Hello Beautiful Beaders,

It's getting to that time of year when I start dreaming about sunnier climbs and family holidays by the seaside. This cold weather has a certain February bite that makes me yearn for the summertime, of family holidays at our favourite Sherringham cottage, where we relax and catch up with friends, neighbours and even the odd beader!

I'm actually lucky enough to travel around the UK quite a lot for work, where I'm always excited to meet fellow jewellery makers and learn about their amazing beading adventures. Whether it's speaking to my peers at the Create and Craft studios or discussing beading techniques with crafters at the NEC, I find that there are inspirational people in every corner of the country.

This is partly why I'm so excited about my upcoming trip to the Make It exhibition at Farnborough, from the 24th - 25th February. The event will be jam packed with exhibitors, workshops, free 'make 'n' takes' and much, much more.
Riverside Beads will be there with a bumper selection of products to buy and try, including of course our exclusive sparkle spacer beads in a rainbow of colours.


Not only will I be chatting to customers on our stand but I'll also be teaching you new skills in some amazing workshops. If you'd like to sign up for one of the Pearl Knotting, Sparkle Bracelet and Angel Charm or Coiling Gismo workshops then you can book by following the link to the Make It website here  Each class costs just £10 and runs for an hour. The perfect creative interlude to your shopping day!

For those wishing to stay closer to home for their jewellery making don't forget I'll be back on your screens on Create and Craft TV on Wednesday the 1st of March at 9am.
This time I'll be launching a brand new Kumihimo kit, exclusive to Create and Craft. Kumihimo is a specialist style of Japanese braiding and a beautiful and diverse technique you will just love to add to your creative repertoire.

As well as this exclusive tv launch we will also be offering another kit for free when you purchase my Bead-Braid-Twist book from our website. I have written this guide to Kumihimo which shows you step by step how to develop and finish your braids. Each book purchased will receive a free flower bracelet kit, specially designed by little ol' me.

As if that wasn't enough we will also be running a Kumihimo workshop at Riverside HQ on the 24th of March. The class costs £10 and you can book by clicking here.

Phew! Well I don't know about you but I'm about ready for a nice cuppa and a choccy biscuit. Whilst relaxing why not post your hints and tips in our comments section below this blog? Be sure to tune in next time for the latest completion news and our next exciting techniques post when we will be showing you how to create some of the Kumihimo braids detailed in my book.

Until then...Happy Beading!

xxx Donna

Watch Donna Wednesday March 1st at 9am on Create and Craft TV at Sky 674, Freeview 23, Virgin 748 and Freesat 813