Presidents Message

Here we are at the end of the first week of 2021!  It’s hard to believe Christmas and New Years were just a few short weeks ago! 

If you are like me, not too much of an outdoors person during the winter months, I find it easier to stay inside, only go out for essentials when necessary, and have a much slower pace.  Visiting the dining room table where the bead projects seem to reside (I didn’t have to clear it off for the holiday dinners that weren’t) is great as I can have a couple of projects (or lots of beads) laid out at once! 

I’m really looking forward to the Jean Powers presentation on the 25th.  Who knew a year ago that we would be able to spend an evening with Jean from the UK - no travel needed.  As Jean’s presentation is open to members only......not a member you say, you can become a GRBS member from now until the end of June for just $10.  Check out the Membership page on the GRBS website. 

Zoom has opened up the world to us. Let’s take advantage of this great opportunity! 

The GRBS Board wants everyone to be safe as we navigate the 2nd wave of the pandemic.  Take care everyone.

Sherry Stockton

Welcome to Our New Secretary
Christine Korda

Welcome to New Members
Bonnie Brace
Christina Martyk


Thank you to Gillian Clarke for her workshop at our December meeting. The earrings were a lot of fun to create with a variety of finished products.
Gillian is a wonderfully patient teacher with a fun approach to learning!


Next Meeting: Monday, January 18, 2021

 Beat the Winter Blues Show & Share

We open the zoom presentation floor to our membership.

Perhaps you have created something special over the long days of winter. We would love to see what many of us have been working on. Or, maybe some of our members contributed to the Breathe Mask project? We’d like to see the ages old beaded purse that belonged to your great grandmother, or the beaded jewellery that was passed down for generations… dig out your treasures and share with our wonderful group.

This will be an evening for everyone to share something bead-related from their personal collection. It does not have to be anything created by our membership but an antique or cultural item. We hope everyone will search their closets and cupboards to find something ultra-special or interesting to share with our membership.

Each member will have a few minutes to show and share their objects, and you can share more than one.

Hope to see you there - virtually.

Special Members Only
Bonus Meeting

hosted by


Monday, January 25, 2021

On Monday, January 25th, 7 pm the Grand River Bead Society & the Toronto Bead Society are pleased to present esteemed Bead Artist Jean Power at our first virtual bonus meeting.

Jean Power is a multi award-winning jewellery designer whose work in beads is inspired by geometry, form, colour and the beads themselves. World-renowned for bringing a unique modern twist to this ancient art-form, Jean is the author of 9 books on beading & jewellery-making and travels extensively teaching her unique designs. You can see more of her work on her website at

We are delighted that Jean will be sharing  her presentation with us.

Please note:*You must be a full member of the Grand River Bead Society to attend this special virtual event". 

All NEW memberships from now until June 2021 will cost just $10. 

Our February meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th with Pam Kearns who will do a virtual presentation on Huichol beadwork. We look forward to seeing everyone.
For more information go to our Website: under Program Schedule.

Meet Lin Chapman our Board Treasurer

Where should I start?  My childhood I guess, mainly because it’s an important part of who I am. The second child in a family of eight born in the middle of Essex County farming country. Growing up (poor) on a farm made Macguyvering things we needed as kids an artform in itself.  I do still remember making necklaces of dandelions and creating mud pottery dishes and I grew up in awe of my grandmother (Marie) who was an accomplished oil painter . 

I went to St Clair College in Windsor and studied Medical Lab Technology. Believe it or not I found Microbiology to use many elements of art.  I worked in the hospital lab in Cornwall for 13 years and in Brantford for 23. I retired from hospital work 7 years ago (thank God!)  

I met Gary, (the then love of my life and the man I eventually married, in 1993). I moved to Guelph and immediately got involved in the Guelph amateur theatre groups. Found out I had a flair for costume making and prop making, but was really good at set design and set painting. When you’re good at something you’re the first person that gets contacted to help, and it’s often hard to say no. What starts as intensely fun and creative soon turns into a massive amount of work making design reality. And being type A it’s hard to delegate and let go.  Eight years ago I decided I needed a creative outlet that didn’t consume my life, (like theatre).  I started teaching myself wirework, making earrings and stringing beads for necklace sets.

I found GRBS through the Guelph Arts Council website. The first meeting I attended was pretty lowkey… I walked into the room and almost nobody looked up… It was a work on your own project night, maybe a June meeting, and I think there was an adhoc executive meeting happening in the corner.  Very different from how we do meetings today. I somehow caught somebody’s eye, and I did join that night.  I’m very happy I did, and I haven’t looked back.

I took almost a year off jewellery making for various reasons, and after that year found I had the time to volunteer as secretary for 2 years. I then stepped into the Treasurers role in 2017 when the then Treasurer moved to Scotland with her husband.    

My love of wirework and stringing, working with beads, crystals and gems remains. It took a long time to warm up to beading though… mostly because the tiny ones make my eyes crossed.  I’ve always had a great interest in different techniques, and am always trying to expand my creative horizons. I’m told I have my grandmother’s “Marie” gene, and it would be a tragedy to waste it.

My other creative love (that I learned from my late husband) is wood carving (especially Welsh Lovespoons), and I still have not explored painting and the all the different techniques and mediums that are out there.  And as I negotiate the next phase of my life, I’m happy and content to be spending time with my partner at his cottage on Georgian Bay. I’m always awestruck and inspired by the beauty of nature around me and I’m always trying to think of ways to interpret it.  It’s a great journey.

Show and Share from our December Meeting

Yvette Herold has a unique talent of using "found objects" to use in her jewelry making.
This photo is Bead embroidery using sea glass which she found on a beach in Barbados.

Her second Show and Share is paper embroidery using beads. Patterns can be purchased on the Internet.  They have to be pierced on card stock and then sewn and beaded. She says that it’s an easy but fairly time-consuming craft and a great way to use leftover beads
Sue Henry has been very, busy creating pieces, some from our workshop that Gillian did at our December meeting along with some beautiful Christmas earrings. Lovely work Sue!
Gillian Clarke has many different creative talents and is always trying something new.  She created these gorgeous Inkle Loom pieces and a beautiful Star of David using peyote stitch.

Alexis Bradford has once again created some stunning pieces.The two small balls are made from triangles wth patterns from DiMarca. The red and white star is also a pattern from DiMarca Online. The small Santa pod is three sided and the only info on the pattern was a title “Cheryl’s Santa Pod". 

Congratulations to Naomi Smith

Our Program Co-ordinator Naomi Smith, beadworker, teacher and indigenous beadwork historian, has a project in, and on the cover of the latest issue of Beadwork magazine! 

It's her indigenous "Spirit of Dragonfly" embroidered pattern.

Congratulations Naomi!!!!!

Tips and Techniques
Some interesting, fun tools for beaders and knitters alike.
On the left are some super small scissors (only 1 7/8 inches) that are perfect to tuck into a small accessory bag and on the right are some leather rulers that double as a bracelet. Never be without a ruler at your fingertips. Most items can be found on Pinterest!

    Life is like a camera,
    Focus on what's important,
    Capture the good times,
    Develop from the negatives,
    And if things don't work out,
    Take another shot!


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