Saturday, 23 June 2012

Jean Power Bead Workshop

I have been looking forward to this day for months and it didn't disappoint!

The Glen Gallery 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, 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.

I was sorry I couldn't attend yesterday but I saw some of Jean's sample pieces -

her geometric stars - and some of the completed stars made by the students - fab.

 Today's theme was Spiral Rope and some of its variations - I made the most  of the opportunity and made 4 different sample pieces.

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 -

Fantastic day!


  1. You are SO lucky! I love Jean and her work and would love love love to take a class with her. She knows so much about all this stuff I want to learn. Glad you had a good time and learned a lot!

  2. Hello, I have popped across from the Folksy blog forum. I love Jean Power's work too. She is so talented! Look forward to seeing more of your work!


  3. It looks like a great day beading and some really interesting pieces.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Siân :0)

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