Information about the NI Beaders' Guild and meetings






            Bunting for Beadworkers Guild Collection
 Designed and beaded
   by N.I.B.G member
   Donna Course

The next Guild meeting is on Sat 8 April 2017 - at 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church. 1 to 4pm.  Come along and make a bead/thread catcher, a very useful item! or bring your current project.

For the bead/thread catcher - you will need 1 fat quarter of material, sewing pins, scissors, thread and sewing needle.

Please also bring a beaded item for the Guild display at Crafting Live craft fair, please ensure it is securely labelled.  We would like items to represent 'Seasons of the Year'. 



Northern Ireland Bead Guild badge


Welcome to the Northern Ireland Beaders' Guild! We hope you will find all the information you require about our Guild and its meetings, as well as inspiration and ideas for your own creativity.

The NI Beaders' Guild was set up in 2008 by a group of enthusiastic beaders who felt there was an opportunity for like-minded beaders and those who wanted to learn, to meet together. The Guild ran its first year from September 2008 to June 2009, meeting at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. Meetings are held monthly on the second Saturday of every month from 1 pm - 4pm, either in the Lagan Room or Parochial Hall at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum or 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church. Check this page each month for confirmation of venue or go to Venues and Dates page for the full year list.

Tea and coffee are always served and you can help yourself to these refreshments. For the occasions when we are in an upstairs room, there is a lift available. Parking at the Museum is the Town car park.

Members of the Guild enjoy a vast range of different beadwork techniques including peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, spiral staircase, right angle weave, brick stitch and wire work and jewellery making.

All members will receive a 10% discount at

Beads 4 Crafts Unit 7B Milltown Industrial Estate Warrenpoint BT34 3FN

Please feel free to join us some Saturday, even just to see if the Guild is for you or not - your first meeting is complimentary, and should you wish to join the next month there is an annual membership of £20. Membership gives not only entry to the Guild meeting (free entry to the Folk Park for the duration of the meeting), but also our newsletter and access to special events organised by the Guild.

Occasionally there are guest speakers, including Valerie Wilson from the Folk Museum who showed us some of the Museum's beautiful beaded collections! It really was a treat and a real feast for the eyes!

So if you are a like minded beader or someone who has never even lifted a beading needle and thread, come along as we would be delighted to encourage you to give it a go - but be warned... the NI Beaders' Guild cannot assume any responsibilty for a life long addiction to beads, or the tendancy to accumulate beads along the way! We look forward to seeing you! Please ask for a committee member when you arrive and we'll make you welcome and introduce you to some new friends/beaders!

We supply a beginner's kit for a small sum of £1.20 plus beads and beads are always available. A Guild member will happily help you with an easy project to get you started. Address and Contact details for the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: 153 Bangor Road Holywood, BT18 0EU Tel: 028 9042 8428

Should you wish to contact the Guild directly please email