2020 Monthly Beading Planner & Garnet Beads

29th December 2019

Happy New YearA very happy and prosperous New Year – make more jewellery in 2020!

All orders will be delayed while we’re buying you new beads in China between 6th Jan – 23rd Jan 2020. If there is something you would like us to source (you don’t have to buy it), please email Nigel?

Bead shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs. First of 2020: Harrogate Gem n Bead 22nd-23rd February.

Free 2020 Monthly Beading Planner
Garnet Beads For January
Beading Resolutions
Early 2020 Bead Fairs
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2020 Monthly Bead Planner

To download your free 2020 bead planner in PDF format click: 2020 Beading Planner

2018 Beading PlannerThen save to your Desktop so you can easily find it. This planner will help you organize your beading projects and craft fairs in 2020.

Print it out and write your schedule and bookings in the date boxes. It lists the gemstone of the month and 2020 bead fairs to help you plan ahead.

The planner comes in PDF format which is the most popular for e-books because it can be read using ANY computer or operating system. Over 99% of computers have a PDF reader installed, but if you need one the Abode Reader is free here.

Garnet Beads For January

Garnet BraceletGarnet beads are one of the few semi-precious stones getting cheaper – so add some to your ‘jewellery-making stash’ for 2020!

What Is Garnet?
GarnetGarnet is January’s birthstone, a name given to over ten gemstones with similar structure. Although usually red, there’s shades of green, pale to bright yellow and fiery orange.

Garnet BeadsThe word “Garnet” derives from the Latin “granum” meaning “grain”. Describing the typically rounded shape of the gemstone and also reminds of pomegranate seeds.

Garnet BeadsGarnet makes good jewellery because it’s very hard, and resistant to wear. Garnet is said to symbolize happiness as well as deep and enduring love and friendship. Garnet has been found in jewellery from ancient Greece, Rome, and dating back to 3100 BC in Egypt.

Garnet BeadsOriental warriors made garnet bullets because they believed these would inflict more harm. Others thought garnet brightened the night because of its high refraction of light – explained Noah’s garnet lantern to steer his Ark.

Garnet BeadsTravellers’ wore garnets to protect against evil, poison and wounds. It was also believed to help depression and prevent nightmares. Red garnet in particular is said to break a fever, stop bleeding and to reduce inflammation.

Modern Garnet
Garnet BeadsToday, garnet is prized for its beauty rather than its magical powers.

People like its naturalness, its brilliance, and colour of a sun-drenched Indian summer. Deep green garnets are the rarest and therefore expensive. Emerald green and colourless garnet is next rarest, followed by pure red.

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Beading Resolutions

2018 Beading PlannerNew Years is the best time to start something new. People make resolutions to eat better, extra exercise, quit bad habits. In 2020 you should be planning to be more healthy, work harder, sleep more, and make additional money!

How many of us make resolutions about our beading? What better way to imprint the positive habit of creativity, by enjoying time with our beads and making new projects. It can help you find time to do a little something creative almost every day. Make more jewellery!

Think Beading!

Think Beading!Now is the time to decide what you’d like to make to start your New Year’s beading projects.

This can be a large or small project, a necklace or bracelet, an intricate item, even wall hanging.

Or something significant, such as a baby announcement for a new child, a wedding announcement in beads, a beaded plaque with a quote that means something important to you or loved ones.


The important thing is not to think I’ll start when “I get around to it” – you must start right away, go for it! You don’t have to have every item you’ll need to complete the project to begin.

It doesn’t have to take all day – just set aside an hour or so to get the project started. As long as you have something to begin. Often you’ll find new beads along the way that will fit perfectly with the project.

Make a list of all supplies you need for the project. Tick off what you already have and order online what’s missing. Check for beading thread, needles, a loom if it necessary, the pattern, any instructions or tutorials you’ll need, a bead board etc.

Also, make sure that you have a place to do the beading, any work surface covers, plus somewhere to store the project while you’re not working. Keep the work in a secure place so it will not be tipped over accidentally or knocked off a shelf.

Plan some time, over an hour, to get your new beading project underway. Have all the supplies you’ll need in one spot so you can sit down and begin beading.

If you need a particular book or print-out, be sure to have it ready to use. Mark the place in the book or have instructions from the internet printed out for reference. If you know you have some of the supplies on hand, take a few minutes to dig them out and look over.

You don’t want to be put off a new project because the thread is the wrong colour or your clippers are too dull. If you are missing something for your project, you can often substitute it for something else.

Use your imagination with what you have. Customizing or changing a published beading pattern is a way to add a bit of “you” to the original designer’s creative vision and makes your beading even more special.

Gather all the items you have, even if it’s just the beading needle, thread and pattern. If you have none of the other supplies, then at least thread the needle and read through the pattern.

You could take time to mark rows on the pattern or to gather tools and look through the beads in your stash to work into the project. Go for it! Once you’ve taken the first step – the rest, including beads, tools and time to bead, will come easy!

Use our monthly 2019 bead planner to organize your beading schedule – click here

Generous 20% Off Anything From MrBead

To get 20% off anything in our online stores, Key GARNET at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 3rd January 2020. Use at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Early 2020 Bead Fairs

  • Sat & Sun 22nd-23rd Feb: Harrogate Bem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ
  • Sat & Sun 29th Feb-1st March: kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ
  • Sunday 8th March: Norwich Bead Fair, The George Best Western Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA

Shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs.

Beads Up North!

Beads-Up-North-LogoDiscounted online tickets for Beads Up North! On Sunday 26th April 2020, at Haydock Racecourse, will be on sale end of January. A show not to be be missed, combined with Lace & Textiles. Full details at Beads Up North!

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