The New England Bead Society

for anyone passionate about beads, beaded objects and ornamentation… 

Come to a meeting… check out our member galleries… find resources for beads & beading… take or teach a class… show off your creations… meet others… have fun!


Beadesigner International 30th Anniversary 1986 to 2016

The Bead Affaire

Thanks for visiting us this year. See you at our 2018 Big Bead Show

Saturday, October 20, 2018.

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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!

The Bead Affaire, our major event of the year, takes place on a Saturday in October 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 year, mark your calendar now to make it the 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 will be sending out and processing vendor applications. For more information or to suggest a vendor, contact Maria Testa at:  978-505-8015 or or email her. No strollers, please.