December Newsletter


President’s Message

December brings a close to an unusual year of challenges with Covid-19, but I like to think of the past year as giving me and GRBS opportunities.

For me, it gave me the opportunity of some time to re-acquaint myself with all of my beading stash treasures and learn some new techniques. Sure, I still added to my bead stash but maybe a little more selective in my choices.

For GRBS, through the technology of ZOOM it gave us the opportunity to expand our Membership beyond our borders with fellow bead enthusiasts from the U.S. as well as having super presenters from near and far, like Sue Charette-Hood. In collaboration with the Toronto Bead Society we were fortunate to explore the worlds of Jean Powers and Gillie Byrom from England – great presenters and each renouned in their field. Looking to the future, we will spend an afternoon with Floor Kaspers from Amsterdam in January.
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Yes, opportunities amid the horrific time of Covid. With care, we will come out of these times stronger and better.

Wishing everyone a very safe and joyous Holiday season, however you choose to celebrate.

Best regards,

Sherry Stockton

Membership Fees

Your membership fee of $25 to cover January to June 2022 is now due. Be sure to renew now so that you don’t miss the January meeting with our special guest Floor Kaspers.

So—look after your membership now—whether it’s new or a renewal.

Go here:

Fill out a membership form and pay $25 CAD with PayPal or by e-transfer.

See you in 2022.

Welcome New Member:

Barbara Bryce

Future Virtual Meeting Dates

Monday, December 13, 2021: Diane Henry- Baratta: Kumihimo presentation
* Note: this is the 2nd Monday*

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 1-3 pm: Floor Kaspers presentation

• Here’s a link to her website:

• Floor has a spectacular piece in Beadsmith’s current “Battle of the Beadsmith”, an 8-week competition. Here is a photo of her entry:

Please note : this is a Sunday afternoon and will take the place of our regularly meeting scheduled for January

Monday, February 21, 2022: TBA

Monday, March 21, 2022: Meredith Filshie: Bead Embroidery

We know that our members do beautiful, creative work. If you would like to share your pieces with us, please use the link below to do so. We are looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful work that our members design and create.

CRAW Presentation by Sue Charette-Hood

Sue Charette-Hood has a very welcoming style of teaching. Her directions are not only exceptionally clear and concise, but she teaches with flair and humour. It was definitely that way with her presentation on CRAW. Sue even provided us with a limerick by Betty Stephan that shared the many frustrations that come with learning this technique! So much fun!

Sue’s most important tip when doing Craw was ADVANCE! Probably a good life lesson for us all!

I have never been a CRAW enthusiast and never tried this technique, but Sue’s positiveness and gently nudging was certainly encouraging enough to give it a go! Thank you Sue!

Show and Share from our November Meeting

Some more of Evelyn Lee’s absolutely beautiful beaded embroidery!

Presentation by Diane Henry-Baratta on December 13th.

Diane has been practicing the art of Kumihimo for many years and is a long-time vendor at the GRBS Bead Show, and now also a GRBS member. She will talk about Kumihimo braiding, show us some examples of her work, and demonstrate how to make an 8-strand half-round braided bracelet using the Kara Yatsu braid. The pattern and resources will be provided in the Zoom invitation that will be sent on December 6th, so you will be able to braid-along.

Samples of Diane’s work



Sample of the Kumihimo bracelet that Diane will be teaching at our December 13th meeting.




Thank you Teresa Carter

Tips and Techniques


Check out Lisa Yang’s site at:

She has some wonderful tutorials along with suggestions for tools and techniques on her site. I love this idea for storing her delicas. Who knew a shoe bag could be used for beading??

If you are interested in macrame she also has a lovely tutorial on creating a Christmas tree ornament.

What is Christmas?

It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present and hope for the future.
Agnes M.Pahro

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