Join us in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside for our very special retreats.
Our 2021 Deco-Delicious retreat is all set to take place in September (24th-26th).
Heather and Melanie have cooked up some fabulous and sparkly Art Deco-inspired elements for you. Their exclusive new designs can be worked individually as completed jewellery, or both artists’ elements can be combined together.

The Deco-Delicious designs
Two gorgeous pieces of jewellery, inspired by the intricate and desirable designs of the Art Deco era. Heather and Melanie have a wealth of decadently Deco history to share with you as you bead these unique and innovative elements. Attendees will be provided with a list of requirements for each project, but Heather Melanie have also created Deco-Delicious kits for the projects which are available for pre-order for attendees.

The Charleston Sautoir

It is the 1920s and the air is sweetened for the first time with the scent of Coco Chanel’s iconic Nº
5 Parfum. In New York, the Chrysler building climbs skywards, changing cityscapes for ever as
the competition begins to rise ever higher.
In the air, pioneering women aviatrices dare to break records, and down below, their sisters Jazz
dance the night away in beaded and bejewelled flapper dresses, free at last from the stifling
constraints of corsets and layers of petticoats.
It is a time of exploration and innovation, and in many industries and occupations women lead the
way. Jewellery designers overturn traditions, utilising industrial engineering to create diamond
encrusted links and mechanisms.
Exciting new plastics and machine cut glass allow mass production and affordability for costume
jewellery as never before. New styles emerge from the Ateliers of Coco Chanel and Elsa
Schiaparelli, inspired by Africa, Egypt and China.
Clothing becomes a canvas for self expression, Sonja Delaunay and Raoul Dufy redefine
geometry and flowers, while Sergei Diaghilev brings artists and dancers together in a visual feast
that spills out into fashion.
It’s a vast eclectic mix of Ocean liners, sleek cars and primitive boldness, yet somehow it all
unites to become a particular kind of modern, as Art Deco races across continents.
The Charleston Sautoir is a blend of beaded elements, with Delica beads, tiny pearls and crystals
encasing unusual acrylic stones. The necklace has five elements and a slinky rope worked in a
little known technique.


Leaning closer to the mirror to catch the waning light on her reflection, Renée vigorously pinched
her cheeks and smoothed into place a loose strand of her sharp bob. As her eyes darted around
her image, checking for perfection, she finally fixed herself with a confrontational stare, which
turned saucy very quickly. Her perfect Cupid’s bow lips slowly widened to a winning smile.
Magnifique, she thought as she drew back, satisfied with her self-appraisal, and now for the
finishing touch. Set on the dressing table beside the mirror was an elegant Chinese box, clad in
mother-of-pearl, and Renée pressed a tiny button on the lid to release the catch. Opening it, she
carefully took out her new, treasured necklace and fixed it in place about her neck, centring the
beautiful, glittering stone at her décolletage. She knew Emile would be utterly delighted to see her
wearing the birthday gift he had shyly presented to her three days ago, and she laughed with pleasure, picturing his face tonight when he leads her onto the dance floor and watches her sparkle.

The Renée necklace is elegant and comfortable to wear, comprised of six different elements which
can be easily adapted and recombined. The colour and materials emulate the ubiquitous use of
jet, silver and marcasite in the Art Deco era, along with the exciting use of straight lines and
angles in conjunction with circles and curves.

Our sample Itinerary

Friday 10:00
Meet and greet with coffee, Introduction
12:00 Lunch
13:00–15:30 Beading session with either Heather or Melanie
15:30 Tea
16:00–17:30 Beading session with either Heather or Melanie
18:30 Meet in bar
19:00 Dinner
Optional: Informal beading

Saturday 08:00 Breakfast
09:00–11:00 Beading session with either Heather or Melanie
11:00 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Beading session with either Heather or Melanie
End of 1st workshop. If you have been with Heather you will now move to Melanie – and vice versa!
13:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Beading session with Heather or Melanie
15:30: Tea
16:00–17:00: Beading session with Heather or Melanie
18:30 Meet in bar
19:00 Dinner
Optional: Informal beading

Sunday 08:00 Breakfast
09:00–11:00 Beading session with Heather or Melanie
11:00 Coffee
11:30–13:00 Beading session with Heather or Melanie
13:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Beading session with Heather or Melanie
15:30 Tea and home

Additional Information

Elemental Retreat costs
Included in the fee
Three days of classes with Heather and Melanie, plus the following:
Coffee or tea on arrival
Coffee or tea in afternoon break
Morning coffee or tea
Coffee or tea in afternoon break
Morning coffee or tea
Coffee or tea before departure
Drinking water will be provided in the teaching rooms.

Not included in the fee
Transport to and from the venue
Drinks in the bar or with lunch/dinner
Any beading supplies or kits
Extra nights at the hotel. We have negotiated special rates for you for nights either before or after your retreat.
£115.00 – single occupancy bed and breakfast or £145.00 for dinner, bed and breakfast
£140.00 – for a double room for bed and breakfast and £199.00 for dinner, bed and breakfast.
Please contact Guyers House directly quoting the reference ‘Elemental Retreats’.
Call the hotel on +44 (0)1249 713399 or email Nicki at Please book your retreat first, to be sure you are listed, to receive these special rates.

Fee per person
Sharing a room – £530
Single room – £560


A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the fee will secure your place (£265 per person for a shared room, £280 per person for a single room), with the full balance payable 8 weeks prior to the first day of the event you are booking


We are unable to offer refunds under any circumstances so we do ask you to make sure that your travel insurance covers you for any unforeseen problems that may prevent you attending. If you are able to find someone to take your place we will be happy to transfer your fee to them with your written permission.

Should the event be cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions we will notify you about refunds and re-booking arrangements.