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

Dates and Venues - 2017 / 18

From September 2017 Guild meetings will take place on the last Saturday of the month (except December (9th) and March (24)).  Dates and Venues are listed below. 

The next Guild meeting is on Sat 25 November - Parochail Hall, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - 1 to 4pm.

Make a beaded pen topper - Santa or Snowman £4 per kit - with Ann and Lorraine

 

 

 

DATES AND VENUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS  - 2017/18

(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

9 Dec - Europa Hotel, Belfast 

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

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

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

28 April - Lagan Room - Full day - RAW and CRAW - Unagh

26 May - Lagan Room - LOVE letters using CRAW

30 June - Lagan Room - AGM



 



Dates and Venues and Announcements - 2016/17

10 September 2015 - 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church

Announcements - Welcome to new season - an exciting new programme is under construction - to include The Bead Retreat at the Burrendale Hotel, exhibition at the Braid Arts Centre Ballymena, Crafting Live at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, 27- 29 April 2017, tutor led projects, a speaker, Bring and Buy opportunities.

The Annual Subscription  is still only £20. The new committee is -

Donna (Course) - Chair

Jill (McCamley) - Secretary

Stephanie (McFarland) - IT

Margaret (Lavery) - Treasury

Liz (Selby) - Membership Secretary

Ann (Graham) - committee member

Gabriel (McKenna) - committee member

Bead Retreat - 21-23 October, no tutor lead classes, everyone encouraged to bring your current project or a few UFOs!, bead stashes, pattern books, magazines that other people might enjoy trying.  Don't forget there is a swimming pool, fitness suite and spa for your enjoyment at the hotel. 

The Guild will be exhibiting at the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena,3 to 12 November.

The November Guild meeting will also be held at the Braid Arts Centre, 1 to 4pm.

Please bring some beaded pieces to the October meeting for the exhibition, please ensure they are securely labelled.

Logo Competition - for the October meeting please design a logo for the Guild, that can be reduced to a 1 inch button, we will arrange for it to made into a resin cabochon which can be beaded around to make a badge/brooch.

Flowers and cards were presented to the outgoing committee members to thank them for their contribution.

October meeting will be in the Lagan Room, a beaded Christmas decoration lead by Margaret L.

8 October 2016 - Lagan Room, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Christmas decoration - please bring 25x25mm bugles (available on ebay, or bring the longest bugles you have)  Margaret L will have the appropriate bugles for sale.10g size 11 seed beads20x4mm bicones

12 November 2016 - Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena - bead and chat at the Guild exhibition

Announcements - Welcome to the wonderful venue Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena and many thanks to Jean from the Guild and Rosalind from the Braid for organising the exhibition and to everyone who contributed to the display. It really is spectacular and a beautiful selection of beady pieces, our bead skills have developed and improved so much in the time the Guild has been in existence and the evidence is here.

The Burrendale Bead Retreat was a great success, an exclusive new kit was revealed, The Burrendale Bracelet, and everyone enjoyed the challenge ! Company, food, hotel and the craic was faultless !

Fran Griffiths, a bead tutor from Dorset. will be teaching at the Guild on 23 and 24 June2017, more details to follow.

Next month we are at 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church for an afternoon of bead and chat with a Christmassy touch.

If anyone needs any 'heads' for little beaded people, Lorraine has stock at 10p.

At the January meeting there will be an opportunity to make a new Guild badge, a hexagon shape to reflect the stones at the Giant's Causeway. Please bring 5g delicas (grey if you wish to make it as the sample piece), 1gm in a contrasting colour eg silver, white for the letters and another 5g delicas for the back, also a brooch pin. The badge has a loop to enable you to hang an embellishment eg fushia, poppy, shamrock, something Christmassy etc.A lovely brooch to wear to Belfast Craft Fair etc to identify as a Guild member.

Unagh McUllough will teach a full day Double Netting workshop in February, £10.

In March and April Ann Williamson will teach Right Angle Weave (RAW) and Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) - no additional cost for the March meeting, £5 for the CRAW tutorial.

For the May meeting we are all encouraged to bring a friend!

10 December 2016 - 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church, Holywood - bead and chat with a festive flavour !

Announcements -Welcome to our Christmas meeting - hope you enjoy the mince pies and other yummy goodies - thanks to Gabrielle. There is a tiny Christmas bauble on the tree for everyone containing delica beads.

At the January meeting you will have the opportunity to make a hexagon beaded badge for the NIBG and fuchsia icon.

You will need 5g of delica bead in main colour eg grey

1g of contrasting delica for lettering

5g of another colour - for the back

a small brooch pin

small amounts of pink and red and green and brown for the fuchsia - these beads can be size 11 seed beads - not necessarily delicas.

Delica beads will be available to purchase on the day.

Unagh McCullough is hosting a full day workshop at the February meeting to teach Double Netting - £10 - please put your name on the sign up clipboard.

The Belfast Craft Fair at Titanic Exhibition Centre is scheduled for 27-29 April 2017 - more info to follow.  It was suggested that this year's display should follow a theme - maybe Colour? all suggestions gratefully received.

The Guild would like to organise another communal bead project - last year we made the Guild Bunting - maybe this year we could make a flower bouquet ? - more details to follow.

Unfortunately Ann W is unable to teach at the March and April meeting so there is a change to the schedule.

In March, Ann and Lorraine will teach us how to make their fab beady pen toppers - they will provide the beads and each topper made will be given to them to sell for their charity - TLC - Teddies for Loving Care - you may buy back your own pen topper !  Ann & Lorraine have already raised £1,500 with beady sales for TLC.

Today they are selling No-Spill Bead Boxes £3.25 and Beaded Angels £6 for the charity.

The Guild exhibition at the Braid Arts Centre was excellent and much admired - the comment book is available to view.

Fran Griffiths is coming to the Guild on Friday 23 June 2017- 1st Holywood and 24 June - Lagan Room - the two projects are Arabella and Peacock - both stunning ! Photos of each project are available. More info to follow regarding costs and beads required - kits will be available at approx. £35

Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to everyone.  See you all on 14 January at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

14 January 2017 - Mourne/Slemish Room, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum -

bead a Guild badge - the sample piece is made in a hexagon shape to reflect the Giant's Causeway - please bring 5g of grey delicas, (or another colour if you prefer) 1gm in silver or white for the letters and any colour for the back of the badge and a brooch pin.

Announcements - Happy New Year to everyone - here's hoping that 2017 brings us all many beady delights!

Feb meeting is full day workshop with Unagh - double netting £10.

March meeting - Ann and Lorraine will teach us to make their fab pen toppers, they will provide beads and patterns and the toppers will then be sold for their charity TLC - Teddies for Loving Care - or you may 'buy' your own toppers!

April meeting - is beading related - we are going to make a thread catcher - more info to follow.

May meeting - Bring a friend and Bring and Buy ! all encouraged to bring beady/crafty items to sell - if you are content - sales will go towards Guild funds.

Crafting Live at the Titanic Exhibition Centre will take place 27 - 29 April - volunteers are needed to man the Guild stand.  we thought this year the stand should have a theme - eg colour, a season - please put forward any ideas.

Fran Griffiths a bead designer from Dorset will teach at a two day workshop - 23 June at 1st Holywood and 24 June at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - £35 per day plus beads - kits will be available for approx. £35 each day, or you can bring your own beads - more info to follow. Designs are Peacock and Arabella.  A non refundable deposit of £20 per day is required by the March meeting and full payment at the April meeting.

This is a massive undertaking for the Guild and we are encouraging everyone to attend, Fran has stated she is happy with up to 18 attendees - Members will have first option and then we will open it up to non members - there will be an additional cost of £10 for insurance for non members and that will cover 5 months membership for them too.

Committee would like members to consider an option to change our regular meeting day of 2nd Saturday to the 4th Saturday - the Museum could accommodate the Guild every month and it would reduce our rent costs, the Museum does not charge for room hire.  The December meeting would take place on 2nd Saturday because the 4th Saturday would be in between Christmas and New Year, please think it over and let us know your thoughts!

For the Guild to be a success we need you all to be involved so if there is something you would like to see, would like to share or would like to teach, then please let us know.

Last year Guild members really enjoyed taking part in the joint project to make the Beaded Bunting - this year we would like everyone to make a beaded daffodil for a Spring Bouquet - each daffodil should be between 4 and 8 inches tall and the flower head up to 3in across - patterns are available.  We may also consider an Autumn Bouquet later.

National Bead Week is 29 July to 6 August - the Guild will meet on Saturday 5 August for a fun filled afternoon ! in the Lagan Room - more info to follow.  

 

 

 

 

 

11 February - 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church, Holywood - full day workshop with Unagh McCullough - double netting - £10 - 1oam to 4pm - you will need size 11 seed beads 20g in colour A, 20g colour B and 10g colour C. 

Hello and welcome. How did you all get on with your badges at the last guild? Patterns are available for anyone who still needs one.

Today is the double netting all day class, held by Unagh, this is a good one so I hope you all enjoy it. I know I will!

Next few months plans are as follows -  

11th Feb

1st Holywood

Unagh McCullagh All Day Project on Double Netting

11th Mar

1st Holywood

Pen toppers -Lorraine and Anne

8th Apr

1st Holywood

Thread catcher - Jill

13th May

Parochial hall

Bring-a-friend... bring and buy sale for club funds

10th Jun

Parochial hall

End of year AGM

Guest Designer

23/24th June

Fran Griffiths - teaching Arabella and Peacock

Pen toppers in March. This is being hosted by Lorraine and Anne, who will be supplying all the delicas required, the completed topper can be given back to them to sell for charity, or can be purchased at £4 again for charity. Their chosen charity is TLC Bears.

April - Jill will be creating a thread catcher - she will be distributing a list of ingredients.

Fran Griffiths

Guest designer... Fran Griffiths is coming over 23 and 24th June. I cannot reiterate enough how important it is for us to fill as many of these places as possible. We need to get 18 people per day. The cost is £35/day with an option to buy the kit from Fran for about £35 on each day.

A non refundable deposit of £20 per day is required by the March meeting and full payment at the April meeting. 

Craft fair at Titanic Exhibition Centre 27th - 29th April. 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10 - 4pm

Is definitely on... we have the same sized stand as last year... D39, which is towards the back near the catering.

We will of course need persons to "man the stand", items for display and people to help set up and take down.

There is a board out, it has been really quite well filled up but there is a couple of slots left.

And a theme (ie colour, an event... etc) for our stand would be nice too, so if there are any suggestions please throw them forward. So far the only theme that has been suggested is "seasons of the year".

Changing date

A permanent home has been suggested to us by Cultra if we can change our meeting date. I know this wont suit all people. But if we can move to the last Sat in the month then we will always be able to be at Cultra. With the exception of December... then we would have to pick a different Saturday, and maybe go somewhere nice and get lovely hot mince pies, or we could make it a guild outing... open to suggestions!

Not paying for a church hall will save us £30 / day and not run the risk of going to the wrong place!

Let the beading commence!

 

11 March - 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church, Holywood - Make a beaded pen topper for charity - beads will be provided.

All welcome and we are delighted to see some completed double netting projects from last month. 

Today's bead project is to make a pen topper, kits provided by Ann and Lorraine, £4, the pen toppers support Ann and Lorraine's chosen charity, TLC bears.

Next month's project is to make a bead / thread catcher - please bring 1 fat quarter of material, sewing pins, scissors, thread and sewing needle.  Jill and Elaine will guide us with this project.

Unfortunately, we have cancelled the Fran Griffiths workshops in June due to low number of interested beaders.  She was disappointed but very gracious in response to the Guild.

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum would like to promote the Guild during August Craft month - would anyone be available to attend the Museum on Wednesday 16, 23 and 30  August, it is a lovely venue, an opportunity to bead all day and chat to the visitors.  Please add your name to the clipboard.

Please also consider the proposal to change the date of the Guild meeting to the 4th Saturday of the month, this would mean we can always meet at the Museum at no cost, though we will have a different date and venue each December, as the 4th Saturday would be between Christmas and New Year. 

The Joint Project to make a beaded daffodil is still ongoing, finished daff should be between 4 to 8 inches high and flower head, approx. 2.5 inches across.  A few have been received but we would love to be available to display an abundance of daffodils!

Bead magazines are available for £1 for Guild funds.

Crafting Live at Titanic Exhibition Centre 27th - 29th April. 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10 - 4pm

We have the same sized stand as last year... D39, which is towards the back near the catering.

We will of course need persons to "man the stand", items for display and people to help set up and take down.

There is a board out, it has been really quite well filled up but there is a couple of slots left.

Next month (April) please bring beaded pieces for the Guild exhibition - please ensure they are securely labelled with your name/initials - we are requesting items under the theme 'Seasons of the Year' eg Easter, Spring, Summer, Halloween, Christmas etc

Enjoy your beady afternoon! 

 

 

8 April - 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church, Holywood - make a fabric thread catcher-please bring 1x Fat Quarter of material - landscape if picture material, empty cereal box, matching thread for your material, pins, scissors and a sewing needle.

Announcements -

Welcome everyone, we had a great meeting last month making the beaded pen toppers,  this month it is the fabric thread catcher, lead by Jill and Elaine.

23 and 24 June - unfortunately the Guild had to cancel the Fran Griffiths workshops, due to lack of attendees.  Fran was very gracious and there were no costs to the Guild.

As some people have reserved days off work the committee would still like to use the 2 days to bead!  We are looking for a project that can be managed inhouse, that will be interesting and stretch our creative powers - so far ideas include - buying a pattern and teaching it ourselves, The Burrendale Bracelet, Russian Leaves, CRAW letters to spell LOVE, buying the same kit, producing something ourselves, an opportunity to finish some of our UFOs?

Crafting Live at Titanic Exhibition Centre 27th - 29th April. 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10 - 4pm

We have the same sized stand as last year... D39, which is towards the back near the catering.

Please check the clipboard as a reminder when you have committed to help.  Carparking passes are available and exhibitor passes will be on the exhibition stand.

The Guild have been offered some free tickets and there will be a Facebook competition !

The Joint Project to make a beaded daffodil is still ongoing, finished daff should be between 4 to 8 inches high and flower head, approx. 2.5 inches across.

Please also consider the proposal to change the date of the Guild meeting to the 4th Saturday of the month, this would mean we can always meet at the Museum at no cost, though we will have a different date and venue each December, as the 4th Saturday would be between Christmas and New Year. We know this may not suit everyone so would like to know your thoughts - a vote will be taken at the June meeting.

Craft days in August at Cultra - The Museum would like the Guild to be represented on 3 Wednesdays 16, 23 and 30.  It is a lovely day to spend beading and chatting and promoting the Guild and the skill of beading. 

The Crafts and Skills Day at the Museum is Sunday 10 September - Guild will have a display table, live beading and a sales table.  Of course we need help at this event so please consider and complete the appropriate clipboard !

Are you enjoying the format of our meetings? Do you have any ideas, requests?  This is your Guild and it forms whatever shape you want but only with your input, feedback, comments.

As always Unagh's bead are available for sale and Bead magazines are for sale for Guild funds, so far £50 has been raised through magazine sales ! 

 

13 May - Parochial Hall, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - bring a friend and Bring and Buy

Announcements - Today is the Bring and Buy table sale - a vote was taken which agreed half of the proceeds would go to Teddies for Loving Care and half towards Guild funds.

Crafting Live Belfast - was a great success, the stand was much admired and we have some new beaders with us today!  Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way. volunteered, items for display, lent tables, chairs, wee trees, cushions.  The stand looked great, interesting and varied.  The theme 'Seasons of the Year', worked well to produce a different display. 

On Friday 23 June at 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church and Saturday 24 June at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Guild is hosting 2 beading days - £5 each day.

Open to all - come along and complete some of your unfinished pieces, bead a daffodil for the Guild display, bead a beaded bead, or the workshop theme projects are a honeycomb necklace (Fri) and a bee hive (Sat) -

for the necklace you will need Miyuki 3mm bugles in gold tone, size 15 seed beads and 6mm pearls in toning honey colours. Also a few size 11 seed beads in yellow & black and size 15s in silver.

The bee hive kit is available from Spellbound Beads - you may purchase your own kit or Donna will buy kits for the group. Please let her know asap.

National Bead Week - we are meeting on Saturday 5 August in the Lagan Room - 10 to 4pm - come along and make a daffodil or a beaded bead.  The plan is to use the beaded beads as a chain to drape in front of any bead display to discourage visitors touching the items.  A pretty barrier !

Craft days in August at Cultra - The Museum would like the Guild to be represented on 3 Wednesdays 16, 23 and 30, usually 10 to 3.30pm. It is a lovely day to spend beading and chatting and promoting the Guild and the skill of beading.  Please consider if you could support the Guild on any of the days. 

The Crafts and Skills Day at the Museum is Sunday 10 September - Guild will have a display table, live beading with Donna, Jill and Jacque and a sales table. Ann and Lorraine will manage the sale table. If you wish to sell any pieces, please ensure they are labelled and priced, a donation of 10% from any sales will go to Teddies for Loving Care.

August is Craft Month at Victoria Square, there is an opportunity to promote the Guild every day ! A huge ask we know! but if anyone can commit to a definite day/time it would be very much appreciated.  There may be an opportunity to sell but this is still to be confirmed.  It is important if you commit to a day that you do not change your plan. 

Next month at the AGM we will vote on the proposal to change the date of the Guild meeting to the last Saturday of each month.

The Guild also proposes to change insurance provider to that provided by the Beadworkers Guild, it will save money approx. £80 per year instead of £221.35.

COMPETITION ! - Extreme Beading ! -  post a photo on the Guild's Facebook page - NI Beaders' Guild - of you beading in different places eg on a beach, in a boat, on a camel, in court, on top of a mountain, in work, in bed etc etc. The photo with the most likes will receive a prize.  Deadline 8 September 2017.

 

10 June 2017- Parochial Hall, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - AGM and Bead/Chat