>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.


>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

>Sparkling Swarovski Bracelet: Saturday 19th February 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Designed by Gil Baird and unique to the Little Bead Shop, this gorgeous, glittering, spiral weave bracelet will certainly make a statement.

Made with seed beads and swarovski crystals, this stunning bracelet drapes beautifully on the wrist and is a really rewarding piece of jewellery to make.

Previously Gil had taught this design as a necklace, which students are more than welcome to come and make instead, but please be aware that a necklace would take much longer than the duration of the class, would certainly need to be finished off at home, and extra beads would be required. We would anticipate that most students choosing to make the bracelet will complete or be close to completing the bracelet in class.

The class is suitable for beginners and will be held on Staurday 19th February from 1pm – 4pm. Price includes tuition, all threads, findings but excludes your beads.

For more information or 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

>One to One Classes at the Little Bead Shop

>Is there something you would like to learn how to make but have no idea where to start?

As well as offering a comprehensive range of beading and Art Clay classes, the Little Bead Shop also offers tailored one to one tuition. So whether you want to learn the basics or try your hand at something more advanced, our experienced teachers can show you the ropes!Our one to one beading sessions lessons cost £20 and hour and include the findings required to make your piece. Please note, the cost of your beads is not included.

Our own Emma Baird will take the one to one sessions in Art Clay. Qualified as a Senior instructor, Emma is the only provider of the Art Clay Certification in Scotland. Her work has been recognised internationally and she is a featured artist on the prestigious Metal Clay Guru website and is regularly featured in national magazines such as Bead and Making Jewellery with over 30 publications so far. And in 2011 her work will be published in several books!
One to one sessions with Emma cost £25 an hour and exclude metal clay.

These classes would make a perfect Christmas present. To book a session or arrange for us to make up a voucher, please pop in to the shop, contact us via our website or call us on 0131 228 5058.

If you would like to be taught a specific beading or Art Clay project, please let us know – if not we are happy to advise you on suitable projects according to your needs and experience.


The girls at the Little Bead Shop x