Bead shops listed here are all shops that I regularly use to buy my beading supplies.
Anita’s Beads: bead shop located in Shoreham-by-Sea, this shop has an excellent range of Venetian beads, glass pearls, glass beads (eg lamp-worked, millefiori), delicas. Online or mail order service is excellent with beads usually arriving the next day.
Charisma Beads: located in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, this bead shop is full of Delica beads and is far and away the best place I have found for size 10 Delicas in the UK. It also stocks other beads from the Miyuki range, including shaped beads (eg Tilas and Superduos) and rocailles. Books and magazines are also available. If the website doesn’t have the colour you want, or if you would like a larger quantity, they are happy to source beads especially for you.
GJ Beads: located in Hayle and also Truro in Cornwall, GJ Beads has a huge range of Matsuno seed beads, Delica beads, plus wooden beads, glass beads, all the new shaped seed beads, findings and beading books and magazines. Online or mail order service is excellent with beads usually arriving the next day.
Halfpenneys: located in Lancashire, Halfpenney’s, The Beading Room is owned by Gordon and Kathryn Halfpenney. They are fabulously helpful and offer a great mail order service in addition to the actual bead shop in their front room! Visits to the shop should be made by appointment, but they also host regular beading groups and have a great online store.
Spellbound Beads: are based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, but also attend a lot of bead fairs. They have a fabulous collection of beading kits in addition to their range of beads. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and the service is excellent.
Stitchncraft: located in Semley, Dorset, Stitchncraft has a great range of rocailles and Delicas, Swarovski elements, plus more unusual beads, like Lunar Cabochons. This bead shop is also a good place to find the latest products on the market, things like Tulip needles and ‘Bead on it’ Boards. Their service is excellent with online and mail order beads arriving next day and shipping is charged at cost.
The Bead Shop: this is London’s original bead shop and has been open in Covent Garden since the 1960s. They stock a great range of glass, bone, semi-precious, pearls and crystal beads, plus some rocailles and some Delicas. Their range of findings is also huge, with most types of finding available in either plated or pure metals.
The Old Bicycle Shop: this may not sound much like a bead shop, but it has a fabulous range of seed beads and unusual beads from Germany and the Czech Republic, all sourced by Davida, the shop owner. It is also a great place to find good quality clasps by Claspgarten. The mail order service is great and the website has regular sales and offers.
The Scientific Wire Company: this is a brilliant source for wire for both French Beading and wirework projects. The website is a little confusing, but if you search for ‘coloured copper craft wire’ this will bring you to the section that you need. Here you can buy reels of wire in a huge range of colours and different strengths. Choose from small reels or larger, bulk reels.