The New England Bead Society

Beads, Beaded Jewelry & Beaded Objects

D. Dubin, Member, Polymer Clay Pin

D. Dubin, Member, Polymer Clay Pin
Inspired by Jana Roberts Benzon

Established in 1986, Beadesigner International (BDI) is a non-profit organization, devoted to the art, craft, and history of beads and all things made with beads. Our membership consists of bead makers, jewelry designers, collectors, shop owners and generally anyone with an interest in this area of art.

Members work with glass, wire, polymer clay, precious metal clay, fiber and other materials, fabricating objects for personal use and sale. Our goal is to foster a fellowship through the exchange of knowledge and ideas and to share our passion with the public.

BDI has a strong commitment to supporting the interests of our membership through monthly programs featuring local and national artists, historians, educators and others. We sponsor workshops several times a year that allow members to enhance their skills or learn new techniques in their many fields of interest.

Sunday June 5 BDI Bead-In 

2 – 5 pm Meet us for Beading and Socializing at Arlington Center for the Arts

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Wed June 15 is Our Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner 

Wear your art! Our June membership meeting and dinner will have the added attraction of a bead trunk show by Back2Bead’s Kelly Stevenson. One more great reason to become a member – he is offering a special discount for “members only” at the meeting.

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We cordially invite guests to our meetings, where they will enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to meet fellow artists and craft enthusiasts.

A brief open business meeting for members is followed by a lecture, slide show or demonstration by a featured speaker.

Guests pay $5.00 to attend a meeting; however, within one month of the meeting, this fee can be credited to annual membership.

For June only, the guest fee is $15 and includes the dinner.

Please join us.


The Bead Affaire

Please save the date for our 2016 Big Bead Sale     More info 

Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Looking ahead to next fall, Bead Affaire, our major event of the year, will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Armenian Cultural Center in Watertown.

With over 40 vendors, the Bead Affaire is much more than a bead sale. You will find unique art glass pendants, necklaces and bracelets in addition to silver charms and findings, beads by the strand, chain, leather cord, polymer clay beads and jewelry, crystal, Lucite, metal components, vintage beads, beading kits, accessories and much more.  There will be a great mix of seasoned, newer, and first time vendors to check out. If you can only attend one show this fall, mark your calendar now to make it Bead Affaire.

Are you interested in becoming a vendor at the Bead Affaire? Do you know a vendor you’d like to see at the show? Maria Testa, the Bead Affaire Coordinator has been busy processing vendor applications, but we still have some spots available. For more information or to suggest a vendor, contact Maria Testa at:  (978) 772-1767 or or email her.

Clockwise from top left: finely detailed polymer clay jewelry created by Seana Bettencourt, beads from just one of the many vendors, colorful lampwork glass flower beads from Mystic Moon and an elegant lampwork glass and metal necklace designed by Beth Williams. This is just a small sample of what you’ll find at the Bead Affaire. See you there!


Please enjoy our interim BDI website while we construct our new and enhanced site – coming soon!

Join BDI

Learn or teach about beads and beading, show off your creations, meet others with the same interests, have fun!

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Generally the third Wednesday of the month from 7 - 9 pm Feb-Jun., Sep-Nov. Confirm the exact dates on our Events page.


Meetings are generally held at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421.

Free parking is available at this location.

See the Events page to confirm meeting location.


Speakers, Slide Shows, Demonstrations...

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If you'd like to be notified of our organization's upcoming events, please join our mailing list. Events include bead shows, workshops and guest artist presentations at meetings.

Send us an email at with SIGN ME UP FOR NEWS in the subject line.

BDI 30th Anniversary
Wed November 16, 2016
More information to follow…