Beadworkers

The Guild of Beadworkers

This guild received its Charter at the Investiture of Her Grace the Princess Heloisa in September 1986. The initial aim of the Guild was to promote itself within the Society and, once a regular membership had been formed, to then promote the art of Beadwork in both a decorative and useful manner.

This promotion would be twofold. Of course, the first was the practical aspect of Beadwork and this ranged from learning the names of beads currently available, through the use of knots and threading techniques to clasps and finishings etc. Secondly the guild aimed to promote an interest in the historical use of beads as well as a knowledge of the materials used to make beads e.g. Jet, bone, amber and glass.

Once Beadwork had been established within the Society the Guild sought to promote itself in the outside world. To date our members have given talks and demonstrations to groups such as the Brownies and conventions such as Masque, along with exhibitions at places such as Hever castle and Valence House in Barking. Recently the craft of beadmaking was added to the purview of this Guild and an alternative route of advancement added within this discipline.

The Guild continues to attract new members and, in the fourteen years of our existence, we are proud to say that we were the first to produce regular newsletters and the first Guild to be awarded the Order of the Silver Acorn. Indeed the chains of Office for both High Council and the council of the Duchy of Camcairndryth were all created by the Guild.

Guildmistress: Thegne Astrid Stormtongue


Rules of Advancement - Beadworkers

Apprentice

An Apprentice in the Guild must complete one of the following

  • produce two identical pieces of beadwork (this can be discussed with the Guildmistress as to the scope for variation)
  • Complete the Guilds Apprentice/Journeyman Bead Course.

Journeyman

A Journeyman must complete one of the following,

  • produce at least two items of beadwork showing two different threading techniques.
  • Complete the Guilds Apprentice/Journeyman Bead Course
  • Complete the Guilds Journeyman/Master Bead Course.

They must also write a 500 word essay on some aspect of beadwork and describe in writing how to do a piece of beadwork.

Master

A Master in the Guild must complete the following

  1. produce a piece of work acceptable to the Guildmistress as a Masterpiece.
  2. Produce a piece of work using unusual beads or produce an unusual piece of beadwork.
  3. Give three talks on beadwork

N.B. The Guilds Journeyman/Master Bead Course will contribute to Master status.


Rules of Advancement - Junior

The Guild also has a ranking system for the junior members of the Society (i.e. those of about 14 or under) who have an interest in beadwork. These ranks may be earned in the following way:-

Apprentice

Must show an ability to thread beads.

Journeyman

  1. Know the names of three types of beads and identify them.
  2. Know the names of three types of clasps and identify them.
  3. Know the names of three types of knots and identify them.

Master

Produce two copies of a piece of work (the young person must have fastened on and off by themselves).


Rules of Advancement - Beadmakers

Period beads include those of:-

  • lampworked glass
  • turned wood, bone , amber, antler, horn or other materials.
  • Gemstones, including jet, amethyst, and other precious and semi precious stones
  • metal worked beads, cast stamped or worked.
  • Perfumed beads

Apprentice

An Apprentice in the Guild must complete one of the following

  • produce two beads hand worked
  • Complete a half day beadmaking course

Journeyman

A Journeyman must complete one of the following

  • produce at least ten beads demonstrating at least three different styling techniques in the same medium (for example lampworked beads showing three of plain work, shaped work, stringer application, dot application,push moulding etc)
  • ten beads in each of two different mediums
  • Complete a day's basic bead making course

They must also write a 500 word essay on some aspect of beadmaking and describe in writing how to make beads of a period type kind.

Master

A Master in the Guild must complete the following

  1. produce a range of work acceptable to the Guildmistress demonstration a good knowledge of period beadmaking .
  2. Produce a piece of work reproducing a historical or archaeological piece acceptable to the Guildmistress as a Masterpiece.
  3. One of the following
    • Give three talks
    • three 1000 work articles on beadmaking
    • a combination of articles and talks