Details of what's happening this year at the Guild, dates and venues of monthly meetings.

Dates and Venues - 2018 / 19

From September 2017 Guild meetings will take place on the last Saturday of the month (except December, date to be confirmed each year).  Dates and Venues are listed below.


The next Guild meeting is Saturday 25 May 2019, in the Parochial Hall, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Co Down.

Bead and Chat day - 1 to 4pm - room available from 10am

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 !




29 September 2018 - Parochial Hall - membership day

Announcements from the Chair - Hello and Welcome ! We have a great Bead Guild year planned - 6 free mini classes, covering a wide variety of projects.

Membership is still £20.

Questions - we have the room available all day - do we want to have longer meetings? we could meet earlier? could we use the time to problem solve from the previous projects?

Do we want more guest speakers?

What else do you want from the Guild? Ideas please, this is your Guild and can only improve with your input and inspiration !

Volunteering - we need volunteers to cover various aspects eg craft shows, displays etc I cannot do these things just now, so please, this is your Guild, everyone has something exceptional to offer, all input is amazing, your skills are worth sharing.  Everyone brings something great to this particular party. 

Sharps box - there is one available now for safe disposal of needles, it will be kept in the boxes.

Gifts - Thank you to all our wonderful instructors who produced interesting and innovative projects for us to make - thank you to Ann, Lorraine, Jill, Eilish and myself ! 

Thank you to the committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this work, thank you to Jill, Margaret, Gabriel, Stephanie, Lis, Eilish and myself.

I would also like to recruit or persuade a willing person to source and apply for grant money for the Guild, we welcome all, we are educational and we promote the traditional craft of beading.

Finally, Ann and Lorraine, who are big supporters and members of the Guild, are hosting a flower festival in the church at Dundela, the church CS Lewis attended, if you had time to visit, you will be made most welcome! 

27 October - 10am to 4pm - Parochial Hall - Santa Star - Eilish

Announcements from the Chair - this year 6 proposed mini classes, you must be a member to take part, this is a condition of the insurance.  Most of our classes are especially designed for us by our members, for our members, so I think it is only right that you join to take part.

Today is the Santa Star, lead by Eilish, preordered kits available £5

Next month is the beaded Owl bauble - lead by Ann and Lorraine

The meeting room is booked from 10am to 4pm, it is available if you want to come earlier to finish a project from a previous meeting, bead and chat etc

A reminder to consider how you can volunteer for the Bead Guild, we always need volunteers to cover events eg craft show, displays, The Guild needs your support

The December meeting will take place on Sat 8 December at the Europa Hotel at 1pm, £5 for coffee, tea, mince pie etc.  sign the sheet and £5 must be paid at November meeting.  The actual cost is £10 but Guild will pay £5 per person.

I would like to welcome Malachi to the role of Funding Hunter !  if anyone has any ideas or can assist please come forward.  The Guild is 10 years old and it would be great to get some money to celebrate, but to do this I need ideas, costs, proposals, so come on people, this is our Guild !

We have a number of new people, who are most welcome, Stephanie is helping with a beginners bracelet for those who don't want to make the Santa. 



24 November - 1 to 4pm - Parochial Hall - Owl Christmas Bauble - Ann & Lorraine

8 December - 1 to 4pm - Europa Hotel

26 January 2019 - 10am to 4pm - Parochial Hall - half tila bead bracelet - Eilish 

Announcements from the Chair - Welcome and Happy New Year ! thank you for the Quince Gin, it's delish !  

Today's project is the Herringbone Bracelet , thank you Eilish.

Our programme is looking good for the rest of the year, with 4 classes and a speaker planned for members, after Christmas membership is £10.

 23 Feb Parochial Hall St Petersburg Stitch1-4pm  Gabriel
 30 March Lagan Room  Speaker -Nancy, Nifty Needles 1-4pm Jill
 27 April Lagan Room  Rivoli Day 1-4pm Eilish, Gabriel, Jill Donna
 25 May Parochial Hall  Catch up day, bring & buy 1-4pm Donna, Jill, Eilish
 28 & 29 June Lagan Room Carrier Beads 10-4pm 

Malachy is setting up a Whatsapp group to enable the Guild to easily pass on infiormation to members.  If you have no Smart phone access, please let us know and we will set up a text group too, although this isn't the preferred method.

Disappointing visit to the hotel in December, it was great last year but sadly 2018 did not live up to expectations.  Looking at alternatives for 2019 and will keep you up to speed on any plans.

It has been suggested we consider a Reverse Advent - to bring items for a food bank to each meeting, and after the meeting a designated person takes the donations to their local one.  Anyone can fall on hard times, and it wouldn't take many unfortunate events to upset any of our lives.

I need ideas for National Bead Week get together on Saturday 27 July - shared lunch, project, catch up bead project, quiz?

Also ideas for next year's programme, stitch workshop, ideas for projects, what do you want to happen?  We need new tutors to volunteer, the same people are doing everything. 



23 February - 1 to 4pm - Parochial Hall - St Petersburg stitch workshop - Gabriel

Welcome !

Today's project / stitch is St Petersburg, examples and stitch printouts available. 

March meeting we will welcome Nancy Moreland from Nifty Needles - 11am to 1pm Dorset Button workshop - £10 for the kit/class.

1pm to 4pm Nancy will give a talk about fabric crafts.

April is Rivoli Day - Gabriel, Jill, Eilish and Donna will demonstrate different techniques.

May will be a Bead and Chat meeting

Thank you for the donation to the food bank.  Ann will take to her local food bank this month.

Committee still considering a weekend retreat - a potential venue is The Mourne Lodge in Attical, near Kilkeel.  We are interested in your thoughts / comments.

Each month there will be a table to display your latest makes / to show off our wonderful creations !

The Ulster Museum in Belfast is hosting Creative Week 11 - 19 May - The Guild would like to attend Sat 18 May and we require volunteers, to demonstrate beading, encourage new members and promote the Guild.

Guild is producing a new flyer to promote the Guild, if anyone would like their bead class listed on the flyer please let Jill know the details.

The Guild now has a Whatsapp group to help with communications, if you don't have a smart phone we will continue to contact you by text in an emergency and the website and Facebook page will be maintained with details of the meetings.

A new challenge has been developed - £5 for the kit, finished piece to be displayed at the May meeting and there will be prizes ! 

There are a small supply of Tulip bead needles available to buy from Donna.


30 March - Lagan Room - 11 to 1pm - Nancy Moreland - Nifty Needles - Dorset Button workshop then 1 to 4pm talk / demo Fabric crafts

Many thanks to Latisha from Nifty Needles for the Dorset Button workshop and talk regarding the wonderful fabric arts from Nifty Needles.  We loved to see the beautiful quilts, fabric folders, table runners etc  very inspirational!

Next month is Rivoli workshop - 4 different demonstrations by Donna, Eilish, Gabriel and Jill - starts at 12 noon.

You will need superduos, delicas, size 11 seed beads and size 15 seed beads.  The Guild will provide rivolis and 3mm bugles.

25 May is Bead and Chat.

28 & 29 June - 2 day workshop with carrier beads and the AGM - you will need delicas and coloured pencils.

Guild is looking for new volunteers for next year to hold a workshop, demonstrate a technique or bead stitch.

We are still considering options for a bead retreat.

Thank you for the contribution to the food bank and to Laura for the delicious scones today.

We are coming to the end of the term for the current committee, please consider if you would like to remain or leave the committee and also any new committee members.

There are pre-loved craft magazines for sale - 50p each and fab storage boxes - all proceeds to Guild funds. 


27 April - Lagan Room - 12 noon to 4pm - Bezel Rivoli Day - Donna, Eilish, Gabriel & Jill 

25 May - Parochial Hall - 1 to 4pm - Bead and Chat

28 and 29 June - Lagan Room - 10am to 4pm - Design and make a carrier bead necklace - Donna, Eilish and Jill

27 July - International Bead Week  - 10am to 4pm - project to be decided







(dates are confirmed - draft programme, subject to change) 

30 Sept 2017 - Lagan Room - enrolment £20 - bead and chat

Announcements -

Welcome everyone.

Its joining day, the subscription remains the same at £20 for the year and £10 if you join after January.

We are planning another great year and we hope you will all enjoy it too.

As discussed and as you will have gathered by now - we have changed meeting date - to the last Saturday of each month - this has enabled us to be at Cultra on a more permanent basis. We have also given notice of our change to the insurance for our Guild - we are going to go with the Beadworkers Guild at a cost of about £80 as opposed to £221.47.

Next month there will be a mini class lead by Eilish. It's a Crystal Beaded Bead. For this you will need - 30 crystal bicones, in either 3mm, 4mm or 6mm - 10x3 different colours and a few size 11 seed beads.

There is a display of dolls houses at the Hillmount Garden Centre on Saturday 21 Oct and Sunday 22 October, a fab display by two of our members Ann and Lorraine, all welcome.




28 Oct - Lagan Room - Eilish - Crystal Bead

25 Nov - Parochial Hall - Snowman/Santa pentopper £4 for kit

Hello and welcome

Today is a day of little snowmen and little santa pen toppers. Hosted by Ann and Lorraine.

The kits cost £4 or a pre beaded one £5. All proceeds goes to TLC bears.

For little beaded people workshop on 24 Feb, please dress with layers as the hall was very cold last time we were in there.

a clipboard is circulating about the xmas do… at the Europa with mince pies and tea and coffee. There won't be much of an opportunity to bead but there will be an opportunity to visit the Christmas market. The cost is £10 per head but the Guild will be paying half of that for us.

Please put your name on the list and your £5 to Margaret L.

January meeting is in the Ulster Museum at Stranmillis - again we have a room booked from 1 - 2pm… and maybe to 3pm but not confirmed. An opportunity to look around their displays, including the Game of Thrones tapestry, for inspiration.

Crafting live 26th - 28th April, Thur to Sat - which clashes with the RAW workshop.. but Donna will man the stall.





9 Dec - Europa Hotel, Belfast - 1pm

27 Jan 2018 - Ulster Museum, Grange Room, Stranmillis, Belfast -1pm

Hello and Welcome ! Here's to 2018 being the best ever !

Today we are at the Ulster Museum, we have the room for 2 hours.  This is a New Year's inspiration visit - looking for colours and designs from different aspects of history to hopefully influence our beading.  Don't forget to visit the Game of Thrones Tapestry, various NI Guilds helped to create it.

Next month's meeting in Parochial Hall will host Ann & Lorraine to create the specially designed Little Person -an Irish Dancer ! Kits £10 - all proceeds to this year's charity - Royal Belfast Hospital for sick children. Bring craft light and warm clothes !

March meeting - beaded window box, beads supplied by Donna at no cost.

Crafting Live - Belfast Titanic Exhibition Centre - 26 to 28 April. Guild will be exhibiting.

International Bead Week 25 July to 5 August - we need ideas please for this year's event.

Great day at the Europa before Christmas. 

Belated Christmas gift of a wooden needle holder for all members, please bead it for our get together as part of Bead Week, date to be confirmed.



24 Feb - Parochial Hall - Full day workshop - Little beaded person £10 kit - Ann and Lorraine

Everyone is, as always, welcome !

Hope you all enjoyed our visit to the Ulster Museum last month.  Guild has been invited to man a stand at their Craftathon Sunday 25 March, to promote Guild, demonstrate beading and encourage visitors to 'have a go' at our beaded Herringbone spiral rope.

Today is Little People with Ann & Lorraine.  Many thanks to them for teaching, assisting, encouraging and supplying the kits. 

March meeting is beaded window box with Donna, beads will be supplied at no cost.

April and May are half day workshops with Unagh - RAW and CRAW (right angle weave and cubic right angle weave) - pleae sign up if you are planning to attend.  £5 for each session.

Crafting Live - Belfast - Titanic Exhibition Centre - Guild are exhibiting.  Please bring pieces to the March meeting.  Stand will display Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced - please tag your pieces with your initials and note B, I or E. .

Please consider if you can help man the stand, it is a great opportunity to bead for a few hours and promote our fabulous pieces and the Guild.  Please write your name on the clipboard.  

International Beading Week - 25 July to 5 August.  We need to pick a day and a project/theme.  Ideas please ! Don't forget to bead your needle holder for judging as part of this celebration. 


24 March - Stables Classroom - Window box and flowers - Donna

28 April - Lagan Room - Bead and Chat

26 May - Lagan Room - RAW and CRAW with Eilish

29 and 30 June - Lagan Room - AGM & beaded boxes - 2 day workshop