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Bead Society of New Hampshire
P. O. Box 3535
Concord, NH 03302

Copyright © 2008-2018 BSNH

Meet the Board of Directors
for The Bead Society of New Hampshire

Serving until October 2018

Peggy Shafer President

A magazine at Barnes and Noble started the obsession with beads. I knew it was an obsession after tipping my pickle dish of seed beads to the floor not once but twice. Each time I vacuumed them up with a knee high stocking; I separated the beads by color and picked out the dirt and cat hair.

Bead and Button, Beadworks, and Lapidary Journal magazines, as well as classes at NH Institute of Art, have influenced my work from my first square stitch bracelet to my current love of soldering, riveting and setting of cabochons. Crafting came early in my life, Mom and Dad were makers. My mom told me that I had too much “stuff” during one of her visits to New Hampshire; she meant all my crafting materials. She was surprised when I told her that it had been her influence while growing up. No matter what project I came up with she had the materials to execute my creation. I even got into my Dad’s tools.

I haven’t met a craft I didn’t want to try, now I’m trying to focus exclusively on jewelry.

E-mail: mfshafer@aol.com

Carol Darling

Carol Darling-Co-Vice President

Carol started beading about twelve years. ago. She lived in Manchester and found there were not any bead stores at the time. So, she came to Concord and got to string a bracelet. A new bead store opened in Manchester and there Carol took a seed bead class. She was hooked.

Her favorite beading technique is herringbone, Russian spiral and peyote. She has sold pieces to friends, and make items for gifts.

Carol says she beads mostly for the pleasure it gives her. Then, she gets to wear her best.

E-mail: cjean2@comcast.net

Ellen Paulsen
Ellen Paulsen, Co-Vice President

I joined the Bead Society about ten years ago and have learned so much from our members! I formerly was the recording secretary for two years, and this year I serve as Co-Vice President with Carol Darling. I don’t have training in the arts, but I come from a family who loved to work with their hands, from sewing, cooking, woodworking and other various crafts. Beading came about after many years of embellishing my hand made garments, and today it is a soothing passion.

E-mail: EVPaulsen@aol.com

Monte Nikkel, Treasurer


Email: Monte Nikkel

Corresponding Secretary: Barbara O'Brien

Email: Barbara O'Brien

Dr. Gail H. Devoid,Ph,D.

Dr. Gail Devoid, Recording Secretary

Learn more about Gail.

E-mail: gdevoid@tds.net