Embark on a whimsical beading adventure with Catriona Starpins as she transports you to the enchanting world of Iolanthe, Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta. Inspired by the fairy protagonist, you’ll delve into creating your own bead embroidered cuff bracelet. Using Shibori Silk and an exquisite fusion of Japanese and Czech Glass beads, you’ll intricately embellish the fabric’s folds. Under Catriona’s guidance, you’ll learn the art of draping the shibori silk, and then adorning it with sparkling rivolis, chatons, and seed beads. The end result?
A truly magical and stunning accessory that evokes the spirit of Iolanthe’s captivating realm.

EVENT DATES & TIMES: Please note that this is a 2 part class held on different days. Booking under this event will secure your place for both days.

Session 1: Thursday 18th January 1pm to 4pm

Session 2: Friday 19th January 1pm to 4pm

TECHNIQUES: Beadwork, Bead Embroidery.


COST: $70

KIT: $60 – Optional



A                Size 11 seed bead  – 10 grams
B                Size 11 seed bead  – 10 grams
C                Size 15 seed bead  – 2 grams
D                2mm pearls – 20
E                6mm smooth rondelle – 20
F                Czech glass mini flower – 35
G               4mm Round glass beads – 12
H               3mm fire polish beads – 20
I                 O beads – 20
J                8mm Chatons – 1
K               12mm Rivoli – 2
L                24mm bead slide clasp – 1
M               Foundation, either Lacys Stiff Stuff or stiffened felt 6-10cm x 25-30cm
N               Ultrasuede 6-10cm x 25-30cm
O               Shibori Silk 10cm x 30cm

Tools and other Materials Required

These are what I use in my bead kit.
 E6000 Glue
 Beading Thread, Fireline, One G, KO, or Hana
 Beading Needles, size 11 or 12 or Straw size 11. I prefer shorter beading needles.
 Lighter
 Thread Burner for cutting and burning ends of thread off.
 Sharp scissors for trimming thread.
 Beading Mat/tray, I like the soft fuzzy foam ones.
 Good Beading Light and Magnification if required.
 Sewing Pins


Bookings will open 7.00PM Saturday 25th November


This event is fully booked, you can join the waitlist by filling up the form and we'll let you know when a space opens up.