Some great classes coming up in time for Christmas!

We’ve got some fantastic silver clay and beading classes coming up in time for Christmas.


Whether you’re looking for some inspiration to make presents or just want to treat yourself,  we can help you out!



Keep your eye out on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed too – we’re planning some special Christmas present making classes and even a competition or two…




Christmas gift ideas from The Little Bead Shop

We’ve had lots of lovely (and organized!) customers popping in to ask for advice about gift ideas for Christmas so we thought we should give you some inspiration!

Make a present

Looking for that perfect necklace or pair of earrings? Why not make it? Pop in to The Little Bead Shop and we can help you choose the best beads to make the perfect present. Got you beads, but not sure how to put them together? We can help with that too! Our Beginner’s Beading classes (new timetable coming soon!) will teach you how to design a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings and how to put everything together to make a perfect, professionally finished piece of jewellery. Not able to attend a class? Why not book a one-to-one session?

Commission a piece of jewellery

Got an idea for a present but not sure how to put it together? Why not commission us to make it for you? We also specialize in fine silver fingerprint jewellery where we capture fingerprints directly into silver which then can be made into earrings, charms, cufflinks and more!

Gift a class

Do you have a friend who loves doing new things or learning new skills? Why not buy them a voucher for one of our amazing classes? With a comprehensive range of classes including Silver Clay, beading (new timetable coming soon!), silver smithing, dichroic glass fusing and lampwork we have something for everyone.

Gift vouchers

Not sure what to buy? We stock gift vouchers that can be used for goods in our shop, our classes or a combination of both! For more information about any of these ideas, pop in to see us, email us or give us a call on 0131 228 5058!

Beautiful bead strings now available in The Little Bead Shop’s online shop!

We now have a fantastic range of beautiful czech glass bead strings for sale in our online shop!

The sunshine dust mix beads (above) are our favourites.  Each bead is filled with gold speckles that really catch the light – just gorgeous for summer!

Gorgeous New Stock in our Online Shop!

We have just added a gorgeous selection of borosilicate lampwork beads and acrylic beads to our online shop!


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As part of our grand re-opening,  the first ten customers to place an order over £30 will get a free goodie bag!

Come along and take a look.  We always welcome your feedback!


Our online shop is now open!


It’s official! Our online shop is now open!

And…especially for our grand re-opening we’re giving away a goodie bag to the first ten lovely customers who spend over £30.

So come pay us a visit online at !


Coming Soon: The Little Bead Shop’s Online Shop!

You know it’s been coming… and our grand opening day is ever closer….!

The Little Bead Shop will very shortly be opening its online shop again!

We’re going to be well-stocked with goodies including these wonderful Wildly Bohemian bead kits, all of our favourite czech glass not to mention some rather gorgeous borosilicate glass bead goodies.

We’ll also have a fine array of other gorgeous beads and pearls in stock too, including a wide selection of Toho seed beads.

We’ll keep you posted because we’re going to have some special offers for our grand reopening….!

Keep watching our blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds for regular updates.

July Timetable of Children’s Jewellery Making Classes!

It’s not long until the schools break for Summer and if you’re looking for some fun activities for your little ones, we might be able to help you out!

Here’s our new timetable of children’s classes.  These classes are £12 all inclusive and are suitable for children aged 8 years and up.  You will be given a kit at the start of each class which includes everything you will need.

Wednesday 6 July 12pm-1pm Caterpillars

Learn how to use wire and our extra special bug beads to make a beautiful beady caterpillar!

Wednesday 13 July 12pm-1pm Charm Bracelets

We’ll teach you how to wrap wire to make this gorgeous stretchy charm bracelet!

Thursday 14 July 12pm-1pm  Friendship Bracelets

Perfect to make for your best friend!

Thursday 21 July 12pm-1pm Children’s Starburst Necklace

For girls who like to be extra sparkly, this necklace is just perfect!

Tuesday 26 July 12pm – 1pm Woven Bracelets 

Pretty and bright, just perfect for the summer holidays, we’ll teach you how to weave these lovely bracelets 🙂

Wednesday 27 July 12pm-1pm Daisy Chain Necklace

Perfect for little girls who love flowers, these daisy chain necklaces are just lovely for Summer!

All of these fantastic classes cost £12 which includes a kit containing everything you will need!

Pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 22 5058 to book a place!

>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.