Welcome to the Bead Flowers Website
I am Katie Dean, the owner of bead flowers. I have been beading for over fifteen years. When I started, I never dreamed that this wonderful craft would become my livelihood!
During the course of that journey I have been published in beading magazines all around the world. I have had the privilege of teaching so many lovely people and making friends along the way.
In 2014, I was asked to become the editor of Bead and Jewellery Magazine here in the UK. Then, in 2015, I found myself appearing on television! First on the Craft Channel, then in 2016, I joined Jewellery Maker TV as a guest designer.
So, all of that experience has been poured into the products on this website, along with my passion for beading. But, this isn’t about me…it’s all about what I can do for you!
How will this website benefit you?
If you have ever wanted to learn how to bead, I can teach you! I have free tutorials that you can download. These support the patterns, kits and books that I sell. They will teach you what you need to know if you are a beginner. If you already have some experience, then these act as great reminders whenever you need a technique refresher.
If you are already an avid beader, then you can find almost 300 patterns (and counting!) on the Bead Flowers website. This is an awful lot to search through, so I’ve tried to make life easier for you, but I’ll come back to that later on. All you need to know for now is that these cover projects across all levels of experience. So, whether you want a real challenge, or a quick make, I will have something for you to enjoy!
Some of my patterns are also available as a complete kit. I have some additional beading kits too. Many of these are limited edition. So, make sure you snap up what you see to avoid missing out. If you see a pattern that you would like to buy as a kit, just contact me and I will sort that out for you.
In addition to the patterns, I have written a number of beading books. So, if you are looking to add to your library, you can enjoy those.
If you are quite new to this craft, then you may not have a lot of materials as yet. But I can help there too! You might like to buy a complete kit. Alternatively, I have some supplies so you can create your own kits by buying a pattern and also the materials for that project. This is perfect if you already have some materials in your stash – you only need to buy the bits you don’t have!
Lastly, you can also find out where I’m teaching classes, in case you want to come and learn from me in person! Or, why not try one of my online courses?
Helping you use this website
I have tried to design the Bead Flowers website with you in mind. So, I thought about what I would like to know when I’m searching for beading projects. There are a few ways in which you can find what you need.
How to find the perfect project for you
Or, you can search for patterns that match your level of experience.
Lastly, you can search according to the type of project the pattern makes. You will see all these options in the right-hand side-bar on every page (Shop Departments).
Finding projects by theme or materials
So, if you have a huge stash of size 11 delicas that you want to try and use, you can select the ‘size 11 Delicas’ tag and immediately find all the projects that use these beads.
If you need a project for Easter, select that tag and find everything I have on offer there. You will see the tags in the right-hand side bar on every page, under the heading ‘Find Projects Using…’
Every project on the Bead Flowers website includes a description. This will tell you what techniques it uses, the level of difficulty and the materials you will need. I have also included some helpful tips and interesting stories about how I designed the projects.
Please make sure you read the terms and conditions. They explain about copyright. You will also find out about shipping, returns and all the other stuff it’s helpful to know. If you have any other questions, I’m always happy to help.
My World of Beads
In addition to my Bead Flowers website, I have another bead-related project that might interest you. If you are an avid beader, or wish to become an avid beader, then visit My World of Beads.
Here you will find so much information about beading. It covers things like techniques and materials, plus book reviews and pattern recommendations. So, if you are learning or improving skills, these resources are great.
If you are more advanced, then you can also find information about how to start designing for yourself. From there, learn how to get your designs published and how to start your own bead business.
Don’t forget, if you want to be the first to hear about any of these projects – or anything else new in my beading world – then please join my mailing list.