At this Fair there was a little workshop/class offered “learn how to knit with beads”. Both of us being intrigued, we signed up, purchased the little kit for a beaded lariat to be knitted on 2 double pointed needles. The simple 2 stitch pattern was fun and quick. Finding the beads and suitable yarn to make more was not as easy. (Note to self - purchase more kits in future). I also purchased the book by the instructor.
At that point, my beading stopped until 2008, when I decided I would like to learn stringing. Off to Michaels. Oh my, what did I need, all of those pretty beads, what tools, how to use, trial and error and many dollars later I had a necklace.....well of sorts.
After many starts and stops and queries I found the Grand River Bead Society who held monthly meetings at the Evergreen Senior’s Centre in Guelph. Meeting cost was $5. Attending these meetings, I felt like an imposter. I didn’t know much of anything but I kept going back every month (they didn’t seem to mind that I didn’t know anything and that I kept showing up).
As GRBS grew in Membership so did my learning from the programs on how to use interesting tools like a Coiling Gizmo to a Kumihimo class and classes using sparkly crystals and then more classes with tiny beads to bead around objects like stones and sticks. Yikes, I could hardly see their tiny holes. Soon my beading stash was getting bigger and bigger. How could it not, with wonderful GRBS members willing to share their knowledge and selling all of those pretty beads and tools at the Bead Shows they hosted.
A plea was put out for volunteers to help with a Bead show - only a couple of hours needed to help - why not, surely I could offer something, and shop too!
Then another plea for members to serve on the Board with GRBS having been newly Registered as a Not For Profit entity. Should I, could I, something to think about. Me, still a part of the busy corporate world put it off for a few more years. Then I took the leap and became a Board member. That will soon be six years ago. What a great beading journey this has been. So much more to learn; more friends to make; and continue “buying crystals, pearls, seeds, and books”.
When I’m not beading, stringing or doing a Kumihimo braid, I can be found on the golf course, (in nice weather of course) or in my sewing room, or with a crochet hook in hand with or without beads, ear buds in my ears enjoying a good audiobook. I truly am a lucky person.
PS: Oh, I should mention, my knitting friend didn’t have the beading bug bite her that day but she continues to knit adding beads individually as needed to embellish her knitted creations.