6 - Duracoat silver-lined

Newly tubed and back in stock there are just 3 sets of this gorgeous colour set of 40 different colours of Delicas available.

To give you a tempting peek as to what is contained within some names are:

  • Rose Copper
  • Pink Parfait
  • Hibiscus
  • Orchid
  • Clementine
  • Zest
  • Prussian Blue
  • Raisin
  • Papaya
  • Straw
  • Light Watermelon
  • Willow

and many more! Excitingly there is a mix of very shiny beads and semi-matte ones and they work really well together.

Each tube will be labelled with the colour number so you can add it to your list of favourites. This pack is a limited product and the colour scheme won't be repeated again.

All packs contain a sheet detailing ideas for colour combinations and shipping world-wide is included in the price of £114.

 

Launched in June

My Favourite Delicas 7 - Browns & Golds
A brand new limited-edition bead pack (just 40 will be sold) containing 19 different coloured tubes of size 11 Delica beads in my favourite shades of browns & golds. I have saved many of my favourite Delica colours for this collection.

If you think you don't like browns or golds then this collection may just change your mind. I find the colours contained within indispensable for adding warmth, depth, sparkle or highlights to work and I hope you will too.

To give you a tempting peek as to what is contained there are:

  • Mattes
  • Metallics
  • Opaques
  • Lustres
  • Colour-lined
  • Silver-lined
  • Cuts
  • 24k Golds
  • and more!

The colours range from dark browns to light golds taking in many variations including yellow golds, chocolate brown, coppers and many more.
This set costs just £57 (including postage World-wide) and is available here

My Favourite Delicas 8 - Neutrals

A brand new limited-edition bead pack (just 40 will be sold) containing 21 different coloured tubes of size 11 Delica beads in my favourite neutral shades that are beyond just black & white.

Neutrals are an essential component of any beading palette and I use a few which may surprise you, but will add to your beading colour schemes.

To give you a tempting peek as to what is contained there are:

  • Mattes
  • Metallics
  • Opaques
  • Lustres & rainbow finishes
  • Silver-lined
  • and more!

The colours range from dark greys to light creams and many variations inbetween includings off-whites and a soft pink which work as surprisingly great neutrals.

This set costs just £48 (including postage World-wide) and is available here

My Favourite Delicas 9 - Colour!

A brand new limited-edition bead pack (just 40 will be sold) containing 18 different coloured tubes of size 11 Delica beads in my favourite colourful shades that will add impact to any beading palette!

To give you a tempting peek as to what is contained there are:

  • Mattes
  • Metallics
  • Opaques
  • Silver-lined
  • and more!

The colours cover all shades of the rainbow and are bound to add impact to whatever project you use them in.

This set costs just £44 (including postage World-wide) and is available here

Previous launches

Caroline Necklace pattern & kit
In June I launched my new limited-edition Caroline Necklace kit as well as my Caroline Necklace instructions.



 
The kit is available as either a 'Full Kit' or a 'Focal Crystals Only' version and each one comes in 3 different colourways and with the full Caroline Necklace Instructions available to download immediately.

Kits begin at just £66 for the Focal Crystals Only sets and £95 for the Full Kits (all of which include World-wide postage) and are available here.




 
The instructions cover all of the different necklace variations in the series such as the Carole Necklace shown here.

The instructions are available for just £10 (and you can use the Pattern Discount Code detailed below for 20% off)
But if you buy my Favourite Rivolis Collection (below) then you get the pattern for free!

 
My Favourite Rivolis
Launched back last November this collection of 100 rivolis (all 14mm) packaged in a luxurious display case is the perfect way to build your collection but is now very limited.

Each leatherette box has a magnetic lid with a clear panel so that you can easily see the 50 gemstone pots inside. Each pot contains a pair of rivolis in a single colour and is labelled on the back so you can easily see which is which and choose your favourites.

As well as many classic and best-selling colours this collection contains all of the rivolis Swarovski have launched since 2014 such as:
  • Blush Rose
  • Crystal Metallic Sunshine
  • Crystal Scarabaeus Green
  • Light Silk
  • Crystal Rose Gold
  • Dark Green Moss
  • Crystal Lilac Shadow
  • Gold Patina
  • Black Patina
  • White Patina
  • Silver Patina
  • Rose Gold Patina
  • Smoky Mauve
  • Crystal Paradise Shine
  • Iridescent Green

Each set costs just £94 (which includes postage Worldwide) and they are available here.

After much demand in June I also added some bangle wires to join the neck wires already available on my site.
At just £12 for 2 (in any combination) which includes postage World-wide these are a great way to showcase your beadwork
Also launched in June was Seaside Stripes a fun pattern ideal for beginners which covers learning tubular brick stitch and how to use it to make interchangeable pieces of beadwork ideal for threading onto the neck or bangle wires.
The pattern is available here for £5 and you can also use the Pattern Discount Code to receive 20% off


 

Classes 2016-2017

I still have lots of classes planned for 2016 and some very exciting ones planned for 2017 which I hope to be able to announce soon!
Below are some classes I'm teaching over the next couple of months and you can always see what other classes I've got planned by date here or by venue here.

Rick-Rack Class in Hitchin

If you love the look of a Rick-Rack bangle and want to learn all about making one, playing with patterns and playing with the design to bead bracelets and even a Tulip necklace then this class is perfect!

We will also look at turning rick rack into petals, leaves, rings...

This class is being taught on the 3rd September at Charisma Beads in Hitchin.

Classes at BeadFX in Canada

This September I'm teaching 3 classes at BeadFX in Toronto and you can book them here.

Beaded Arrow Heads at Stitchncraft

On 7th October I'm teaching this class which covers these sparkling, reversible beaded components which are perfect to string onto elastic as a dazzling and eye-catching bracelet or to add to chain, cord etc for a reversible necklace.
Lots of hidden beading and thread paths, along with the very small beads make these an advanced project.
You can book the class here.

Sticks & stones or Icos at Worcester Beaders

On 22nd and 23rd October I'll be in Worcester running these 2 classes and you can book them here

Pattern Discount Code


Simply enter 'newsletter2016' into the discount box on my shopping cart to receive 20% off all individual patterns (not valid on kits, books or pattern sets)
Please make sure the discount is applied to your basket total BEFORE you finish checking out. Also ensure you type the code without the quote marks. The code is valid until the end of December 2016.
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