President's Message

Where has the summer gone? Now Fall and Thanksgiving are here. How often have you heard “I don’t know where to find good colour choices”. Mother Nature is now showing us her finest colour schemes!

As the pandemic keeps us apart we find other ways of connecting with family and friends. Technology offers many ways for us to continue to connect and learn from our homes.  Our GRBS meetings will be conducted via ZOOM until we can safely resume in-person meetings.  For health reasons, I was not able to attend the September ZOOM meeting but hear there was lots of participation with show and share.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the October ZOOM meeting.

The Executive have decided to hold our Annual Meeting (normally held in June) at our December ZOOM meeting. There are 3 Board positions open for election - Secretary, Program Co-ordinator and Membership co-ordinator and each term is for 3 years. Check the website for more information on each role or send me a note.  Please consider joining the Board. GRBS cannot function as a group without a Volunteer Board providing direction to the group.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for all of the GRBS members, my family and friends, our healthcare workers and everyone contributing to make Canada a great place to live.

Be safe and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Meeting Date
Monday, October 19, 2020


The Grand River Bead Society will  be holding their very second "virtual" online meeting, on Monday October 19th, at 7 pm.

Members will receive information and an invitation through an email from Gillian Clarke who will be hosting the Zoom meeting.

This will be another great opportunity to share any work that our members have been working on and a chance to connect with each other.
We look forward to seeing everyone!
Bonus: you don't have to drive, can come in your PJs if you wish and no makeup is required!

Gillian will be teaching a beaded earring class that night, that I know you will love! For more information on supplies needed, go to our Website: under Program Schedule.

Art Mask Submissions
Please note that there is a call for second wave of mask submissions - all this information can be found on the breathe FACEBOOK page: 
NOTE THE DUE DATE for ART MASKS is November 15, 2020.
Welcome to our newest member:
       Angela Rankie

Show and Share from our First Zoom Meeting
September 21, 2020

Mask Reveals


This is Lin Chapman wearing her Christmas mask (note the snowflakes)! It is picot decorated RAW across the top and embellished with 2+2 chainmail drape across the bottom. I think she looks adorable!!!

Naomi Smith fashioned her beautiful mask from fabric and beads, two of her favourite things, drawing her inspiration from nature. Naomi has always loved Strawberries. This piece represents walking through a field of Strawberries. The flower, the bees and the beauty are an embodiment of teachings given to her by her mother who taught her the importance of plants and how the Strawberry is one of their medicines. One of the best ways to honour and remember these teachings is by preserving it in art work.

Alexis Bradford has been very busy during the pandemic. She loves working with small beads and has created the following gorgeous pieces.

The netted necklace and the pink bracelet are kits by Maria Rypan.

This ziggy pendant is from designer Mariposa's Treasure Chest.


This Field Flower Necklace is by designer Miroslava Danukova and matching earring by Spoiled Rotten Beads.


Congratulations to our Virtual Door Prize Winners
from our September Meeting:

Nora McDonald
Sherill Allard
Sue Henry 
Angela Rankie

Tips and Techniques

More Bead Organization Tips and Tricks

  1. Store large beads in a nuts-and-bolts box from the hardware store.
  2. Organize beads by "holiday" or project (e.g., store orange and black beads together with Halloween/fall beads, pumpkin charms, spider pendants, etc.).
  3. Put each strand of beads in a small Ziploc bag and label it with all of the bead information. Organize small bags in color-coded gallon Ziploc bags so you can easily see all beads of the same color when planning a project.
  4. Store tools in a Caboodle makeup case.
  5. Use plastic photo boxes for works in progress.
  6. Store your beads in small lipgloss containers. Since they are clear, it is easy to see what beads are in each container.
  7. BONUS TIP: Because pearl beads are especially delicate, you need to take extra steps to keep them in pristine condition.They have natural moisture, so they need to stay hydrated. Unlike most beads, you don't want to store pearl beads in a dry, airtight container. Keep them in a protective pouch instead! You can also keep a small cup of water close by to keep the pearls moisturized


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!

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