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I now write regularly for each edition of the Beadworkers Guild Journal and the Bead Society Journal.

My articles in the Beadworkers Guild Journal reports on the characteristics and uses of new shapes of beads, their availability and includes (usually) 4 worked pieces, some are variations on traditional beading stitches (such as tubular herringbone) and others are original designs.

My column in the Bead Society Journal has a distinctly seed beady slant. Recent articles have reported on the Battle of the BeadSmith and Artisan lampworked beads. I also donate original patterns to the Journal from time to time and write book reviews.

Until March 2016 I taught beadweaving at the New Forest Bead Shop: the shopping complex it was in has closed and the company has moved to a warehouse in New Milton but has no dedicated teaching area as yet.


National Beading Week 30 July to 7 August 2016
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I'm one of the NBW Ambassadors this year and, like other ambassadors, have lodged free downloadable patterns at NBW 2016
These include the handout I prepared for NBW 2015 on looming 2-hole beads,
my Spiffing Lariat, and
Four patterns for designs produced as part of my Beadopedia page in BWG Journal July 2016 using Cup Button, RounDuo and Super8 beads

During NBW16
I’m in the secret Bead-along with Jean Power – her Facebook page and http://www.jeanpower.com/
30th July: Come and join me at Betchworth Beaders Bead-in in Surrey where I’ll be talking about off-loom weaving 2-hole beads. More details under Surrey at NBW Local
31st July: Priory Beaders have an exhibition space at the Mudeford Arts Festival on the Saturday and Sunday, I'll be helping out on the Sunday. More details at Mudeford Festival.
Check the NBW website for events near you, also check the "Traders" page.

I live in the delightful New Forest (an ancient royal hunting ground with a variety of landscapes including heathland, forest and fields) where each season is a delight.
The beautiful wild ponies and deer conserve the landscape by grazing and add interest to the Forest. Other animals allowed to graze include cattle, donkeys; and in the autumn; pigs.

About me: My name is Jennifer Airs and I’m passionate about beads, and about beading.

It’s the mix of the fabulous colours / textures of the beads and the way these can be transformed with a few simple tools into rich and shapely objects that enchant me.

Designing beadwork was a natural progression from following, then adapting, other people’s patterns. Over 170 of my patterns have been published in books, in magazines and on Bead TV. Some patterns are available as free downloads from this site.

British Bead Awards - I came 3rd in the beadwork Jewellery category in 2010 and won the Crystals category in 2011. I was a judge in 2012 and 2013.
My 2015 entry to the Battle of the Beadsmith "Cirque Minerve", was  knocked out of the competition. Here's a picture of me wearing it: back view.
 
I had to abandon my 2016 entry when a nasty chest infection slowed me down so much I was unable to complete the piece in time.

Learn more about me in a free downloadable biography from this site.

Jennifer