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It's National Beading Week!

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National Beading Week is a time to celebrate our passion for beads, to encourage others to start beading and to support bead businesses around the country. It is based in the UK but there is no reason that we cannot celebrate on our side of the pond! The goal is to bring as many beaders as possible together during National Beading Week and what better way to celebrate than in the company of like-minded people doing what we love best, beading? This event is sponsored by The Beadworkers Guild in the UK. 

Whether you are an individual beader, beading group, internet seller or a local bead shop, there are tons of ideas on the National Beading Week website that are sure to inspire you.  Free downloads including patterns and stitch instructions are only a small sampling of what's available. Check back here for a roundup of the best of the free patterns next week! 

One great idea to celebrate National Beading Week is Bead Bombing! Taking a cue from the knitters and crocheters who have brightened their neighborhoods by adding yarn craft to trees, benches, bus stops and more, use up part of your stash and beautify the urban landscape with some sparkle and flash. The National Beading Week Pinterest page has some hilarious and charming ideas to get you started!


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Do you belong to a local beading group? Here are some ideas for how your group can celebrate!

  • Organize a special meeting during National Beading Week and celebrate together. You don’t have to meet at your usual venue, why not meet at one of your members’ homes and have a garden or tea party?
  • Organize a “Round Robin” at your meeting by getting members to bead one item and then pass it on to the next member to add to. This would be a great way of making your own beaded chains for Bead Bombing!
  • Host a beading open house, invite beginners to your meeting and share your knowledge.
  • Organize an exhibition of your work to show to the public. This could be held at your meeting venue, the local library or another public venue that offers exhibition space. Maybe you can get together with your nearest beading shop and organize an event together
  • Celebrate in style and create a party atmosphere at your National Beading Week event by organizing a raffle, a quiz, a display of members’ work or share a meal together.
  • Set up a challenge for your members by giving them a pack of beads (or a theme to bead!) and vote for your favorite piece at the end of the day.
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