Tag 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



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 – suestallard01@hotmail.com

(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 www.craft-ability.com 


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 suestallard01@hotmail.com.

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


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

Bucks Open Studios 2012

Latest News from the Visual Images Group

Bucks Open Studios is the largest visual arts event in the county. In June every year over 400 artists and makers, in over 150 different venues across Buckinghamshire, open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit.

Bucks Open Studios 2012 will take place from 9 – 24 June 2012.

Registration for 2012 is now closed.

Entries for Bucks Open Studios 2012 are now finalised. The full listing can be viewedHERE or use the comprehensiveSEARCH facility to find artists or venues by name, area or artform.

Contact the Visual Images Group by email or phone:-

Email : vi-group@btconnect.com
Tel : 01296 614283
or write to
The VIG Co-ordinator,
c/o Obsidian Art,
Layby Farm,
Old Risborough Road,
Stoke Mandeville,
HP22 5XJ


What’s New at Tudor Rose Patchwork

Latest News from Tudor Rose Patchwork in Oakley, Beds

“First, the January Sale went really well. We were pleased, and so were those of you who came in to take advantage of the many specials we had running. FINALLY, we had a winter sale that wasn’t snowed out. It also brought in a number of new customers along with some very old customers who came back for the first time in years. It was fun to meet these people. We hope they’ll become regulars!

Secondly, we have a number of new part-time staff members who have either started or are about to start work in the shop. We have two “Saturday girls” who will be swapping off working in the shop on … Saturdays, believe it or not. They are Cayleigh Hawkins and Charlotte Furneaux. Both of them are students at Sharnbrook who would like to get some work experience. Cayleigh’s already done two Saturdays, and Charlotte will be starting this month. Another one from Sharnbrook is Sam See – he working on Sundays and it is nice to have a Sunday boy around. Please give them a warm welcome – and bear with them as they learn the ropes. Also starting this month are Fliss Lovegrove and Sally Peryer. Some of you will know Fliss because she’s been on quite a few courses and some clubs at the shop. Sally has been working in the textile area for a many years, most recently at the Singer Sewing Centre. She will bring a welcome infusion of fabric knowledge. Again, please welcome them to the shop.

Clubs and Courses

We’re pleased to be able to tell you that a new Beading Club is starting at the shop. Sylvia Fairhurst will be tutoring for this club which will run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Sylvia will be available between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. to help you with any questions about technique or with that knotty problem you’re having with a pattern. The rest of the day will be for you to work on your projects – and hopefully putting the advice Sylvia has given you to good use! There will be, naturally, tea, coffee and biscuits available all day. Sylvia will also bring along her beads and kits for you to peruse. The price is £13 for the day and there are only a couple of places left. Unfortunately we cannot accept casual bookings for this club.

We’re also happy that Helen has agreed to fill an unexpected gap in our Saturday workshops on May 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s a Bag Day. It’s a Beginner’s Quilting Day. It’s a UFO (Unfinished Objects) Day. Helen will work with you on whatever project you would like to do. She’ll also help anyone who’s new to patchwork to get up and running in the craft. This is an opportunity to make the most of Helen’s huge experience in all facets of threadcraft. The cost for the day is £30. Book soon!

We’d also like to suggest that you look at Jenny Jone’s Roman Blinds Day on Saturday, April 28. Roman blinds look great but are a little tricky to get perfect. Jenny’s expertise and trick and techniques will help you to get it right first time. This would be well worth your time.

Also – if you have a project waiting to be quilted and just can’t find the confidence to start, have some practice at quilting – Machine Quilting for the Quivering on Thursday 17 May with Helen Coverley.

And finally in this section, Kathleen Laurel Sage has a workshop on Saturday, April 21 in which you’ll make large butterfly tassels. Like all of Kathleen’s workshops, this will be both informative and entertaining – and you will definitely learn something new!

New Products

Do you have problems cutting straight with the “standard” rotary cutters? Do you find that you can’t really apply pressure evenly along the length of the cut? Well, we think we have the answer. We’ve received stocks of the new TrueCut cutters and rulers. Our staff have become rapid converts because they’re so much easier to use and get it right first time. We suggest you come in and have a look. The staff will be only too happy to demonstrate.

And, in the fancy yarn department, we have three new products coming in towards the end of the month. One is the new Rico Can Can Disco yarn. We will have this in all eight colours. It’ll be interesting, so if you’re a needle fanatic come in and see what you think. The next is a new scarf yarn from Wendy called Rococco. It’s a scarf yarn, available in black, silver and gold and when knitted up has a scalloped edging with tiny sequins. One hank of yarn = 1 scarf. Aren’t these scarf yarns fun? And last but not least we will be getting in six colours from the range of Patons 100% Cotton DK with more colours coming. This yarn is silky smooth and can be used for knitting or crochet. Definitely worth a look.

Plus, we have some new beads – spikey and soft. Brilliant colours and a little unusual.

We hope that you all have a fantastic spring and summer and that we’ll see you in the shop – either physically or on-line – in the near future!”


The staff at Tudor Rose Patchwork

Tudor Rose Patchwork Shop: 01234 824983 http://www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk
Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB