Way back on 13th February Mum and I went to a craft workshop at Craft Candy in Grays, Essex. It was to learn how to make a beaded rose and we had so much fun that we both left with materials to make more!
Today I want to finally tell you about that class 🙂
Craft Candy (their Facebook page is here) is an amazing bead shop in Grays, Essex. Seriously, they have so many beads! And they have the most beautiful work on display in their windows by the tutors who run the workshops. It’s a craft lovers dream and I could (and have) spend hours in there chatting and gathering inspiration (and beads).
The beaded rose workshop was taken by Ken, who creates stunning beaded jewellery, and for £25 you get unlimited tea, biscuits (well it’s usually biscuits, but we were treated to a delicious homemade cheesecake as we had a birthday among us), and all supplies and materials needed to make your rose.
We arrived at 12noon and was told that the workshop would stay open until everyone had finished – so there was no need to rush.
What we used:
- 0.4 wire
- Size 8 toho beads (I used one tube of Peridot and two tubes of Gladiola)
- Wire cutters
- Bead mat
- Tea and cake (these are a definite must for crafty gatherings!)
For a more delicate rose you can use smaller wire and beads – After the workshop I bought some 0.3 wire and size 12 toho beads.
Ken did a wonderful job at explaining how to make the rose and before we knew it I had four small petals.
The rest of the components were made after a tea and cake break, but it wasn’t too long before we had them all … it probably took a little longer than usual though as we kept losing count because we were chatting so much.
We made four small petals, four large petals and three leaves of varying sizes. Ken then showed us how to twist these all together and add a ribbon to the stem to cover the wire… and hey presto – Roses!
Mum went for the traditional red rose:
And I made a rose in our wedding colours … everything has the potential to be a wedding craft now:
Ken doesn’t write down his patterns as they’re all in his head, but a quick search on Pinterest found two similar patterns that I thought I’d share with you:
If you make either of these, let me know – I’d love to see your roses 🙂