Bring on the bling – an introduction to bead knitting with Jeanette Sloan

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE11572

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About this course

Take your knit skills up a level – introduce beads to your knitting. Using a combination of knit, purl and slip stitches, learn how beaded motifs and stripes add a touch of bling to your work.

Course Description

This class is aimed at intermediate knitters who can knit and purl confidently. Using these two basic techniques, and introducing the slip stitch, you will learn how to introduce beads into knitting as you work. You will be invited to choose two designs from a selection of swatches which you will knit using the two beading techniques to be covered over the weekend. Each swatch will introduce you to the practice of bead knitting creating a fabric, embellished with beads on the right side of the knitting. You’ll then have the option to finish the swatch with a ribbed edge in order to transform it into a pair of fingerless mitts, phone cosy or coaster.

Additionally you will also learn the importance of choosing the right materials such as matching the bead size with yarn weight, how to thread beads onto the yarn and how to read a chart.

On the first evening we’ll start with a look at some beaded designs in order to whet the your appetite and outline what’s involved in this exciting technique. The first day of the class will be spent selecting patterns, learning the techniques and preparing for casting on which leaves the rest of the day for getting to grips with the knitting which will continue into the evening. The last day will be a chance for the tutor to check your progress, answer any questions you may have and show you how to finish your swatches, transforming them into a mitt, phone cosy or coaster.

At the end of the course, in addition to learning a new favourite bead knitting technique, you will have learned, how to select the appropriate materials for a future beaded project, how to read a chart and sew a seam (where applicable). These new skills will give you the confidence to create your own colour combinations and encourage you to explore more embellished techniques especially since all of these skills can be applied when working with buttons and sequins. The hope is that when crafting in the future, you'll be inspired to add your own touch of bling to an otherwise unbeaded project.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


100g double knitting yarn
1 pack of size 6.0 glass seed beads
Sewing thread
Sewing needle
Darning needle

What students need to bring

One pair 3.50 mm knitting needles single point or circular depending on personal preference
Small shallow tray (eg a Yorkshire pudding tray) to be used when working with beads
Pencil and eraser

Beads (different colours) will be available for purchase from the tutor for those wishing to continue with bead knitting after the course.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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