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Beads Up North Festival Report

Well, I promised I would let you all know how the Beads Up North festival went on Sunday. To summarise…it was fantastic! I know the organisers, Halfpenney’s had put a lot of work into re-thinking the format of the event to try and increase the appeal to the public and, from what I saw, all…

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National Craft Month Challenge – part 3

Well, I hope you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for the next instalment(s) of the challenge…?! I’m just starting on a really busy teaching schedule, which is lovely as I love the teaching. The Hobbycraft course got off to a very good start yesterday and I’m looking forward to spending the next 3 Thursday…

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National Craft Month Challenge – Part 2

Well, this is the next instalment in the National Craft Month Challenge for March 2014. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or if you missed the first part of the challenge, the original idea is explained here, along with challenges one and two. Challenge three can be found here. This is setting…

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National Craft Month Challenge

Peyote Beaded Bead Chain Maille Earrings, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

Well, earlier this week I decided to celebrate two ideas in one challenge! March is National Craft Month, so it’s a great excuse to get out your beads (or other favourite crafting materials) and make some projects…as if we need an excuse to do that, let’s be honest! Secondly, I am constantly reminded how much…

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Beading Community

Beading Trends 2017: Tubular Herringbone Lariat

One of the things I love most about my beading (aside from the actual beads!) is the community that surrounds this craft. I’ve met so many really lovely people through beads. In some cases, I’ve deliberately made the effort to join a beading group (both in the real world and online), but a lot of…

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Having Beady Fun…and a useful tip for you!

Oh dear – I’ve just noticed how long it’s been since I wrote anything on here. That may give the impression that I haven’t done anything, but far from it…the last few weeks have been full of exciting things, so here’s just a taster! Another necklace project that I’d been dying to share with everyone…

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A Fishy Tale

I’ve been storing up news of this for ages, but finally I can share my fishy tale! I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been a member of the Beadworkers Guild for many, many years. For any of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a British charitable organisation that was set…

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A Journey Through the World of Publishing – Part 3

Self-publishing ‘Sweet Treats’ remains one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. As I mentioned, my first experience of publishing, through Blurb, was a sort of halfway house in the self-publishing arena. It was excellent experience, but it also served to highlight some of the things I needed to do better. Once I reached the…

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