September Newsletter

President’s Message

How the summer has flown by – is it my imagination or did summer seem shorter this year than most or just hotter?
September has arrived, kids are back to school and we’ll be looking for more indoor activities as the days become cooler and cooler! Time to create your “Ugly Necklace/Bracelet” to debut at our September meeting so all members can ohhhh and ahhhhh your masterpiece. This is also a great time to renew your Membership, if you haven’t already. At the end of September anyone who hasn’t renewed their membership (just $10 until the end of December 2021) won’t receive the Zoom invitation for our October – December virtual meetings. Gillian and Naomi have arranged for some great programs that I wouldn’t want you to miss! Go to the website, fill in the membership form and pay the $10 either through PayPal, or, if you reside in Canada and do online banking you can send an e-transfer to
Let Fall begin! Take care and be safe everyone. See you at our next meeting on September 20th!

Welcome to new members:

Janette Gray
Nora MacDonald

Future Meeting Dates

Monday, September 20, 2021: Virtual meeting: Welcome back, Ugly Necklace/Bracelet Reveal

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 1:30 pm: Presentation by Gillie Hoyte Byrom

Monday, October 18, 2021: Show and Share. Open discussion about buying beads online and “Tips and Tricks” about favourite tools

Monday, November 15, 2021: Susan Charette-Hood: to CRAW or not to CRAW

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

Oct 6, 2021, 1:30 PM EST — Gillie Hoyte Byrom, enamellist

Gillie Byrom’s presentation to both bead societies of Toronto and Grand River has been finalized for Wednesday October 6th 1:30pm EST. Her talk will be about her enamel portraits: “Miniatures Tested by Fire” in a Power Point presentation.

Thanks to technology and good will, we are very fortunate to have celebrity artist, Gillie Hoyte Byrom, present for both bead societies of Toronto and Grand River on Wednesday October 6th 1:30pm EST.

Gillie Hoyte Byrom, an artist of over 500 portrait miniatures in vitreous enamel for a world-wide clientele, agreed to speak to us beaders and tailor her presentation to our interests!! Her talk will be about her enamel portraits: “Miniatures Tested by Fire” and will touch on techniques of portrait miniature and general enamel painting.

Gillie Hoyte Byrom hand paints enamels for a world-wide clientele. She works mainly to commission to create portrait miniatures using traditional vitreous enamel skills taught to her in Barcelona in 1990. Gillie has further developed these techniques using precious metals to produce jewel like heirlooms, treasured for future generations.

Vitreous enamel is glass fused to metal in a hot kiln. The base could be copper, silver or gold depending on your budget. The glass paints are applied by hand with the finest sable miniaturist brushes.

In Brief: Each enamel portrait miniature is painted in a sequence of thin layers.

The likeness and detail are achieved using a microscope and miniatures can be magnified to life-size. The advantage of enamel over other media is this – the glass colours remain the same from the final firing and will never fade over time, so the miniature can be displayed in sunlight. Enamel miniatures are jewel-like heirlooms to be treasured in your lifetime and by future generations.

Gillie teaches onglaze vitreous painting by book, course and video master classes.

Her website: will give you a better idea of this art form and the master who tackles historic figures, and contemporary topics. What a treat it will be to hear her stories behind the commissions!!!

Because of the time difference, the meeting will be at 1:30 pm in the afternoon (6:30pm England time). We sincerely hope you can rearrange your schedules to be able to personally experience the presentation midweek afternoon. (Sorry, recording privilege unknown at this moment.)

Submitted by Maria Rypan

Summer Sharing

Electromagnetic Radiance
by Maria Rypan

This was a Summer 2021 Challenge – vintage lampwork tiles get a second life as a brooch and bracelet!!

Blog about the creative process was just published:

This beaded necklace belonged to Michaela Fitzsimmons mother and is probably about 50 years old.







This is Sue Charette-Hood’s braided wire crochet necklace made with Canadian buttons (maybe military) that she found in her deceased Mother’s button tin years ago. She does not have any military relatives or acquaintances so Sue has always wondered where they came from. Nevertheless, every time she wears it, (and get compliments), she always thanks our Canadian military for their service!







Breathe Exhibit

The Breathe exhibit at the Art Gallery of Guelph has been extended to October 10, 2021. Check out the many beautiful works of art that are on display at The Art Gallery of Guelph, 358 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario N1G 1Y1.
Thank you to Maria Ryan her beautiful pictures!

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 Naomi Smith ( Board Advisor for GRBS ) will be teaching “Oh Let Me Be Free” Mini Dragonfly Pin.
This virtual workshop is hosted by the Art Gallery of Guelph.

To register go to:…/online-workshop-oh-let-me…




I was being so good at the bead store, I really was …..

But then I got out of the car and went in.

The 2021 International Iroquois Beadwork Zoom

September 25, 2021

We would love to have you join us on Saturday, September 25th starting at 1:00 for our 2021 International Iroquois Beadwork Conference.

As in 2020 the conference will be virtual, held on Zoom. (Best part is we don’t have to wear masks and we can see each other.)

100 people can join us on our Zoom account.

Reply to this announcement to register fo the conference. There is no charge. Those who register will receive the Zoom information on Thursday, September 23rd.

Please register by Wednesday, September 22nd, so we can send out the Zoom information promptly on the 23rd.

Participants are invited to share news, including recent creations and acquisitions.

Following sharing of beadwork news, the program will feature a presentation by Rick Hill. Rick will present Haudenosaunee Visual History. He will be looking at the visual language out of which beadwork patterns emerge. Rick was one of the first people to write and publish information on Iroquois beadwork and has published extensively in prestigious journals and books .

This program is sponsored buy the Iroquois Studies Association, Johnson City New York.

Contact Information:




This jewellery box belonged to Michaela Fitzsimmons mother. Michaela decided to reuse/upcycle her old jewelry box to house her beading threads and tools. Because she’s a fairly new beader, Michaela doesn’t have a lot of tools and accessories (so far). It holds what she needs for bead embroidery pretty efficiently, and all in one place. I love the memories that this this box: holds both past and present.

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Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu

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