President's Message
December and snow have arrived in Ontario bringing out the Christmas spirit even tho celebrations will be  different this year.  COVID-19 has been with us now for about 9 months and everyone has experienced many challenges it brought with it.  We are all looking for ways to communicate and participate.  Zoom meetings are our new communication norm for the foreseeable future. 

Keep reading, I have some great news to share.

UPDATE - Annual Meeting and Membership Renewal!  Earlier we announced the Annual Membership Renewal and Annual Meeting dates would change to a calendar year - January - December but still maintaining a 10 month membership with July and August being vacation time.   Upon further reflection it has been decided not to make the above change at this time and maintain our current September to June membership year! and;

THE BEST NEWS OF ALL IS ..... all current members will have their membership extended until June 2021.   All NEW memberships from now until June 2021 will cost just $10. 

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our Monday, December 14th meeting. Gillian has a great gift project to teach us. I still have some Christmas shopping to do. This will help me and I hope it will help you too!

Take care, be safe and best regards,

Sherry Stockton
Next meeting
Monday, December 14, 2020

The Grand River Bead Society will be holding their next "virtual" online Zoom meeting on Monday, December 14, at 7 pm.
Members will receive information and an invitation through an email from Gillian Clarke who will be hosting the Zoom meeting.
Another great opportunity to share any work that our members have been working on, and a chance to connect with each other.
And .... no masks required!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone again!


Gillian will be teaching a beaded earring class on December 14th.  

For more information on supplies needed, go to our Website: under Program Schedule.

Monday, January 18, 2021

 Beat the Winter Blues Show & Share

We open the zoom presentation floor to our membership.

Perhaps you have created something special over the long days of winter. We would love to see what many of us have been working on. Or, maybe some of our members contributed to the Breathe Mask project? We’d like to see the ages old beaded purse that belonged to your great grandmother, or the beaded jewellery that was passed down for generations… dig out your treasures and share with our wonderful group.

This will be an evening for everyone to share something bead-related from their personal collection. It does not have to be anything created by our membership but an antique or cultural item. We hope everyone will search their closets and cupboards to find something ultra-special or interesting to share with our membership.

Each member will have a few minutes to show and share their objects, and can share more than one.

Hope to see you there - virtually.

Special Members Only Bonus Meeting

hosted by


Monday, January 27, 2021


On Monday, January 25th, 7pm the Grand River Bead Society & the Toronto Bead Society are pleased to present esteemed Bead Artist Jean Power at our first virtual bonus meeting.

Jean Power is a multi award-winning jewellery designer whose work in beads is inspired by geometry, form, colour and the beads themselves. World-renowned for bringing a unique modern twist to this ancient art-form, Jean is the author of 9 books on beading & jewellery-making and travels extensively teaching her unique designs. You can see more of her work on her website at

We are delighted that Jean will be sharing  her presentation with us.

Please note:*You must be a full member of the Grand River Bead Society to attend this special virtual event. 


Some of Jean's

Amazing Pieces

We have a cat who loves to walk over my computer to get my attention. This picture expresses my sentiment exactly. We now confine her to our bedroom when we have our Zoom meetings!!!! I'm sure many of you can relate!
Show and Share from November's Meeting

Gillian Clarke's Stunning Pieces

Three herringbone vessels made by Gillian from classes or patterns by River Rose (“Beading with River Rose” on Facebook)

Lin Chapman's Beautiful Poppy
The poppy is made in size 11 beads and done in brick stitch (Lin's first attempt). The design is her own (a first) and it was a process that took a few prototypes. The button centre sets it off perfectly.

Lin also created this beautiful  Christmas ornament using the Swirl Earring pattern that Gillian taught us in September.

Yvette Herold's Unique Creations

This is bead embroidery using a clay heart which Yvette made and textured. The chain is made with some matching beads

All three of these pendants are similar.  They are bead embroidered on patterned cork which is placed on top of stiffened felt.  The shiny metal sections are all part of an old necklace that someone gave Yvette ... found components.  She's used different colours of seed beads and the backing is the same cork which was purchased at Len’s Mill.

Tips and Techniques

If you are organizing and culling, your stash the Bead Soup Box will be available to take all donations at our next in-person meeting.

Did you know that Kingsway Sports store, 340 Woodlawn Rd W Unit #5, Guelph, sells Fireline to beaders. Sold by the yard.

Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
Dale Evans


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