Contemporary Beadwork Class for Beginners

Learn the beautiful art form of contemporary beadwork for beginners

6.5 hours Class size 1 to 10     label $220

Looking for unique experiences in Canberra? Come and learn the beautiful art form of contemporary beadwork in this beginners class with British Couture designer Charlotte Appleby!

In this full-day class, you will learn all the techniques of contemporary beadwork using specialty sequins with a beading needle creating dimension, three-dimensional elements and ribbon work with embroidery techniques to add texture. This is popular in ready-to-wear fashion, millinery, applique and textiles.

All techniques are practised on silk organza using a rotating embroidery frame. Although you will be learning in a mixed technique group, your class is tailored specifically to your progress, so all levels are welcome to attend.

In addition to the full-day class, you will also receive free follow up online Zoom sessions throughout the year and become part of the Couture Bead Masters Community!

Knowledge required
Both beginners and students with some experience are welcome.
What you'll get
  • 12" embroidery frame (borrow or purchase frame end of day $35)
  • Beads, sequins and ribbons
  • Embroidery threads
  • Beading needle
  • Silk organza
  • Specialist threads from Europe
What to bring
Basic sewing kit and a 4" g clamp (Bunnings sell these clamps)

Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT

Your teacher
Couture Bead Masters
Couture Bead Masters

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Couture Bead Masters is founded by Charlotte Appleby a British Couture dress designer, trained at London College of Fashion in Handcraft and Production tailoring. I initially worked within fashion, film and theatre before setting up my own business The English Tailoress. I always had a passion for couture beading and applied it to many of my eveningwear and bridal designs. I learnt the skill in 2007 through a workshop and became hooked on the ‘Luneville’ technique. This technique is practised in the couture houses in Paris today however its origin dates to the early 1800s.

I celebrate the traditional art of couture beading and share my experience with other designers, enthusiasts and companies worldwide. I set up Couture Bead Masters to maintain these artisanal skills within the industry to keep the traditional techniques alive.

Alongside my private commission work, I educate Internationally running workshops and courses teaching specialist skills executed in my work. I also provide specialist couture supplies and online resources sharing my knowledge and continued appreciation of couture beading and embellishment.

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Colin Calderwood Jun 2021

The location details provided for the class were not clear. Myself and two other attendees went to Gorman Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. This was the information provided. However, the class was being conducted at Ainslie Arts Centre. This meant we missed 30 minutes of the class. The information also stated there was parking available at the venue. This was not the case as other classes were being undertaken at the same venue.
Information also stated that tea and coffee facilities were available, again this was misleading as the kitchen was for staff members only. Although I did get a hot beverage here it was clearly not for our use.
I did enjoy the class and the teacher was extremely good at explaining techniques. It was an enjoyable afternoon and I have purchased items so I can continue to enjoy doing this form of artwork.

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