BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SPECIAL FEATURE

 


PRESIDENT, DEBBIE C.

 How long have you been a member of the NGBS? I joined NGBS in 2013.

 What got you started in beading and how long have you been beading? I began stringing beads in the 1990’s with my daughter, who was in high school. She was wearing a necklace I wore in high school when it broke.  She felt so bad because one of the beads was never found, so we went to a bead shop in Decatur to look for matching beads.  It opened my eyes to a wonderful hobby.  When she left for college I began beading more seriously and found classes at a bead shop in Sandy Springs. I have enjoyed doing a variety of beading techniques since.

 Any other Hobbies? I really love gardening and collecting plants.  I have a large variety of hosta and day lillies.

What is your favorite beading stitch and why? I really enjoy tubular shaped stitches. Watching the beads pull together into a tube, and creating a design along the side of the tube with bead colors is fascinating.

 What piece of beadwork are you most proud of? I have taken lots of classes, but last summer I promised myself not to buy any more kits until I had completed all of the kits from this particular designer whose work I really love. In January I finally finished all 3 of the UFO’s I bought from her.  Now I can’t wait until she returns to Atlanta so I can do more of her work.


VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP, AMY R.

How long have you been a member of the NGBS?  Almost a year. 

 

What got you started in beading and how long have you been beading? The first time around I was about 17 and doing micro macrame bracelets for an art fair. At that time I discovered a bead shop in Manhattan Beach, CA.  The second time around was an accidental find of Beads by Design in Marietta when I was visiting a coworker's husband's glass business’ open house.  That's when I saw that you could do THAT with beads.  45 years/18 years

 

 Any other Hobbies?  Knitting, crochet, tatting, cross stitch, most any handwork.

 

 What is your favorite beading stitch and why?  Combined herringbone and peyote because of the ability to really create structure.

 

 What piece of beadwork are you most proud of?  Today it would be my own pattern, Angel Angle.  This is for a pair of earrings worked as a warped square and folded.  Mostly because it is my most recent project ;) 


VICE PRESIDENT - PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS, SHEILA K.

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.  Then by a twist of fate, I met my enabler (whom I will refer to as “M”) at a BEADIng shop, FULly unaware of what was to come.

 

First, “M” got me hooked on the small stuff like stringing.  “Go ahead, try it, all the ladies are doing it”, she said.  So I did, and before I realized it, I had purchased all her ring kits.  Next was a spiral class (first time is free, “M” said with a wink) and naďve as I was, I took it.  It didn’t take long until I graduated to the harder stuff.  I was buying loads of crystal and doing peyote, foolishly believing I could quit anytime I wanted.  To make matters worse, I met others who shared my addiction.  Soon I was staying out all night, coming home late, neglecting housework and laundry just so I could get my “fix”.  “Just one more row”, I’d say, but one was never enough.

 

Saving money became a thing of the past.  New beads, classes, you name it, I had to try it.   My health became affected too.  With my fingertips full of needle marks, eyesight failing, and my posture deteriorating from sitting hunched over a bead board with a full bladder for hours on end.

 

 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.  It’s 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.


SECRETARY, ROBIN S.

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.

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, I’ve 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.

 What’s your favorite stitch and why? I don’t think I have a favorite stitch. I don’t feel that I've mastered any of them. I’m getting comfortable with right angle weave and peyote.

What piece that you’ve made are you most proud of, and why? I’m 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 that’s important for their safety.


VICE PRESIDENT - WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA, ROBIN G.

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.