Andycraft Retreats

Working with Seed Beads

Over the three days you will master the art of working with seed beads by learning or developing bead weaving stitches such as Netting, Right Angle Weave, Brick Stitch, Peyote, Herringbone and St. Petersburg Chain.

You will be guided through either one large or several small projects of your choice, each using different techniques to enable you to build your skills, which can then be transferred to your future bead projects.

A variety of patterns will be provided for you to choose your project(s), according to your skill level. You will need to bring any beads that you have with you, although there will be plenty of Toho beads, thread and needles to choose from should you wish to purchase them during the course. A basic beading kit would be useful; bead mat, thread, scissors, needles, and a tape measure, although there will be some items available to borrow should you need them.

To join this workshop you don't need any experience of beading as we can start from scratch, but if you are more experienced there are intermediate patterns to develop your skills and advanced patterns to work from where your tutor can help generally with tips and ideas to hone your skills.


Day One - Netting

Learn how to make a Christmas Snowflake Bangle using netting stitch. Then experiment with different colours, sizes and numbers of beads to make a variety of designs.

Day Two - Right Angle Weave

Learn how to make a Christmas bracelet in right angle weave and embellish it with crystals ready for the Christmas festivities.

Day Three - Brick Stitch

Learn how to make (columns of) Christmas Trees in Brick Stitch. These can be decorated to hang on the Christmas tree, or used to hang as a pendant, or made with smaller beads as ear rings.

Alternative 1 – Peyote Stitch and Learning to Pico

Make a Christmas Tea Light cover in Peyote Stitch with hexagonal beads. Learn how to use a picot to edge/ embellish it.


Alternative 2 - Saint Petersburg Chain

Learn St. Petersburg Chain to make festive Christmas bracelets.

Intermediate and Advanced

Day One - Netting

Use netting to make a Christmas Angel and/or a Christmas Bauble; choose from a variety of designs ready for Christmas.

Day Two - Right Angle Weave

Make a Lighted Christmas tree by building strips of Right Angle Weave and learn a variety of ways to embellish it.


Day Three – Brick Stitch

Make diamond shaped pieces of beadwork in Brick Stitch: Join these pieces in a variety of ways to form a Christmas star and/or Christmas flower to embellish ready for Christmas.

Alternative 1 - Peyote and Herringbone Stitch

Make a Christmas Star and/or a Christmas Angel using Peyote and Herringbone Stitches.

Alternative 2 - Saint Petersburg Chain

Use St. Petersburg Chain to make a festive Christmas necklace and bracelet.

The cost of this course including accommodation is between £430.00 and £455.00 depending on your choice of room.

The course tutor is Wendy Cavalier-Hirth

There are places available on this course.

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