The New England Bead Society

Beads, Beaded Jewelry & Beaded Objects

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.

Beaded Bezels 

Beren_bezel_0083aOur May meeting will feature a slide show and class on beaded bezels taught by BDI board member Anita Beren. Kits available.

See details under Events!

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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.

Please join us.


The Bead Affaire

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Over 40 vendors. Vintage beads, new beads, handmade, glass, ceramic, polymer clay, wood, ivory, silver, findings and more. A treasure trove for all jewelry makers. Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Maria Testa at 978-772-1767 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!

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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...

See Events page for more info.

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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.