The Glen Gallery https://www.sites.google.com/site/glengallerycrafts/home is a fantastic craft shop 'stuffed' with all sorts of crafty goodies - I highly recommend a visit. The lovely owners organise regular workshops for different crafts including beading and knitting. Check their website for a list of the workshops - new ones are added occasionally so it is a good idea to ring to check what others are planned.
This weekend, Jean Power, http://www.jeanpower.com/ a very talented and lovely bead designer from London came for a two day workshop. I know her name and her creations from several beady magazines and as soon as I heard she was coming to Northern Ireland I signed up for the Saturday class.
A workshop is also a lovely opportunity to meet other beaders, see what projects they make, where they get their inspiration and beads from, what other crafts they enjoy. I spend as much time talking as beading !
I also spent a lot of time browsing in the craft shop - it is a real Aladdin's cave, full of beautiful yarn, beads, fabrics, books, accessories and finished items.
My friend Crafty Claire hard at work !
Jean brought so many of her pieces, some you may recognise from the beady magazines -