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Welcome Back! 
Our first Meeting of the season!

Date:  September 17, 2018
Time:  7 pm – 9 pm
Location:  Hampton Inn
725 Imperial Rd. N, Guelph

Christmas Ornament Charity Project

ornamentsOne of the Bead Society’s initiatives is to support the Guelph Women in Crisis services.  With this goal we started the Christmas Ornament Project last year.  We asked members to make and donate Christmas ornaments which will be sold at the Bead Show & Sale in October for $5 each. 
Ornaments made suitable to grace a Christmas tree, a gift package or card, etc.
The first half of the meeting will be to show and share the Christmas ornaments that have been made.
The second half of the meeting will be spent making more ornaments as well as having the finished ornaments photographed.
Please be prepared to participate in this fun and meaningful project by bringing a beading mat, scissors, a task light, extra beading supplies and any printed copies of instructions for making ornaments.

Suggestion for Ornament patterns
A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, Festive 2013 edition, is devoted to ornaments of all kinds.
GRBS has permission from Brenda Franklin for our guild members to use her Beaded Medallion ornament (pg.80) design to make for our sale. If you have a copy of this magazine, please bring it along or bring any other patterns you might have.  There will be a few copies of this pattern at the meeting.

Also at this meeting:
Bead Fair Classes Reveal

You know the Bead Show & Sale is coming October 20-21!  (More info below) 
Sign-up sheets for classes and samples will be available at this meeting.
This will be your first chance to view the classes offered and to sign up!

Treats!  Bring Treats! 
If you would like to bring a yummy treat to share for this meeting it would be appreciated!  Treats and beading – what could be better?  Maybe wine and beading?  Oh wait – don’t go there..

And Speaking of the Bead Show & Sale….

16th Annual Bead Show & Sale

Please mark your calendar and bring family and friends.  Share the addiction!
  • Dates:   Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21
  • Time:    10 am - 5 pm
  • Location:    Evergreen Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Avenue, Guelph
  • Cost:   $3
  • Parking:   Free
So far there are 17 exhibitors coming, and we expect to add a few more prior to the show (yes, we are still open for new exhibitors).  Check out our website to see who they are—there are several NEW ones! You will receive more information before the show—watch for news about in-booth demos.

There are several classes available for sign-up at our September meeting.  See the project samples and plan your day at the Bead Show & Sale with a class or two. 
We need your help promoting the Bead Show & Sale.  
This is a major fund-raiser for the Bead Society.  If the Bead Show doesn’t make money we won’t have as many fun meetings with speakers and projects.
  • Tell your friends
  • Take the promotional post cards and hand them out. 
  • Know a bulletin board that allows community postings?  Post it up there. 
  • Know someplace what will let us leave the post cards?  Leave some there.
  • And on-line – share, like and comment on our postings.

Membership Renewal time – if you missed it in June

Time to either renew or join the Bead Society at the September meeting.  You don’t want to miss any of the fun evenings planned.  The yearly membership fee is $45.
Membership includes monthly meetings from September to June. Some meetings require a kit or project fee depending on the class offered. 
We proud that our membership fee has remained unchanged for the last few years and thank our membership for their ongoing support.
Here's how to join or renew.

The Bead Society needs your help!

membershipWe lost a member of the Executive due to health reasons and we will be starting the season missing a Membership Co-ordinator.  Can you help?

A very important role – often the first person members and potential members meet.  Needs to be a welcoming, organized individual, available to attend monthly meetings and 3 or 4 Executive meetings annually.  Has good computer skills with Word and Excel to keep track of members and guests, handle membership applications and fees, and assist Program Co-ordinator at the sign in desk.  And helping out where needed – of course!  This position could be handled by two members in a Team if needed.

We are a legal Not-For-Profit and all our Executive roles need to be filled. 
For more information please talk with Sherry Stockton – GRBS President.
Contact us 

Volunteers needed!

Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show
September 28-30

Yes, the Grand River Bead Society will be at Ancaster Fair Grounds, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 - 5 each day.  And we need Volunteers to sign up who are willing to be at the table for two hours, a half day, or all day.  You will be sitting at the Bead Society table working on any bead or jewellery project you like and providing information to visitors about the Bead Society.  Easy and fun! 
Sign up at the September meeting – or contact Marilyn Clayton at and let her know your availability.  It is a fun time promoting GRBS. All help gratefully appreciated.
P.S. – free admission as a volunteer.
More info about the show 

Library Display Cases

libraryDuring the week of September 23, our marketing coordinator (Roxann) will be creating a display for Guelph's Westminster Library showcase and would like membership submissions to advertise our group and the bead show.
Items will be removed the week of October 20 (or any time sooner if required).  Each piece of jewellery or beadwork should be labeled with contact information and brought to the September 17 meeting. Pictures will be taken of the showcase contents and (perhaps) added to a future newsletter.
Other News – We have some very talented members of GRBS!

bookMarilyn Gardiner

Marilyn's second Chain Mail book
is about to be published! 
Arriving later this month on our local bead stores, be sure to check it out!  Marilyn will be teaching in November for the Bead Society. 
Marilyn is our local Jewellery Royalty!
Roxann Blazetich-Ozols 

RavelryRoxann has created a crochet shawl design
with yarn from the eastern Ontario mohair farm, Les Belles Bouclettes, to be marketed as a kit. The pattern for "Embracing Angel Wrap" is also available from that site and through  Congratulations Roxann!
Naomi Smith
Big Blossom Deer Hide Beaded Bag Workshop comes to Joseph Schneider Haus. Indigenous Artist and Educator Naomi Smith
is presenting her Big Blossom Deer Hide Beaded Bag class on Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm each day.
This class is a wonderful introduction into working with animal hide and then creating a beautiful embossed floral beaded element to embellish the front of the bag. The bag is large enough to accommodate a small cell phone and wallet.

Participants will learn how to work with deer hide using basic leatherworking and lacing techniques. Woodlands Raised beading methods will also be explored. Participants of all levels will benefit from the class. Traditional teachings is, as always part of the learning experience.

Preregistration is required through the Joseph Schneider Haus website. SEATING IS LIMITED - we only have a few spots left.  To register and for more information.

Crafty Events!

k-w Knitters GuildKW Knitters' Fair – Saturday, September 8
If you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner or felter you will want to attend this one-day show put on by the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild. 
Admission is $7.00. The Fair is held at "The Aud" Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario, and hosts over 80 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products.  This event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Our vendors offer an incredible selection of yarn and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories.
For more information

Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show

September 28-30
More info about the show, vendors, classes, demos, etc.

BeadFx GRBS discount info for members

Member Discounts!
beadfxDid you know Grand River Bead Society members can get a 15% discount at BeadFX in Toronto? There are some exceptions such as sale items, discounted items, speciality items, bulk purchases, or classes and services. But think of what you could do with that discount in the biggest bead store in Canada!

Bring your current membership card to receive the discount. Please show the card before purchase. Online orders are also subject to the discount, but member must send an email, prior to placing the order, with an image of their current membership card. (Take a photo of your card with your phone and email it.)  Watch for special events such as Meet the Teacher Days or register for class. For more info visit

There are more discounts for current GRBS Members listed on our website. 
Membership has benefits!

Save the Dates! 
We’ve got some exciting meetings for you! 

Remember we are the third Monday evening of the month (unless there’s a holiday).  At the Hampton Inn, at 7 pm.  Plan to attend!

October 15 Meeting
Save the date – to learn about the Healing Power of Crystals with Zulekha Noormohamed, owner of Blue Sapphire Beads and of Bead Expo shows. 
Meet Blue Sapphire Beads  
November 19 Meeting
Save the date – To learn how to Chain Mail with Marilyn Gardiner.  You will be making a lovely zipper pull using the Orchid Weave.  Bring your tools.
Meet Marilyn 
And that’s why you need to be a member!
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