The Costume Almanac

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 Beads and


Creative Beadcraft

Formerly Ells and Farrier, this small London store stocks a wide selection of standard and unusual beads, sequins and

swarovski crystals.

Also beading workshops.

Online ordering available.

London, W1F 9BA

0044 (0)20 7734 1982


Extensive selection of beads, chains and findings displayed to pick yourself.  

Also tools and books. Techniques and instructions to view on their website.

Online ordering available.

London, WC2H 9NS

0044 (0)20 7240 0931


The London Bead Co Ltd

Beads, needlecraft and embroidery threads.

Opposite Kentish Town tube station.

Online ordering available

London, NW5 2TJ

Phone: 0044 (0)20 7267 9403


Major supplier of semi precious beads and stones. Also precious metal findings and raw materials, tolls and machinery.

Online ordering available.

London, EC1N 8PJ

0044 (0)20 7404 3220

Stephen Arnold Ltd

Specialists in Swarovski crystals and buttons, wholesale and retail. Also supplies string materials and chain. Transfer design and application service by trained professionals.

London, N2 9DF

Phone: 0044 (0)20 8444 8282

Beads Direct

Full range of beads including acrylic, pearls, seeds, semi-precious.

Based in Leicestershire, LE11 1ED

Phone: 0044 (0)1509 218028

Bluestreak Beads

Extensive range of beads and stones for the jewellery maker.  Findings and stringing materials.

Based in Cambridge, CB5 8PX

Phone: 0044 (0)1223 510757

Bead Aura

Beads, findings, gemstones, string, chains and threads.

0044 (0)7440 757208


Spoilt Rotten Beads

Range of beads, semi precious stones

and equipment.

Jewellery Making Classes available.

Store and online ordering.

Cambridgeshire, CB6 3TA

Phone: 0044 (0)1353 749853

Spellbound Bead Co

Everything for the jewellery maker

plus Workshops

Store and online ordering.

Staffordshire, WS13 6JW

Phone: 0044 (0)543 417650

Jilly Beads

Swarovski wholesale factory packs.

Beads, crystals and equipment.

Online beading projects to download.

Based in Morecombe, LA4 6TG

Phone: 0044 (0)1524 412728

Beads and Stones

T. Jays Beads

Semi precious, gem stones and findings.

Based in London

0044 (0)20 3713 9965

Bead 7

Glue for

Jewellery Making


These glues have

strong fumes

so make sure

you use them

in a well



Available from all good bead and stone suppliers

and online

from Amazon

and ebay.

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Stores in the United Kingdom