June Newsletter

June Newsletter

President's Message

My gosh how the months have flown by! Here it is June and we are now at the end of our regular membership year. We’ve had wonderful presentations, most we would not have been able to have if not for Zoom. Jean Powers from the UK, Carolyn Cave from Alberta and Susan Charette-Hood from the US, to name a few. Our Show and Share has been fantastic too! To keep connected over the summer, the Executive have decided that for July and August we will have “Social Show and Share meetings” on our regular meeting day – the 3rd Monday, July 19th and August 16th. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your summer projects, big, small, easy or difficult – we want to see them all!

To hold our Annual Meeting we need to do things a little differently. Each GRBS member will receive an Agenda, the Minutes of our last AGM of June 2019 and the Treasure’s Report. Nominations/elections to the Board will also take place. There is still time to join the Board. Send an email to We would love to have you share your thoughts and ideas as the Board moves forward.

Following the Annual Meeting the regular meeting program will commence.

As always, I am excited to see everyone as well as all of the great Show and Share projects.

Take care.

Sherry Stockton

** Future Virtual Meetings:

** June 21 Meeting: AGM

Mining Mayhem: Presentation by Jeanne Beanne and Brandi de Knibber. Come and have a look at some of the mines that they have visited and what they have done with the pieces they have discovered.

Summer Virtual Meetings:

July 19th

August 16

Join us for a very informal get together where we can share our ideas, projects and UFOs. There will be no set schedule nor speaker, just an opportunity to socialize over the summer. An invite will be sent out by Gillian Clarke one week ahead.

Membership Fees June - December 2021

While we are gradually coming out of lockdown it will still be some time before in-person meetings will be allowed.  The Board has decided to hold the membership fees at $10 for June to December, payable now.

To renew your membership go to the membership page, fill in the form and pay.

We look forward to receiving your 2021 membership!

Dianne Karg Baron

GRBS members once again had a wonderful evening with an interesting and creative presenter. Dianne Karg Baron demonstrated how to create these lovely caged earrings using a technique call wire knitting.

Dianne’s story is very unique and interesting one.

She explained that her journey all started with a piece of beach glass.

One day while walking the shores of Lake Ontario she picked up what looked like an interesting rock, and was disappointed to find “only” the water tumbled glass. But then, just as she was about to throw it back into the lake, the thought struck her: “this would make a really neat piece of jewelry!”

Dianne said she wasn’t a  fan of wire jewelry – it didn’t appeal to her at all. But, she was obsessed with making something out of this piece of beach glass.

So she bought some crappy electrical tools and a few feet of sterling silver wire, and made a pendant. That was the summer of 1995. Since then, she has bent, linked, twisted, woven, hammered, fused, crocheted and knitted her way through many kilograms of metal. She does not consider herself a wire wrapper but rather a professional artist / studio jeweller / metalsmith / instructor who makes jewelry out of wire. The excitement she feels working with the metal has never gone away, and she loves sharing that sense of wonder with the people who take classes with her.

Dianne has been very fortunate to have her work featured in magazines, fine craft publications and books, including Lark Books “500 Earrings”, “Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry” by Suzanne Tourtillott & Nathalie Mornu, “Wire in Design” by Barbara McGuire, and “All Wired Up!” by Mark Lareau along with work included in national and international exhibitions, and in private collections all over the world.

She is still exploring, still experimenting, still discovering what wire can do. It’s a joyful journey. Dianne walked us through working with the wire on a knitting needle as a base and weaving the wire through loops.

For someone who has tried Viking Knitting using the Daisy Flower tool,  this approach was not only fascinating but definitely something I’ll try in the future.

More information on Dianne and her beautiful work can be found on her blog:

Below are some pictures of the process that Dianne demonstrated for us.

Meet Naomi Smith, Program Co-ordinator for GRBS

Naomi is an Indigenous Artisan and Educator from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. She has a passionate interest in Native American beadwork, adornment and textiles. Naomi work includes the creation of a fusion style of beadwork that incorporates both raised and flat beading methods. Naomi’s has a unique educational background in Fashion and Textile Design, Graphic Design and fine art from the notable Sheridan College/University, and Humber. She remains mostly self-taught with her Indigenous artwork but all of her studies have aided Naomi in her creative journey. Over the years she has developed a passion for sharing and is actively involved in educating others about the ways of the Indigenous people of the Great Lakes Region from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads. For over 25 years Naomi has created traditional objects such as beaded bag, cuffs, collars, clothing, baskets and functional items. She always utilizes older patterns and designs from the Great Lakes Territory that incorporates Natural or glass beads, Sweet Grass, Birch Bark, Porcupine Quill, Hair and Hide always valuing these Sacred materials throughout her creative process.

Naomi has exhibited her artwork internationally at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA, Castellani Art Museum, University of Niagara, NY, Mohegan Culture Week in Uncasville, CT and acted as guest lecturer for special NMAI events in New York and Washington, DC. She has taught and lectured throughout North America including Bead and Button Show, Royal Ontario Museum, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), Bata Shoe Museum, The Textile Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives, Jake Thomas Learning Centre (Six Nations Brantford), Tom Thompson Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Canadian National Exhibition, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Kitchener Waterloo Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus Historical Site, Black creek Pioneer Village, Embroidery Association of Canada in Ottawa and Newfoundland. She was honoured to be part of the 2017 Adaka Arts Festival in Whitehorse Yukon where she won the People’s Choice Award for her beadwork. Naomi was the Artist in Residence at The Joseph Schneider House Historical Site for 2018.

Naomi participates in several shows every year, when it isn’t a pandemic, where she exhibits her one of a kind wearable art. She also enjoys her role as an Indigenous resource person and knowledge keeper, and has curated several exhibits on Woodlands and Northeastern Indigenous Culture. Naomi’s work and her life are a clearly defined journey that fully celebrates the traditions of her roots and her Nation.

Artist’s Statement: “Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work.”

May the flowers remind us why the rain was necessary.
Xan Oku

Show and Share from our May Meeting

Amanda Hamilton created these Cellini necklace and bracelets. The necklace in purple was her first time trying Cellini spiral. It ended up being too small as a bracelet so she  converted into a necklace with a thick leather cord which worked out perfectly!

In the second picture are small Cellini bracelets she made while in lockdown 2020. She created it using Jill Wiseman’s pattern Teeny Weeny Cellini pattern. Amanda bought a kit at Beadfx when Jill was in Toronto teaching classes. I love the colour combinations!

Patricia McDonald created these lovely peyote and herringbone earrings to go with her necklace and bail.

She also designed and created these wonderful turquoise cabochon earrings! (one of my favourite colours!!!) 


Maria skinner has been really busy designing these rings using delica beads. For the base she used size 11 beads and for the design elements she used 8’s and 4’s along with some beautiful crystals. I love the variety of colours and designs from elegant to funky! Well done Maria!

These are Sherry Stockton’s Butterfly Kisses necklaces from one of Jill Wiseman’s designs. Sherry enjoyed making it so much she’s creating a second one in amethyst. She used 8/0 for the base or spine then 11/0 for the rest. Depending on the length she suggests that you will need about 50-60 gms of beads.

For the work in progress on the right, she took a page from Carolyn Cave’s book, did a “what if” and created the necklace using 6/0 for the base and 8/0 and fire polish crystals for the netting part.  It turned out lovely, but heavier than the 11/0. She used light blue fire polish about 5mm in size.

Sherry quite enjoyed making these necklaces and is waiting for more of the gold colour beads to make earrings – something out her imagination.  We can hardly wait to see those!

Alexis Bradford created this stunning ball using a pattern from DiMarca Online. They carry a great pattern for the basic ball and about three different sizes along with many patterns for the balls.

This stunning black/red/white bib necklace with the detachable back pendant was created and designed by Roxann Blazetich-Ozols. Mary Ann Helmond made the peacock cabs and toggle clasp out of glass for her. Roxann took the Master Class from Serafini  at the Bead and Button show in 2012.  The other two pieces are special favourites of hers where she used some of Jamie Cloud Eakins ideas for bails.

Super Duo Flat Spiral

Maria Rypan finished off this Super Duo Flat Spiral following designer Katie Dean’s instructions on how to hide the clasp. This project was part of Seed Beads and More “Spiral Month”. Every few days there were new videos and instructions by the UK designer. Maria is very pleased with all the drama on the top. All done, ready to wear!

Maria’s latest challenge in her Beading Circle morphed into “Still Life Dichroic Brooch”. In solving challenges in creating a still life, she ended up combining many beadweaving techniques into this brooch using some unique beads from her stash! It’s good to have a challenge to bring out the best! Find out more about her creative process in her blog:…/still-life-dichroic…

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.  

The UGLY Necklace Challenge!!!

Yes!!!!!! Grand River Bead Society is hosting an UGLY Necklace Challenge… We know you’re already wonde

ring what this means.

An Ugly necklace challenge is just that – anything ugly goes… here’s an op

portunity to show your creativity, embrace the unusual, utilized objects one would not normally consider. We are challenging you all to create a unique, well-designed, truly ugly necklace you can be proud of.

Ironically it can be difficult to do ugly… we are all pre-wired to avoid anything ugly. Maybe your eyes 

and your brain won’t let you think ugly?
We suggest you check your unfinished projects for ideas. There’s obviously a reason you didn’t finish the project in the first place.  Check your junk drawer, your husband’s man cave, the boxes of stuff in the basement…. Hmmm maybe you’ll use that cheese grater after all. There are no rules as you use whatever you can use, this is your time to ugly shine! If a necklace doesn’t appeal we will definitely accept an ugly bracelet too!
We will be premiering the good, th

e bad and the ugly at our September mee

ting. Have your pieces “only a creator could love” ready for our first meeting in the fall. I am already excited about seeing what our members will create!

Tips and Techniques

Organizing my wire collection has always been a challenge until I discovered this idea in Jean Power’s book, “350 Beading Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets”. My hubby bought me this file folder case to store my wires. I love that it has a handle and everything can be neatly placed in each divider, labelled and stored upright.
(I ended up needing two!)
If you have a tip or technique that works well for you, we would love to have you share it with us. We are always looking for new ideas. ( and old ones too)

The happiest people
are the givers,
not the takers.

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