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New Autumn Programme

Download and View our latest Autumn 2014 Programme on the Diary page

Need to know further information?  Then drop  us a line, give us a call or visit the shop.

March Offer

To celebrate the Bead & Button Bazaars 10th Anniversary we are giving 10% discount on all goods in the shop excluding Workshops, classes and books throughout March.

We look forward to seeing you

Wirework Workshop - 2nd November 10.30 to 12.30


What a hoot!

Look at this lovely wire work owl.  Isn't it just lovely and you could make one just like it at Sam's workshop.

Contact us to book a place on the 2nd November.  £25.00 (£5.00 deposit)

Bead & Button Bazzar - An invitation to a BBQ and Beadathon!

 We hope you are all enjoying the summer which has arrived at last! Beadathon For Acorns Hospice

To celebrate the summer we are inviting you to a BBQ on Friday 14th June between 6 and 9 p.m. 

Please do join us for food and drink (free) and there will be demonstrations for you to watch and get ideas from.   The shop will be open for you to take advantage of the new items in store as well as take advantange of our current sale. One or two of the other stores will be open and joining in as well and you can meet up with old and new friends.

The BBQ will also launch our Beadathon in aid of the Acorns Childrenís Hospice.   

The shop will be open for 24 hours (6 p.m. Friday evening to 6 p.m. Saturday evening).  During this time beaderís will be creating items that will be donated for sale towards the cause.   Some beaderís will be there for 24 hours while others will join us for short periods of time so if you want to join in please let us know. 

How can you help?  

  • join us to make jewellery,
  • donate beads and findings for others to create jewellery with,
  • pop in at any time to give us some encouragement,
  • purchase pieces of jewellery Ė 100% of which will go to the Acorns Charity
  • or simply sponsor us as individuals or as a group.  You can also sponsor us online at

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th June.

Hearts, Hearts and more Hearts!

These are the hearts made at the workshop last Saturday.  The photo doesn't do them justice as they are really 'tactile' and three dimensional - which you can't see here.

We had a great session thanks to the facilitator Sam Cox.

Watch out for more Wire Wrapping workshops coming soon.

Valentines Wire Workshop

Saturday 2nd Feb

Workshop - Valentines Heart

Get ready for Valentines day by creating a lovely wire-worked heart pendent.  Coiling and wrapping techniques to be used and the workshop will be led by the talented Sam Cox.

Some places are still available if you want to come along at this late date.  Workshop is held between 0.30 and 12.30 and costs £20 including materials.

Call us now to book your place!

Snow Closure

We are very sorry to tell you that the shop will be closed this week.

Classes will start again on Monday the 28th January.

Do contact us to find out if the workshops are running this weekend.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Seasons Greetings

A special Musical Xmas message just for all our customers! 

Joan and Brian as you have never seen them before.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yapp Us!

Why not join us on Yapp Box?  Yapp will let you join a small community of jewellery makers from the Bead & Button Bazaar.  You can upload pictures of your work, see what other people are doing and  share ideas and tips about jewellery making.  You can download it to your smart phone or tablet from

Xmas Opening and new Diary dates

This year the shop will be closed on Christmas Eve and will be open again on the following dates:

  • Shop Open 3rd to the 6th January 2013
  • Shop Open 10th to the 13th January 2013
  • From the 17th of January 2013 the shop will be open as usual
  • All classes commence week beginning 21st January.

Please look at the Diary Date page where you will find new workshops and classes for Spring 2013.

Check out what we have been doing this year


Wire Wrap Workshop, Sunday 30th September 2012

Wire Wrap Workshop

The Wire Wrap Workshop this Sunday (30th September) will focus on participants creating these lovely hand-wrapped shapes for use as pendents or stunning links to unique necklaces.

This will give you a good foundation in wire wrapping that you can go on and develop at home.  Beginners welcome.

Sam Cox, whom many of you will know,  will be facilitating this course.  A few places remain but are going quickly.

If you want to book a place please contact us on 01564703441.  We hope to see some of you there.

Wire Wrapped Tea Light. Saturday 4th August

Wire Wrapped Tea Light holder

Places are still available for Saturday 4th August between 10.30 a.m.and 12.30 p.m. where Sam will be showing participants how to create this lovely wire wrapped tea light.  If we ever get any good weather again this summer it will be lovely out in the garden with your evening drinks - but just as beautiful inside. 

And imagine what a delightful and inexpensive gift this would make - hand made by you!

Call Joan now if you would like to book a place.

Thistle Fairies


Thistle FairiesThis evening the Wednesday night 'girls' are making a Thistle.  However, when I showed them the design they thought they would make great Thistle Fairies!  So this is the alternative design...

The challenge is to make a number of fairies to go with 'Punk' Thistle Fairy with a Mohican hair style, and his 'Granny' Thistle Fairy.

Tracey will be producing the story to go with the little creatures - so watch this space.

Chain Maille Workshop

I was really gutted because I had to miss this workshop!

Sam facilitated the making of the lovely
chain maille rosette design  by Sarah Austin of Beadsisters .  I am hoping she will put this one on again so I can manage to get too it.  If you like this too please let Joan and Brian know so that it's not just me asking for a re-run!

Below are the results of the ladies work - well done everyone.

Chain Maille

Trying out Flowers in the Victorian Style

On a Wednesday evening we have been trying out flowers using the Victorian technique and these have been very popular.  Below are Daffodils adapted from a  design by Lisa Flyman.   I think you will agree that they are lovely and very spring-like.  Well done everyone.

Beautiful Daffodils

Summer BBQ - You are invited!

We will be having a BBQ on Friday the 1st June between 6 and 9 p.m. where you can come and eat, browse the store and watch the jewellery making demonstrations.  All for free!

It will be a lovely way to start the bank holiday weekend and we are sure the sun will be shining by then.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Joan and Brian.

New Class

4 weeks ago we opened a Monday evening class for people who wanted to learn about off-loom beading and knotting.  A lovely group of ladies have joined the class and have completed 4 great projects.  The first week we made knotted bracelets using the square knot.  Week 2 we created beaded beads which some ladies turned into earrings.  Week 3 we produced necklaces made using half-hitch knots (alternating and vertical) and this week we produced brooches using square stitch.  We finish next week with a lovely single twist bracelet. 

The next class starts on Monday 4th June and we have some great delights in store for next course.

Interested?  Then please contact us at the shop.

Barabaras Brooch

New Gallery Items

Each week I try and take photographs of work produced in class and then add these to the website to demonstrate the range and quality of the work produced by our ladies.  I have not added the photos for a while so today I thought I would update Gallery and added some more samples of lovely work.  Please do take a look

This week we started to create some pieces for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  We started with a free-style brooch and will be making a Jubilee flower, Three Twist bracelet and the Jewel Britannia workshop will feature a red, white and blue Tiara / crown!   Do check out our diary dates for forth-coming events

Wire Wrapping Workshop

Tiara Workshop, March 2012

ch Tiara Workshop at the Bead & Button Bazaar

On the 24th March we held a four-hour Tiara Workshop.  It was a most enjoyable event and all the ladies left the workshop wearing their newly created tiaras.  I don't know what visitors to the Earlswood Lake Craft Centre thought...... but the tiaras were fab and you can see the ladies demonstrating the finished product here.

Well done Ladies.

New Spring / Summer programme

Please check out the new courses and workshops on the Diary Dates page and you can download your own programme as well.  Please book early as places always go quickly.

You will also note that a new Stitch & Knot class is starting on Monday evenings from the 16th April.  For 2 hours a week over  5 weeks we will be creating jewellery using stitched and knotting techniques.  Absolute beginners welcome.

This brooch on the left was a group effort by the Wednesday night girls.  It is for Joan and was sent with our good wishes to get well soon - a sort of group hug!

We look forward to seeing some of you soon.

The latest off-loom beaded projects...

Doreen and Gillians BroochesAnyone who knows me understands I have a passion for brooches. 

Every bead I pick up I place on my lapel and look at it in terms of transforming it into a brooch! 

Anyway - our most recent newcomers to the Stitching and knotting class on a Wednesday evening made a flying start with these lovely square stitched brooches.  Gillian and Doreen, these are just lovely and I wanted to share these pics with are visitors.

Doreen and Gillians Brooches

We also wanted to share with you these lovely pearl bracelets that were made in class 2 weeks ago.  Quick and easy and, most importantly, beautiful creations.  What we really love is that everyone can make the same bracelet but they all look very different and we had some good combinations of colours selected by the ladies.

Well done ladies


Doreen and Gillians Brooches

Opening times, Xmas 2011

Xmas Greetings

If you need any supplies before Xmas and the New Year please do visit us before 4 p.m. on December 23rd. 

We will be reopening the shop on Saturday the 10th of January 2012 and the classes will commence on Tuesday 10th January 2012

You will also find us at Beckett's Farm from December 10th - but we won't be selling beads - join us and see what we have to offer.

We hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy 2012

Joan and Brian.

Xmas Greetings

Right-angle weave bracelets

Pippa's beautiful right-angle weave braceletOn the 16th of November we started a right-angle weave necklace with a pattern that could also be used for a bracelet or earrings.  Different colour choices and combinations resulted in a lovely range of finished items. 

These were very popular with the ladies and I know they have gone on to complete more bracelets as they will make lovely seasonal gifts.

On the right you will see Pippa's beautiful bracelet. A column of right-angle weave (3 wide) and an embellishment of a single row of 4 mm crystals.  It is finished off with a lovely silver-coloured clasp. 

Well done Pippa.

A selection of bracelets produced in class

A second Xmas Workshop

Christmas BeadersA second Christmas Decoration Workshop was held on Monday 31st October at 7p.m.  We had to fight our way through ghosts and ghouls on this dark night but we were rewarded with Christmas Music, hot drinks and mince pies when we arrived.  We had a really good time and everyone went home with a completed Christmas decoration.


Christmas Beaders

Xmas Decoration Workshop

Xmas Decoration Workshop

Didn't we have a lovely time
Beaders at teh Xmas Workshop
The workshop on Saturday was a lovely event and it was quite strange to be playing Xmas music inside the workshop while everyone else was getting ready for Halloween outside!

Here are the ladies and below you will see their tree decorations - which I am going to add to a ribbon and wear as a necklace!

There is another workshop on Monday 31st at 7 p.m. and after that kits will be available in store.

Well done everyone.

The finished decorations

A few Workshop places still remaining

Chaine Maille Workshop

Sunday 23rd October between 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Join Sam in the Chaine Maille Workshop where participants will be producing this lovely pendent.  Looks tricky but Sam will show you the easy way of achieving this.  There are a few places remaining but book quickly as they are going fast!

Christmas Decoration Workshop
Saturday 29th October  at 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and
Monday 31st October between 7 and 9 p.m.

This year our Christmas Decoration is a Wreath made from crystals, seed beads and pearls or glass beads.  This hangs beautifully from a tree or draw knob and would make a lovely gift inside a Christmas card.

A few places remain on both workshops so contact us know if you want to join us.

Fru-Fru collar by Tracey

Two weeks ago we made a fru-fru collar at the Stitch & Knot class. 

This wasn't an easy pattern, made using circular Fru-Fru collar by Traceypeyote stitch, but it makes quite an impact when wedged between two beads and hung from a chain.

This is one made by Tracey who combined her general jewellery making skills to make this lovely necklace to show the fru-fru collar / pendent off to best effect.  She has also created a pair of lovely earrings using wire work.

Well done Tracey

Kumihimo Classes and Worskhops


"kumihimo, which translates roughly as 'bringing together of threads', is the name given to a number of different methods of Japanese braiding which developed mainly to produce silk cords for use in temples (tying up scrolls, bell ropes) with kimono or for holding together armour/weaponry.", 

Last week we launched the first class in Kumihimo, run by Sam Cox, and it was a great success.  The ladies, all complete beginners, produced some lovely braided bracelets (see below) and very much enjoyed the experience.

There is a 2 hour workshop on the 27th November (10.30 to 12.20) if you are interested in learning this technique and producing some silk 'delights'Sam will be facilitating the workshop and we would love to see some of you there.  please call to see if there are spaces available.

Well done Ladies!

Best wishes,

Joan and Brian


Wire Wrapping

Last month at the Wire Wrapping workshop some lovely pieces were produced and some excellent skills learned.  Participants didn't stop there though and Sam and Maureen have brought back some pieces they have been working on since they came to the workshop.

Look at these lovely wire wrapped pendents produced by Sam.  Stunning to say the least and these are just as lovely on the back as the front!
 Wire wrapped pendents

While on holiday Sam found a pebble on the beach and wire wrapped it to produce this lovely wire bezzle (below right) to hold the pebble and turn it into a pendent.  I am sure you will agree this is a lovely way to keep a memory alive.

Wire wrapped pendents

The 'Tree of Life' was one of the pieces participants made in class (above Left).  The concept of a tree of life is a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related.  Maureen has produced the Tree of Life as a wall hanging to give to a baby for his Christening (below).  She has added several items / colours that are symbolic to the future of a child.  It is such a lovely idea for a gift I am sure you will agree.

Wire wrapped Tree of Life wall hanging

There are more Wire Wrapping Workshops planned for the 30th October and 13th November so if you would like a  place please contact us as soon as possible.

We often have participants coming back in with examples of pieces made and we would have captured these if we had a camera at the time!!    If you have any pieces you have made during or post workshop at the Bead & Button Bazaar please let us have some pictures so we can display them on the site.

Autumn / Winter Diary Dates

The Autumn / Winter Diary dates have just been uploaded to the and you will see there are lots of interesting workshops and courses available to take you through the autumn / winter season.  Look on the Diary Dates page where you can view or download a copy of the programme.

Hope you had a good summer

It is difficult to believe that it is still the summer with all the clouds and rain we have been getting but here we are on Bank Holiday Monday already getting ready for the autumn season and the return to our day time and evening courses.  Courses start again on the 6th September and will be running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as drop-in sessions on Saturday morning (unless there is a Workshop planned).  You will find more info about our courses on the Diary Dates page as well as the Courses & Workshops page.

Some of you will have seen what is involved in the Basic Jewellery Making classes if you came to our BBQ on the 19th August. This was a lovely evening with good company, demonstrations and hearty food and drink.  There are some lovely projects in the beginners, intermediary and advanced classes and once you have started it is hard to stop!

'Fru-Fru' pendent collarSome of the classes are already full so you need to check out with us if any places are available and / or if you wish your name to be out down on the waiting list.  The Stitching & Knotting class is now full (Wednesday evening) and we have some lovely new projects planned including a 'fru-fru' collar for a pendent and a wrapped suede bracelet which is currently very popular.

However, if you want to try before you book up for any classes then check out the workshops.  We have only a few advertised at the moment but more are coming!  And... dare we say it... Christmas is only 116 days away so time to get making some unusual gifts and/or decorations for friends and family!

We look forward to seeing you in the shop and in class.

Joan and Brian

Wrapped suede bracelet

New dates in the diary

Bangles made in the 'Stitching & Knotting' classWe  have been a little quiet on-line for a while but that doesn't mean that we haven't been busy with shoppers, classes and workshops!

Our next event is the Polmer Clay workshop on Saturday the 13th August and Wire Wrapping on the 14th August, both by the lovely Debbie Bulford.  There are still one or two places available if you would like to come along.

Please also remember that we are having a BBQ on the19th of August at 6 to 9 p.m., to which you are invited.  You will be able to chat with like-minded people, peruse the shop at your leisure and watch demonstrations.  We do hope to see you there.

The Autumn programme is now out.  There will be workshops added over-time but the basic classes are mapped out and please visit the Diary Dates section to view these.

Knotted Jewellery Worskhop 2nd July 2011

Knotting Workshop

Getting into knots!

What a productive session we had on Saturday July 2nd, with a small group of women who had never created jewellery with knots before! 

We focused the whole time on the Macramé Square Knot for decorating bracelets and to create a slip knot.  Participants created two lovely pieces each and were very confident and speedy in the use of the knot when they left - which is a good job as they had a necklace pattern in their pack as a further challenge!
Knotting Workshop

If you want to try your hand at knotting please give us a call or check out the diary dates page to find out about forthcoming workshops and courses.

Back from Glastonbury!

If you have visited the shop recently you will have seen the Camper Van parked near to the shop - all painted up ready for Glastonbury.  What a work of art!

Well Brian and family went to Glastonbury leaving Joan to look after the shop (and with all the mud at the Festival I think that is where I would prefer to be as well!).  They arrived back on Monday and had a great time at the Festival. 

It is now, however, back to business as usual and the Workshops start this Saturday with a Knotting workshop (a new slant on a traditional technique).  Some places are still available so contact us if you want to know more or want to book a place.

New Diary Dates - including a BBQ!

You will find new courses and workshops for the summer in our Diary Dates page  You will find we have a range of interesting events from wrapped wire work, to knotting to tiara making.....

If you want to know more, or want to book a  place, please call us on 01564703441

You are also welcome to our BBQ on Friday 19th August between 6 p.m. and  9 p.m.  There will be a variety of demonstrations, opportunities to buy buttons and beads and, of course, food and drink.

We hope you will join us.

Hair Vine Workshop - 16th April.

What a great day and some beautiful hair vines produced by the ladies!  These hair vines are great for A lovely hair vineweddings and balls or just for a special evenign out - depending on how long you make them and how much colour and sparkle you apply.  Today we were working with clear crytals and pearls on silver-coloured wire.
A lovely hair vine
These finished vines were put on in a hurry just before the ladies left - but each one is so different from the others and turned out really lovely. Well done eveyone.

A lovely hair vine

Sew & Knot Class begins again on Wednesday 20th April.

A new set of 5 classes begins again on the 20th April between 7 and 9 p.m.  We will be making a stitched Knotted Heart Broochneedle case, 2 modern friendship bracelets from c-Lon cord and leather and a knotted heart brooch. 

Interested in joining us?  The contact us to see if there is a place available. 

Price £36.00 for the 5 sessions.

New Dates - Classes and Worskhops

You can find out in the diary dates page what is going on at our shop but if you would like to download a copy of the spring courses and workshops please click here.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you want to reserve a place - all courses and workshop places book  up quickly.

We look forward to hearing from you

Tiara Workshop - A great success!

Ladies wearing theri finished tiaras. wonderful!On Sunday the 27th Feb The Bead & Button Bazaar ran a Tiara Workshop, facilitated by Kim.  It was a fun and productive day and the ladies all went home with a finished Tiara - which they wore for these photographs.

Well done Ladies!

The next tiara workshop is to be held on the 28th of May between 10.30 and 14.30.  Call us know to book a place.
Ladies day at the Bead & Button Bazaar!

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