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Beyond Beading

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The Walthamstow Jewellery Group opened in May 2010 to provide a place for anybody interested in learning jewellery making with beads and wire. At the time there were no other classes on this subject in Walthamstow and surrounding areas. From September 2013 the Group has been operating under its new name ‘Beyond Beading’.

Be amazed at what YOU can make!

 At Beyond Beading we are going way beyond learning a new skill.

Admittedly, you can learn many of the techniques I teach from books, magazines or Youtube. However, when you join our workshops you also get:

  • Someone to ask if you get stuck
  • Guidance when exploring new techniques
  • A large choice of materials and tools to use
  • An opportunity to socialise and make new friends
  • A chance to learn from fellow students
  • A ‘change of scene’ sometimes needed to get your mind into a more positive frame
  • A space and time to leave your troubles behind, relax, become absorbed, be yourself


Students will work with all kinds of gemstone, glass and metal beads accompanied by wires in various metals and gauges, metal sheet, cord and other materials.

The wide variety of techniques taught includes:


  • Chainmail 
  • Tigertail
  • Wire Jig
  • Macrame
  • Wire Crochet
  • Silver Fusing
  • Copper Forming
  • ...and many more


We also venture into other crafts like

  • Kumihimo Braiding
  • Leather Work

Coming up in the future:

  • Friendly Plastic
  • Embossing
  • Decoupage
  • Copper Etching



My name is Birgit Barrett. I am German and have lived in England for over 30 years. I live with my husband and our cat Spooky in Walthamstow, London.

I have made crystal and silver jewellery for many years and used to sell at local craft events. 

Following a course in silversmithing I developed an interest in jewellery making techniques using wire and beads to complement the silversmithing.

I am very patient with students and it gives me pleasure to observe students mastering skills and their resulting increased confidence.

I am so happy to be able to share my passion and hope that, if you join my workshops, you will enjoy learning as much as I enjoy teaching.

Birgit x

Beyond Beading has won an award from Netmums! I am absolutely thrilled! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. I could not have done it without you.

Bigit x