>Right-Angle Weave Bangle: Saturday 30th April 11am – 2pm: £15

Our favourite guest instructor Rebecca Anderson is coming back to The Little Bead Shop to teach you how to make these beautiful, colourful bangles!

These stunning bangles are made using right-angle weave, an amazingly versatile jewellery making technique that requires no more than a needle and thread and some beautiful seed beads in the colours of your choice!

This class is suitable for beginners. Some experience of working with seed beads would be helpful, but is not essential as you will be given full support on the day. And don’t worry if you don’t get your bangle finished in the class – you’ll be given full, detailed instructions to take home with you!

This wonderful class costs £15 which includes tuition, all threads, and any findings required but excludes the cost of your seed beads which you can select on the day!

We’re expecting this class to fill up fast so pop in to see us, visit our website or give us a ring on 0131 228 5058 to book a place!


The girls from The Little Bead Shop x


>Beautiful Czech Bead Give Away!


Spring has well and truly sprung at The Little Bead Shop and to celebrate, we’re going to give away a fantastic bead goody bag worth £5 made up of our favourite, stunning Czech glass beads!

To enter, just tell us what your favourite thing is about spring! The lucky winner will be chosen at random at 5pm on Monday 11 April.

Good luck!


The girls at The Little Bead Shop x

>The Little Bead Shop and Art Clay Scotland are teaching at the Edinburgh Bead Fair 8th May!


The Little Bead Shop and Art Clay Scotland are delighted to be able to tell you that we’re teaching at the Edinburgh Bead Fair on 8th May!

Here is our fantastic list of classes!

Right Angle Weave Bracelet – 11:30 – 1:00

With just Seed beads and thread you will create this beautiful banglein whatever colours take your fancy! You will learn how to stitch right-angle weave, a very versatile stitch that can be used to make silky fabrics or self-supporting structures. You may not finish the whole bangle in this class but will be given with complete instructions and materials to complete it after class! Some experience of working with seed beads will be helpful not essential.
Swarovski Crystal Bracelet – 1:30 – 3:00

Simple clean lines are often the best. Using Swarovski Crystals, you will create this fabulous sparkly bracelet. Once you know how, you can make this bracelet in a range of different sizes by simply changing the size of the crystals. This one uses 6mm Bicones. Most students should finish this bracelet in class, even total beginners!


Beginners – 3:30 – 5:00
This is an ideal introduction to the basics in beading. If you really don’t know your crimps from your tiger tail, then this this class is for you. Covering the basics in bead stringing from the different types of threads available, and when to use them, to the different types of finishes available. You’ll make a bracelet or necklace with the emphasis being on your own creativity! But don’t worry – there are plenty of design examples on hand to help get those creative cogs turning.

Chainmaille – 11:30 – 1:00

This is an ideal introduction to chainmaille for a beginner. The lovely loose weave is perfect for a bracelet and adding seed beads to the outside rings gives it that extra “something”. Choose to make in either sterling rings or silver plated. You’ll complete most of this bracelet in the class and will be given a set of instructions to take away with you.

artclayMagical Silver Clay – 1:30 – 3:00

This is a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at Silver Clay. You don’t need any experience to attend this workshop and you’ll make a pendant or charms. Learn the basic techniques including: handling the clay, shaping and forming it, pre-finishing, firing times and temperature, finishing and polishing. 7g of clay is provided. Pieces will be fired after the class and be ready for collection at the end of the day.

Starburst Pendant 3:30 – 5:00

Learn how to make this beautiful swarvoski pendant. Using a beading needle and thread you will first encase your 16mm swavoski rivoli using a circular peyote stitch and size 11 toho seed beads. You will continue the pendant with 3mm swaroski bicones and the 11 tohos. When finished, your piece can be used as either an pendant or brooch. Full instructions will be given so you will be able to continue making more at home.


To book simply call The Little Bead Shop/Art Clay Scotland – 0131 228 5058.

Full payment is required to secure a place.

>Easter Holiday fun at The Little Bead Shop – New children’s class timetable!

>It’s almost the Easter Holidays – HURRAH! The schools are off from 4 – 21 April and, if you’re looking for something to keep your wee ones occupied, look no further!

The Little Bead Shop will be running a special series of classes just for Easter including this fabulous daisy chain (above), caterpillars, charm bracelets and memory wire bracelets!
All of these classes cost £12 ALL INCLUSIVE.

So, without further ado, here is our fantastic Easter holiday timetable!

Friday 8 April 12pm – 2pm Daisy chains!
£12 all inclusive
Suitable for children 8 years +

Spring really has sprung with these adorable daisy chain necklaces! All the beads you need, as well as loan of tools are included in the price of this class and at the end of your two hours, you’ll come away with a finished necklace!

Saturday 9 April 12pm – 2pm Wrapped wire loop charm bracelet
£12 all inclusive!
Suitable for children 8 years +

Learn how to make wrapped wire loops to make this gorgeous charm bracelet using beads from our extra special bead bowl! Tuition, all materials and loan of tools is included in the cost of this class.

Monday 11 April 12pm-2pm CATERPILLARS!
£12 all inclusive
Suitable for children 8 years +

Ok doke, this class gets capital letters because it’s one of our favourites! For £12 we’ll give you all the beads, materials and loan of tools to make these beautiful beady caterpillars! This class is always popular with little girls and the bigger girls who work here too – and we always have great fun working out if they’re boys or girls and what to name them… 😀

Saturday 16 April 12pm – 2pm Memory wire bracelet
£12 all inclusive

Suitable for children 8 years +

Another Little Bead Shop favourite class! In this class, we’ll show you how to make this lovely colourful bracelet – just perfect for summer 🙂 As with all the others, the cost of this class includes all materials and loan of tools.

If you would like to book your child into any of these fantastic Easter classes, please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058!


The girls at The Little Bead Shop xxx

>Mother’s Day at The Little Bead Shop

>It’s mother’s day next Sunday (3rd April) – did you remember?

We’re going to be running some special “make a present for mum” classes next week – we’ll keep you posted! But remember, you can pop in to make a special pressie for your mum and use the lovely little craft table at the front of the shop at any time and, the best bit is… it’s totally FREE of charge!

We’ll also give you a loan of tools, again, totally FREE! All you need to pay for is your beads and materials you use to make your creation!

So make sure you pop in to see us before next Sunday!


The girls at The Little Bead Shop x

>Stunning Czech Dagger Bead Bracelet: Sunday 20 March: 1pm – 4pm


We’re very excited to bring you this fantastic new class where you can learn how to make this beautiful Czech dagger bead and swarovski crystal bracelet.

Designed by The Little Bead Shop’s taleneted owner, Gil Baird, this class is exclusive to our premises.

The dagger beads give this striking bracelet an amazing texture which allows it to drape softly around your wrist.

The bracelet is made by bead weaving but if you’re new to this jewellery making technique, have no fear! We will be there to help you at every step.

You will be given full instructions for you to take home as you may not finish the bracelet in the three hours allotted to the class.

The class is suitable for beginners and costs £40 which includes tuition, all threads, findings AND your beads.

To book your place please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058!


The Girls at The Little Bead Shop x

>Stuck for ideas for Christmas pressies?

>Are you stuck for ideas for Christmas pressies for your nearest and dearest? Well, the Little Bead Shop might be able to help you out!

We offer gift vouchers, for any amount, which are redeemable against everything in our lovely little shop, as well as all our classes, including metal clay!

A perfect present for the handmade craft enthusiasts in your life. And, even better, there’s no expiry date so the vouchers can be used at the most suitable time for you!

For more information. pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058 🙂


The girls at the Little Bead Shop x

>Beady Stocking Fillers!

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re looking for a crafty stocking filler for someone special, we might just have the answer!

We’ve got a lovely range of beady goodie bags in the shop just for Christmas – perfect for keeping big kids and wee kids alike occupied for an hour or two.

We’ve also got a whole range of craft kits coming soon, so we’ll keep you posted!


The girls at The Little Bead Shop x

>Get ready for Christmas with The Little Bead Shop: Christmas Present Making Class: Sunday 12 December

>The season to be jolly is coming ever closer, so to get you into the festive spirit, The Little Bead Shop is running a special Christmas present making class on Sunday 12 December.

Come along and sit by our roaring log fire for some mulled wine, mince pies and make some pressies. The class costs £45 and will run from 11am – 4pm. Findings are included but beads will need to be purchased separately.

To book your place pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058.


The girls from The Little Bead Shop x

>Festive Frolics at the Little Bead Shop: Monday 8 November


We’ve all got festive fever down at the Little bead shop and, with that in mind, would like to invite you to our extra special Christmas present making classes!
Come along for mulled wine, mince pies and some festive frolics where we’ll show you how to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets as Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest.
Our Christmas classes will be on Monday 8 November 6pm-9pm (cost £25) and Sunday 12 December 1pm-4pm (cost £45). Both classes exclude the cost of your beads.
We look forward to seeing you for some festive cheer!
The girls from the Little Bead Shop x