Alison and Sylvia hope you will enjoy our Bead work programme for 2018

Classes are held in Torquay, Devon

Do contact us for further information at

Cynthia Rutledge new class added for Monday 3rd September



Tuesday Bead Group meetings

10.30am to 3.30pm Fee £7.50 each day

June 26  In celebration of International Bead Week from 29 July to 6 August

The Beadworkers Guild competition this year is Beaded Beads. It is open to

members and non members of the Guild. This month we will look at various

designs and examples to start you thinking about your own shapes and how

they can be used. Bring along any pictures, or beaded beads you have. It will be

great to see the variety of shapes that are possible.

Wednesday Bead Group meetings

10.30am to 1pm Fee £4.50 each day

June 27  Details as on the Tuesday meeting

10.30am to 1pm Fee £4.50 each day

 We have a project at each of these meetings which you are welcome to join in or continue with your own work.

These are not taught sessions but there is always someone available to help if required.

They are suitable for beginners or experienced beading group members. Do get in touch if you would like further information.


Cynthia Rutledge         FALLING FOR YOU        Necklace

Monday September 3          10am to 4pm         Fee £65       


Three organic leaf shapes are joined at the beginning ends of the

leaves to form the central component of this design.

Using a fun technique of color grading really makes this design shine

A beautifully bezeled cushion cut CZ adds the elegance to this

design and just the right touch.

A variation of RAW is used to create a fabulous strap ending in two

lovely buttons and a button connector.

Workshop: This is a one-day workshop

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Necklace length: 18 inches


Variation of Raw

Flat peyote stitch with increasing and decreasing

Flat circular peyote stitch with increasing

Blending color techniques


  Cynthia Rutledge        FLOWER OF THE SEA    Bracelet

 Tuesday  September 4           10am to 4pm      Fee £65     


Flower of the Sea

Flower of the Sea ©2015 by Cynthia RutledgeI look at inspiration as a part of the bead designing process that leads to creating something. Whether the inspiration came from a specific place, an idea or experience or something tangible, to be inspired is usually the first step to creating art.

Flower of the Sea Bracelet was inspired by the amazing colors of the ocean. For this design, I kept looking at sea anemones, as they are particularly graceful organisms that are not plants but actually animals. These meat eaters attach themselves to the sea floor or coral reefs and lure their prey with their colorful flowing tentacles. The tendrils are reminiscent of flower petals and the colors palettes are among natures most spectacular.

Flower of the Sea ©2015 by Cynthia RutledgeThe flower center is a netting variation that bezels a large pearl. Netting continues to add structure to the flower shape using seed beads and pearls, adding dimension. Petal like shapes and small spike fringes add the finishing touches to the sea flower.

Two cables, made from a netting variation, represent the coral reefs where this sea flower calls home. The clasp is a hidden snap that is attached to two peyote-stitched strips that are under the sea flower.

Dimensions: Flower is 1-5/8 inches wide. Band is 5/8 inches wide. The bracelet is 6-3/4 inches long.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced


  Cynthia Rutledge        REGALIA de las REINES   Necklace

Wednesday September 5     10am to 4pm      Fee £65      

Regalia de las Reinas de España  ©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge



Regalia de las Reinas de España was inspired by a combination of the two paintings of Isabel and Catalina and of the artifacts found on the Atocha. This design utilizes a unique peyote stitch way of bezeling CZ's to form square bezels, even though the CZ's are not square. Pearl embellishments, and tiny herringbone shapes cupping around single cups of cup-chain, add intriguing elements. Three different components come together to reflect a "girdle-like" look but in a delicate way. The components terminate into tubular peyote stitch tubes with little bead caps, ending with two beautiful buttons and a connector. Beautiful, elegant and fit for a Queen!  

 Skill level: Intermediate to advanced   



 We hope you will enjoy all or some of these projects.

Do get in touch if you have any queries either by email or on the website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia and Alison or

If you would like to make a booking for any of the courses please email to check availability.

A NON REFUNDABLE, non transferable deposit, of 50% per day for each course booked, unless stated otherwise, is required to confirm a place. Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer. Email for details.

The balance of the fee will be due two months prior to the course date. After this date no refund can be given unless the course is full and a replacement student is found, then a full refund will be given less a £10 administration fee.

Should a course be full we will start a waiting list and inform you should a place become available.

It is always worth contacting us if you wish to come on a course near the date as there are sometimes cancellations

A requirement list will be sent at least one month prior to course date.

We reserve the right to cancel a course should there be insufficient numbers or if the tutor has to cancel due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances. A full refund will be given.

However we cannot be responsible for any other expenses incurred. Please consider taking out your own insurance.