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Workshop Timetable 2018

At Spellbound we are lucky to have fabulous tutors who all have a real passion for their subjects, and love to share that passion with their students.  You will be truly amazed at what you can achieve in a relatively short amount of time and have fun doing it too!

There are no hidden costs with Spellbound workshops - everything you need to use on the day is included in the price.  You can buy extras if you like, but everything you need is provided. 

All workshops are fully hands on, and any tools that are needed are provided for you to use in the workshop.  We fit as much as we can into every workshop no matter what the subject so you can go away knowing that you have really learned something, and even better can take something away what you have made to show off at the end of it too!

This year we have lots of fabulous workshops to choose from, including three amazing masterclass days with Julie.

Workshops Now Booking

Sunday June 3 - Introduction to Twin Beads with Vicky 9.30am to midday £25

Monday June 4 - Introduction to Right Angle Weave with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Monday June 11 - Shaped Brick Stitch with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday June 17 - Beaded Tassels with Julie 9.45am to 4pm £70

Saturday June 23 - Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Monday June 25 - Fiji Necklace with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday July 1 - Floral Tiaras with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Monday July 23 - Daisy Chains with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Saturday August 4- Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Sunday August 5 - Rosalind Necklace and Bracelet with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Sunday September 2 - Bead a Bauble Starry Night with Pat 9.30am to 12.30pm £25

Monday September 3 - Bead a Noel Star with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Sunday October 7 - Christmas Decorations with Wire with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Saturday November 10 - Beginners with Ellen 9.30am to midday £25

Sunday November 11 - Christmas Decorations with Wire with Pat 9.30am to midday £25

Monday December 3 - Bead A Bauble Swags & Tails with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Monday December 10 - Stocking Fillers with Vicky 1.30pm to 4pm £25

Skill Level Required

All of our workshops are graded for the skill level required - PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU BOOK

Choosing the right skill level will give you the best value from your day and will ensure that the tutor can give equal attention to all of the students.  If you are not sure please contact us and have a chat with one of our tutors who will advise you on the best workshop for you.

Level One - No previous experience needed but a reasonable degree of manual dexterity is necessary.

Level Two - As Level One but working on slightly longer or more involved projects so these workshops are a bit more intense.

Masterclasses - Although these classes cover the techniques used from first principles we strongly reccomend that you have attended at least one of our Level One classes previously or have had some experience of working with beads before hand.  These classes cover a lot of technique and design information and with a some previous beading experience you will get much more out of them.

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About The Workshops

 

Level One Workshops

 

No previous experience is necessary for these workshops but you do need a reasonable level of manual dexterity as you will be working with small component parts and threading quite small eye needles.

 
 

Beginners        Two and a half hour workshop         £25 

If you have never really tried to use all those bits and pieces of metal called findings, or you have tried but are not quite sure you’ve got it all right, this is the workshop for you.  Learn how to make a round loop in wire so you can do links and earrings; calottes to finish off thread ends; and French crimps to make floating necklaces and finish off tigertail. 

All of the materials that you will need for this class are included in the price. 


In the Beginners workshop you will make a necklace, a bracelet and a pair of earrings to take away with you.

       
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Bead a Bauble - Swags & Tails             
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Two and a half hour workshop    £25
 

In this workshop Vicky will take you step-by-step through making one of our most popular beaded bauble kits, the Swags and Tails design.

Learn how to make a beaded bauble with expert guidance and also learn a bit about adapting a design to fit different bauble sizes too.

A choice of colourways will be available on the day, or you can choose your colourway when you book.

Expect to come away completely hooked on the joys of making these fabulous designs!

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Introduction to Twin Beads
     Two and a half hour workshop    £25  

Learn how to use these fabulous two hole beads in this inspiring half day workshop.

You will start the session by making a simple flower design that you can make into a pair of earrings.  This is then developed into a simple circular design that can be made into a pendant.  You will then move onto make a supple bracelet.  The workshop includes enough materials to make a bracelet, a pair of earrings and a pendant.  Most students will complete at least two of these projects during the workshop.

        
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Rosalind Choker, Bracelet and Earrings     Two and a half hour workshop    £25   

Using seed beads and glass pearls make this beautiful choker and a matching bracelet and earrings.  Choice of colours available.



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Bead A Bead Tassel - Calangute Design     Two and a half hour workshop   £25

Calangute Tassel
This is the perfect design to learn how to make a beaded bead tassel. 

Vicky will take you step by step through creating this beautiful design from its stunning beaded bead at the top to the gorgeous rich tassel strands below in this lovely afternoon workshop.
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Shaped Brick Stitch       Two and a half hour workshop         £25

Brick Stitch is one of the basic 'small bead stitches' that form the basis of the beaders armoury.  In this workshop you will learn both the basics of the stitch and also how to shape it to make a beautiful necklace.

 

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Beginner Plus Loops and Linking    Two and a half hour workshop    £25

This is a follow on from our popular beginners workshop if you would like to learn more about making loops and linking with wire.  It is the ideal time to practice and perfect your loops with an expert tutor, and to learn more about creating perfect links, making loops in the same plane, and using simple wirework techniques in your jewellery making.

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Daisy Chains        Two and a half hour workshop    £25

Daisy chains are great fun to make, and in this workshop we will make a necklace, a bracelet or ring and some pretty hair pins or earrings.

 

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Beaded Christmas Decorations - Noel Star       Two and a half hour workshop   £25

The Noel Star is a fabulous design that looks pretty on your tree and also makes a great decoration for the front of a card.  In this workshop you will complete at least one decoration and you will have enough beads to make two more.
   

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Floral Jewellery - Fiji Necklace     Two and a half hour workshop    £25

This beautiful necklace is the ideal addition to any summer wardrobe.  In this workshop you will learn how to use a mix of glass and lucite flowers and leaves, along with lots of seed beads, to create this necklace and the stunning posy decorations that adorn the front, and it is all made with needle and thread - not a headpin or piece of wire in sight!
 

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Stocking Fillers     Two and a half hour workshop    £25

Learn how to make several quick and easy designs for giving that won't break the bank and will give a lovely personal touch to your Christmas presents.  In this workshop you will make a beaded star decoration, a flower brooch and a pair of earrings and maybe we'll have time to fit in something else too!
  
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Floral Tiara
        
Two and a half hour workshop        £25
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 Be amazed at what you can create in one morning.  Pat will show you how some wire and beads can be transformed into a beautiful floral tiara.  You will learn how to make the frame, and then decorate it using some of the beautiful new floral beads in our range to create a stunning tiara to take away with you.



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Beautiful Bag Charms          Two hour workshop        £20

 

Learn two simple techniques to make fabulous bag charms.  Pat will start by showing you how to make a quick and easy charm that makes a feature of the cords as well as the beads then you will go on to make a second charm using a needle and thread technique.

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Spiral Rope     Three hour workshop    £30

Spiral rope is a super technique that once learnt, you will return to, over and over again.  To start the workshop Pat will teach you the basic stitch to make a simple spiral rope bracelet.  Developing the basic technique by increasing and decreasing will give an exciting textured effect to your second bracelet project– you will leave as a beadwork addict.

 



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 Intro to Right Angle Weave     Two and a half hour workshop    £25

Right-angle weave is a beautiful stitch to learn and can make beautiful wide bands of flexible beadwork that are ideal for turning into bracelet designs. The geometric stitch pattern will be worked in fire-polished faceted beads that are easy to weave and available in lots of colours so be prepared for a stunning result.
 

   

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Peyote Stitch Bracelet for Beginners     Two and a half hour workshop    £25   

 Peyote Stitch is one of the most popular small beading stitches and we use it in many of our kits.  In this workshop you will learn the stitch step-by-step while making this beautiful bracelet and the tutor will also show you other ways of using peyote stitch so that you can see its versatility.

A choice of colours will be available on the day


Peyote Workshop Project
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Revelling in Rivolis
     Two and a half hour workshop    £25  


This is a brand new workshop introducing our fabulous new range of Rivolis.  Vicky will show you the two basic techniques you need to start creating beautiful pieces of jewellery with Rivolis - the Pave setting and the Bezel setting.  You will then turn each of these into a pendant using pearls, seed beads and sparkly crystal.

All materials are included.  Choice of colours available.  

Bezel edged Rivoli pendantPave set RivolisBezel edged Rivoli pendant

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Stacking Simple Macrame Bracelets
    Two and a half hour workshop    £25  

 Learn how to use simple macrame techniques to create beautiful bracelets.  Wear them alone or stacked to create your own stunning jewellery collection.

Stacking Macrame Bracelets
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Starry Night Bauble 

Bead a Bauble - Starry Night             
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Three hour workshop    £30
 

In this workshop Vicky will take you step-by-step through our best selling favourite of our baubling lovelies - the Starry Night!

Learn how to make a beaded bauble with expert guidance and see how the star motif can be adapted to make beautiful jewellery too.

A choice of colourways will be available on the day, or you can choose your colourway when you book.

Expect to come away completely hooked on the joys of making these fabulous designs!

 

Level Two Workshops

Like Level One no previous experience is needed but you do need a reasonable level of manual dexterity as you will be working with small component parts and hand tools. 

In Level Two workshops you will be working on slightly longer or more involved projects than Level One so these workshops are a bit more intense.

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Simple Knotting             Four hour workshop            £40

 

A  lovely workshop that dabbles with the fine art of knotting and simple macrame - you will cover three separate techniques in this workshop.  Making small, neat knots between beads to create a classic look that you will use again and again.  Cross over wraps for a quick and easy bracelet in sparkling crystal and square knots for a Shambala-style bracelet. With lots of hints and tips, Pat will also show you how to use gimp - a very useful bit of springy wire that gives fine knotted necklaces or bracelets a beautiful professional finish, and if there's time you will all get to have a go with using it too!

 

  

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Christmas Decorations with Wire Two and a half hour workshop   £25 

    

 

 

 

Learn how to make seed beads and wire into beautiful decorations.  By manipulating wire into simple shapes, with hand tools and with a wire 'jig', and embellishing them with an assortment of beads you can make pretty decorations for the home, for individual presents or, in smaller form as card decorations. 

Pat will teach you the basic principles and techniques in the class and, depending on your existing skills, you should be able to make two or three decorations during the class and learn the techniques to make more shapes and complete them with a variety of types of decoration at home.  

Pat will also show you how to turn your decorations into a simple mobile and, to inspire you further, show you some more advanced pieces, like the beautiful shooting star, that you will be able to move onto after a bit of practice. 

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Full Day Masterclasses

In these full day classes Julie teaches a whole host of techniques that will see you both making beautiful items to take home with you and also learning about the design process so that you can start to explore creating your own individual pieces.  Due to Julie's other commitments we can only run these days occasionally and the classes are limited to six students.

Tiaras and Hair Decorations      Full Day Workshop       £70  

This workshop is a fabulous chance to learn all about tiaras from someone with years of experience in wirework and creating fabulous tiara and hair decoration designs. 

Julie will take you step-by-step through a number of techniques.  You start by making a simple stamen tiara, and then Julie will teach you all about the basic construction techniques you need to make a whole range of designs.  From here Julie will then show you how to make different varieties of flowers, leaves, stamen sprays and vines to make a set of hairpins, a decorated comb or a fabulous designer tiara.  

            
 All of the materials that you need to learn the techniques are included in the cost of the workshop.  Other beads will be available to purchase on the day if you wish to expand on the design ideas. 

This workshop teaches all you need to know to make a wide range of tiara styles.     

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Floral Wire Jewellery        Full Day Workshop      £70


In this workshop Julie will take you step-by-step through a number of techniques that will build to give you a good understanding of creating floral jewellery with wire.

During the day Julie will cover making perfect loops, creating dangling stamens, building layers and stacks, making twisted wire sprays and vines, and choosing the right beads for your project style.

   


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Beaded Tassels               Full Day Workshop              £70

Today is all about the tassels!  Julie will take you through every step of creating a range of tassel styles.  During the day you will work through a series of techniques to make tassels, from simple designs to the more complex.  You will look at different types of tassel top beads including making your own beautiful beaded beads, different stranding styles and how to make them, and choosing the right beads and using them effectively in designs.  You will come away with at least one, probably two, completed tassels and a whiole host of ideas and techniques that will help you to design your own tassels.

 

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About the Tutors

 

Julie Ashford is our main kit designer, author of the three Spellbound Festive Beading books; Floral Beaded Jewellery; Spellbound Beaded Tassels; Starting to Make Bead Jewellery and Glisten and Sparkle and co-author of Spellbinding Bead Jewellery.  She has taught hundreds of students here in the UK, in Japan and even on a cruise; has produced two instructional DVDs and appeared many times on the television channel Crate & Craft. 

Julie has been making jewellery professionally for over 30 years and teaching for over 25 years.  Julie has a versatile approach to jewellery design, making full use of the wonderful array of materials currently available, but her first love remains wirework.  Julie's workshops are all full day and limited to just 6 students in each class.
  

Pat Ashford is now retired as our shop manager but she just loves to teach and share her passion for all things beady with students.  Pat looks after our repairs service and has an in-depth knowledge of techniques and semi-precious stones which are her real passion in beads. 

Ellen Morgan joined the  Spellbound team in 2013. A lifelong crafter, she has worked in many different mediums including embroidery, cross stitch and paper craft. She is always keen to learn new skills and is an enthusiastic and patient tutor.  Ellen currently teaches our Beginners Jewellery classes and Peyote Stitch as well this year, she is a very popular tutor and we hope she will be expanding her range of classes in the future.

 

Vicky Pritchard is a long serving member of the Spellbound team who has been teaching beading and helping customers with all aspects of beadwork for many years, as well as being a super kit tester!  Vicky has been enthusing all around her with her love for beading for many years and is sure to share her love of all things beady with her students.

 

General Information

  • Most of our workshops are held at our shop on Sundays and Monday and take a maximum of six students.
    Saturday workshops are held at a venue close to the shop and take a maximum of ten students.
    Light refreshments are provided.  Full day workshops include a 30 minute lunch break, you can bring a packed lunch or take advantage of the many lunch time options in Lichfield.


    Most of the workshops are now held in the shop on Sundays and Mondays, although a few will still be held at the Methodist Hall opposite the shop.
    • Places are limited and are confirmed on receipt of full payment, which is non-refundable. 
    • Please read the terms and conditions for workshop booking before you call to book your place, and the class descriptions to make sure that the level of experience required to attend the class is appropriate to you. 
    • If you have any further questions on anything to do with our classes please email us or ask one of our staff members.
  • Sunday, Monday and Evening workshops are held in the shop. 
  • If stairs or high steps could cause problems with access please let us know at the time of booking - the shop is a very old building and access to the whole building is more limited than we would like but we do our best to cater for everyone.
  • Light refreshments are served during the workshop.  Full day workshops have a half hour break for lunch.  Lunch is not provided but we are only 2 minutes walk from the city centre and a number of shops and sandwich bars if you prefer not to bring a packed lunch.
  • Places on the workshops are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. 
  • The classes are limited to 6 persons per tutor for classes held at the shop, 10 students per tutor at the Church Hall.
  • All the tools that you need to use will be provided for the duration of the class.  If you wish to bring your own tools please make sure that they are clearly marked or easily identifiable.
  • The workshop fee for the classes includes all of the materials you will need to complete the designs on the day.  In some classes, other materials will be available to purchase during the class if you wish to expand on the designs or use different materials to those included in the price.
  • Workshops vary between 2 and 6 hours duration.  Full day (6 hour) workshops include a half hour break for lunch.
  • Workshops start promptly at the time stated so we ask all participants to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.
  • When planning your time with us, please allow a little extra time at the end of the workshop for last minute questions, making sure you have all of your work and worksheets to take home and maybe even a little shopping - we find most students leave about half an hour or so after the end time of the workshop.   

How to Book

 

Simply read the terms and conditions and cancellation info below and either call into the shop or telephone us on the normal number - 01543 417650 - to reserve your place. 

We are sorry but we cannot accept workshop bookings via the web-site at present.

 

Booking information – Terms and Conditions

 

  • Places on workshops can be secured with payment of the workshop fee. 
  • This payment is non refundable.  
  • Payment can be made by cash or credit/debit card. 
  • Please phone or visit the shop to book your places.
  • We will need all the names of the people you are booking for, a contact telephone number and the address to which we can send the booking confirmation. 

Cancellations

 

By Us:  if a cancellation is unavoidable, an alternative date or a full refund will be given. 

 

By You: The workshop fee is non-refundable.  If possible a transfer to another workshop may be offered but this can be done once only.