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

Duration: 6 days

Price: £875

Run by: Natalie Sweet
at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat


Le Bourg
16480 Saint Vallier
NN12 8WP

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About the Course

Workshop Title: 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 these 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!

Workshop Title: Deck The Halls! - Bead Weaving Style!

We have everything covered in this festive week of beading. A couple of stunning stars to either decorate your tree or wear as a funky pendant with that little black dress, a bauble which Stephanie named Mc Queen, inspired after a visit to the V & A exhibition of Alexandra Mc Queen’s work.

Finally, finishing off with Woodland Fairies/Angels - perfect as a decoration, present topper or even as a festive pendant, in fact perfect for any little girl all year round!

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 full 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

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 booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your 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.
Should you feel peckish or thirsty at any other time during the day or night, there are drinks and a food cupboard packed with goodies for you to help yourself to.
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 splendourof Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emillion to enjoy!
The price of 950 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 25th November 2018

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