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Contemporary Beadwoven Designs at Sweet Nothings Retreat South West France 6 day residential

Candy Pops bead weaving design by Stephanie Burnham

About the Course

Contemporary Beadwoven Designs - A Bead Weaving Adventure!

If you love playing with beads & colour, then this is the getaway for you! Stephanie will be guiding you through three stunning & very different designs at a pace that suits you. All three pieces are worked in peyote stitch & are geometric in design.

The designs are worked using Miyuki Delica beads that sit together perfectly creating a seamless effect, so although it may appear complicated it really isn’t! So why not come along & explore this fascinating art form!

Kits will be available for both workshops from the tutor if booked in advance or, if you prefer to source your own beads, a materials list will available well in advance of the course.

Skill level: Basic working knowledge of peyote stitch is desirable but not essential.

Each workshop provides the equivalent of 3 and a half days' teaching plus two outings to places of interest during the week. There is a maximum of 6 pupils per class meaning that each student has plenty of one to one tuition and expert guidance.

About the Tutor
Stephanie Burnham comes from a textile background. After completing her City & guilds in Creative Studies & Embroidery she discovered Beadwork which is now her passion. She has taught countrywide for private beading groups including The Beadworkers Guild, Missenden Abbey, Knuston Hall and was honoured to be invited to teach a workshop tour of Japan.

In 2002, Stephanie launched ‘The Bead Scene’, then in 2009 opened ‘the Bead Scene Studio’ selling all things bead related including an extensive workshop programme. Stephanie has written six books to date including ‘Inspired to Bead’ which she self published.

Stephanie has made several appearances on Crete & Craft and QVC as a guest presenter as well as acting as a consultant to companies, helping them develop new ranges within their brands. Stephanie lives in Northamptonshire with her husband Grant and their two sons, Josh & Sam.

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

What's included in the price?

If you wish to buy a kit for Stephanie's workshops, you will need to do so in advance and direct from her. You can find a link to her on the Sweet Nothings Website provided by Craft Courses. Sweet Nothings will provide Lamps to work under. You will be provided with a short list of requirements upon booking, designed to be kept at a minimum, but allowing you the freedom to bring things with you that you wish to create with.

We provide all guests flying to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports free transfers to and from the airports. Wherever possible and if travelling by rail, we will also pick up from the train stations at Angouleme or Bordeaux.

All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms with toilet sink and showers. We also provide UK plug adapters for your convenience!

You will receive three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cakes, all made from local and organic produce wherever possible. Do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive.

During the week, and as part of your creative inspiration, we will take you on two outings of local interest - for example, a market; a local vinyard; then of course there is always the medieval splendour of Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emilion to enjoy!

The price of 700 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room. Should you want a single occupancy room, the cost is 850 Euros.


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