President's Message
February has arrived!  Wiarton Willy decided to take a pass this year but the prediction was 6 more weeks of winter, but wait, the 1st day of Spring is March 21st so that’s about right.  In any event, Valentine’s is next weekend and Family Day follows. Virtually enjoy these special days with family and friends.

I’m looking forward to Pam Kearns’s presentation to GRBS on Tuesday, February 16th!

Enjoy February, the shortest month of the year!

Sherry Stockton

We welcome Craig Ewing to GRBS Executive


Welcome to our New Members:

Chris Pratt           Pamela Kearns      Maria Rypan       Janet Jones

Lori Finney          Marcia Barrett        Gail Smith           Bennett MCCardle           

Susan Charette-Hood

Celebrity Guest Meeting with Jean Power was a huge success!

On January 25th celebrity Guest presenter Jean Power presented to the Grand River Bead Society and the Toronto Bead Society. This shared event was well attended by both groups. Everyone enjoyed hearing stories about Jeans creative vision and how she designs and creates her pieces, along with many of her favourite or signature pieces. 

As it turns out her foray into the beading world started out the way it has for so many of us... we try different techniques and styles until we find what inspires us. For Jean, her love of geometric beadwork and architectural patterns are evident in her later work and continue to be a focus for many of her unique and original designs. Luckily for us she is now teaching online and offers kits and patterns on her website I can also recommend that it’s worthwhile signing up for her newsletter, by going to her website. 

Finally I should say that her candour and friendly presentation style was something I could see our membership appreciated. The meeting concluded with many questions for Jean which she didn’t shy away from answering. 

Thank you to both the Toronto Bead Society and Grand River Bead Society for supporting this event along with a special shout out to Gillian Clarke for being such an excellent host for this event. 

Submitted by Naomi Smith
Programs: Toronto Bead Society
Grand River Bead Society. 

February Zoom Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th.

Pam Kearns

Inspired by the Huichol bead mosaics of Mexico, Pamela Kearns has used a variety of beads in her bead mosaics. Discover more about these indigenous artworks and how they came to be. In addition to seeing photos and samples, you'll see how you can incorporate this style of beawork into your own designs.

Future Virtual Meetings:

March 15 Meeting: Sue Charette-Hood: At this meeting Sue will demonstrate how she uses her Sizzix to create leather and seed bead earrings.

April 19 Meeting: Carolyn Cave: At this meeting Carolyn will talk about cabochons and bead embroidery.

For further information go to our website: under Program Schedule.

Show and Share from our January Meeting
Our January meeting was an opportunity for our members to share their creations and the history that went with them. Not only were the works beautiful, creative and inspiring but the heartfelt stories that went with them were very touching. Enjoy!!!

These are Lin Chapman's sisters and Mom. Every year for the past 8-10 years, they go on a "Sisters   
Vacation" for 3-5 days. One year they went to Pelee Island for a low key holiday, and since there was little “night life”, Lin offered to teach them how to bead. The top bracelet is the “sisters” bracelet, a simple right angle weave with jasper beads. The bottom is the “Mom” bracelet (Parisien Lights by Jill Wiseman) as her mother’s arthritic fingers would have had trouble with the smaller beads. She did a great job on hers! They cherish their bracelets and the meaning behind them. The bracelets always seem to come out whenever they get together. What a beautiful story!

This was Roxann's entry into the multi year “Walking with Our Sisters“ exhibition with the rest of Naomi’s vamp bead embroidery class. Vamps are the instep top of a moccasin.

Here is the link for more information:
Roxann does the most beautiful bead embroidery!

The cuff  by Marilyn Gardiner was made of sterling silver with an inlay space for a strip of beadwork. The beadwork is peyote stitch made with 11/0 Delicas in a Bargello pattern and was glued in place.The cuff was made by a friend in the silver shop at the Voyager RV Resort in Tucson AZ where Marilyn and her husband used to be able to spend their winters. Marilyn did the beading. It was made many years ago when the price of silver was friendly. The colours and design are simply stunninng.

Here are some beautiful pieces created by Gillian Clarke.
Three geometric peyote stitch pieces are on the left and Shark Girl bead embroidery is on the right.
Gillians work is always one of a kind. So very unique!
For more about Shark Girl, here’s a link to her story: 

This is Sherry Stockton's interesting story about her husband's 100 year old grandma’s ugly, bug broach! It was made into a beautiful tiger eye keepsake ring for Grandma's grandson to wear. There is beauty in yesteryear. So very true!

This is a bead embroidered pendant  created by Yvette Herold using two pieces of second grade Ruby from India.  The heart shape was originally a very primitive broach (which she took apart) that was gifted to her by a friend when she visited India almost 50 years ago.  The bead at the bottom was given to her last year by a friend who usually spends 3 months in India Every winter. She always challenges Yvette by bringing interesting seeds and beads.  Yvette feels that this pendant could be called “Friendship”. I couldn't agree more!

This is a delightful photo of Yvette's paper embroidery using different types of beads.  Makes her smile! Makes me smile too!!!!!!

Erin Fish created these cream and white Christmas stockings using a quilting technique called "crazy quilting". Bead embroidery is done on the laces and variety of fabrics. Some of the fabric pieces are from her wedding dress. Erin's favourite part is the lace on the cuffs which was hand knitted by her husband's 85 year old grandmother. A treasure for sure!

Tips and Techniques

This month's technique is a little different and something fun to do. If you need a break from beading have a look at this picture and see if you can find Bernie.
(Tip: Waldo is there too!)

 c K97.5

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
        Maya Angelou


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