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 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
Skill Share: Bead embroidery by Ann
Challenge: Do something with a donut
This workshop is planned as a BYO stuff class, but kits can be provided for a fee by Ann, just let her know beforehand.
- embroidery hoop
- beads, buttons, etc
- thread, needles, scissors
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:
We talk about anything and everything to do with beading, but some
particular favourites include:
- bead crochet
- bead knitting
- beaded braiding
- beaded flowers
- beaded netting
- beads and knotting
- lampworked beads
- off-loom beadweaving
- square stitch
- wire work