>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


>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

>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

>Exclusive to the Little Bead Shop: Flowery Bag Charms by Jeanette Sloan

The Little Bead Shop is delighted to announce that we are now stocking Flowery Bag Charm Kits custom designed by our favourite textile artist Jeanette Sloan.

Each kit contains all the materials you need to make these beautiful knitted handbag charms* and make a fantastic crafty and creative present for any occassion – and at £12 per kit, would be just perfect for Christmas!

We have a limited supply of these wonderful kits in stock, so please pop in to see us or phone us on 0131 228 5058 if you would like to reserve one!


The girls at The Little Bead Shop x

*Please note, knitting needles are not included.

>Children’s Beading Parties at the Little Bead Shop

> Looking for a creative and fun way for your child to spend their birthday? Well look no further!

Our children’s parties are an ideal and fun way for your little ones to have some fun.

All parties are held in our lovely shop allowing you to leave your children to safely enjoy themselves.

Our parties are suitable for children from ages six and upwards. We find that groups of no more than eight work best.

Each party project is decided upon after discussion with you and your child. If she is unsure which project to choose then we will happily give you some advice on the kind of projects suitable for your child’s age.

Our parties cost £12 per child and last approximately one hour. All children will leave with their completed project and their own beady goodie bag.

For more information or to book a date, please pop into the shop to see us, call us on 0131 228 5058, or visit our website.


The girls at the Little Bead Shop x

>Just for Father’s Day – silver fingerprint jewellery

>Father’s Day is fast approaching and with 20th June just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about presents. And we all know that getting presents for dads can be a bit tricky sometimes!

And, lets face it, there aren’t that many holidays where we get to spoil our dads. So why not treat him to a really special gift?
By using a combination of traditional silversmithing techniques and Art Clay Silver (often referred to as metal clay) we can capture a fingerprint directly into fine silver. Our on site artists are fully qualified in Art Clay Silver so we can guarantee that everything is finished to a high standard.

And what would make a better, more personal gift for dad than a loved one’s fingerprints cast into a pair of fine silver cuff links. Or a link in a bracelet or even a necklace?

Arranging your silver fingerprint jewellery is easy. Simply call us or pop in to see us and tell us your requirements.

Now you can “drop in” on a Saturday between 2pm – 5pm to have your, or your child’s prints taken. Come along at the beginning of the session and your jewellery will be ready for you by the end of the day!

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


The girls at the Little Bead Shop x

>Dazzling czech glass dagger beads: some design ideas


We’ve been having a bit of a love affair with czech glass dagger beads as of late and thought we’d share some of our designs with you to get you inspired!

So, why do we love dagger beads so much? Well, not only are they beautiful (the colours really are amazing so pop in and see our displays to get the full idea!) their unusual shape adds a really interesting dimension to your jewellery designs which you just don’t get with round beads.

Not only that, but they can also add a lot of movement to your jewellery, which is particularly eye-catching in necklaces and bracelets. So, what’s not to love?

We hope this post has given you some ideas about how to use dagger beads and we’d love to see some of your designs so send them to us!

the girls at the Little Bead Shop x

>An update on our lovely new shop


Well, what a week it’s been. We’ve moved, we’re merrily unpacking and are all totally in love with our fantastic new shop!
We’ve still got a fair bit of reorganising to do (and shelves to put up!) but we’re all feeling rather impressed by how much we’ve got done in such a short space of time.
If you would like to see some pics of how the decorating is going, have a look at our pictures on Facebook
We’ve been running our classes as normal throughout (you may have seen us sitting at our lovely new beading table in the shop window if you’ve been strolling through Bruntsfield lately), and I just had to share this beautiful tiara that one of our students made at the weekend!
New dates for our tiara workshops will soon be on our website so we’ll keep you posted!
the girls from the Little Bead Shop x
PS. As alway happens during any move, something has to go wrong, and unfortunately we’ve been having some problems with our phone line this week. We’re hoping to get this sorted out asap, but if you would like to speak to us, you can reach us in the mean time on 07593768127 or email us via our website.

>Fingerprint Jewellery Special Offer: The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

Mums. They work hard. They spend all day running around after us, and more often than not still somehow end up doing our laundry even after we’ve left home… I think it’s fair to say that our mums deserve a little TLC, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching on 14 March, we at the Little Bead Shop are here to help you show your appreciation.

In honour of mums everywhere, we are offering a 10% discount on all finger print jewellery ordered by Saturday 13 March.

We can offer you a range of personalised jewellery beyond a charm on a chain. Pair your charms with stunning swarovski crystals, or beautiful freshwater pearls to create a beautiful bracelet or necklace. Choose a texture for the front of your charm and have the fingerprint on the back for a unique reversible pendant, or have a name inscribed for that truly personal touch.

Arranging for your silver fingerprint jewellery is easy. Simply call us on 0131 228 5058 or visit our website for more information.

Mums, we salute you!

The girls at the Little Bead Shop x