On a rainy winter’s day in London, a dream and a collaboration began that will grow into an inspirational journey for beadworkers everywhere.

About the book

Inspired by the Cheapside Hoard, the sumptuous costumes and elaborate jewellery from the Tudor and Elizabethan period, Heather and Melanie have designed 10 gorgeous projects for beadworkers to make. Buy the book now and begin designing.

About our retreats

Three-day beading retreats where you can create to your heart’s content and get advice from these two extraordinary beaders.

“Heather’s love of beads and colour is infectious and she has inspired and encouraged many budding designers. Her beaded jewelry is delicate, richly detailed and infinitely wearable. With designs inspired by history, heritage, vintage and treasure, her work explores the relationships between wearer and object.” Kathryn Keil, Facet Jewelry

“Melanie is a very popular teacher, well-known for her exquisite and intricate beading designs. She is one of the few beaders I know who absolutely adores working in size 15 beads, or even smaller if she can! She will often combine these with Swarovski® crystals and her style is frequently inspired by historic architectural themes and designs.” Beadflowers My World of Beads