Saturday, 9 May 2015

Smitten Open House Classes

We have two fabulous classes for you this year as well as an opportunity to see how a lampwork artist creates her beads and a chance to craft your own. 

I'm very happy to welcome back talented bead weaver Charlotte Rosser from Wild Strawberry Designs. Charlotte has designed an absolute gem with the BEADED MANDALA  - this versatile piece once learnt can be adapted by using different amounts and sizes of beads; a clever component which can be incorporated into your jewellery making. We also have a great new teacher -  Dawn Gatehouse from Polly Red is a bit of a dab hand with wire work - Dawn will be teaching her beautiful ENDURING LOVE design, this pretty and delicate piece will be a pendant to treasure. 

Sadly we are unable to offer a class from Rebecca Anderson this time, unfortunately Rebecca has had to bow out due to family circumstances, we are sorry she won't be with us, wish her well and hope to see her next time.


Class Fee - £15
Teacher - Charlotte Rosser

Friday 29th May- 11 am 
Saturday 30th May- 1.30pm
Classes will start promptly so please make sure you arrive early

Learn the basics of tubular peyote stitch and embellishment netting to create this versatile big hole 'Beaded Mandala' using size 6/0 and 8/0 seed beads. Each student will have their own little pack of coordinating beads to work from and instructions sheets to take home. Once you have learnt the techniques involved you can expand on the design to create stacking bangles. Beading needles, bead mats and thread will be provided.You are welcome to use the skills you have learnt in whatever way you would like but we ask that you do not reproduce the instruction sheets for resale or distribution in any way.

Class Fee - £15
Teacher - Dawn Gatehouse

Friday 29th May- 1.30pm
Saturday 30th May- 11am
Classes will start promptly so please make sure you arrive early

Join Dawn and learn how to make her "Enduring Love" heart pendant in beautiful Smitten colours. You will learn wire working techniques including shaping, hammering, wrapping and coiling. Each student will receive a pack of beads to make the piece and will be given wire, findings and full colour instructions to take home. Tools and bead mats will be provided. If you prefer to work with your own tools please bring them with you on the day. We ask that that you do not copy, sell or distribute the instructions and the design is for personal use only, however the skills you learn will be yours to take away and use to create your own masterpiece.

per session - £10
Teacher - Linda Newnham

A fantastic opertunity to learn to make your very own glass beads - Each session will be approximately an hour long with a maximum of two people per session to ensure you get a close up view. Once Linda has walked you through the process you will have a go at making your own bead hopefully completing at least 2-3 beads during the session. All equipment and materials will be provide. 
Booking is now open - Please make sure you have read all the information before you contact us to book as we want you to make sure that the classes are right for you. Payment via PayPal is required at the time of booking to ensure your place. We are offering 2 sessions for each class, there will be a maximum of 10 students and the classes will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long, all the materials are included and any specialist tools will be provided for you to use.

If you would like more information or to book onto either the Beaded Mandala or the Enduring Love heart pendant class please email me at: To book the Taster Sessions please contact Linda directly either through her Earthshine facebook page or via email:

I look forward to hearing from you.