Information about the NI Beaders' Guild and meetings






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


Bead Guild meetings will now take place on the last Saturday of every month (except Christmas, further detail to follow).  Most meetings will be held at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood.  Please see the Venues and Dates page for full list.

The next Guild meeting is Saturday 30 November, make a beaded bauble for Christmas, Lagan Room, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood.

1 to 4pm (room available from 11 am)

You will need 8 gms of size 11 seed beads in 2 colours, 6g of 6mm bugles, 10 x 6 or 8 mm bicone, pearl or firepolish, 10 x 4mm bicone, pearl or firepolish, 30 x 3mm bicone, pearl or firepolish.  3cm bauble will be provided by the Guild.  Pattern will be available on the Google drive.


Come along with your current beading project or any unfinished projects you need help with.

Please bring an item for the food bank, if you can. 

All welcome !  

To help with funds, there will be a small cost of £2 each meeting for tea, coffee, biscuits.


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 last Saturday of every month from 1 pm - 4pm, usually in the Lagan Room or Parochial Hall at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, but please 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 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 and Granda Bill who gave a wonderful presentation regarding prayer beads. 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