Monday, 20 February 2017

Deep Reflection pattern and kit now available

It was the depth of colour and reflection of this Swarovski stone that inspired the name of my latest design. The pendant suspends from a spiral rope, but can easily be adapted to make a brooch. The techniques explained are spiral rope, circular netting, and embellished netting.

A downloadable pattern is available from The (Virtual) Beading Room (£4.50) or you can buy a full kit from for either the Aquamarine or Rose pendants (£16.50 per kit). In the main shop, we also have other colours of stones available so you can create your own colour scheme.

Happy beading,

Thursday, 16 February 2017

New products - February 2017

Welcome to my first new product post for 2017. Guess what - it's mostly about Delicas! We will continue to increase our range and are always happy to include colours by request. Just let us know what you are searching for, and if we can get them, we will.

Our theme for 2017 is very much a continuation of our National Beading Week theme for 2016 - Beaded Tassels. The Clover Tassel Maker has been added to the accessories page and I hope to get the tassel threads and patterns online very soon.

Happy beading

HD062 Lined Light Cranberry AB
£3.75 for 10g
HD233 Lined Crystal / Yellow Lustre
£3.75 for 10g

HD727 Opaque Light Siam
£3.75 for 10g
HD1768 Forest Green Lined Opal AB
£3.75 for 10g
Sparkling Aqua Green Lined Teal AB
 £3.75 for 10g

11HM148FR Matte Transparent Light Blue AB
£3.25 for 25g

Miyuki DURACOAT Galvanized Gold
£3.95 for 15g
Clover Tassel Maker

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Introduction to bead weaving - 4 workshops available

Booking is now available for 4 workshops for anyone who is new to bead weaving. You can find full details of the workshops in The (Virtual) Beading Room ( where you can book your place. Alternatively, you can book by telephone (01254 236049) or in person here at The Beading Room. Don't forget to give us a ring before planning a visit, just to make sure we're in!

Advance booking is essential.

Workshops are £15.00 per person and there are only 6 places available on each workshop. All workshops are on a Saturday afternoon, from 1pm until 4pm.

Dates for this year are:
11th March 2017
17th June 2017
19th August 2017
4th November 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Necklace workshop now booking

This stunning necklace is the focus of Marlene's workshop on Sunday 25th June. You can bring your own beads or buy a bead pack in either of the 2 colours shown, or why not tell us the colours you want and I'll create a kit especially for you.
The full day is just £20.00 and includes all tuition.
Full details on the Book a Workshop page of

Monday, 23 January 2017

Another workshop now booking

Diary Date: Sunday 14th May 2017

Hot on the heels of the Spring Garden Workshop, will be Marlene's Posy Vase Workshop, so you have somewhere to keep all those pretty little flowers. This posy vase is beaded around a glass, so it's ok for real flowers too! Bead packs will be available in 2 colours, but you can, of course, bring your own beads and make yours unique! For full details visit the Book A Workshop page at

New workshop now booking

Diary Date: 9th April 2017

I have just posted details of Marlene's first workshop of the year. Included in the workshop you will get patterns and full instructions for your choice of 2 flower designs, as well as refreshments during the day. You can bring your own beads, or buy a bead pack - the choice is yours. For full details, and to book, please visit the Book A Workshop page at The (Virtual) Beading Room from or go direct to

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Special combo clasps

If you use thread rather than wire for your beading and want to attach a lobster clasp to your necklace or bracelet, you may find it difficult to keep a jump ring on the thread at the other end. Worse still, a split ring can often fray your thread. So, what's the answer?

I've been using closed rings for some time now and I find that they are the most effective partner for lobster clasps, especially on necklaces where a fancy clasp might be hidden under hair.

A pack of 5 x medium lobster clasps with 5 x 6mm closed rings, is the perfect partnership. Available in either gold colour or silver colour, they are just £1.20 per pack.