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Who is this course for?
This is an introductory level course that aims to introduce “beginners” to the basics of Traditional Bead Weaving and develop their ability sufficiently over the course to achieve a level one qualification from the NCFE. The course will introduce you to a range of Traditional Bead Weaving stitches (brick, herringbone, ladder, netting, peyote stitch and right-angle weave) and materials to produce a number of finished jewellery and other beaded items.
What do you need to apply for the course?
There are no formal entry requirements, although you should possess a general interest in Design, Jewellery Making and Beading using a needle and specialist threads. This specialised course should appeal to adults 19+ and all abilities.
What are the key things you'll learn?
This specific area of study will allow you to create beaded jewellery and other items through the exploration and manipulation of a variety of traditional bead weaving stitches and you will be encouraged to explore the history of this centuries old technique. Initially you will explore projects such as bracelets, earrings and necklaces, which will enable you to develop a variety of finished jewellery design outcomes.
How you will learn
Primarily you will learn through practical lessons in wellappointed studios. The course will be delivered through a series of practical demonstration, techniques and projects. There is no formal examination to the course, but to achieve the NCFE level one qualification, you are required to submit a sketchbook/portfolio of coursework/notes for assessment. Staff will advise and assist you on the presentation, collation and review of this work as part of the course.
What costs will you incur?
Students will be responsible for some of the costs of the beads, and this cost will be dependent on the designs they create. (A specific cost cannot be give as the items used will be dependent on the finished design). Additionally, you will be required to bring your own sketchbook (A4) and a display file to present your level one coursework.