Presidents Message
Here is is, December 2019, already.  It seems to me that 2019 has gone very quickly - I remember enjoying last December’s social meeting, munching on the many treats while enjoying “Techniques Nite”.  Let’s do this again, celebrate all that has happened at GRBS during 2019, and to all of you for being great members and/or guests!  I’m truly thankful for all the good things that have happened during 2019.  Come and enjoy our last meeting for 2019 on Monday, December 9th at the Hampton Inn, Imperial Road, Guelph - 7:00 pm. 
If you wish, bring treats to share.
Important Notice
Due to Hotel renovations our December meeting has been
moved from Monday, December 16th, to
Monday, December 9th at 7 pm

Welcome to our newest member:
Sherill Allard
Show and Share from our November Meeting

Maria Rypan

Maria took us on a fabulous journey around the Ukraine and explained the different types, styles and techniques of beading in each region.
Working Hard on Maria's Designs
Meet Alexis Bradford
Beader Extraordinaire


Alexis started beading about 9 years ago after visiting a store in Thorold, Ontario with her sister. One of the classes they took was for a tubular, netted necklace. She wasn’t sure how much netting appealed to her at that time. However, after years of beading, and making a few projects using netting i.e. a scarf ring, ornament, bracelets and necklaces she eventually joined a group on FaceBook. One of the monthly challenges was a bead netted scarf by Deona Moore.This was new and fun for her until she ran out of beads part way through. It seemed to take forever to get the needed supplies, but eventually they arrived and she worked hard to complete her scarf. After she made one, a second followed and now she is working on her fourth scarf. She uses size 10 or 11 seed beads to do her scarves. Alexis loves most styles of beading and in last few years has started using peyote stitch more. She still finds netted stitch relaxing. In the photo, Alexis is wearing one of Maria Rypan's pieces. She bought the kit at the Bead Fair and completed it in time for Maria's presentation.

Techniques Night - December 9th, 7- 9 pm

One of the most popular and fun nights of the season – Techniques Night!!! 
A great opportunity to learn a new technique in a small group setting, from one of our talented members. To register for a class go to our website: and go to Program Schedule.
Treats for Techniques Night
One of the great things that makes beading more fun is treats!
Please bring some treats to share with everyone!

Something for Button Lovers

A must see exhibit at the Wellington County Museum and Archives.
"On The Button" features over 900 buttons from local button collector Robert Miller, displayed alongside rarely seen garments from the Wellington County Museum's collection. You will never look at buttons the same way again!

Tips and


Leftover Chain Necklace or Bracelet

Don’t throw away short lengths of chain left over from past projects. Instead, combine multiple styles of 1 - 3 inches (2.5- 7.6 cm) in a necklace or bracelet design. Pair chains that are the same length. Chains with large links line up best with small link chains. Start at the centre of your piece and join two identical pieces with a jump ring. Use 22 gauge wire and connect the remaining pairs with wrapped loop bead links. Attach a pendant or charm to the  jump ring and use a single chain to connect the clasp. 
Lauren Shadden, Bakersfield CA

                                        Not Just for Bananas

I love making beading ornaments and find that a banana hanger is perfect for holding the ornament while I work. It also keeps the ornament suspended and the beads in place until I can work on it again.
Kathy Franke, Egg Harbour,WI

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

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