International Beading Week Guest Ambassador 2023

International Beading Week Guest Ambassador 2023

I am honoured and very excited to be invited as guest ambassador for International Beading Week this year.  

What is International Beading Week?

International Beading Week was set up by the Beadworkers Guild in 2015. It has grown into a worldwide event that celebrates our passion for stitching with beads. The original ethos of the Guild's idea was (and still is) to educate and encourage the wider public to participate in beading, to support bead traders so we can all continue to have an excellent source of supplies and to have some fun sharing our passion with others in our local area. 

International Beading Week (IBW) is open to everyone each year who has a passion for beadwork or who would like to learn more about this creative art form.  Wherever you are in the world you can get involved!

Catriona Starpins and her love of beads

As a young girl I was always attracted to anything that sparkled especially under lights. Today nothing has changed, I collect anything that shines and shimmers, especially beads and love to create with them. My background as a costumier and milliner has allowed me to showcase these individual skills bringing joy to others through my beadwork.

I am very passionate about all beading especially bead embroidery and bead weaving. My eye for detail and buzzing mind of creative ideas keeps me striving to always come up with something new. I love learning new beading techniques and challenging myself to try new things. This experience allows me to share my beading knowledge with others and teaching brings me great joy. I love to see students wearing their finished designs proudly.

You can find out more about International Beading Week by clicking on the IBW International beading week logo.



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