General Meeting Information

  • Held the third Monday of each Month, except when Monday is a holiday 
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • The Hampton Inn & Suites 725 Imperial Road North Guelph
  • Meetings consist of announcements, old and new business, show & tell of member’s work, the evenings’ program, and socializing. 
  • The program can include anything from: hands-on mini-workshops from invited artists, guest speakers, demonstrations, trunk shows, road trips or informal gatherings
Meeting Dates
Monday, March 16: Techniques Night
Monday, April 20: Wire Weaving with Debbie Benninger
Tuesday, May 19 - Knot Your Grandmother's Pearls by Alison Griffiths
Monday, June 15: AGM, Bead Sale and Social

Welcome to our newest members:
Kim  Havens
Lynette Whiley 

Craig Ewing's March Display at Westminster Library
31 Farley Dr, Guelph
Check it out!
Designed by Craig Ewing
Artist of One of a Kind Jewellery
“Art You Will Love to Wear”

Bead Stash Sale and Mini Demos at our February Meeting

Quinn (Alison’s daughter) was there from Argus Collections - selling clasps, findings, wire & more. She was demonstrating Wunder Wire—how to use it for bead stringing without the need for crimps. 

Marilyn Gardiner was demonstrating how to use crimps, wire guardians, & crimp covers. She talked about the different sizes available for them all—& how the choice depended on the thickness of the flexible beading wire that was being used. (Softflex & Beadalon have really good/useful info on their websites.)

Show and Share from our February Meeting

Meet Mary Ann Helmond
Program Co-ordinator and Glass Artist
Mary Ann Helmond is a talented glass artist from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She has established her prestige in the lampworking world by the creation of beautiful Art Nouveau stylized peacock beads. A retired visual art teacher, Mary Ann has also developed colorful dragon-scale beads, and enjoys collaborating with other artists to create wearable artisan pieces. She has received multiple accolades, including a 2018 honorable mention ribbon in the Bead & Button show. Mary Ann devotes her creative time to working in her glass studio at home.
Her biggest influences are all of the artists she has collaborated with over the years. Collaboration allows her to focus on the glass and has forged lasting friendships with other artists. Collaboration can result in a very successful end product that neither artist would have arrived at on their own. Her earliest collaborations were with Roxann Blazetich-Ozols, a beading artist whom she met through the Grand River Bead Society. Her recent collaborations have been with a wire-weaving artist, Debbie Benninger. She met Debbie in 2014 while selling her work at a Toronto Bead Society show. Mary Ann really liked her wire-woven pendant she was wearing, so asked her if she would be interested in a collaboration. Since then they have done many collaborations, travel and participate in shows together.
Mary Ann teaches semi-private classes in her home studio for two students at a time. Dates and times are flexible. If you are interested in more information on classes, please speak to Mary Ann at one of our meetings.
Some of Mary Ann's Amazing Pieces

Mary Ann's Home Studio
Bead Soup Box

The Bead Soup Box will be at our March Meeting if you have anything to add to it, or are looking for something unique.
Tips and Techniques


If you are a Horizontal Organizer:

It's all got to be spread out in front of you - you need a big table, lots of counter space, plenty of flat bins and beading boards. Here are some great horizontal organizational tools:

  • Bead Storage Solutions
    Has plenty of bins, trays and containers that can be mixed and mingled to create a personalized system. The trays can be laid out around you on the table so you can see everything you have.
  • Acrylic and Plastic Sectional Organizers
    Clear and translucent acrylic containers corral beads, components and stringing materials into groups. Secure lids keeps beads and small pieces from spilling, keeping little fingers (and kitty paws) out of your supplies.
  • Tubes and Vials
    Stand Squeezetops in a row or put vials or Delica® seed bead tubes in racks like test tubes and you'll have all the colors spread out in front of you, exactly how you like them.
  • Foam Display Inserts with Internal Vials
    Foam pads studded with individual reclose able vials. Vials seal securely with snap-on lids and include padded interiors to prevent scratching or chipping. Foam pads fit standard half and standard full trays.
  • Organizers with Internal Containers, Vials or Tubes
    Plastic containers include internal vials for secure, individual storage. Group by color, by material, by size--whatever system works best for you.

 Barbara van Look, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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