General Meeting Information

  • Held the third Monday of each Month, except when Monday is a holiday 
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • The Hampton Inn & Suites 725 Imperial Road North Guelph
  • Meetings consist of announcements, old and new business, show & tell of member’s work, the evenings’ program, and socializing. 
  • The program can include anything from: hands-on mini-workshops from invited artists, guest speakers, demonstrations, trunk shows, road trips or informal gatherings. 

Presidents Message

Here we are, January 2020, a new year and a new decade - so exciting!
I can't look forward without first reflecting on our last meeting of 2019. Our December meeting is a multitasker meeting. Techniques Nite, Holiday Social and Charity cheque presentation. Techniques Nite is one of the most popular meetings we have and always books up quickly. The social portion of the meeting gives each of us a chance to take a little break, taste the goodies members have brought to share and get to know one another a little bit better. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our January 20th meeting as we start a new year and decade of beading learning and making new friends. Come and join us.
Meeting Cancellations: If Mother Nature decides to make travel a challenge on meeting night, Sherry will post a message on Facebook by 3:00 pm should a meeting need to be cancelled. Each member/guest”s safety is a priority.

The Charity cheque presentation is special - a way for our membership to “give back to the community”!  2018 was the second year GRBS had a Charity project and chose Guelph Women in Crisis to receive the proceeds of the Christmas ornament sale from our Annual Bead Show, donating $275.  For 2019, the membership once again chose Guelph Women in Crisis to receive the proceeds of the decorated shepherd hooks sold at our Annual Bead Show donating $335.00 - a nice increase over 2018. Thank you to all GRBS members who participated in decorating hooks to help this very worthy organization.

Techniques Night
Many thanks to our wonderful teachers who dedicated their time to share their expertise and show us how to create such wonderful treasures.

And of course there were amazing treats to share!  Thanks to everyone who brought in goodies.  A great way to start the holiday season!

If there is another technique you would like to learn, and didn't get the opportunity in December - the same classes will be offered again in March – so look for the sign-up sheets next month. 


Meet Marilyn Clayton

Volunteer Coordinator
Mixed Media Artist

Marilyn is the Volunteer Coordinator on our board and in that role she helps out where needed.  She takes on the monthly running of the 50/50 and Door Prize Draws.  The highlight of her volunteer position is to organize and rally the troops to assist with various duties at the Grand River Bead Society’s annual show and sale.

Marilyn is a mixed media artist with a focus on anything wire, including wire wrapping and weaving; kumihimo, crocheting and other braiding techniques with various materials, and gemstones. For the most part this is developed into jewellery but she is open to out of the box ideas and opportunities as they arise, including making miniatures out of polymer clay.   She has been known to paint and sketch as well.

You’ll find Marilyn’s work at the Fenelon Station Gallery from May to September and because it is an artist’s cooperative you’ll find her working and demonstrating various techniques during her time in Gallery.

She has also made over one hundred Mala Meditation Necklaces which helped to develop her passion for gemstones and their metaphysical uses and purposes.

A Bit about Malas

How to Use a Mala

A mala is a string of beads, used to chant the names of God. It’s the same thing as prayer beads, or a rosary. A Hindu mala typically has either 108 beads (108 being considered a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads (which is one-fourth of 108). In addition to the 108 or 27 “counting beads,” a mala generally has an additional bead, called the “guru bead,” which hangs perpendicular to the circle of counting beads.

A Hindu mala is usually worked with by using the right hand. The mala is held resting over the third finger of the right hand, and the beads are brought toward you, one by one, using the thumb. Each bead counts one repetition of the mantra. When you get around to the guru bead, you don’t count it, and you don’t pass it; you stop there, mentally bow to the guru, flip the mala around, and start going back the other way. Each time you come to the guru bead you awaken once more, and then you turn around and go back the way you came.

Now for those of you who are left-handed: In India, you would be inclined to use the right hand anyway, because of certain cultural traditions. The Tibetans, on the other hand, have no such rules; they use their malas in either hand, and with any finger. In the Hindu tradition, you can use any finger of the right hand to hold the beads, except for the first finger, which is the pointing or “accusing” finger; you don’t use that one. The reason most people use the third finger is that there is a nerve on the inside of that finger which is connected to your spine in such a way that you’re getting a little added benefit from the practice. It’s similar to an acupressure point, and it adds a little extra energy rush to the process.

Why 108 beads?

The number 108 is significant for so many reasons.
Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.
No matter who you ask, the answer will most likely be different each time.
The truth is — the significance of 108 beads on your mala is open to interpretation. Which I love.
As mala beads were traditionally created to be used as a tool in meditation, we like to associate it with the ideals of meditation.
However — I believe mala beads are also beautiful mediums to set intentions, manifest, and generally feel good. You don't have to meditate on the beads, although that's what they are made for in a practical sense.
My malas are hand knotted between each seed and gemstone.
My mala necklaces all have 108 beads.  I often use place holders in the form of silver beads and these are not counted in the 108.

Check out some of Marilyn's amazing work!

Bead Soup
Starting in January there will be an new addition to our Show and Share Table. "Bead Soup" is for everyone. As we clean and cull our beading resources and realize that it's time to get rid of some things that we know will never be used, think about passing those treasures on to others. The purpose of Bead Soup is to share with other members of our society. Donations are welcome, along with the opportunity to search through the box and take what you need. 
Tips and Techniques

Loose - Leaf Organizer
To help keep a variety of seed beads in order, I bought a loose-leaf ring set at my local office supply store. I put my beads in plastic bags and attach them to the ring. Since the rings, bags and beads all come in different sizes, this is an easily adaptable way to keep many different colours of beads close at hand. Even when I have to change colours frequently, my beads stay organized and I am ready to bead!
Anna Victoria Reich,  Albuquerque, NM

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

Meeting Dates
Monday, January 20: Panel Discussion
Panel discussion meeting addressing the following topics:

1) On line ordering (domestic and international)
2) How to sell, market and price your work.
3) Effective storage and organization of materials.

Panelists will include Marilyn Gardiner, Roxann Ozols, Pearl Blay,  & Gillian Clarke

Tuesday, February 18 - Please Note - this is a change in date as Monday is designated as Family Day:  Sale of the Bead Stash and mini demos on various finishing techniques. 

Monday, March 16th - Techniques Night
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