Spoilt Rotten Beads – BeadFest 2017

On Saturday 24th June 2017 we headed to Haddenham, Ely for BeadFest 2017 at Spoilt Rotten Beads. Throughout the open day they were holding free workshops, make and take sessions, and giveaways online and in store. It was a fantastic event and certainly had that festival vibe – with an outdoor marquee and Minty the VW Campervan! Spoilt Rotten Beads is a popular local craft supplies shop specialising in beadcrafts and stocks 5000+ beads, findings, supplies and patterns for jewellery making. There is also a workspace above the shop where they run jewellery making workshops and classes.

When we first arrived we had a go on the Bead-O’-Fortune! The stall was being looked after by a friendly student who was working at the shop during her secondary school work experience. There were lots of prizes up for grabs – sweets, beads, tassels, waxed cotton, findings as well as vouchers to spend in store – and was just 50p a go. We came away with some dainty flower charms! Next, we headed into the shop to have a browse and a glass of fruity punch. There were more competitions taking place inside including a raffle and guessing the number of beads in a giant martini glass.

It was lovely to meet the owner Juliet Browse and her staff who were welcoming and helped to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere throughout. Wild Girl Henna, Juliet’s daughter, was set up in the campervan. She is a very talented self-taught henna artist with a great portfolio of designs. We loved having our henna done – take a look below!

The make and take sessions were held inside the marquee and we were able to join in making a pendant. It was a great taster of what they offer in terms of workshops and basic jewellery making skills. With no experience of jewellery making we were taught how to use the different types of pliers and were guided throughout. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to find out about the types of bead projects there are out there. One lady showed us a small chandelier she had just completed – it was beautiful.

Before we left we headed back into the shop for another look around and we were also shown the workspace upstairs. Wire Macrame, An Introduction to Jewellery Making and Creative Wire Writing are just a few of the classes they run at the shop throughout the year. We also discovered that there are 250+ free photo and video tutorials available online via their website – showing you step-by-step how to create a variety of different beading projects. You can find all the materials needed for these in store and online here.


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