As you know if you've ready any of my other posts, I'm a long-time quilter. Over the years I have belonged to several quilt guilds, which are groups of mostly women who share the passion for taking large pieces of fabric, cutting them into smaller pieces, and then sewing them together to make large designs. From utilitarian quilts, commemorative quilts, or quilts that are the true expression of a person's artistry, all the members of the group understand the impetus that drives each of them.
Since taking up beading, and lately wire work as well, I have missed the element of camaraderie I experienced in a guild. I've searched high and low for a group of beaders in my general area south of Boston, but the only groups I have found are quite a distance away and meet on weeknights, when getting together is difficult for me. Years ago when a group of friends of mine and I were dissatisfied with the guild to which we then belonged, we created our own. While I'm no longer a member of that guild due to my changing interests, it still survives and hosts a vibrant group of women, dedicated to the art of what they do. It seems only natural, then, that if I can't find a bead society to join, I create one!
So, I have reserved the Copeland meeting room at the Abington Public Library, 600 Glieniwicz Way, Abinton, MA for Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. I will be circulating information about this meeting to area bead shops and friends who might be interested. Under the temporary rubric "The Bead Society of the South Shore," I'm hoping we can come with a plan to start a regular society this coming fall. If you'd like to read about other bead societies around the country, here are some links:
With best regards,