Beading classes gallery page showcases the work of students that have attended my workshops and beading classes over the years that I’ve been teaching. I like to try and capture the work that has been completed during the session, but this isn’t always possible, so I’m very happy when I receive photos of finished pieces from students after the class. If you like the look of this work and would like to come to one of my beading classes, you can find details of upcoming events here.
The following images show French beading projects that have been created at beading classes at Blue Haze Arts and Craft shop in Chesham, Bucks.
What I love about these collections of flowers from beading classes is the variety of colours that everyone has used. You can see more of what I mean in the photos below, which were all taken at French Beading workshops held at Stitchncraft Beads in Dorset and GJ Beads in Cornwall.
I sometimes find that I get some special surprises too when I go along to teach beading classes. I was invited as a guest tutor to a regular meeting at Budding Beaders in Royston, Herts. I taught a really lovely group of ladies and had the very special pleasure of getting to see a genuine vintage French Beaded bouquet that I’m told dated back to the nineteenth century. It was still in pristine condition!
I have made so many new friends teaching beading classes and it’s lovely when I get invited back again. This was the case with my very first class at the well-known Gerrards Cross summerschool in 2014. This is such a popular and respected event that it can be a long wait to get the opportunity to teach there. I was lucky that a tutor vacancy came up in 2014 and even luckier to have a full class. The ladies gave me such kind feedback that I was asked on the spot to return to teach two classes in summer of 2015. I had such a fantastic day that I didn’t take any persuading!
In case I’ve given the impression that all my beading classes are French beading, this really isn’t the case! My first ever teaching experience was at GJ Beads in Cornwall, where I taught chocolate dipped strawberries. This is another venue that I return to annually, whenever I’m on holiday in Cornwall and I’ve made some lovely friends down there. That was back in 2011 and since then I’ve taught numerous beading classes, but probably the most popular has been my beaded Cabochons. I’ve taught this as a weekend course at Missenden Abbey and as a one day workshop at various locations. This includes another favourite venue of mine, Charisma Beads. You can see some samples of all these ladies’ work below.
My workshop schedule for 2015 got off to a great start with these gorgeous Cabochons all made by the ladies at a workshop at Blue Haze Arts and Crafts in Chesham.
I have also written in some detail about copyright in the beading world and, whilst there are still some unscrupulous people around who regularly breach copyright laws, the vast majority of beaders that I know have a great understanding and respect for the others in this community. So, I have in the past been approached by people asking if they are able to teach a workshop using one of my designs. Since it’s not physically possible for me to get around everywhere to teach and, since the whole point of publishing my work is to allow others to enjoy it, I do say yes to this and agree terms that gives the person in question a ‘license’ to teach a workshop using my patterns. I am also happy to help promote those workshops for the teacher too and it is wonderful when I get to see what happened on the day.
One such case was a coconut ice workshop taught here in the UK by Gill Goldfinch. I was delighted to see photos of the ladies hard at work and to hear that a couple of the more experienced ladies completed sweets in the workshop and all, according to Gill, had a lovely evening. So if you are interested in teaching one of my patterns, please email me to discuss the details and sort out the license.
In my first full day workshop of 2016, it was a joy to see the range of colours in which Morning Glory can be made. I had a wonderful group of students, full of imagination and even a happy accident which resulted in a bud to sit alongside a full flower. So, big thank you to everyone who attended – your flowers look wonderful! I will be heading back to Blue Haze to teach another workshop in May, so I hope you can join me again for that.