April Newsletter


President’s Message

True to form, April has arrived sporting all fours seasons in just the first week – three more weeks to go. Looking forward to the May flowers.

GRBS executive met earlier this week and after considering numerous factors have made the decision that a Bead Fair will not be undertaken this year. This decision was not the preferred outcome after two years, however, was the best option for safety and financial.

We are also preparing for the Annual meeting in June and looking for members to join the Board for a three year term. Skills needed are organization, some technical savvy and a genuine willingness to help wherever needed to make GRBS even better than it is now. Please seriously think about joining the Board. If you aren’t sure and want to chat, please reach out to me or any of the Board members.

Our programs have been a collaborative effort of all Board members and I’m looking forward to hearing about Barbara Bryce’s creative journey on Monday, April 18th.

Best regards and Happy Easter!

Sherry Stockton


Welcome to new member:
Carol Brocklebank-Kerwin

Future Virtual Meetings


Monday, April 18, 2022: Barbara Bryce: Working with Stained Glass and Found Objects

Monday, May 16: Nir Kronenberg: Inventing New Beads Never Gets Old

Monday, June 20: AGM
Micaela Fitzsimmons: Beaded Collections of Purses

Meridith Filshie – Never too Many Beads


GRBS was very pleased to have Meredith Filshie present to us on Monday, March 21.

Her creative journey is both unique and compelling. Meredith’s love of beads and most definitely for colour, were evident throughout her presentation. For her, colour is both thrilling and invigorating. Her detail with colour in her embroidery pieces is absolutely beautiful, which is evident in the photos below.

Meredith has had some formal training in art, design, and sewing and has explored a number of fibre art techniques. When she was growing up, her Mother encouraged creative pursuits supplying embroidery thread or wool and beautiful fabrics, primarily to dress her dolls. Excursions to “Dressmakers’ Supply”, a fabulous store in Toronto were always a treat! She was particularly attracted to the displays of seed beads, laces and ribbons which were not available at the fabric stores closer to home. Her love of fabrics and threads meant that she could rarely pass stores that carried anything remotely connected without a “quick” look. Books and magazines generated a lot of ideas about what she might do “if only she had time”. After buying Canada Beading Supply in 1994 and joining Out of the Box, a fibre arts group, in 2002 she has made time to explore new creative directions.

She purchased Canada Beading Supply in 1994 and been running the store ever since. You can find out more about her store at

Meredith leaves us with five philosophical thoughts:

  1. Always have plan.
  2. Always learn something new when taking a class – take that away with you and make it your own
  3. Always learn the rules and learn to break them
  4. Personal satisfaction is most important
  5. Mistakes happen – learn to learn from them

Some of Meredith’s recommended reading:

  1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Art and Fear by Bayles and Orland
  3. Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbe
  4. ColorWorks by Deb Menz

Our beading society is blessed with the most amazingly talented and yet humble people with a willingness to share their ideas, techniques and philosophies.

Thank you Meredith for an informative and fascinating evening.

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Bio of a “Window Jeweler”

Barbara Bryce loves creating assemblages from glass beads, wire and found objects. She is often inspired by the treasures she finds and especially loves the satisfying surprise that comes when the finished piece is finally hung in the window with sun sparkling through it. Thus, she calls her work “Window Jewellery”. Barb has picked up tips from many artists along the way, and still draws on design principles she learned studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph.

She is particularly inspired by collaborating on commissions with her clients to produce unique and personally meaningful pieces of work that include their treasured keepsakes.

In addition to her artwork Barb also enjoys two very different but rewarding creative activities – over 10 years of designing and painting sets for a huge variety of theatre projects, and over 15 years of teaching tai chi with Linda Kearns’ Guelph Tai Chi for Health.

You can find more about Barbara on her website: Barbara Bryce – Improvised Art Glass 

We look forward to Barbara’s presentation on Monday April 18th.


May’s Presentation

Nir Kronenberg is the owner of Nirvana Beads, a US-based wholesale bead distributor with a focus in Czech Glass Beads and Buttons. Nir got his start in the industry as a traveling bead salesman. Founding Nirvana Beads in 2006, it quickly became clear to him that Czech Beads had the potential to differentiate Nirvana.

With the talent of his team and bead designers, he quickly got to work creating a distinctive line of Czech beads that would not only distinguish his company, but also take the centuries old Czech bead industry in a new direction.

Description of Talk

Inventing new beads never gets old. With thousands of bead shapes, hundreds of colors and dozens of finishes. There is no end to the creative possibilities that lie latent in the Czech Bead industry. Now just a shadow of its glorious past, this old-world industry is struggling to stay alive in a world that has largely sped by. Nir will talk about his company’s role in tapping this largely forgotten world and creating something new from methods, molds and manufacturers that are centuries old.

Show and Share from Our March Meeting     

Maria Rypan created this stunning neckpiece which looks absolutely beautiful on her. Snowy Owl – The birch bark stumper in the TBS 2022 Bag of Beads became the focal in this two-piece neckpiece.

The owl was created with porcupine quill work and bead embroidery. The bugle net collar provides as a base to showcase the birch medallion. You can see more in Maria’s blog:


Sherry Stockton created these beautiful Jean Power bangles in support of Ukraine.

The darker bangle was created as per Jean’s written instructions. Sherry modified the light green bangel by adding a few more plain rows. She used Nymo B thread, Delica 11/0 and hearts are Toho 11.
Sherry says that she learned a lot doing them! As we all know the first one is always the hardest. She’s about about to start a blue one with silver hearts which hopefully we will see at our next meeting.

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from the Easter Bunny

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Some body parts should be floppy.
An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.
To show your true colours you have to come out of your shell.

~Author Unknown

Tips and Techniques

Part two of: Glue Can be a Sticky Problem

Two popular glues are: G-S Hypo cement and E6000

Here are some reasons why people favour them:


  •  Good for precise applications, as it has a fine needle type applicator.
  •  Can be used for securing thread in bead tips or bead cups when knotting beads, but it is also useful for bonding small pieces of metal.
  •  It dries in about 45 minutes and is clear when dry. You can reposition items if you don’t get items placed precisely the first time.
  •  It is strong.
  •  It can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.


  •  Tube end is more suitable for large surface glue applications.
  •  Excellent bonding properties.
  •  Glue is thick and therefore can fill in holes or dips in surfaces to be glued.
  •  It has a strong smell so use in a well ventilated area.
  •  Dries clear.
  •  Bonding is not instant so you can reposition.Article edited from Canada Beading Supply – a beading company in Ottawa Ontario.

When You get the chance to sit out or dance….. I hope you dance.


∼ Lee Anne Womac

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