The New England Bead Society

Terry James

Terry James

I love beads and beaded jewelry; I started collecting beads just after college. I liked that I could buy a simple strand of beads for an affordable amount of money and that wearing the beads brought me enjoyment. Then I found some beaded items that needed repair, so I wanted to know how to do that and where to get the supplies. I saw an ad in the Boston Globe for the Bead Affaire and I found BDI, which brought all my interests together – beads, history, techniques, artists, resources, etc. My interest in jewelry has expanded beyond beads, but beads, particularly glass beads are still my first love.

I enjoy learning the history of beads and other jewelry (I just came back from London and was fascinated to see beads going back to Egyptian times and earlier – all of my museum visits seemed to involve jewelry!). I did some silversmithing and lampworking along the way, but was never in a position to install a torch set up at home. So when I saw the amazing things that some BDI members are doing with Polymer Clay, which doesn’t require a torch or kiln, I was excited to try that. I’ve made some simple polymer pieces and want to combine my interest in beads with polymer and see where that takes me.

I’ve learned a lot and made many bead world contacts through BDI and the Bead Affaire; these contacts have brought me many learning opportunities. Over time, this has led to me taking some excellent (and fun!) classes taught by BDI members – Beth Williams, Nancy Tobey, Karen Thibault, Stephanie Sersich (the bracelets shown here were started with her Spiny Knotted kits!) and others.






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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30 Years of Beading

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Beadesigner International 30th Anniversary 1986 to 2016
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