Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

Course Dates: 14/04/21 - 15/04/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

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What is the course about?

This online course will introduce you to the techniques and tools used to make original pieces of beaded
jewellery. You will use beginners macramé, stringing and knotting techniques, look at beaded jewellery designs
and patterns and learn about bead wiring techniques.

What will we cover?

- Bead knotting and stringing techniques will be demonstrated showing which beads and findings to use.
- You will discuss colour and bead jewellery design principles
- You will learn about which tools and materials to use, such as wire and threads
- How to finish off samples and finished pieces using metal findings
- Small projects such as bracelets, necklaces and earing’s will be demonstrated
- Discuss how to work independently after the course end.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Confidently design and make personal pieces of beaded jewellery
- Buy beaded jewellery materials and tools online for your own projects and commissions
- Construct earrings, bracelets and necklaces according to your own style
- Make or choose appropriate findings for each design
- Use crimp beads and crimp tools.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for all abilities.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations and hand-outs.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- This course will be taught online using Zoom and Google Classroom through weekly live sessions and video demonstrations.
- 1:1 tuition
- Feedback, Q & A and group chats using Google classroom and Zoom sessions
- You will have the opportunity to engage with your online learning community and tutor on both platforms
- Online resource, inspiration and task handouts will be available to download in each session
• A computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser works best for live sessions. Alternatively, you can use a tablet or phone for zoom sessions but your device will need a microphone and a camera. Using headphones with microphones is advisable as these block out all room noise in live online sessions
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start for instructions and for a list of materials.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will require a good broadband connection, a comfortable chair and a desk with good lighting. You will also need basic beading materials such as pliers, wire, beads, silk thread and cotton thread – guidance will be given on Google Classroom and emailed to you in advance.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

Browse our current online offer for complementary courses.


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Tutor Biographies
Beverley Sell

She has an academic training in Fine Art and Textiles and for a while set up a design business in Knitted Garments. Whilst studying for an MA in Textiles she started using traditional Bead Weaving techniques to create sculptural pieces. This led to creating accredited and personal interest short courses in Beaded Jewellery. She continues to use constructive Textile techniques within her teaching practise. She is interested in alternative ways to approach education, aiming to stimulate an exploratory approach to design, technique, vocational Craft and personal interpretation. She is actively involved in her community and works closely with local charities to explore how Art and Craft increases connectivity and reduces isolation. She is a member of Hastings Arts Forum where she exhibits and has curated Textile exhibitions.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VV503

Wed-Thu, eve, 14 Apr - 15 Apr '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £99.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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