President's Message

October was a busy month and November is promising to be busy too. Are you like me, and thinking of Christmas and gifts that need to be created for those special ones on your list? Our November presenter, Maria Rypan will be able to help with ideas for a gift for that special someone. 
As always, I look forward to seeing everyone on the 18th. 

Important Notice

Due to Hotel renovations our December meeting has been
moved from Monday, December 16th ,to
Monday, December 9th at 7 pm
Show and Share from October's Meeting

Pam Kearns Presentation at our October Meeting 

Although a seed beader at heart, Pam has been branching out into new techniques and combining the best of all worlds into her creations. She had her first project published in the May/June 2013 issue of Beadwork. Pam taught at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Bead and Button Shows in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A problem solver, Pam thoroughly enjoys teaching and inspiring students to think beyond basic techniques encouraging students to stamp their own vision on projects.

To ensure that all students can accomplish the techniques, Pam (also a ‘southpaw) includes ‘Lefty-Alerts’ within her class instructions.
Pam was not only an excellent presenter and instructor, but she also shared her personal journey which was heartfelt and meaningful.

Some of Pams beautiful work!

Maria Rypan is our guest presenter for the November 18th Meeting.


‘Gerdany’ is a generic term for beadwoven neck adornments in Ukraine.

Gerdany-making flourished in Western Ukraine from the 18th century thanks to the mechanization process of fine seed beads and their accessibility. Now it is very popular and contemporary beadwork has blossomed into realistic flowers and one-of-a kind creations. Folks in North America mistakenly lump big ‘korali’ (coral) necklaces under the gerdany label.

Take a quick tour of ethnographic regions and see the unique folk costumes adorned in their full splendour. I zero in on the different styles of beadwork, metalwork and materials which are key to each region. Once upon a time you could identify the status of individuals and regions by style of costume and adornments.

Now you’ll know why today’s contemporary statement pieces of multiple strings of beads, crosses, coins, metal beads, Venetian beadss are such a big attraction!

Maria Rypan is an international designer and instruction book publisher recognized for her Ukrainian-style of beading and interest in global folk arts. Her work is featured in many beadwork publications. Since 1995 she’s been teaching internationally, produced a kit line and lectures on beading and global folk arts. Her research trips to Ukraine yield fresh material about folk costumes, adornments and trends. Maria has taught master classes and shown presentations in Ukraine since 2010. Visit

Project afterwards: Try your hand at beadweaving a project to experience how patterns and motifs are created.

November 18th Workshop with Maria Rypan  

V01 – Single 'V'– Classic Net

Start in the centre to vertically beadweave a few rows to the right. See how quickly patterns are created by colour placement in half of the ‘V’. Flip this over and continue the second row from the centre to complete the full ‘V’. A narrower mesh band continues to the back. Later you can add swags and transform this single ‘V’ into a dramatic piece with a few more V’s on either side. Why have your neckpiece straight-edged if you can add a little zig?

Level of Difficulty:   Comfortable with beading in hand.

Kit fee:        Members:  $12 (tax incl)   Non-Members: $17.00                 

*Special kit price for members of GRBS at meeting. (Retail $23 kit + HST)

Contents of kit: Czech 10/ seed beads in three colours; spring clasp; beading needles and NYMO thread; illustrated pattern with colour card.

Available in:

- Black/ gold/ crystal

- Brown iris/ gold/ crystal

Materials to bring: Scissors or thread cutter. Task light (optional)

To register please go to GRBS Website:
Pleas register by November 14th to ensure the availabliity of a kit.

Bead Show 2019

Thanks to all those who volunteered for our annual Bead Show.  Many hours to organize this event were paid off by the success of the weekend. 
Having Fun shopping!
Wonderful Classes
More Vendors
And Even More Vendors
Amazing Volunteers!!!!!!!!

Techniques Night - December 9th

One of the most popular and fun nights of the season – Techniques Night!!! 
A chance to learn a new technique in a small group setting.  
Sign-up sheets and samples will be available at our November meeting.   
There will be several classes for your selection.

Tips and Techniques


Keep It Connected

Whenever I purchase a toggle clasp, I use an inexpensive jump ring to connect the bar to the loop. This way when I reach in my storage container, I don’t have to dig around for matched pieces. -  Kathleen Darland, Racine WI


Sore Finger Solution

To keep my fingertips from getting sore while I bead, I use adhesive finger pads designed for needlework. They act like thimbles to protect your skin when you work with needles. They make wirework more comfortable as well.  - Miriam Byrd. - Columbia SC


Tips and Techniques taken from Bead and Button supplement - 101 More Tips and Techniques


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