January Newsletter

President’s Message

2022 – what mysteries and opportunities will unfold during the next 12 months?

During the next six months, our GRBS members will have numerous opportunities to see and hear about the journeys of international and closer to home, creative artists in the beading world. Hearing about these journeys may unlock some mysteries for each of us. Kind of like an ah-ha moment! No one person can learn everything about a chosen theme and that is why learning from each other can be so much fun – if we let it!

Not a GRBS member yet, head to the Membership page at and join in the fun.

Floor Kaspers from Amsterdam is our January 16th inspiration to “think out of the box”. Along with the Toronto Bead Society we are fortunate that Floor has agreed to share her journey with us on this Sunday afternoon. I’m excited to see and hear about Floor’s creative story.

Covid is helping us to re-visit and explore our beading stashes. On-line shopping is helping us to replenish stashes as we safely restrict our movements, but not our creativity!

Take care everyone and be safe for you and others.

Sherry Stockton

Future Virtual Meetings


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

Tuesday, February 22, 2022: Pam Kearns: Her Creative Journey
Please note: this is a Tuesday as Monday is Family Day

Monday, March 21, 2022Meredith Filshie: Bead Embroidery

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

Monday, May 16: TBA

Monday, June 20: AGM

Presentation by Diane Henry-Baratta

Kumihimo is Japanese for “gathered threads”, and is an ancient Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands to make a strong, decorative braided rope. Kumihimo is a fun and easy technique that offers a variety of outcomes from simple braiding to very involved beadwork. One of the most delightful GRBS evenings was the presentation on a braided Kumihimo technique called Kara Yatsu Kumihimo by Diane Henry-Baratta.

Diane is a self taught “kumihimost” (is there such a word ?) and described it as a rabbit hole that she as gone down, as she can spend hours playing with beads and colours. Diane loves to use resources for braiding that she describes as cheap and cheerful – love that expression!! Diane was a wonderful, patient teacher, who gave very clear, precise instructions and added her own version of humour for this art form. She often asks herself – what would happen if ???, which probably leads her down that rabbit hole to greater design ideas! She defines Kumihimo as a portable art that can be done anywhere with endless possibilities. Her quote – from teaching her primary students, “ criss cross apple sauce, up down and Even Stephen” is a great way to keep the pattern of braiding in your head.

Recommended resources were a book by Rebecca Anne Combs and of course Pinterest. Her presentation was followed with an excellent and interesting discussion by our members with many wonderful questions and ideas for this unique style of braiding. You can see from our December sharing pieces how popular this art form has become.

Thank you Diane for a wonderful, fun and informative evening.


Diane recommended “Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry” by Rebecca Ann Coombs book as a great resource.


Women Over Fifty Floor Kaspers Presentation on Sunday, January 16th 

Floor Kaspers is a Dutch glass artist, bead worker and bead researcher. She started out as a sculptor in stone and bronze. Today, 25 years later, even her jewelry pieces still look like sculptures, even though they are made from many tiny components. She captures nature and the color shifts in nature in glass art, installation pieces and beadwork. Most of her pieces takes months of work, resulting in intricate pieces that show different ways that glass and beads can be used. She has recently started working in ceramics.

In her presentation Floor will share with you her process of designing and creating her larger beadwork pieces, including her 2020 winning Battle of the Beadsmith piece. She will go into design aspects that are unlike any type of standard jewelry or beadwork design. She will also explain her process of picking and mixing colors.

Show and Share from our December Meeting

At our December meeting we were overwhelmed with the many beautiful Kumihimo pieces that our members have created. The talent and passion for this beautiful art form is truly amazing.

This is Sherry Stockton’s Kumihimo bracelet done in two colours. Sherry made an OOPS (Opportunity Of Possibilities) when creating her bracelet and added a charm in that exact spot rather than discarding the braid. Perfect solution! Meant to be!


It is obvious from the above pictures that Karen Townsend has an amazing talent for Kumihimo. She says it is her favourite form of beading. Beautiful designs!

These are Kumihimo pieces that Yvette Herold created a while ago. The white and black one was made on a marudai and has beautiful end caps. The pink one has beads on only two strands and uses Chinese knotting cord. The piece of wire wrapped coral is from a beach in Barbados. The brown one combines Kumihimo and wire wrapping. Yvette is amazing at searching out pieces of nature to add to her beading work.

These cords were created by Roxann Blazetich-Ozols and are examples of another way of creating a necklace with leather dual lucet braided cord. Tie pins were used to keep the focal bead in place through the gaps in the plaiting. The cord was braided in such a way as to have a “trough” along one edge length so that the bead could be nestled into position. The tie pin was passed through the bead and secured at the other end with the protective cap end. Susan Hood made the beads and Roxann made the cords. Teamwork at its’ best!

Kumihimo is also Erin Fish’s favourite type of beading. The black bracelet is done with black leather cording using Diane’s lesson with Kara Yatsu (still needs the clasps). The others are circular Kumihimo with beads. Her favourite piece is the bottom right with a centre bead that she made by coiling wire. Erin also created the end caps and heart charm with the same wire.









These stunning earrings were created by Lin Chapman. The St. Petersburg stitch leaf earrings on the right was a YouTube pattern from Sonyscree Creations and came out beautifully. The “ Fandango” style earrings on the left are Lin’s own creation, but were inspired by the picture of a tutorial that Pam Kearns was teaching. They are brick stitch on a handmade copper jump ring with a picot edge. The 6mm seed beads sewn in at the top disguise the join at the top of the jump ring.

These beautiful bobbin lace designs created by Gillian Clark, were done using perle cotton thread and beads.

These CRAW pieces from Susan Charette-Hood’s November workshop were created by Evelyn Lee. Evelyn has definitely mastered this technique.


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller


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