Category Archives: beading


Homespun Crafts one way


Homespun Crafts shop refitIt is encouraging to see in these difficult times, that Homespun Crafts has had a re-fit – the shop looks great and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful – go and have a look for yourself.

You will find Homespun Crafts at :-

56 Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2DR

or call 01908 645653


Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information:

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Unicorn Craft Studios Workshops

News from Carol at Unicorn Craft Studios – Craft Classes being held at 63 Ashfield, Stantonbury now, as she has moved from the workshop.

Phone  Carol on 226306, for a chat about classes.


UFO Monthly Beading Meet

Sue Stallard’s recent UFO Beading Day  was so popular, she has decided to make it a monthly meet.

Times are from 10am until 9.30pm held at St Georges Leighton Buzzard.  Come and go as you like for the cost of £5 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

There will be no workshop but Sue will be on hand to help with any problems you might have.

Dates are:-
October 25th
November 22nd

Email Sue for more information –

(I think in this context UFO stands for UnFinished Objects, but I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong!!)

Craftability Closing Down Sale

News has reached us that Craftability in Fenny Stratford is closing down on Wednesday 29th August

THE CLOSING DOWN SALE takes place on Wednesday 15th August, Thursday 16th August, Thursday 23rd August, Saturday 25th August and Wednesday 29th August


Threads and Patches customers will still be able to see Vanessa as she will be working part time in the shop and running monthly dressmaking workshops.

This is sad news indeed – Vanessa is a very supportive teacher and had set up a great shop – full of a wide range of essential craft supplies.  We would like to pass on our very best wishes to Vanessa for the future.

Contact Vanessa on 07989 441147, or visit the website at 


Busy Buzzy Beader News

Sue Stallard is teaching her Peony Corsage Bracelet (see Pic) at Charisma Beads, Hitchin at the weekend there are still a couple of places left it is a 2 day workshop max of 7 students lots of one to one, the bracelet also makes a nice brooch or pendent to book or for more info ring Vivien on 01462 454054, if you are coming from the Leighton Buzzard area and need a lift email Sue on

Please also note that Busy Buzzy Beaders will be meeting again, once a month from the 2nd June and there after the last Saturday of the month, after the refurb of the room which is fantastic, lovely table and high back chairs, also there is a settee and arm chairs if you want to bring a lap tray and the lighting is really good, so see you all on the 2nd, if you aren’t a member of the club and would like to join us please email Sue for details.

Vintage and Craft

There’s a current trend for finding vintage alternatives for everything, and having visited a few Wedding Fayres lately, Button Bouquets have caught my eye.  Although there can be nothing more lovely than the smell of fresh flowers, these bouquets are gorgeous – put together using vintage buttons and ribbons and they can be enjoyed long after flower versions have have dried up.

Check out Elizabeth Button Bouquets – what do you think?

Peony Corsage Workshop – a few places available

Peony Corsage Workshop
Charisma Beads, Hitchin
Two Day workshop Sat 26th to Sun 27th May 2012
Tutor Sue Stallard
This workshop is for intermediate to advance with knowledge of Peyote
This bracelet makes a statement and can also be made into a brooch, large modern ring or pendant for a necklace.
The band is beaded in two drop odd count peyote which grows very fast, edged with a contrast bead size 15 bead to match encased rivoli, which are used for the clasps, centre of the Flower and to embellish the leaves.
Also peyote Petals and leaves with different turns, to form the different edges for the flowers and leaves using to size 10 and 11 delicas.
Day 1 – The band will be beaded with edging, also start the flower petals
Day2 – Join the petals, bead leaves and encase rivoli’s and start to assemble bracelet.
To Book contact Vivien Exon, at Charisma Beads
01462 454054

Sunday morning – blog time!

Of course the beauty of the internet is that we can read about the crafty doings of people all over the world!  This is a good read

Beading Workshop with Sue Stallard – 20th May

Beading Workshop with Sue Stallard on the 20th May – only a couple of places left

The workshop is for the Jensen’s Bracelet and Ring Sue designed to go with Jill Devon’s Jensen’s Necklace.

Email Sue to reserve your place on the workshop.

Workshop Application Form