Crafts and Crafters: Fraser Valley Beaders

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About the Fraser Valley Beaders

Established in early 2002, the Fraser Valley Beaders is an informal (currently, no dues!) group of very talented (if we do say so ourselves) bead obsessed crafters and artists that gather monthly to talk beads, show off our latest work, share skills, snack, and (occasionally) bead.

As the name indicates, we have members from all over the Fraser Valley (in British Columbia, Canada) including: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria (although Victoria is not officially part of the FVRD, several of our members hail from there. In 2005, a sister group, the Vancouver Island Bead Group was formed that may be more convenient for Islanders). An offshoot of the Canadian Beaders Mailing List we decided that a monthly face to face meeting would be fun. The group includes beginners, teachers, artists and retailers.

In addition to all the camaraderie, addiction support and eye candy; we also gather together to pool our shopping budgets and buy beads in bulk at wholesale prices, as well as providing cohorts for cross-border shopping expeditions.

So, if you would like to join (or just meet) our little group of happy beaders, just send email to our fearless leader or just turn up to a meeting (a heads up that you are coming would be nice, but not required 8-). There is also the mailing list.

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting is: September 29th, 2013 (1:00-4:00)
Location: New Westminster Library, Plaskett Conference Room (upstairs): 716-6th Ave, New Westminster, BC
Note: Please do not park in the library parking lot
Skill Share: Bead embroidery by Ann
Supplies: This workshop is planned as a BYO stuff class, but kits can be provided for a fee by Ann, just let her know beforehand.
Challenge: Do something with a donut
Extra Show & Tell: bring your finished shamballa bracelets and raw materials you are thinking of using for the October LED project.

The next meeting after is: October 27th, 2013 (1:00-4:00, upstairs)
Skill Share: Beading with LEDs
Materials: We will be ordering this kit from Sparkfun. If you want any extras, LEDs of a different colour or other stuff from Sparkfun in general, besure to tell us in September or via email so it can be put into the group order.
Challenge: Do something Halloween-y

The next meeting after is: November 24th, 2013 (1:00-4:00, upstairs)
Challenge: Annual festive holiday ornament exchange

There is no December meeting

The festivities will continue in January with a workshop on rolled paper beads by Ann.

To volunteer to lead a skill share, email Carol at least a week beforehand.


We're thinking of putting up some artist profiles for members that don't have websites, but until we pull that together, here's some links to members that do have websites, and a link the beginnings of member's gallery:

Topics in Beading

We talk about anything and everything to do with beading, but some particular favourites include:
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