Workshop Calendar 2014

Please note all workshops must be pre-booked in advance and deposit paid to confirm booking as we order materials and equipment in advance

Anyone wishing to book any of the workshops or wishing to join the group should contact: Julie Farquhar, click on link below.


Please take a look at the selection of workshops we have listed. Workshops must be booked in advance. To book please send your deposit to Vivien  -  Vivien Piper, 30 Tanyard, Bassingbourn, Herts SG8 5NH or bring it along to a Tuesday evening session. Please be aware that some workshops are number limited and are on a first come basis, if full you can ask to be put on the waiting list.

Saturday May 3rd

10 am - 1pm

Bezelled cabochon

By Linda Runeckles

£8 members £13 non members. £5 deposit when booking.

Fowlmere Village Hall

Pleas note - Last booking date for this workshop is 1st April 2014

Linda will be showing how to bezel a flat backed cabochon to foundation material using peyote and back stitch.  Then finishing the cabochon uses brick stitch.

Linda will supply the neutral coloured cabochon glued onto the backing. You will need to bring a small selection of delica beads in sizes 11&15 and 3mm glass pearls. A mixture of colours including black, grey, silver and white will work best. You should also bring matching thread and a suitable needle.

Saturday June 5th.

Crocheting with beads.

by Julie Farquhar


"Bead Challenge Display

£5 members £10 non members. Full payment when booking.

Fowlmere Village Hall

This workshop day will also be the collection date of our challenge. Please bring in your finished items so that we can display them all out for viewing and photographing.

If you are not attending the workshop please could you arrange for your challenge pieces to be there. Challenge kits will be given out with membership renewals from the 1st April.

There is a huge variety of effects that you can get crocheting with wire, thread and beads. This session is designed to include all level of experience in crocheting. Those who have forgotten or never taken up the hook to those who want to experiment with different m

aterials and styles.

I will bring a selection of wires, threads, seed beads and lots of instructions and ideas to get you started.

If you would like to talk to me about the type of crocheting you would like to attempt please email so that we can make sure we have the right materials. I will be demonstrating a easy chain crochet necklace using seed beads. This will be suitable for all levels and I will have all the materials needed for that. 

Please bring with you a beading mat, a small crochet hook if you have one (There will be plenty to borrow if you don't) and any beads you may like to add

Saturday July 12th

Beaded purse

Sylvia  Fairhurst

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No workshop

September 5th Saturday.

9am - 6pm

Victoria and Albert Museum. Wedding dresses exhibition.

EXHIBITION: Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years.

This magical exhibition highlights exceptional craftsmanship and brings together couture and designer-made wedding garments from key fashion designers including Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. Join us as we share the stories behind the outfits and celebrate the most comprehensive, nostalgic and evocative collection of wedding dresses and bridal fashions ever.

£29.00 Full payment will be needed at booking.

Price includes coach travel and entry to the exhibition. We have timed entries for the exhibition at 11.45 and 12.15. The time either side if free for you to explore the rest of the museum.

Pick up point - TBA

October 4th Saturday 10am - 1pm

Christmas flowers by Katie Dean.

£18 members £23 non members. £10 deposit whe

n booking.

Fowlmere Village Hall

Katie will be teaching French beading using wire instead of thread. The materials required are listed below. If you do not have any of the items listed you will be able to purchase or borrow them on the day.

Use two different French Beading techniques to make this plant that can be used as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You can add as many flowers and leaves as you wish and could use a bigger pot to make a larger decoration. Alternatively, you can make the flower head alone, leave a very tiny stem and use it to decorate the top of a Christmas cake.


45g size 11 seed beads in silver lined red

15g size 11 seed beads in silver lined green

3g size 11 seed beads in opaque yellow

28 gauge (0.315mm) wire in red

24 gauge (0.5mm) wire in red 24 gauge (0.5mm) wire in green

Floral Stem Tape

Green embroidery thread

Plant pot & FloristsFoam

Cotton wool / small stones / moss to decorate the top of the pot


Wire cutters

Bead spinner (if you have one)

The bead quantities I have given are those that you will require for the plant. If you are making just a single flower, you will need fewer red and yellow beads and no green, but if you are using a bead spinner, it will work best with at least 30g of beads in it, so you may want to buy more beads than you will be using.