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Beautiful beading at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Beautiful beading at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

About the Course

Learn a range of techniques and designs to make your own beaded jewellery.
Each term will offer a new series of set projects where students will be able to learn and practice a range of techniques and encouraged to create a variety of different styles of bead jewellery. Beginners are welcome to join the course in any term.

Each term will include bead stringing - learning to make gorgeous necklaces or bracelets and securely finish the ends and add a clasp - as well as looking at other varied skills including using wire or chain to connect bead elements in different ways, using cords in macramé or Kumihimo (braiding) designs and stitched beadwork (using needle and thread to create intricate bead woven designs).

Who is this course for
This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of making jewellery as well as for those with some experience wanting to broaden their skills. Students should be interested and inspired by using beads to create exciting pieces of jewellery.
Please note, these techniques can require some manual dexterity so please contact the centre if you are concerned about this.

What does this course cover
Each term will include a variety of different types of techniques and a different selection of projects that will include standard bead stringing techniques such as neatly and securely finishing necklace ends, as well as some more unusual techniques.

You will learn to use a variety of techniques to make gorgeous beaded earrings, necklaces and bracelets. If desired, students will also have the opportunity to make bead and wire rings and / or to use wire to make their own findings (earring wires, headpins and hook clasps).

Projects each term include:
- At least one bead stringing project - learning how to safely and securely string a necklace or create bead earrings / bracelet
- A Kumihimo (braiding) project
- A bead weaving project - using seed beads, and a needle and thread
- A project using wire or chain to decorate or connect beads in different ways
As well as many other tips and tricks.

Students will learn new techniques through a fresh series of set projects each term, and following this, towards the end of the term there will be one or two flexible sessions for students to practice their skills and experiment with design ideas, expand on the designs or techniques from earlier in the term, or to work on alternative personal projects with the tutors support.

Suppliers' details and information regarding the most useful tools and materials will be provided for any students who may choose to continue their work at home.

What will it be like
Teaching methods:
* Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
* Written handouts with visual diagrams.
* One-to-one teaching.
* Group discussions.

Learning methods:
* Hands on practical experience.
* Reading handouts and following instructions.
* One-to-one and group discussion.

What else do you need to buy or do
The majority of key findings (wire, stringing materials, clasps etc) will be provided as part of this course and basic beads are also available to use.

Students are asked to provide their own choice of beads from week 3 of the course, and your tutor will advise on suppliers and on what types of beads will be most useful for the specific projects planned for the term.

Please ensure you bring your glasses (if you wear them) as there can be a lot of close work.

It would be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


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  • Suitable for beginners
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