2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SPECIAL FEATURE


PRESIDENT, SHEILA K.†Open Position as of December 31, 2019

How long have you been a member of the NGBS?†- Since 2013.

What got you started in beading and how long have you been beading?†- In 2010, I won a gift certificate to a shop called Happy Bead in Cumming, GA which spurred by interest in beading but they closed soon after.† †

Luckily I have made friends who share and understand my addiction. ;)

Any other Hobbies?†I collect refrigerator magnets from around the world.† To date, I have around 600.

What is your favorite beading stitch and why?†- Even count Peyote.† Itís very simple and when the beads fit nicely and neatly into place, I feel like all is right in the world.

What piece of beadwork are you most proud of?†-Blossom Bezel by Sabine Lippert.


VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP, MELINDA W.

How long have you been beading, and what first interested you about beading?†I started beading about 30 years ago but was unable to really continue with it. Jobs and children, etc.† I was able to pick it back up about 10 years ago and love it..

Tell us about your first project.†I started off with seed beads doing native american type earrings.††

Whatís your favorite stitch and why?†Peyote is my favorite stitch.† I love the look and feel of peyote bracelets.†

What piece that youíve made are you most proud of, and why?†The piece I am most proud of is a project from Kelly Dale that we did at a retreat a couple of years ago.† It is called "Wedding Day Delight".† My sister wore it to one of the balls held for President Trump after his election.† It is a beautiful piece.† I am excited to serve on this board and get to know like minded people.† I love to learn new things.


VICE PRESIDENT - PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS, Open Position as of June 2019


SECRETARY, ROBIN S. Open position as of December 31, 2019

How long have you been a member of the NGBS?† I have been a member since NGBS started in 2011.

What got you started in beading and how long have you been beading? †When I was young my Grandma let me play with her multi strand seedbead necklace and ever since I've loved beads.

†Any other Hobbies?†I golf when my knees are good.†

What is your favorite beading stitch and why?†Peyote. It's so versatile.

What piece of beadwork are you most proud of?†An older pattern by Laura McCabe. It's a vessel with lid and moving petals.


TREASURER, VALERIE R. Open position as of December 31, 2019

When did you join NGBS?†I joined when the group began. I needed to quit for a while due to increased work demands. I rejoined in 2016.

†How long have you been beading, and what first interested you about beading?†I began beading about 10 years ago, but have had gaps in beading for months and maybe over a year. As a child I used wood and ceramic beads to make macrame bracelets and chokers. I founds some of these beads and some seed beads and decided to play around. I found a class at a local beading store and really enjoyed it.

Tell us about your first project.†My first project was that beading class. I made a bracelet and matching earrings out of a blue stone, crystals, and silver beads. After that, I started making interchangeable bracelets for my medical ID tag. I purchased a bracelet online with the tag and the construction looked similar to the bracelet I made. Since then, Iíve made dozens of interchangeable bracelets for family, friends, and myself.†

†What other hobbies or interests have you had in the past or currently pursue?†I did many crafts growing up. My mother is an artist and she was my girl scout troop leader when I was 10-12. I most remember candle making and macrame. I picked up cross stich in high school and continued through college. Now I focus on beading and reading.

†Whatís your favorite stitch and why?†I donít think I have a favorite stitch. I donít feel that I've mastered any of them. Iím getting comfortable with right angle weave and peyote.

What piece that youíve made are you most proud of, and why?†Iím most proud of the many medical ID bracelets I've made. Most were simple bead stringing, but I know they encouraged several of my friends to wear their medical ID bracelets everyday. I feel thatís important for their safety.


VICE PRESIDENT - WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA, ROBIN G.†Open Position as of December 31, 2019

How long have you been a member of the NGBS?† I have been a member since NGBS started in 2011.

What got you started in beading and how long have you been beading? †I have always liked crafts. I started stringing years ago and beadweaving in 2010.

†Any other Hobbies?†I scrapbook twice a year at a retreat and attend a book club.†

What is your favorite beading stitch and why?†Peyote. You can do a lot with it and it is easy to do without thinking.

What piece of beadwork are you most proud of?†Anything that I do that is free form. It lets my creativity shine through.