The New England Bead Society

What BDI is all About

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.

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.

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We’d love to have you join us as a member.

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Our 30th Anniversary

2017 marked 30 years of beads and artists. 


Check out our new event calendar…and our events! See the Bead Affaire Vendor list and watch as we continue to add bios for the Bead Affaire Vendors and our Members. There are gallery images associated with the bios. Enjoy!

PS Here is a coupon for the Bead Affaire, our annual Bead sale! See you in October of 2018.


Bead Affaire Coupon PDF

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

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Generally third Wednesday of the month 6:45 to 8:45 pm Feb-Jun., Sep-Nov.


PLEASE NOTE, we are now meeting at the Lexington Community Center at 39 Marrett Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Accessible via Lexpress and MBTA.


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.

30 Years of Beading

We have been beading for 30 years and counting.

Beadesigner International 30th Anniversary 1986 to 2016
Join us for the next 30 years!