I trained as a typographic designer before my family was born, and have always had many craft based hobbies.

In 2008 I decided making glass bead jewellery would be an interesting pastime. I used a variety of new, recycled beads and findings, along with my own fimo beads. Soon, there were many more necklaces and bracelets than I could wear, or give as gifts, so took my jewellery to local craft fairs – and Butterfly Beading was born.

In an attempt to use the many small beads left over from other projects our standard range of glasses holders was established. The holders are currently stocked by gift shops and opticians in the south of England and have proved a great success.

Following this, I was inspired to try my hand at making rosaries and other religious jewellery Over the last few years the demand for these has grown (along with the selection we offer), and we now supply many church and cathedral shops all over England. We are approved suppliers for the Church and Cathedral Shop Association. Last year we launched our Anglican Prayer Beads following a request from a Cathedral Shop.

Alongside this, I started to make jewellery from vintage and recycled buttons. However, due the popularity of my necklaces and bracelets at craft fairs and in gift shops I needed to buy a greater quantity of buttons. These are now mostly new ones, though I do still collect old buttons!

I am still the sole designer and creator for Butterfly Beading, my husband Ken takes care of the sales side of the business, and family members help with our website. We wish to remain a family business and it is important that our products are individual and not mass produced. We choose our materials carefully with this in mind. Therefore, any item you purchase can be guaranteed to be unique and handcrafted.

If you have any problems with your purchase please do not hesitate to contact Butterfly Beading as we are willing to repair or replace as appropriate.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and find something to tempt to you.