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New designs for our Card Gift Vouchers

Did you know that you can buy our card gift vouchers online? Well, you do now, and what’s more there are now 4 new designs to choose from.

You can choose from £10, £15, £20, £25 and £30. We will send the card voucher to you with an envelope so that you can write your greeting inside and then post it on to the lucky beader. Short on time? Enter a different delivery address, give us details of the greeting required in the notes box at checkout , and we can send it direct on your behalf.

Each design has a different greeting so you can choose from A GIFT FOR YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU. I am happy to customise the greeting – just tell me what you want instead and I can do that for you.

Card Gift Vouchers can be used here at The Beading Room, for telephone orders and online.

We also have E-Gift Vouchers available where I will email a unique code to you that you can then send on to your beading friend with your best wishes. This is not an automatic service and we do say to allow 2 working days for your Voucher to arrive, but it rarely takes that long.

All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and cannot be exchanged for cash.

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Our changing use of plastic, paper and cardboard

Plastic, and single-use plastic in particular, is a massive topic right now and I’m sure you will agree that when we buy beads we need to see them clearly and keep them safe. As your bead supplier, we have the option to buy beads in individual tubes, or in larger plastic bags that we re-package in smaller amounts for you. Tubes would be easier for us to handle and certainly have their place, but do make your beads more expensive. Since not everyone re-uses them anyway, we try and avoid them if we can.

Our use of packaging is always on our minds and we re-use any clean plastic bags, paper and boxes that we do get.

Our kits are the first recipients of a review, so here’s what you will notice.

  1. We know that you really need to see the design and beads clearly with kits, and if it’s a gift – either for yourself or someone else – you want it to look exciting with a great visual impact. The self-seal bags that we use for our kits are really clear and now have the sealing strip on the bag instead of the flap. This is a small change really, but for me it’s great step. You can keep reusing the bag without the risk of damaging the pattern and the tape will stay stickier for longer. Double-win!
  2. Glossy card cannot always be recycled, so the cover sheet is now printed onto plain card instead, and as an extra bonus it uses less ink. Another double-win!
  3. You all know what a needle and card of thread look like, so why use a plastic bag? All my new kits will have the needle and thread supplied in a small paper envelope that will be so much easier for you to recycle and I think it looks pretty as well. Is that another double-win!
Our new envelope

Next time you receive one of our kits, please look at the packaging. If it’s one of the new style why not tell us what you think. You can email your comments to kathryn@halfpenney.co.uk.

We may never eradicate the use of plastic in our packaging, but we will do what we can. Our next review will be about the bubble wrap envelopes we use to post your orders to you and whether we move to using more PIP boxes instead. I’ll keep you posted!

Happy beading,

Kathryn

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New Snowflake Charm Kit now available

This charming kit (sorry, couldn’t resist!) is now available and is perfect for new beaders, as well as those with more experience.

Snowflake Charm Kit
£14.95

The kit contains full instructions, with diagrams, and all the beads, wires, needle and thread that you need to make this charm in 6 different colours. They are ideal to identify those party glasses, cups or mugs. Each charm measures approximately 3.8cm (1.5 inches), excluding the wire.

If you have your own Superduos, size 11 seed beads and 6mm bicones, or you want to make different colours, then the pattern is available to download or you can order a printed copy. Patterns are priced at just £3.00.

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Bank Holiday Birthday Bonus

Yes, it’s that time again, the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas. We have an extra reason to celebrate this year as it’s also Kathy’s grandson’s 18th birthday, so we have decided to give you an extra bonus on ALL your orders with us until Monday night.

Enter coupon code CONNORS18 at checkout to receive an 18% discount on absolutely EVERYTHING you order! Cannot be used with any other coupon code. P&P applies to order value after discount. Coupon code is valid until midnight on Monday 30th August.

As it is a bank holiday, orders will be posted out on Tuesday 31st August.

Happy weekend!

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Rocky Road Bracelet design now available

Kit and Bead Pack available in 2 colours
Bronze (includes glass pearls)
and
Sapphire (includes fire polished rounds)

This is my newest design for our Drop In To Bead range. These are ideal to make up in an hour or two and perfect for new beaders who just want to drop in and try bead weaving. Kits contain all the beads, needle and thread needed. Materials provided will make a bracelet up to 22.5cm (9″) long.

You will need to provide your own bead mat and scissors.

Pattern to download or you can order a printed copy £2.50

Bead Pack (excluding pattern) £3.50

Full Kit £5.00

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Poinsettia Wreath now available

Poinsettia Wreath by Kathryn Halfpenney
Pattern £9.95
Bead Pack £13.95
Full Kit £21.50

I designed this wreath as my family gift last year and it’s now available to buy as a pattern, bead pack, or full kit. The 16-page pattern includes diagrams and photographs and it is recommended that beaders have some experience of beading, particularly peyote stitch and right angle weave.

The pattern is available for immediate download or a printed copy can be ordered for the same price of £9.95. Our usual postage charges apply for printed patterns.

Current postage is £2.00 for orders £20 and below, free postage for orders over £20.

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It’s time for International Beading Week

Saturday 24th July to Sunday 1st August 2021

The Beadworkers Guild have themed this year’s event to celebrate the positive mental health impacts that beading has with the tagline: ‘HANGING IN THERE’ and with tassels as the main feature.

You do not have to be a member of The Beadworkers Guild to take part.

I have given you the link below, where you can find lots of information about events that may be happening and there are also lots of free patterns available. We do not feel ready yet to host an event and re-open The Beading Room for groups, but I will say more about our thoughts in my usual email at the beginning of August.

International Beading Week

In the meantime, you may know that since I started my tassel journey in 2016 for National Beading Week (as it was then) there have been a few appearances of new patterns, not least my snowman and witches. Our range of thread colours has been growing too. You can see the full range here. Tassel Making

You can download my Introduction to beaded tassels here Download free guide

We have these special offers available for IBW and you are welcome to share these offers with friends and other beaders.

Offers are valid from Saturday 24th July to Sunday 1st August and will apply to online orders, telephone orders and personal shopping here at The Beading Room – just ring me on 01254 236049 to book your visit.

All orders over £20 (excluding postage) can receive a copy of my Making bead-embellished tassels Booklet 1, worth £6.95.

All orders over £40 can receive a copy of my Making bead-embellished tassels Booklet 1 & Booklet 2, worth £15.90.

To claim your free book/books please enter – I love tassels – in the Order Notes box at the bottom of the checkout page.

There will also be a 10% discount available on all items in the Tassel Making category of the website, including threads, tools, kits and materials packs. Tassel Making

Enter coupon code IBW21 at checkout.

Happy tasselling!

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Chunky Choker Pattern added

I have just added a pattern for a choker I wore for my nephew’s wedding last week. It is tubular peyote stitch using size 8 seed beads and drops. It’s really flexible and was so comfy to wear. I have previously made a bracelet using 2 different colours so I included a picture of that as well. It just you an idea what it will look like.

You don’t need any previous knowledge of the stitch as full instructions with diagrams are provided.

Chunky Choker Pattern £2.50

The pattern includes the colours of the beads I used. It is available as a download or printed copy and is on an introductory price of just £1 until the end of July. How’s that for a bargain!