Lily Morda

Jewellery Design instructor

Based in
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Make an enquiry Phone: 01273773684

Lily Mordà has been collecting beads and designing jewellery since she was a teenager in the early 1980's. She first got into beading after her friend Tracy discovered some amazing 1920's "Flapper" earrings made by her grandmother stashed away in her attic. Inspired by the beauty and intricacy of these unique earrings, the two girls set out to make similar pieces of their own.

But it wasn't until Lily began working at San Francisco's famous "General Bead" in the late 1980's that the idea to open a bead shop of her own first came to her. She did just that, after moving to Seattle, Washington in 1989, where she opened a bead shop called Sound City Bead. Little did Lily know that this would be the beginning of a long career as both a jewellery designer and bead shop owner that would span two continents.

After marrying glass bead artist Tim James in 1999, and moving to Italy, Lily's career as both an international jewellery designer and teacher began to take a new direction. In addition to collaborating with her husband and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces which are sold to customers all over the world, she also spends much of her time teaching to both the local community as well as to international students who come to take her classes from around the globe.

Lily believes that beading is not only a relaxing and rewarding creative activity, but also an incredible opportunity for cultural exchange among students from different cultures and backgrounds.

At the end of 2011, after more than a decade living in Italy (4 years in the Tuscan town of Lucca and 8 in the heart of the Florence artisan district, the Oltrarno), Lily and her family made the decision to relocate their lives and business to Brighton, England.

Group Classes

Jewellery Making / Beading Course: Basic Bead Stringing

What's included in the price?

Tools, along with coffee and tea are provided. Stringing materials are also provided, although beads are purchased separately (at a 10% student discount).


At most a 5-person discounted group course.

This is a Beginner level, 3-hour workshop with Designer Lily Morda.

Learn the RIGHT way to string and professionally finish beautiful, durable and comfortable to wear designer necklaces and bracelets. Students will learn about the different stringing materials available, and learn how to properly finish their pieces for maximum durability and comfort. Creating multi-strand necklaces and bracelets will also be explored at students’ request.

Some of the areas we explore:

- How to string beads
- Knotting between beads
- Colour co-ordination
- Finishing your pieces with clasps
- Crimping

And of course all of the items you create are yours to keep.

There are two steps up into the main studio and a further 2 steps down into the glass studio. If you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking.

For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change
For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 50% refund or one free date change
For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund
If we receive less than 2 weeks notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change of any kind.

Course Instructor:
Lily Morda has been a professional jewellery designer, teacher and avid bead collector in both the U.S. and Europe since 1988. Her unique, high quality designs have sold to collectors all over the world.

Course Dates & Times:
Classes are offered Monday through Saturday.

This 3-hour course is completed in 1 session.

It's a: 
Beaded Lily
81 Portland Road, Brighton Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Classes are assembled on request
£20.00 per student, plus materials. Private instruction is available at £30.00 per student, plus materials.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Make an enquiry Phone: 01273773684

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