Beading with Melanie de Miguel
2nd – 8th October 2018
Melanie de Miguel is an international beading designer and tutor. In 1999 Melanie attended the first Great British Bead Show and joined The Beadworkers Guild. As a qualified Science teacher and a bead artist with her own designs and ideas, Melanie was encouraged by the Guild to begin teaching. Immediately she began holding private workshops at home and teaching for the Guild, and she helped to found a local beading group, the Dangerous Beaders. Since then, Melanie has taught workshops for bead groups throughout the UK, at the Knitting & Stitching Show, at bead fairs and beading retreats, and is now a regular tutor at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, US; she has her own YouTube channel for beading tutorials and her work has also been featured in a number of publications and beadwork books.
Since she began designing, Melanie’s work has morphed through a number of styles, most notably influenced by her scientific background and inspirations from nature, but mainly driven by the mediaeval, Byzantine and Renaissance eras. Her designs are best described as intricate and innovative, incorporating minimalist beading of crystal cabochons.
Melanie realised her designing skills really took off when she had built up a solid arsenal of beading techniques with which to attack every project. Her fascination with threadpaths and constant desire to experiment led her to create an exciting new beadwork technique – Hubble stitch. Publishing Let’s Hubble!, her first book, was the logical next step; it was released on 11th May, 2015 and sold out quickly, reaching the No.1 bestseller in the Beadwork and Jewellery categories. Exploring further, Melanie has now published her 2nd Hubble Stitch book!
Continuing on the path of innovation, Melanie recently took part in a ground-breaking event – teaching a Hubble Stitch Masterclass via Webinar to students in Columbus, Ohio and New York, all from her office in London!