A Beading Experience
Written by Sam Martin on 03/07/2018
July 28th to 5th August 2018 is International Beading Week, and Beads & Biscuits and Halfpenney’s are celebrating this with 2 days of A Beading Experience event at Oswaldtwistle Mills – Sunday 29th and Monday 30th July.
The event is completely free and visitors will be able to make something they can take home with them.
What’s it all about?
International Beading Week (IBW) started as a little acorn of an idea, in a Beadworkers Guild meeting some years ago, and has grown and grown into a worldwide event that celebrates our passion for stitching with beads. The original ethos of our idea was (and still is) to educate and encourage the wider public to participate in beading, to support bead traders so we could continue to have an excellent source of supplies and to have some fun sharing our passion with others in our local area.
We’re often asked why we chose a week in the summer holidays to celebrate International Beading Week, but there was definitely method in our madness. Obviously, we needed to choose a time in the Guild calendar when we could dedicate ourselves to organising activities for the event. This is also a quiet period in the bead shows calendar, which means that traders are less busy, so would have time to dedicate to local events, and hopefully it would boost their business in a slow period. There are lots of events in the summer months that we could all participate in without the necessity of having to organise our own dedicated events. Finally, if our craft is to thrive in the future, there is a real need for us to pass on our skills to younger generations, and what better time to do this than when they are free from the demands of school work?