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September 2017

BDI Members Meeting – Mobilia Gallery Presents Bodacious Beads: Contemporary Interpretations of Beadwork

September 27, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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Jo Anne Cooper and her sister Libby Cooper have operated Mobilia Gallery for over 38 years. Jo Anne will share their visions, and what work they look for and select when curating and installing a show. View and learn about the innovative techniques and materials by masters in the field exploring the superb possibilities of beadwork. Here is a partial listing, there will be many more artists featured! Woven Glass Structures by Jeanette Ahlgren Sculptural neckpieces by the “Queen of…

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October 2017

December Bead-In at LCC

October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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Spend some time with your fellow Beaders at our December Bead-In. BDI’s Bead-In provides an opportunity to work on the old or new project of your choice while socializing with fellow bead lovers at the Lexington Community Center. Bring your recent (or recently found) purchases and begin to plan a project. Or bring that half finished necklace or other item that you keep meaning to work on. Or if you just can’t move forward on a project and need some…

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October Lecture by Kate McKinnon

October 18, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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Understanding the Universe through our Beadwork Kate will be speaking about the geometry that drives the universe and illustrating it all in beads! Kate McKinnon, who has been beading since she was a child, has written seven books on metalsmithing, metal clay, and beadwork. Her latest series is CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK, focused on the geometry and architecture of the natural world and of mathematics. Here are some photos of work from KATE'S team, illustrating her talk. Kate will be focusing…

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October Bead-In at LCC

October 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Community Center (LCC) – Commander’s Office, Room #242, 39 Marrett Rd,
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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Spend some time with your fellow Beaders at our October Bead-In. BDI’s Bead-In provides an opportunity to work on the old or new project of your choice while socializing with fellow bead lovers at the Lexington Community Center. Bring your recent (or recently found) purchases and begin to plan a project. Or bring that half finished necklace or other item that you keep meaning to work on. Or if you just can’t move forward on a project and need some…

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November 2017

Getting Comfortable with WordPress

November 15, 2017 @ 6:46 pm - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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Using WordPress to edit your website.

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Fused Glass Beads Field Trip

November 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

There will be a field trip instead of the usual members meeting. it will be at Fiamma Glass in Waltham, MA. Fiamma glass is owned and operated entirely by working artists.  Our goal is to provide the skills, equipment, and knowledge to help create the best possible environment for people to explore glass working in its many forms. We strongly believe in the power of community in art and at Fiamma Glass we strive to bring people together around a…

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December 2017

Dec – Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love

December 20, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Belmont Gallery of Art is located in the Belmont Town Hall, Homer Building, top floor, 455 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Shown above: Historic New England Mourning Bracelets from Historic New England’s collection. Laura Johnson, Curator of Historic New England (historicnewengland.org), will be speaking. Join Curator Laura E. Johnson for a peek inside New England's jewelry box. This illustrated talk introduces a wide range of Historic New England’s jewels, from eighteenth-century mourning gems to contemporary wampum. America’s oldest preservation organization, Historic New England has more than 2,000 pieces of jewelry in its collection, a portion of which is on view in…

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Kumihimo Workshop

December 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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There will be a Bead-In same day, socializing and working on projects. Open to members and guests ($5.00 fee for guests) There is a Kumihimo workshop, by Yin Guang, at the same time and location. KUMIHIMO WORKSHOP IS PRICE OF KIT (Guests, as space allows, price of kit, plus $5.00 guest fee)

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January 2018

January Meet & Workshop – Making Metal Bangles and Dangles

January 17 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection, 95 Trapelo Road, Cushing Square
Belmont, 02478 United States
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RING IN 2018 WITH BDI - First Member Event of the Year MEMBERS MEETING & METAL WORKSHOP Start the New Year with an exciting STUDIO CLASS for eight, where you will learn about soldering, working with metal, and possibilities for incorporating metal work with beading. Karenna Maraj, owner of Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection in Belmont, will be sharing some tricks of the trade in jewelry making and design. You will leave the class with three simple bangles and bead dangles.…

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February 2018

February Meet & Workshop – Russian Spiral Rope

February 21 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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In this workshop we will work on the Russian Spiral rope. It is a variation of tubular netting. The rope is fun to make, easy to transform with simple change of the type or size of the beads. Russian Spiral can be used for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Materials/tools to bring There will be NO kit. Please bring the following items to class. See the additional item below.* 6lb FireLine beading thread (or your favorite beading thread) #10 or #12…

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  • In the event of extreme weather conditions and the need to close, the LCC will post a phone message.
  • PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS ARE POSTED ON THE BDI FACEBOOK PAGE.
  • Meetings and workshops are generally at the Lexington Community Center (LCC), 39 Marrett Road (Route 2A) Lexington, MA 02421, 781-698-4870.
  • Some BDI Members Meetings will be held as off-site workshops, so check our website and calendar regarding venues.
  • We welcome guests at regular monthly meetings, as space permits. There is a Guest Fee of $5.00 that may be applied toward membership.
  • Guests may also attend workshops, as space allows, with a $5.00 or $10.00 Guest Fee. see specific event for details.
  • Please note that BDI’s Annual Members Meeting and Dinner, scheduled for June 20th, 2018, is free for paid members.
  • Directions: From Route 95/128, exit at Route 2A East. Follow Marrett Rd, crossing Waltham Street. Enter through the Scottish Rite Museum gate on the left. From Lexington Center, head east on Massachusetts Ave, toward Arlington. Turn right on Marrett Road (Rt 2A), then an immediate right into Scottish Rite Museum gate. The LCC is at the top of the hill, to the left of the parking lot.
  • Questions? Programs, workshops, locations, and details are available on our website: www.beadesignerintl.org

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Welcome

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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Meetings

WHEN

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

WHERE

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

WHAT

Speakers, Slide Shows, Demonstrations...

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