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  NWBS Meetings

Currently we have no regularly scheduled speaker programs, the following are our upcoming classes with guest instructors offered through the NWBS. These classes require advanced registration. Please check out our Seed Bead Group (aka "Seedbeaders") for monthly gatherings at the Maplewood Rock & Gem Club in Edmonds, WA.

If you are a member of the NWBS and would like to organize future lecture programs please contact a member of the board to discuss your ideas.

If Seattle public schools are closed due to inclement weather on the same day as the NWBS meeting date, then the meeting will be cancelled.

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to meeting times to assist with setup.

Upcoming 2020 Meetings

Currently there are no guest instructor programs scheduled. We'll post updates here when more information is available. In the meantime, check out our bead retreat on Vashon Island in May and our monthly seedbead group meetings for more NWBS fun.

Past 2020 Meetings

January 18, 2020 - Road Trip to Shipwreck Beads
Meet beaders from both the NWBS & PBS!
10:00 AM until whenever.
Shipwreck Beads
8560 Commerce Pl Dr NE
Lacey, WA 98516


July 12th, 13th & 14th, 2019 - Julia Pretl's Garden Boxes Classes

July 20th, 2019 - Annual Summer Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker

    Location:  Carolyn Todd's Backyard —Lynnwood
    (The address will be provided in a separate announcement.)
    Time:  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 20th
    Bring:  Please bring the following items:
    Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
    A folding chair for your own use would be very helpful
    Sunscreen and positive weather magic
    Provided:  Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea

October 11th, 12th & 13th, 2019 - Cindy Holsclaw Classes
Photo of Cindy Holsclaw from her websiteWith a background in academia and a doctorate in biochemistry, Cindy takes an analytical approach to her design style; she likes exploring different bead shapes and variations on the established beading techniques, and she's constantly thinking of new ways to put beads together. Biochemistry and mathematics continue to inspire her and often show up in her finished work. As an educator, Cindy challenges her students to learn something new in every class, while giving them the tools they need through her very detailed beading patterns.

For more about Cindy Holsclaw, please visit her website at: www.beadorigami.com

Framed Art Blossoms by Cindy Holsclaw     Framed Art Blossoms Necklace
    Friday, October 11th, 2019
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Kit Fee: $65. Color options: Bronze, Green, or Gold.
    Registration Form
    Supply List: Framed Art Blossoms Necklace
    Kit colors as shown on Cindy's website

Create delicate little works of art out of tiny shaped and round seed beads, and frame them with sturdy Tila beads. The Framed Art Blossoms Necklace features several rectangular beaded components that frame a custom collection of tiny flowers. A custom beaded strap joins the components together, and an additional beaded frame forms the clasp and completes the necklace. These frame components are also a great starting point for creating your own custom works of beaded art.
Students will learn how to combine Tila beads, SuperDuo beads, and Japanese seed beads to create three different sizes of sturdy frames. Students will also learn how to create a collection of tiny flower blossoms out of their choice of tiny beads, including drop, Demi Round, Dragon Scale, O, and Tri beads, and then students will learn how to connect them inside the beaded frames.
Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable working in the peyote and netting stitches, and with working with size 15 seed beads.
Skill level: Intermediate

Frozen Frame Pendant by Cindy Holsclaw     Frozen Flame Pendant
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Kit Fee: $75. Color options: Silver/Blue, Green/Purple, or Bronze/Gold.
    Note: Kit includes materials for the matching chain.
    Registration Form
    Supply List: Frozen Flame Pendant
    Kit colors as shown on Cindy's website

The Frozen Flame pendant features several tendrils of twisty flames surrounding a sparkly focal crystal. This reversible piece also includes a second crystal on the back, bezeled with several layers of intricate netting. While I set out to create this piece to mimic a specific shape, don’t let that stop you from wearing it the way you want: you can change the position of the bail to turn it upside-down, or leave off the back and attach a pin for a fancy brooch.
Students will learn how to weave this piece using netting, RAW, and coiled CRAW; a variation of twisted CRAW that naturally twists and coils based on its specific thread path. Like traditional CRAW, coiled CRAW makes a supple rope that can be firmed up with additional embellishment, and this technique can also be used to make twisty components and additional structural beaded forms.
Prerequisites: Students should have previous experience with CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave) prior to stitching this piece.
Skill level: Advanced

Chrysanthemum Scrolls by Cindy Holsclaw     Chrysanthemum Scrolls Necklace
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019
    Time to be determined.
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Kit Fee: $75. Color options: Bronze/Gold, Purple/Turquoise, or Silver/Blue.
    Note: Kit includes materials for up to a 22" necklace, which is about 4" longer than the samples shown on the website.
    Registration Form
    Supply List: Framed Art Blossoms Necklace
    Kit colors as shown on Cindy's website

Stitch a stunning necklace inspired by ornamental scrollwork! The scroll element is a decorative motif featuring curves, circles, and spirals. Dating back to at least the Bronze Age, this ubiquitous artistic style is common in architecture, ceramics, mosaics, and filigrees from Greek and Roman architecture to Chinese pottery. Scroll elements commonly represent plant forms such as spiraling vines and are often paired with floral elements.
In this piece, an intricate floral focal features a sparkly crystal surrounded by several layers of lacy seed bead netting. Floral elements repeat throughout the necklace, and are connected with self-supporting scroll elements stitched with cubic right-angle weave (CRAW). An integrated custom clasp completes this beautiful necklace. This class is appropriate for students who already know CRAW and peyote stitch and who are ready to take these techniques to the next level.
Prerequisites: Students should be proficient in CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave)and the peyote stitch, and should be comfortable working with size 15 seed beads.
Skill level: Advanced

December 15, 2019 - Annual Winter Holiday Party
Maplewood Rock & Gem Club
More details as they become available.

2018 Past Meetings

March 9th, 10th & 11th, 2018 - Cynthia Rutledge Classes
Photo of Cynthia Rutledge by Mark RutledgeCynthia is a contemporary artist and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork.

"The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well."

For more about Cynthia, please visit her website at: www.cynthiarutledge.net

The Color of Money by Cynthia Rutledge     The Color of Money
    Friday, March 9th, 2018
    9:30am to 4:30pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $90 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form
    Supply List: The Color of Money

The Color of Money was inspired by the elaborate designs on some of the money chains that I have seen in my research. The pendant consists of three components. The first is a quick and easy bezel around a beautiful cushion cut CZ. The second is a combination of two fabulous components; one is a single 4-holed Swarovski set cup chain component and the other is a Swarovski set metal ring. These two components come together to make an elegant addition to the pendant. The last component is a peyote stitch bezel around a pear CZ that adds a bit of swing and color at the bottom of the pendant.

Rue de la Paix by Cynthia Rutledge     Rue de la Paix
    Saturday, March 10th, 2018
    9:30am to 4:30pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $90 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form
    Supply List: Rue de la Paix

The House of Cartier created torque-style bracelets inspired by animal bracelets dating from the 8th-7th centuries BC. Traditionally, these bracelets had animal heads that were facing each other and were hinged at the underside of the bracelet. This style is very difficult to create in beadwork as the structure has to be shaped and rigid, but I have finally figured it out! Rue de la Paix has two pearl "heads", each embellished with three 6mm CZ's, that are bezeled with peyote stitch, along with rings of crystals for an added sparkle. The body of the bracelet has a brass cuff blank and a rubber tubing armature that supports two tubes of peyote stitch that are shaped to curve to the shape of the cuff blank. Fashion and beadwork come together…creating elegance along the way!

Estelle's Sautoir by Cynthia Rutledge     Estelle's Sautoir
    Sunday, March 11th, 2018
    9:30am to 4:30pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $90 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form
    Supply List: Estelle's Sautoir

Estelle's Sautoir evokes the style of a sautoir from the Art Deco period. A supple cubic right angle weave fire polish necklace cord ends with two pearl, fire polish and seed bead tassels. A square cubic right angle weave and embellished pearl component slides up and down the necklace to adjust for placing over the head and adjusting to how the necklace can be worn. The sliding component can be worn close to the base of the throat or low. The tassels can be staggered or even, it’s up to you. Either way, this design is beautiful and elegant.

May 17th-20th 2018 - Spring Bead Retreat
Visit our 'Other Events' page for more information about this annual retreat on Vashon Island.

July 27th-29th 2018 - Laura Andrews Classes
More details as they become available.

October 12th, 13th & 14th, 2018 - Carol Cypher Classes
Photo of Carol CypherCarol Cypher will be coming to us from New York for three days of classes. Carol, author of Mastering Beadwork A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques (Interweave Press 2007), How We Felt, and Handfelted Jewelry & Beads, exhibits, writes about and teaches workshops in beadwork and feltmaking across the U.S. (including the Bead & Button show) and around the world. After discussing with Japanese needle manufacturer, Tulip Co., what beaders want in a beading needle, they designed a new line of superior quality beading needles. Cypher is the U.S. distributor of Tulip beading needles, fine beading awls and bead crochet hooks, and services many bead stores abroad too.

For more about Carol, please visit her website at: http://www.carolcypher.com
Check out Carol's videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxWTpa1PcrEE9ytQEikinpg

Dreaming In Color by Carol Cypher     Dreaming In Color
    Friday, October 12th, 2018
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form

Seven intriguing 3-D forms are featured prominently in this modular necklace. Invisible magnetic findings make it easy to change the length to suit the wearer's neckline or fancy.

Learn to make these forms that develop in a most intriguing way from a circular peyote start. Connect adjacent forms using an original stitch that provides suppleness while asuring that the forms lay correctly. Create a three-sided rope to finish the necklace using a lesser known stitch called Polygon. (Directions for bracelet are included.)

Just Before Blooming necklace by Carol Cypher     Just Before Blooming
    Saturday, October 13th, 2018
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form

A trio of buds, each on its own beaded bail, hang on a necklace of metallic and stripey beads. At one end, the bezeled triangular stone is meant to be worn in the front while providing camouflage for the magnetic closure.

Learn the versatility of a South African stitch, regrettably named polygon stitch. Whip up an oval rope necklace. Weave each bud individually to hang from its own bail. Learn how to create their organic shapes by increasing & decreasing within the stitches of a triangular rope. Capture the triangular stone securely in a highly textured bezel that works up quickly, and conceals the closure.

A Bevy Of Bezels by Carol Cypher     A Bevy Of Bezels
    Saturday, October 13th, 2018
    6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Cost: $35 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $40 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form

Create beautiful beaded bezels in an array of sizes and shapes that are lovely from every angle. This method, focusing primarily on African Polygon stitch, produces highly textured and corrugated beadwork. Each tiny beaded basket securely holds its rivoli or faceted stone. You'll be amazed at how joyfully and quickly they work up. Unlike usual bezel styles worn flat and viewed straight-on, these bezels beg to be worn in ways that display all 360 degrees of their elegance.
(This is 1 of 2 sessions. Take either class or both. 2-4 different designs will be taught in each class.)

New Bezeling Techniques by Carol Cypher     New Bezeling Techniques
    Sunday, October 14th, 2018
    10:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $70 class fee, plus supplies.
    (Non-member cost: $80 class fee, plus supplies.)
    Registration Form

Create gorgeous & fast bezels with peanut beads and polygon stitch. These quick methods may inform how you bezel from now on. African Polygon stitch produces highly textured and corrugated beadwork. Each tiny beaded basket securely holds its rivoli or faceted stone. You'll be amazed at how joyfully and quickly they work up. Unlike usual bezel styles worn flat and viewed straight-on, these bezels beg to be worn in ways that display all 360 degrees of their elegance.
(This is 2 of 2 sessions. Take either class or both. 2-4 different designs will be taught in each class.)

December 16, 2018 - Annual Winter Holiday Party
Maplewood Rock & Gem Club
More details as they become available.

2017 Past Meetings

February 2017 - Jayashree Paramesh Classes

May 18th-21st 2017 - Spring Bead Retreat
Visit our 'Other Events' page for more information about this annual retreat on Vashon Island.

July 8th, 2017 - Annual Summer Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker

    Location:  Georgia McMillan's Backyard
    (The address will be provided in an upcoming announcement.)
    Time:  10:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 8th
    Note:  Marcy will do a demonstration of "vacuum casting".
    If you'd like to experiment, please bring a "cuttlebone"
    which can be purchased at pet stores.
    Bring:  Please bring the following items:
    Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
    A folding chair for your own use would be very helpful
    Folding table, if you plan to join in the swap-'n-sell
    Items to swap and/or sell
    Sunscreen and positive weather magic
    See note above regarding "cuttlebone"
    Provided:  The following items will be provided:
    Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea

August 11th - 13th, 2017 - Kathy King Classes
Book: Bead Quilled Jewelry by Kathy King Kathy King is an award winning jewelry artist, beading instructor and author of Bead Quilled Jewelry: New Beadwork Designs with Square Stitch. In 2008, Kathy developed an innovative bead weaving technique called "Bead Quilling" in which the holes of the glass beads and thread are exposed, allowing the thread color to become an integral part of the final design. Another signature component of Kathy's jewelry is the "Beaded Bead" in which she creates intricate beads by weaving hundreds of smaller glass beads together. For more about Kathy, please visit her website at: www.kathykingjewelry.com

Please join us to learn a new and unique technique in beading! We will be hosting Kathy King on August 11, 12, and 13th. We will be offering two full day classes and two half day classes for those who want to learn the basic technique without the commitment or price of a full day class. The schedule is as follows:

Classes by Kathy King
    Eighth Order Necklace
    Friday, August 11th, 2017, 10am to 5pm
    Cost: $70, plus supplies; kit options available.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

    Fractal Pendant
    Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 10am to 5pm
    Cost: $70, plus supplies; kit options available.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

    Red Scroll Earrings
    Sunday, August 13th, 2017, 10am to 1pm
    Cost: $25, plus supplies; kit options available.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

    Cradle Earrings
    Sunday, August 13th, 2017, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
    Cost: $25, plus supplies; kit options available.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

October 13th, 14th & 15th, 2017 - Judy Walker Classes
Book: The Beaded Sphere And Variations by Judy WalkerJoin us for three full day classes with Judy Walker, bead artist, teacher, and author of The Beaded Sphere And Variations. Judy is a two-time winner of the "Treasures of TOHO" international beading design contest. Her beadwork has appeared in numerous books, magazines, touring exhibits and galleries. Judy will be teaching one of her beaded spheres in addition to two classes in beginning and advanced looming using her proprietary 'paper clip' loom. For more about Judy, please visit her website at: www.walkerpublications.com

Star Sphere by Judy Walker     Star Sphere
    Friday, October 13th, 2017
    10am to 5pm
    Cost: $70, plus supplies.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

This astonishing hollow beaded sphere is entirely self supporting. The mesmerizing geometry is not difficult, but is absorbing and challenging. It is helpful, but not required, that students have some peyote skills, especially in odd count flat peyote and the “funny turn”. The sphere won’t be finished during class, but you will learn all the techniques you need to finish on your own.

Beginning Loom Patterns by Judy Walker     Beginning Looming
    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    10am to 5pm
    Cost: $70, plus supplies.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

Make one of the four patterns pictured, or bring your own basic, square or rectangular pattern. Judy's Paper Clip Loom is a specially designed loom that eliminates weaving in of warp threads. Judy will have her looms for sale in class ($75-90), but you can bring your own loom if you like!

Advanced Loom Sample by Judy Walker     Advanced Looming Techniques
    Sunday, October 15th, 2017
    10am to 5pm
    Cost: $70, plus supplies; kit option available, $30.
    Registration Form and Class Information Packet

Learn advanced techniques while working on this beautiful project. We'll discuss increasing and decreasing on the edge, supplemented warp technique (leaving a hole), square stitch additions, and other looming techniques. Judy's Paper Clip Loom is a specially designed loom that eliminates weaving in of warp threads. Judy will have her looms for sale in class ($75-90), but you can bring your own loom if you like!

December 9th, 2017 - Annual Holiday Party - DATE & LOCATION CHANGE!
Please note there is both a date & location change for the December holiday party. It will be held on SATURDAY from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church (Lower Level - Banquet Hall) in Shoreline, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline WA 98177.

2016 Past Meetings

January 10th, 2016 - Mary Lee Hu
Mary Lee Hu is professor emeritus at the University of Washington since 2006. Mary first became interested in metalwork in high school and followed this interest through attending Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to complete her undergraduate degree. She developed her skills and worked with small scale metalwork and jewelry. During her time in Metalsmithing at the Southern University of Illinois at Carbondale, Illinois she started to work with fiber inspired techniques. This lead to her development of her signature style of wire wrapped jewelry. Mary has developed new techniques in coiling, wrapping, weaving, knitting and twining wire. Mary's book Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu is available at Amazon. Facèré Gallery in Seattle is the distributer of Mary's jewelry.

February 14th, 2016 - "My Beading Heart"
Presented by the Northwest Bead Society. Please join us for an afternoon of heart filled celebration. Bring a heart related object and a story to tell about this item. Our afternoon will include a Bead Market*. Refreshments will include: drinks (non-alcoholic), hors d'oeuvres and desserts. You may bring an item of food to share: heart themed food especially welcomed.
*bring items to sell, no 15% fee

March 13th, 2016 - Glorianne Ljubich - "Putting Yourself Out There"
Silver Tie Affair by Glorianne LjubichGlorianne Ljubich is a bead designer and teacher heavily influenced by the Art Deco Period. She enjoys creating dimensional jewelry designs using peyote and herringbone stitch, right angle weave, and square stitch.

Glorianne grew up on Vashon Island, and later studied at Western Washington University, where she obtained a liberal arts education, and a degree in Spanish and Teaching. She taught junior high school for several years, and then found her way into real estate. Yearning for a creative outlet, she took up beading about 16 years ago. She has since been published in Beadwork and Bead and Button Magazines, and is currently designing full time and preparing to open a business selling beading patterns and kits.

Glorianne will share her journey of creating beadwork professionally with candor and encouragement for any of you who may want to try it. She will talk about the fear associated with "putting yourself out there," and how to overcome it. She will share insights to her creative process, and what she does to come up with a new design. Glorianne will also discuss the process of "getting published" in beading magazines, and considerations for what may be selected. And, she will talk a bit about the process of starting your own business, as she is doing.

April 10th, 2016 - Lanai Kinsky Trunk Show & Classes
The Northwest Bead Society is pleased to host Lanai Kinsky for teaching and a trunk show for its April meeting. Lanai Kinsky studied art in New Mexico and primarily expressed her artistic interest through oil paint, and sold her work locally. She was later introduced to beading as an artistic expression by Margo Field. Beading began to take a more prominent place in her endeavors. Desiring to share her passion for beading she developed her own work and began to teach and sell her kits. Lanai has been published in Beadwork Magazine in the Feb/Mar 2009, Oct/Nov 2010, and Apr/May 2015 editions, Perlin Posie December 2012, 2009 Best Stitches by Beadwork Magazine, and Beadworks 10 Favorite Beaded Earrings, 2013. You can see her work at: www.lanaikinsky.com

Classes Offered

Amelia by Linai Kinsky
Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $50, plus supplies, both kits and individual stones will be available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced, knowledge of peyote and netting with stepping up.

Amelia, is designed around the style of Art Nouveau, which originated in the late 19th and 20th century. Artists set out to raise the artistic crafts to a respected level that painting and sculpture enjoyed. Artists drew inspiration from geometric and organic forms, combining flowing, natural forms with angular contours.

Esperanza by Linai Kinsky
Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 10:30 am to 3:30pm
Cost: $15, plus supplies, both kits and individual pyramid beads will be available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate, knowledge of odd count peyote.

Esperanza, is a classy studded band accented with Swarovski pearls and joined with bugle beads. This piece flows around the wrist with a solid, continuous look. Lanai was inspired by the pyramid bead. She "set out to create a piece that was classy, but with a bit of attitude."

General Meeting Information
The General Membership Meeting will be held at its normal time of 1:30. After business is conducted members will have an opportunity to meet Lanai, ask questions regarding her artwork and beading inspiration, and shop her trunk show. At around 2:15, general membership activities will conclude and the Esperanza class will resume. Please note: In lieu of a guest speaker we are offering the Esperanza class to members at a reduced rate! This will not be a traditional NWBS meeting with a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend the general meeting, meet Lanai, and shop the trunk show, but participation in the class requires pre-registration and payment of a $15 fee.

May 15th, 2016 - Nora Smids

Nora Smids is a founding member of NWBS and has served us over the years in various capacities, including President. Nora is a lifelong collector of antique and ethnic jewelry and beads, an interest that was sparked when she was a little girl and her mother gave her a vintage ring that had belonged to her aunt. Since then Nora has scoured flea markets and galleries, has dabbled in antique dealing, and has accumulated many treasures which she will share with us. Please join us as Nora shares her lifelong experiences collecting antique jewelry.

June 2016 - Summer Vacation
We will take a break from general meetings in June as we have Hannah Rosner scheduled for July, our traditional summer break month. We'll also be having our Annual Summer Picnic in July.

July 10th, 2016 - Hannah Rosner Trunk Show

Please feel free to attend the Hannah Rosner Trunk Show and meet Hannah, even if you are not participating in the class. (See below for class details.) Since the trunk show will be held during a break in the class, please arrive promptly.

July 9th & 10th, 2016 - Hannah Rosner - Garden Party Beaded Purse Workshop

Garden Party Purse by Hannah Rosner

Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th, 2016, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Cost: $110, plus supplies; full- and partial-kits will be available for purchase.

This is a two-day class. Hannah Rosner describes it as a Master Class and VERY ADVANCED. It looks like bead embroidery, but it's not. It is mostly beadweaving components that are attached to a purse blank. The class time and directions teach all the techniques, but how you actually end up creating your purse and your finished project will be of your own design. Students will use multimedia: fiber work, peyote stitch, St. Petersburg, bead netting, and embroidery. So it's a bit of a combination of a project class and a techniques class.

July 17th, 2016 - Annual Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker

    Location:  Georgia McMillan's Backyard
    (The address was provided in the June Newsletter.
    It was also included in the recent reminder email.)
    Time:  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 17th
    Note: pre-beading as early as 10:00 AM
    Bring:  Please bring the following items:
    Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
    A folding chair for your own use would be very helpful
    Folding table, if you plan to join in the swap-'n-sell
    Items to swap and/or sell
    Sunscreen and positive weather magic
    Provided:  The following items will be provided:
    Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea

August 2016 - Summer Break
We will take a break from general meetings in August, our traditional annual picnic month, as the picnic was held in July this year.

September 11, 2016 - Make and Take: Alchohol Inks on Metal

Alchohol inks on metal

In September, we will have a make-and-take project using alcohol inks on metal findings. We will have 20+ colors of alcohol inks available to everyone, as well as a limited supply of metal, beading related objects such as pendants and other findings. Please feel free to bring your own additional metal findings as well! Any metal will work, but lighter, silver colored objects will take the color best. Grab from your stash, bring it along, and have some fun!

October 9, 2016 - Open Beading

In October we will have an open beading program. If you have registered for one of Huib Petersen's classes in November and you would like assistance in sharpening your stitching skills for the class please come and also send a message to info@nwbeadsociety.org to let us know for which class you're preparing. If you're able to assist someone with: cubic right angle weave techniques, peyote Increasing/decreasing, even/odd count peyote techniques, or diagonal peyote (Russian leaves) please come and also send an email to info@nwbeadsociety.org stating which stitch or stitches you're able to assist others in practicing.

This meeting is also an opportunity for those who participated in the Hannah Rosner workshop in July to bring their purses to continue working on them, problem solve with classmates, and show off your beadwork!

November 4th-6th, 2016 - Huib Petersen Workshops

    Dates:  Friday, November 4th - Spring Fling Bracelet Workshop
    Saturday, November 5th - Bike Chain Bracelet Workshop
    Sunday, November 6th - Enchanted Waters Workshop
    Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet

A little bit about Huib:
"In 1995 I moved from Holland to San Francisco, and opened a small arts and crafts workshop and gallery on Nob Hill. Inspired by a chance encounter with 19th century Russian beadwork, I discovered the beauty and challenges of designing with beads.

I use different sizes of beads as a building material - like little bricks - and a variety of traditional stitches as a flexible, tensile sort of mortar. Placing beads one by one, row by row on top of each other, I combine my needlework, theater and jewelry skills to create sculpted bugs, butterflies, birds, and sea creatures in their environments.

The result is a unique kind of wearable art that offers the intricacy of embroidery and lace, the depth of a theater set and the durability and brilliance of glass."

For more information about Huib and his gorgeous beadwork, visit his website at: www.petersenarts.com

Workshops Offered

Spring Fling by Huib Petersen Spring Fling
Friday, November 4th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, kit available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced, knowledge of diagonal peyote stitch and it's variations.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet

Please note: The Spring Fling project will be taught as a one day workshop, but ONLY THE IRIS WILL BE TAUGHT IN CLASS. The patterns for the other 3 flowers will be included with your class fee.

Bike Chain by Huib Petersen Bike Chain
Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, kit available for purchase.
Level/Prerequisite: Experience with cubic right angle weave is recommended for this class.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet

Enchanted Waters by Huib Petersen Enchanted Waters
Sunday, November 6th, 2016, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $70, plus supplies, no kit available.
Registration Form and Workshop Information Packet

Please note: This is a piece not normally offered as a workshop. The class will consist of teaching each of the components included in the necklace. There will be written instructions for the components, but there are no written instructions telling you how to arrange the finished components into a necklace.

December 4th, 2016 - NWBS Holiday Party

    Date:  Sunday, December 4th
    Time:  10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
                Please plan to arrive at 10:00 AM for setup
    Location:  Maplewood Rock & Gem Club
                      8802 196th St SW
                      Edmonds WA 98026

    Bring:  Potluck item, printed workspace photo, plus any optional items:
                challenge project
                gift(s) for exchange
                project sample for 2017 Seedbeaders proposal
                2017 membership dues
                swap & sell items.

This will be a special joint meeting of Seedbeaders and the NWBS to celebrate our friendships, shared passions and the winter holidays. Many activities are planned, including:
    NWBS Business Meeting and Annual Elections
    "My Beading Space" Photo Activity
    Bead Challenge Reveal
    Two Gift Exchanges (optional as always)
    Membership Renewal for 2017
    Swap & Sell (at your seat)
    Pot Luck Lunch (dessert will be provided)

Business Meeting and Elections
There will be a brief business meeting to start, including the addition of any last minute candidates, followed by the election of the 2017 NWBS Board and Support Staff.

"My Beading Space" Photo Activity
Please take and print a photo of your beading space. This can be your work tray, your beading location at home or away, your bead storage location, or anything you consider part of your beading space. We will display the photos and try to guess which space belongs to which beader.

Seedbeaders Challenge Project Reveal
The challenge rules for this year: 1) Geometric 2) Made mostly of beads (50% + 1 bead). Please have your project in a plain bag and leave it on the challenge project table. We will set up the display and then reveal the artists later in the day.

Gift Exchanges
There will be two separate gift exchanges. One for seedbeader-specific gifts and one for NWBS-general member gifts. If you think your gift is something that would be appropriate only for a seedbeader you can put it in the seedbeader gift exchange and if you think it would be appropriate for any NWBS member you can put it in the NWBS gift exchange. You may bring two gifts and participate in both if you want. Of course, the gift exchange is optional, as always. Please remember: All gifts MUST be bead-related: beads, beaded items, books, tools, kits, etc. Suggested cost of $15 per gift for each exchange. Of course if your gift is a handmade item these guidelines are irrelevant (since you put a significant amount of labor into them).

Here's how it will work: There will be two areas designated for the gifts (pink tablecloth for Seedbeaders, green tablecloth for NWBS). Select the appropriate area, leave your gift there and pick up a the corresponding number slip. The number slip will have two parts. Separate the parts, keep one, and put the other in the appropriate box. The two gift exchanges will have number slips of different colors. Numbers will be drawn from the boxes and you will choose a gift from the section matching your ticket when your number is drawn.

Membership Renewal for 2017
We will have membership renewal forms at the meeting. You can complete a form and add your check. The forms and checks will be mailed to NWBS for you.

Pot Luck Lunch, Swap & Sell, etc.
Don't forget to bring a potluck item for lunch to share! (Dessert will be provided by NWBS.) If you wish to bring a few items to swap and sell at your seat after the gift exchange has finished, please feel free to do so. If you have a project you'd like to teach at Seedbeaders in 2017, please bring a sample to display at this meeting. Please plan to arrive at 10:00 AM to assist with the set-up of tables, chairs, food, and beverages. Thank you!

2015 Past Meetings

January 15th, 2015 - NWBS Holiday in January
The theme for the January meeting is "All about the Sparkle". Bring it, wear it, make it, old, new. What ever makes you happy. There will be a brief business meeting as usual then fun, fun, fun. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Gift exchange for anyone who wants to participate. $25 max, please make gift of a beady nature. Bring your treasures for Swap and Sell. Enjoy the company of all your beading buddies.

February 19th, 2015 - Teresa Sullivan - "Lions and Tigers and Beads, Oh My!"
Teresa Sullivan is an artist who creates sculpture, jewelry, and sculptural jewelry with beads and found materials. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Last summer she accompanied legendary artist Joyce J. Scott on a trip to Cape Town, Durban and the Midlands in South Africa to work with and teach sculptural beadweaving techniques to artist groups. Along with 4 other renowned artists in several media, including dance, fine art, and woodworking, she and her fellow artists made an incredible voyage of discovery and learned at least as much as they imparted to others.

March 19th, 2015 - Rhinestone Rosie
Rhinestone Rosie's is an extraordinary vintage jewelry store. Designed to delight with thousands of pieces of wonderful vintage jewelry for sale, full service costume and fine jewelry repairs, estate evaluations, and jewelry purchasing. Excellent customer service completes the experience. All of this is the brainchild of Rosalie Sayyah, the "Rosie" of Rhinestone Rosie.

In the early 1980's Rosie felt her family tradition of dealing in antiques calling to her. Upon leaving her corporate career in television she decided to open a jewelry store that not only had unique, exciting items for sale but could also restore greatness to jewelry that had fallen into disrepair. Teaching herself about vintage costume and estate jewelry culture and repair through books, hobby shops, and hands on experience, she has become a national expert in the field. In the late 1990's Rosie began appearing regularly on "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS TV and continues today as one of their expert appraisers.

In the mid 2000's Rosie brought her daughter Lucia into the business as a partner. Lucia, a trained metalsmith and owner of Lucia Jewelry Studio, has been able to expand the services of the store offering custom designs, recycled metal casting, and intricate estate jewelry restorations.

Rosie will be sharing a slide lecture on the history and culture of rhinestone and costume jewelry. With a walkaround afterwards to assess jewelry members have brought. People can bring up to 3 pieces for Rosie to look at.

For more information on Rosie's Seattle store visit: www.rhinestonerosie.com

April 16th, 2015 - Kathy Ross
Looks wearable — but no! Faux functional clothing and other mixed media sculpture. You might be surprised at all the materials and processes this can involve. What use do you think I make of spray-foam insulation? coasters? clothing labels? cookie tins? foam noodles from the swimming pool? cereal boxes? Not to mention beads.

I've been a self-employed full time artist since 1978. I've retailed and wholesaled and been through galleries and museum shows and even the Pike St Market for awhile. Since 2005, I've been showing and selling my work strictly at art festivals. I do about 5 or 6 higher-end art festivals a year. e.g. La Quinta (rated# 1 in the US), Bellevue, Park City, Sausalito. Also my studio show memorial day weekend. You can see my tin sculpture at the Bainbridge Art Museum till June.

For more information or to visit Kathy's Harstine Island, WA, Studio Show on Memorial Day Weekend visit: www.kathyross3d.com

May 21st, 2015 - David Horste - "The Stones Cry Out: The Art of Gemstone Nomenclature and Identification"
David V. Horste has been studying rocks and gems since 1976. The number of kinds of stonesthat can be used as gems in jewelry and ornament and how they are described is infinite. In this lecture David will talk about how stones have gotten their names throughout history and how stones are named today. Varieties of stones and how names evolve and change will be explained. The misnaming of stones in the gem trade is an important thing to understand and David will cover many stories and examples of this practice. Being able to identify stones and call them by their "correct" names is an art as much as a science, if not more. Be prepared for lots of vivid pictures and wild stories as stones get compared, contrasted, and explained in this diverse lecture covering precious and semi-precious stones.

David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a custom lapidary source for designer focal beads and cabochons. He works in semiprecious stone and organic gems (jet, fossil ivory, shell, bone, etc.), along with up-cycled materials such as bowling ball, fordite, and recycled glass. David is an internationally recognized Lapidary Artist and started cutting stones in 1976 at age 10. He has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992 with a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, along with unique, free form cabochons. His most recent line of beads is based on military style "dog tags" and is all about showcasing the geological diversity of the planet through "biopsies" of the body of the planet. You can see more of his work and find his online shops through his website: www.dvhdesigns.com

June 14th, 2015 - Cynthia Toops
Cynthia will talk about how collecting beads led to her career as a jeweler and teacher. She will show many examples of her solo work and collaborations with her husband and fellow bead maker, Dan Adams, as well as collaborations with metalsmiths: Chuck Domitrovich, Juan Reyes and Nancy Bonnema. She will speak about her inspirations, techniques and the various media she's worked in over the last 30 years. These have included polymer clay, glass, felt, paper... Her work can be found in numerous museum collections around the United States and has been widely published in books and magazines. For more about Cynthia, visit her website at: www.cdbeads.biz

July 2015 - Summer Vacation - No meeting or speaker

August 2nd, 2015 - Annual Picnic - No Meeting or Guest Speaker

    Location:  Ellen Lambright's Deck/Backyard - New Location
    (The address was provided in the June Newsletter.
    It will also be included in the reminder email.)
    Time:  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, August 2nd
    Bring:  Please bring the following items:
    Food for the potluck (side dish or entreé)
    Items to swap and/or sell
    Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the swap-'n-sell
    (A folding chair for your own use would be helpful even if you're not selling)
    Sunscreen and positive weather magic
    Provided:  The following items will be provided:
    Plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and ice tea
    Ellen's yard has a basketball court and a trampoline that can be used at your own risk

September 16th, 2015 - Kinga Nichols
Please note new date & location since this meeting was first announced.

Supplimental Classes:  Full class and registration info appeared in the June Newsletter.

Artist Statement:
Kinga Nichols was born in 1980, in Hungary. At 19, she packed up her life in a backpack and moved to the US where she has been residing since, albeit not at the same place. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Paul Nichols and furbaby Samantha Regina Nichols. Samantha Regina is not only her muse but her model as well. Many of Kinga's best known pieces were popularized by the canine model.

One way or another Kinga has been always making things, which started turning into a profession when she was painting murals at the time she lived in New York. The murals were fun, but she did not feel like painting was her calling. Eventually she picked up a Bead and Button magazine in 2007, found a bead embroidery project, and slowly but surely the obsession took over.

After that first project, she started creating her own designs and quickly found her own distinctive voice that allowed her to translate her imaginings into beadwork. Kinga is always brainstorming, and her imagination provides an endless supply of fanciful ideas that she translates into bead embroidery.

Her work first got noticed in the first Battle of the Beadsmith, quickly followed by her being a BeadDreams finalist in 2013 and getting 3rd place in the same competition in the Swarovski category in 2014, and a book feature in Marcia DeCoster Presents, 2014.

In 2013 she started teaching and she hopes to continue this as her chosen profession for a long time to come, not only passing on beady knowledge, but perhaps her unique way of looking at the world as a magical place filled with endless possibilities.

For more about Kinga, visit her website at: www.crimsonfrogdesigns.blogspot.com

October 18th, 2015 - Sally Anaya

Supplimental Class:  Sally will be teaching "Wrapped Beach Rocks" following the October General Meeting. Information will be available in the September newsletter.

Artist Statement:
Sally Anaya has been weaving baskets for over 27 years, and teaching for 22 years. Designing helps to express her own creative process, combining a conceptual basis with varying choices of materials and textures, while exploring specific techniques in bound weaves. Sally has taught for conferences and private workshops throughout the United States as well as internationally and her work has been shown in numerous juried shows and galleries. She has twice been awarded the HGA (Handweavers Guild of America Award) for her artistic endeavors and explorations in lattice twining. She splits her creative time between basket weaving, knotting, beading, and other textile arts in her Lopez Island studio.

November 18, 2015 - Carole Grisham

Supplimental Class:  Carole will be teaching the "Double Daggers" Beaded Kumihimo Necklace class prior to the November General Meeting.

Artist Statement:
Carole Grisham is an unconventional artist and the creative force behind Hiyama Studios. Named in honor of her mother, Alyce Hiyama, a talented tailor and costume designer, Hiyama Studios is the design and work space where Carole creates one-of-a-kind wearable art and home accessories. Her work is traditionally hand crafted, yet elegant and contemporary in style.

Carole's love for textiles and color and her skill in using unlikely materials in new ways, comes from watching and working with her mother. She has returned to this first love after successful executive careers with leading Pacific Northwest companies and non-profit organizations.

Every item from Hiyama Studios embraces the art of the hand fabricated luxury item. Materials are carefully selected to enhance design details and unusual embellishments make each work a visually appealing statement. At Hiyama Studios, the commitment to perfection is key. In a world of mass production, detailed, beautiful and unique goods will survive fleeting fashions.

Hiyama Studios contributes the proceeds from the sale of its wearable art and home accessories to existing organizations that support education and the most vulnerable members of the community - children and seniors. In addition, the Studios offer goods to auctions and benefits of many of these same organizations.

Hiyama Studios is proud to have been a founding member of the Oba Project, a program developed to provide charitable gifts to community organizations.

For more information about Carole Grisham and Hiyama Studios visit the website at: hiyamastudios.com

December 13th, 2015 - Holiday Party & Georgia McMillan Tribute

2014 Past Meetings

January 16th, 2014 - January Winter Blues
Don't let the January blues get you down. Dress in blue and show us your favorite "Blue" piece --- bead, beaded piece, embellished bag or outfit. Did you buy it, make it, or find it on some fabulous trip? Let's share our BLUE STORY.

February 20th, 2014 - Richard Paille - Opals
Opals: Sometimes just 'reading' about things isn't enough to satisfy ones curiosity. This was the case for Richard Paille regarding how opal mining was really done "Down Under." Putting together a small crew we traveled to the outback of Australia for a 3-month adventure to film opal mining in several, famous & remote locations. Our documentary was entitled: "Fire Down Under... The Hunt For Australian Opal." In my Opal Talk I'll show some of the film we shot, share a few filming stories, describe the types of and values of opals sold today, talk about the new opal fields in Africa, US opal mining and show some of my opal jewelry. Informational opal pass-outs too!


March 20, 2014  Jayashree Paramesh - Designer and Owner Nchantme.com

'My Approach to Design: How my cultural heritage, background in apparel design and love for the arts influence and inspire my beaded jewelry'.

As a child growing up in India, colorful clothing, henna on my hands, very ornate gold and silver jewelry and food made with a complex combination of spices was an integral part of my life. My mother taught me to sew, embroider, crochet and make colorful flower garlands at a very young age. Later on at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, I enjoyed designing with traditional Asian patterns and materials. For the first time, I was introduced to Western and European designs in apparel and jewelry. Simply put, I loved that too!

As I design my beaded jewelry, I use elements from my cultural heritage and what is currently in fashion. My inspiration comes from traditional swirling paisleys of henna designs and what is being shown on the fashion runways in New York, Paris, and Italy to mention a few.

I would like to share with all of you how I use my inspiration from various sources and create beaded jewelry that appeals to a variety of people.

Here are a couple of photos of my work, one showing an Asian inspired necklace and the other, a geometric, trendy bracelet.

Photos: Pagoda Necklace and Cosmo Cuff Bracelet

APRIL 17th, 2014—3x2 Redux Show Presentation  
3x2 Redux is an exhibition which features the collaborative work of forty local metalsmiths and forty regional glass bead makers. The lecture will describe the process of organizing the exhibition, the selection of the artists, the challenges we faced during the development of the event, and a description of the venues and images of the finished work.

At the lecture will be three members of the new organizing committee, Micki Lippi, Laura Bowker and Cynthia Toops.

Chuck Domitrovich and Lee Woodburn

David Hamilton and Stephanie White

Dan Adams and Victoria Takahashi

Virginia Causey and Kathryn Fehon


June 19th, 2014 - Scott Bouwens - Bearfoot Art Glass

Scott Bouwens has been making lampwork beads since 1998.He has been selling them full-time since the year 2000. Scott is a lampwork bead-maker, tool-maker, videographer, and photographer. His glasswork and tools have been featured in various books and magazines.

He uses Effetre and Vetrofond glass and is known for the colors he creates from using fine silver leaf in his beads. He sells his work at bead shows around the USA and also sells from his website and eBay. 

Scott studied Landscape Design and Communications at Washington State University in the late 80's and early 90's. Since then, he has had a business of designing custom fiberglass water features, dabbled in construction, and was a union carpenter. He is an inventor/hobbyist at heart and is always tinkering with new ideas. His love of science and art come together nicely for him in this field.

He and his wife Monica, our web mistress, own Bearfoot Art Glass in LaConner.

July 12th, 2014 - Annual Picnic
Lynne Magie's garden (same as last year)
Bothell WA 98021
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Food for the potluck
Items to swap and/or sell
Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the swap-‘n-sell (A folding chair for your own use would be helpful even if you're not selling.)
Sunscreen and positive weather magic
To be provided: plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and punch

August - NO MEETING - Have a great Summer!

September 18, 2014 - Lynne Magie - Bead Embellishment
The September presentation will be a slide show put together by Lynne Magie, called “Bead Embellishment: A Celebration of the Many Uses of Beads.” People have been using beads for at least the last 100,000 years, and they've found many things to do with them besides hanging them around their necks. This short historical excursion tries to suggest the amazing wealth of objects and experiences that have been produced along the way, illustrating bead art that is amusing, sometimes humbling, and always dazzling.

Lynne has never been able to resist small, shiny objects and so has ended up as this year's bead society President. She has experimented with bead-embellished clothing and will bring along some samples of non-jewelry bead artifacts from her own collection to accompany the slide show.

October 16th, 2014 - Mary Kave and Kerry Vine - Paper Beads

November 20th, 2014 - Pamm Horbitt - her beading and inspiration

When people see my work, their first question is: "How did you think of that?" " How did you figure that out?" followed by: " Oh - I definitely see how you did that -you started right here . . . oh wait, not here . . . there? How did you do this?"

At the NWBS talk on November 20, I will explain just how my brain works. Yes! my work is very "geometric". Take a deep breath - it's not what you think! Geometry only implies a specific way of thinking - spatial thinking - seeing things in three dimensions. Through slides, questions and answers, I will demystify the magic.

I'll bring samples that you can "touch and feel" to inspire. If your desire is "hands-on" experience - we got that covered. I am offering two classes to do just that: One on Friday Nov 21st on the east side, and a repeat of the same class on Saturday, Nov 22 near the U district. Classes are $25 per person, from 10:00-4:00. Bring a sack lunch. Come ready to play with shapes. Although there will be NO project with Tutorial - there will be beads, and toys. Expect your brain to switch from linear thinking to spatial thinking. Laughter is guaranteed! e-mail me at: whitelotusbeading@gmail.com for further information, supply list, and directions.

Pamm Horbit Class Flyer

December 4th - Holiday Potluck Cancelled. Rescheduled for January 2015.

2013 Past Meetings

APRIL 18th—Marlo Miyashiro   “Improving your Small Object Photography”
Marlo will present techniques for photographing small objects specifically for use as Internet images.

MAY 16th-Hidden Hazards in the Arts
Create vibrant art while protecting yourself, your family and the environment from chemical hazards! David Waddel and Donna Galstad are the Art Hazards Team for King County. Together they bring chemistry and art techniques to the table with the goal of understanding chemical components and processes, a dash of toxicology, using the safest products possible and using them as safely as possible, disposing of wastes properly for a healthier environment, healthy artists and families, and lots and lots of art.

JUNE 20th: Karen Williams, Seedbead Artist
Choose Your Own Adventure
My work is inspired by the natural world, stories and color and generally takes the form of bead weaving with seed beads these days. I joke that I started with freeform bead weaving because I am completely unable to stitch and count at the same time. Unfortunately, there's a fair bit of truth in that statement. I consider each new piece a journey and this year I'm starting on a new adventure, moving away from jewelry for the first time in several years to start work on more sculptural pieces." -Karen


Annual Summer Picnic

Date: Sunday, July 21st.
Location: Lynne Magie's garden. (Same place as two years ago.)
Address: Bothell WA 98021
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

· Bring:
o Food for the potluck

o Items to swap and/or sell

o Folding chair and table, if you plan to join in the swap-‘n-sell.

(A few folding chairs would be helpful even if you're not selling.)

o Sunscreen and positive weather mojo

· To be provided: plates, cups, utensils, soft drinks and punch.

Summer Break—No Meetings

SEPTEMBER 19th - Using Mathematics in Bead Weaving Design by Gwen Fisher
Abstract: A common theme to most of the bead weaving I do is mathematics. I use well studied mathematical structures to design beaded beads and flat weaves. Beaded beads are clusters of beads woven together, around one or more large holes. Using the fact that beaded beads are 3D, beaded beads contain a finite number of smaller beads, and they have one center, I use the mathematics of "symmetry" to classified beaded beads into 14 different classes. Some of these classes are finite, like the symmetries of a cube. And some of these classes are infinite, like the symmetries of pyramids. The pyramid class is infinite because a pyramid can have any number of sides, in the same way a flower can have few or many petals, the number of which define its symmetry. I show two general weaving techniques to weave examples from all 14 classes of beaded beads, and I provide examples of beaded beads that illustrate the different classes.

Repeating patterns of floor tiles also exhibit symmetry. Tilings over flat surfaces, especially tilings that repeat periodically, are a well understood area of mathematics. Periodic tilings can be transformed into flat bead weaving patterns I call angle weaves. For example, right angle weave is a special case of an angle weave because the regular tiling by squares can be transformed into right angle weave by placing one bead of each edge of the squares in the tiling. I describe specific ways to create intricate and beautiful angle weaves from well studied periodic tilings, by placing beads on or near the vertices or edges of a tiling and weaving them together with thread. I will show many beaded examples and the tilings from which they derive.



October 17, 2013 - Meredith Arnold
Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer/instructor/, is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her metal, PMC and polymer clay work has been published in books and magazines and included in exhibitions around the world. Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers around the world and has various appearances on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and Jewels' and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds she has the privilege of mentoring other artists as her “day job”. Her passion for creating things, being inspired and mentoring others has led not only to teaching but also to curating exhibits. Meredith was a curator for ArtsNow Gallery/Edmonds Community College for 3 years and worked to expand the focus and audience with each exhibit while providing visual artists an opportunity to learn more about exhibiting their work in a professional venue. She currently curates one show a year, The EDGE Graduate's Exhibit, a display for her students completing EDGE, a 50-hour professional development program on business for artists created by Artists Trust and offered at Edmonds Community College. As EDGE Program Coordinator for ArtsNow/EdCC Meredith has had the privilege of working closely with Artists Trust and directly with around 80 artists since 2007. For more info see www.mereditharnold.com


November 21, 2013 - David V. Horste of DVHdesigns - IVORY: Organic Gem of the Ages
Ivory is an organic gemstone that has been used by humans since the dawn of time. The teeth of all mammals can technically be considered a form of ivory. David V. Horste of DVHdesigns will speak on different forms of ivory, it's characteristics, uses throughout the ages, the decline of ivory, contemporary challenges presented to conservation, and overview of the legality of ivory ownership and sale with to the new laws in California. He will conclude with an overview of his own work in fossil walrus and mammoth ivory. He will have his own work in fossil mammoth ivory available for viewing, handling, and purchase, as well as ALL the rest of his inventory of gemstone focal beads and cabochons.

David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a custom lapidary source for designer focal beads and cabochons. He works in semiprecious stone and organic gems (jet, fossil ivory, bone, etc.), along with upcycled materials such as bowling ball, fordite, and patterned glass. David is an internationally recognized Lapidary Artist who started cutting stones in 1976 at age 10. He has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992 with a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, along with unique, free form cabochons.


Annual Holiday Party: social, potluck, members' bead sale and trade, gift exchange



2012 Past Meetings

JANUARY 17th—Show and Tell
“My Favorite Museum”
January is traditionally a “Show and Tell” meeting where we share stories and learn more about each other. Since there is often a possibility of snow, we do not invite speakers in case the meeting is cancelled.
Do you have a favorite museum? Do you plan visits to museums whenever you travel? Or did you chance upon an incredible exhibit? Is there an amazing ethnic collection (beads, textiles, jewelry…) you want to tell us about or was there a contemporary exhibit that knocked your socks off?
Please bring any items (pieces you got at the gift shop, postcards, books on the exhibition, museum catalog…) and share your museum experience. Whether it's a local spot you want to recommend or an exotic locale the rest of us can only dream about, it will be a lot of fun.








FEBRUARY 21st—Larry Scott, Glass Beadmaker
A Defense of Pattern, Some Musings on Scale and our Perception of Time, and Some Thoughts about the Number 65
While his talks are always amusing, Larry Scott does tend to ramble on about the oddest stuff. This time he will discuss two-almost, kind of, sort of-related topics.
First is the neurological basis of a number of the most common symbols. Dots, net patterns, wavy lines, and the ubiquitous spiral are common and powerful symbols in all cultures. Why? Where do they come from? What, if anything, do they mean?
Second is our perception of the passage of time when we are making things. Does time seem to go faster (or slower) when you are working with beads? It may just be because beads are small.
There will also be pictures of cats and chickens. Always popular.

Byzantine Bead - Larry Scott

MARCH 21st—Nadine Kariya, Studio Jeweler www.nadinekariya.com
“Nadine Kariya, A Studio Jeweler of Northwest America”
I guess I am a colorist working in the jewelry field. That is why I have an appreciation of beads, and like sparkly beautiful things. When I was helping my family occupy Japan after the war, my first remembered article of jewelry was a lampworked glass bead necklace which the itinerant jewelry salesman gave me as a freebie. I was about three or four. It was red, white and light blue glass. My first ring was a perfect small blue green abalone oval set in silver from San Francisco. I like totem images and connecting ideas with concrete durable objects. I do a lot of custom work and deal with making dreams come true. I really like making rings. I study fairy tales; legends; and Japanese, British and American history. Lately I have been working with some ideas of the monsters and salvation of current times.

"Dragon, Bamboo, Stick Pearl Necklace," by Nadine Kariya, 2011.
Private Col-lection. Photo by Dan Fox, Lumina Studio


2012 Meetings

December 13th, 2012   7pm
Members' Holiday Party and Potluck
2013 Action Planning
This year's celebration will occur on the second Thursday of December. Enjoy a potluck meal; visiting with friends old and new; sharing projects, ideas and inspiration; and our traditional gift exchange. In addition, we will be discussing the current situation we face this coming 2013 year.      
Please plan to attend. This is an important time for you to join in on the festivities as well as contribute your thoughts and ideas. See you there!


Pearls to Dream About, November 15th Speaker, Richard Paille

Richard Paille has worked in the jewelry industry 42 years. Teaching him-self the basics of fine jewelry making, Richard opened a jewelry workshop in Seattle in 1971 where he did repair work for antique shops and walk-in public, meanwhile studying the craft of fine jewelry making.
In 1972 he began studies at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) to become a gemologist. During that period he was also continuing his aca-demic education in economics. “During the day I worked on jewelry then hit the books at night.” Later, Richard opened a retail jewelry store in the University District in Seattle which he operated for many years.
Eventually, Richard sold the store to design jewelry for a national market. For 25 years he exhibited his work at art & craft shows across the U.S.
In the mid-90's, Richard, and a small crew, traveled to Australia to film a documentary on opal mining. On a later trip to the South Pacific, they filmed another story on black pearl farming which led to Richard's pearl business in the Cook Islands and a change in his jewelry to 18K and platinum featuring pearls. See how black pearls are made: My pearl making station.
In 2008 Richard converted his studio into a teaching space and opened the jewelry making school he operates today. www.Learn2MakeJewelry.com
Richard produces tools for jewelry makers available through supply outlets around the country, offers jewelry making and business consulting services, and speaks to groups on jewelry subjects. Contact Richard by email or phone. ArtJewelry@seanet.com (206) 527-1515

Richard Harvesting Pearls

“Pearls to Dream About”
Pearls have a rich history. They are the oldest known gem and for centuries were the most valuable. Some became famous for their size, shape or ownership provenance. In the early 20th century when the tech-niques of pearl cultivation were discovered, pearls be-came available to the public worldwide and their beau-ty shared across cultures, incomes and ages. I'll be demonstrating how pearls are made using the special-ized tools pearl farmers employ and talking about my involvement in pearl farming. Also, I'll be presenting a short multimedia piece on Manihiki Atoll in the Cook Islands where I worked and learned how to make this “ocean gem.”



History of the Hand Sewing Needle, October 18th Speaker, Carol Perrenoud

Carol Perrenoud is a bead artist, teacher and entrepreneur. Her work has been exhibited nationally and fea-tured in many beadwork books since 1989. She has penned articles for Bead & Button and Beadwork Magazines and has authored 4 instructional beadwork videos with Victorian Video Productions - Beadweaving Peyote Stitch, Bead Crochet, Bead Embroidery and Beadweaving Herringbone Stitch. She received the Bead & Button Excellence in Bead Artistry Award along with Virginia Blakelock in 2002.
Many of her pieces refer to the animals she studied while a zoology student in college, but her interest in beads and fibers is lifelong. In describing her home life at age five, she remembers that Grandma, who lived downstairs, had a tow-ering column of See's candy boxes filled with beads sorted by color.
Carol spends her days working in her mail order bead business, Beadcats, and her evening recovering from the day job and gardening - sometimes by headlamp. She is active in the Portland Bead Society and lives and works in nearby Wilsonville, Oregon.
She can be contacted at carol@beadcats.com Mail Order website is www.beadcats.com
“History of the Hand Sewing Needle”
I often have to remind customers, students and myself that beads are just static, but tactile, pretty pieces of glass. What I do with them is to make myself feel elegant or visibly put a smile on my face, or impress the viewer that I could do that with beads – THAT is the art of beadwork.
“It's a relationship”. I hear or read that about artists in all mediums, but what does that mean? It does not mean that I am always in love, wrapped-up in rapture about my work. Sometimes I do carry a few beads in my pocket that are later at the bottom of the washing machine – a quick love affair, but then abandoned. Other days, I can't wait to continue working on a project. I rush home from work and heat up some soup for dinner. The bead tray is on my lap, public television is on the TV for background and I'm at one with the universe.
Other days, I'm just the technician, going through the motions, getting the job done. There are late hours and maniacal work. I lose sleeping thinking, “Is this the best way to continue for the sake of the piece? What am I going to do next?” There are disagreements, but I win because I have an opposable thumb and can operate the scissors. “Am I doing the right thing? Should I give it more space, or discipline?” Other days, I'd rather be hauling manure for the garden than have to look at THOSE beads. But again, I'm in it for the long haul. It's a relationship.

Needle Maker


Muse and Process, September 20th Speaker, Kristi Zevenbergen

     Kristi Zevenbergen has been making jewelry and teaching metalsmithing in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years. Her jewelry has received local and national honors and she has been published in Metalsmith, Art Jewelry Magazine, and Lark Publications. Teaching credits are Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds Community College, Fusion Beads and The Ranch. Her work is shown and sold locally at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery and periodically through galleries around the country.

     Kristi will be speaking on how she navigated the creative process over the last 20 years including visual presentation of early work, current work on the bench, and much in between.

“Muse and Process”



August 5th - Annual Picnic - at Cynthia and Dan's

Join in on the Summer Fun at the NWBS Picnic!

Sunday, August 5th
at Dan Adams & Cynthia Toops' Home
starting at Noon
3814 Courtland Place South, Seattle, WA 98118

The bead society will provide the tableware and non-alcoholic beverages.
You bring a potluck dish, friends, swap-n-sell items (with your own table), and a lawn chair or two. We encourage ride-sharing as parking is limited.

Please carpool if possible.

June 21st - Lori Talcott -
“Understanding the Largest Thing through the Smallest Thing”
This presentation will consider jewelry from four intersecting points of view: historical, cross-cultural, contemporary and personal. As a social signifier and ritual object, jewelry has long had a symbiotic and syntagmatic function with dress and the body, and as a performative object, it negotiates and circumscribes social, temporal and spiritual boundaries. Arguably our most personal and diminutive art form, it is a fluid expression of prevailing aesthetics, beliefs and identity - the cosmos writ small.
     Lori Talcott is a goldsmith, researcher and fourth-generation jeweler. After studying art history in Sweden and metal design at the University of Washington, she worked as an apprentice to a master silversmith in Norway. She is the recipient of two Washington Artist Trust Fellowships and an Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Talcott divides her time between studio, teaching and research, and is currently part-time faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.







May 17th - Chuck Domitrovich - Insights into Successfully Selling Online
Chuck has been making jewelry since the early 1990s. Besides showing his work in galleries, jewelry stores and shows, he has been selling his work through Etsy (3500 pieces sold!) since 2006. Check out his website www.etsy.com/shop/downtothewiredesigns. Chuck has taught metalsmithing classes and has been in numerous publications including Lark 1000 Rings and 500 Pendants and Lockets. In the talk he will share his insights into successful selling online. For questions I've included his email chuck@dtwdesigns.com and phone #(206-548-9728).



April 19th - Kendra Bruno - Lampwork Beads
The History, Process and Supportive Work of ISGB

Barbara Becker Simon

Dolly Ahles

Betty Fetvedt

Leah Fairbanks

Glass beadmaking is an ancient art that has been practiced for more than 4,000 years. Until the latter part of the twentieth century, however, few Americans possessed the technical knowledge to make glass beads. Those few glass artists worked in virtual anonymity and isolation. They used a variety of techniques to create their beads, including lampwork, kiln forming, kiln casting, furnace work, and cold work techniques. The Society of Glass Beadmakers (SGB) was formed in 1993 by a small group of American beadmakers brought together by an exhibit of contemporary glass bead artists at The Bead Museum in Prescott, Arizona. SGB's founders united to establish an organization dedicated to promoting the growth and recognition of glass beadmaking by facilitating communication and mentoring among members and educating the public about the process of beadmaking and the artistic value of glass beads. The rest is history!

Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, beads have been a form of adornment for 40,000 years. From conception to craftsmanship, this ancient art form is mesmerizing. Today, members of a large network of glass beadmakers share techniques in an effort to promote their own work as well as the contemporary glass bead movement itself through the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

Enjoy learning about the history, techniques and the ISGB as well as the details on the 20th Anniversary Gathering conference coming to Seattle in July of this year! It's all part of the collaborative approach to glass beadmaking that has captured the interest of glass artists and collectors around the world!


Kendra Bruno is Executive Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and served on the Board of Directors for five years, two as President. The ISGB is dedicated to promoting the growth and recognition of glass bead making by facilitating communication and mentoring among members and educating the public about the process and artistic value of glass beads.

Kendra has personally studied with Larry Brickman, Kimberly Affleck, Lisa St Martin, Larry Scott, and Mauro Puccitelli and Davide Penso in Italy as well as with CeCe Wire and other artists in the areas of PMC, chain, metal work, and more. She has taught for Bead&Button, the ISGB Gathering and classes in Italy and Germany. Her work is part of a permanent group exhibition in Kobe, Japan.

Please visit www.isgb.org for more information on the ISGB. And mark your calendars for the 20th
Anniversary Gathering conference coming to Seattle in July this year!


March Meeting
Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 7pm
Teresa Sullivan

     Join Teresa Sullivan as she shares behind-the-scenes images from bead and button makers in the Czech Republic.  Find out what increased her respect for the humble fire polish bead by one thousand percent, how her dreams became drenched in Art Nouveau imagery, her discoveries of African trade beads that never made it out of Europe, and how she unknowingly smuggled Absinthe into the US in this unique, off-the-tour-bus travel diary.
     Teresa has been "putting beads where they don't belong since 1994."

     Teresa Sullivan is an artist who weaves beads into sculptures and geeks out shamelessly over the origins and nature of those beads.  Her artwork can be found at Mobilia Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Craft, and online at
Teresa Sullivan's 2-Day Undulation Workshop

Undulations:  Drape, Design and Shape 

Intermediate/Advanced level:  Familiarity with Peyote Stitch required
Develop two- and three-dimensional shaping techniques into a truly artistic skill set.  Advanced increasing and decreasing techniques let you "drape" your work and propel it into new directions.  With these unique building blocks, we will cook up ideas for one-of-a-kind neckpieces and begin their construction.

When: March 17 and 18
Time: 10am - 5pm with lunch break
Where:  Washington Federal Building, 400 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

This will be held in a large, comfortable conference room. There is free parking in front. The building is close to Beads & Beyond, in case anyone needs supplies and close to a variety of restaurants for lunch.
We need to have a minimum of 8 people to have the class and a desired maximum of 12 people, with a possibility of 14, if all students are at the desired skill level. Registration will be based on receipt of your $80.00 deposit.

The deposit to hold a space is $80.00.

Please mail a check, made out to the Northwest Bead Society, to:
Northwest Bead Society
PMB #564

4616 25th Ave NE,
Seattle, WA 98105
Please note “TS Undulations” on your check.

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February Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Cynthia Toops & Dan Adams

     Cynthia has been working with polymer clay since the 1980s. While she is known for her figurative micromosaic pieces, in the last few years she has been con-centrating on thin sheet work, creating the cone and claw necklaces and the rolodex series. Most of her work is inspired by ethnic jewelry and ancient beads which she and her husband collect.

     Dan works full time at a laboratory, making glass beads and jewelry at night and weekends. Originally trained in Anthropology, he is intrigued with the history of glass and the use of beads in the world's various cultures. Warring States beads were his initial inspiration but tribal design, contemporary design and natural history all have translated into beads.

To see more of their work, visit:

January Meeting
Thursday,  January 19, 2012 - cancelled due to snow.

This is our annual “show & tell” meeting.  In case of inclement weather, we don't book a January speaker, but have our members do the talking.  This year, the theme is Museums We Love.  Come prepared to spend a few minutes talking about a museum you've enjoyed, and that perhaps has inspired your work.  The museum could feature beads, beadwork, jewelry, textiles, or any other form of human adornment.  For the “show” part, bring books, brochures, something you bought in the museum shop, magazines, or anything else that lets people see what the museum has to offer.


2011 Meetings

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Northwest Bead Society
Annual Potluck and Swap & Sell

It's a tradition, and a fine one at that – our annual potluck, swap & sell, and optional gift exchange.

Tables in our meeting room will be available for members to display beads and bead-related items for sale or trade. The room will be open at 6:30 for set-up.

Bring something delicious to share, whether a starter, main dish, side, salad, or dessert.

If you want to participate in the gift exchange, wrap your gift (again, beads or something bead-related), but don't put your name on it. We'll draw numbers to see who chooses first, second, and so on.

We hope you'll join us for this very special holiday season event.

November 17th – Teresa Sullivan Teresa Sullivan -- “putting beads where they don't belong since 1994"-- will be our speaker on November 17. She creates intricate and monumental sculptural jewelry from humble materials using the ancient technique of beadweaving, revealing her love of the surreal and the irreverent. The stories she tells in her beaded tapestries, jewelry and sculpture are about the power of people discovering their abilities; from super heroines of comics and science fiction to the real mentors of her life. The tiny beads are transformed from something delicate to bold dense, self supporting artworks. Although she has an idea for a particular piece before she even strings her first bead, her mode of working allows for discovery throughout the weaving process. As each work grows she gets insights which allow her to work through the difficult stages and solve the aesthetic and technical problems of making artworks with beads. To tell her stories she uses a wide variety of stitches from around the world, each stitch giving a different texture and sculptural capabilities to her work. Peyote or gourd stitch allows her to create dense, structurally sound artworks which have intricate details and specific shaping. Hexagons, diamonds and irregular shapes in two and three dimensions are made with netting and other open weaves. Ndbele weave has a distinctive chevron pattern, and like the other stitches she uses is adapted for both two and three dimensional work. Right angle weave gives her control of the flexibility of the beaded fabric, from very flexible to stiff. Come see what stories Teresa's telling these days.

To see more of Teresa's work, visit: www.teresasullivanstudio.com, Rock'n'Roll Bead Patrol: www.teresasullivan.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/teresasullivanstudio. www.twitter.com/tteresasullivan

*photo copyright Teresa Sullivan


December 10th – Holiday Party and Swap!


October 20th – Curtis Steiner Curtis Steiner is a very creative artist. His particular style is so personal that it defies description. He sells an amazing collection, from his hand crafted cards to highly detailed paper statues mixed with Asian inspired pieces and the most beautiful handmade and antique jewelry. All of this is displayed in his own highly theatrical style in his shop in Ballard. http://www.curtissteiner.com


September 15, 2011 - David V. Horste of DVHdesigns
On September 15, David V. Horste of DVHdesigns will talk about jet, a kind of lignite coal. He'll take us through the history of jet, from its use as ornament from ancient times, through its use in the 19th century as traditional mourning jewelry in the Anglosphere, and its decline due to the manufacture of simulations. He'll also show us his current work in jet, making 21st century mourning beads. No presentation on jet would be complete without a discussion of the metaphysical attributes of the material, as well as the other stories that this 60 million old mineraloid has to tell.

David started cutting stones when he was 10 years old, and has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992, with a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, and unique, free form cabochons. His current work focuses more and more on working in gemstone jet, reviving the Victorian tradition of genuine jet mourning jewelry to help the bereaved, provide grief relief, and promote environmental and energy education.

You can see David's work at www.stores.ebay.com/DVHdesigns and at www.etsy.com/shop/DVHdesignsBEADS.




July 10, 2011 - Annual Picnic

Picnic Time!

By July 10, we usually have a chance at warm summer weather, and that's the date we've chosen for this year's annual NWBS Picnic.

We have a new venue this year, the lovely garden at the home of Lynne Magie. Lynne's address is 21817 7th PL W in Bothell 98021. Directions are available on Google Maps or MapQuest. We will publish directions with the picnic reminder, too.

Having the picnic on private property offers some terrific advantages. For one, we can swap and sell beads, jewelry, and related items. Lynne has a limited supply of tables, so if you want to bring things to sell or swap, please bring a portable table if you can. For another, Lynne's garden has some sunny spots!

NWBS will provide plates, cups, plastic “silverware”, napkins, non-alcoholic beverages, and ice. Please bring food to share – appetizers, main dishes, salads, fruit, and dessert are all welcome. If you have easily transported outdoor chairs or tables, please bring those, also. Those of you willing to accept personal responsibility for how much you drink may also bring beer or wine to enjoy with your meal.

July 10 is a Sunday, and we're invited to picnic at Lynne's any time from noon until 5:00PM. We hope you'll join us.

Address:  21817  7th Place West, Bothell, 98021. Phone: 425-487-2852. 

With details and landmarks:  From Seattle, the easiest way is to take Lake City Way north until it turns into Bothell Way (around 145th ) and follow it out through Kenmore at the north end of Lake Washington. At the signal at 80th (just beyond the shopping center that contains Mazatlan restaurant), turn left. Follow the road, which will change its name twice, straight up the hill. You will pass two stop signs without turning. At the top of the hill, there is a light at 228th (the only light on this road). Go straight through it to the first stop sign (224th)*; turn left and go two blocks to the next stop sign. (Frank Love elementary school is on your right.) Turn right. You are now on 4th Ave. West. Go past the school, down the hill and about halfway up the far side. The street that goes off to the left is 218th. Turn left and follow 218th  for two long blocks. The second street on your left will be 7th Place W. (At last!) Turn left onto it. My house will be the first one on the left that faces onto 7th Place – a small yellow rambler.

Simplified: Follow Lake City Way/Bothell Way out through Kenmore (north end of the lake). Turn left on 80th to the top of the hill; *turn left on 224th; turn right on 4th Ave W; left on 218th; left on 7th Pl W. You are there

From the east side, if you are on 405 going north, take exit 26 (Bothell-Everett Hwy) and turn left toward Bothell. The second light will be 228th. Turn right and go up to the signal at the top of the hill. This is Meridian (also known as 80th). Turn right and go to the first stop sign. Then follow the directions above, starting at the asterisk (*).

June 16, 2011 - Melissa (Gillette) Loden

On June 16, Melissa (Gillette) Loden, of Fusion Beads and Resin, will talk about her work in “Bead Relations.” She is well known for her clever geometric bead structures, often with Swarovski crystals. If you have a bracelet or other project you've completed from one of Melissa's classes at Fusion, be sure to wear that “bling” to the meeting!

A little more about our speaker:

Melissa Gillette Loden, a.k.a. M.G.Loden, has been crafting since she can remember. Her grandmother was an engineer at Boeing and a seamstress at home, making every wedding dress the family ever needed. Her mother, also a Boeing employee, has dabbled in knitting, crochet and cross stitch. Melissa started with cross stitch in her teenage years, moved to beads around 1990, focusing on structural bead-weaving, then found resin in 2009. Although resin has taken over her craft room, the bead-weaving supplies are still in the craft room's closet.

Melissa has been working and teaching at a local Seattle bead store since 2000. She started her company, Resin by M.G.Loden, in late 2010 with her first customer being the very bead shop she'd spent her last ten years. She currently makes and sells resin pendants, earrings, rings, buttons and belt buckles in over a dozen stores in the Puget Sound area. She lives in North Seattle with her husband and their two dogs.

Learn more about Melissa at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mgloden

Set of 2 Handmade Resin Buttons - FREE U.S. Shipping - Midnight Purple with Silver Ravens on a Brach in Front of a Full Moon  Set of 2 Handmade Resin Buttons - FREE U.S. Shipping - Black Vines & Flowers on Transparent Orange  Set of 2 Handmade Resin Buttons - FREE U.S. Shipping - Radiating Dots on Sparkly Pink

May 20, 2011 - Arline Fisch

     The workshop with Arline is available to NWBS members and we are co-sponsoring her lecture on Friday, May 20 with the Northwest Basket Weavers at the Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus. This is in lieu of our regular meeting, which would be on the 19th.
 You don't want to miss this meeting!
The lecture is open to the public and there is no charge for NWBS members.
Call The Henry for more information. Here is their location and phone number:
15th Ave. NE & 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105 (206-543-2280)
"Textile Structures in Contemporary Jewelry"

A Visiting Artist Lecture by Arline Fisch

Friday, May 20, 2011
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  **Arrive by 6:30 to make sure you get a seat.
At the Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave. NE & 42st St., Seattle, WA  98105

     A survey of contemporary jewelry using various textile structures in precious metals by artists from many countries. Such structures include weaving, braiding, crochet, twining and other basketry techniques which adapt well to silver, gold and platinum. Arline M. Fisch, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State University is an Artist/Jeweler working primarily in precious metals, exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Author of the book, Textile Techniques in Metal, published in 1975, 1996 and 2001, she frequently conducts intensive short-term workshops in the United States and abroad.  She has lectured and exhibited widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and her work is represented in numerous museum and private collections. A major retrospective exhibition and catalog of her work entitled Elegant Fantasy, The Jewelry of Arline Fisch organized by the San Diego Historical Society toured museums from 2000-2003 including the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.  This lecture is free to the public, and is sponsored by: The University of Washington – Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Basket Weavers – Vi Phillips Basketry Guild, and the Northwest Bead Society.

For additional information about the lecture, or the two day workshop by Arline Fisch, Woven and Plaited Structures in Metal being held in conjunction with it, please visit:  www.nwbasketweavers.org 

A Workshop with Arline Fisch
May 21&22, 2011
Sponsored by Northwest Basket Weavers - Vi Phillips Basketry Guild
At North Seattle Community College, Room 1530, Arts & Sciences Building
Early registration postmarked prior to April 5th, 2011 is open to members of Northwest Basket Weavers or Northwest Bead Society. Registration is open to the general public on April 5, 2011.

**Pre-registration is not required for the lecture, but pre-registration and payment are required for the workshop.  Click here to download workshop registration form.



April 21st, 2011 - David McLanahan

     David McLanahan is a retired surgeon who has traveled to Asia more than 30 times over the past 45 years pursuing an interest in jungles, the culture, arts and crafts of indigenous people and a mission to “keep the traditions alive”. David has a special love for Borneo which he has visited 13 times, developing friendships with local artists and dealers. You can find out more about David on his website:
David shares his love of arts and crafts of indigenous people and tropical plants with others and to connect this addiction with a small business called Jungle Arts and Flora located at in Seattle. Don't miss this!


March 17th, 2011 - Andy Cooperman

BIO: Andy Cooperman is a metal smith, writer, and teacher who lives in Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide. He is a past recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, and has re-cently taught as a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. His work can be found in the permanent col-lection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and appeared most recently in the exhibi-tions The Art of Gold and Metalsmiths and the books Art Jewelry Today, 1000 Rings and The Penland Book of Jewelry.


More about Andy: http://www.andycooperman.com/rings.php http://www.pacinilubel.com/artists/cooperman.html http://www.azdesignercraftsmen.org/Default.aspx?pageId=106260&eventId=191896&EventViewMode=EventDetails

February 17th, 2011 - Marilyn Moore
Marilyn's first love is basketry, and basketry-related jewelry. Since 1979, she has taught for
guilds, conferences and conventions around the country, and has written numerous articles and
been featured in many publications. She holds a BFA with an emphasis in fiber from the University
of Washington. Marilyn continues to live and work in both the Southwest and Seattle.


January 20th, 2011 - Share and Tell - "Celebrate Our Bead Society"
NWBS General Meetings are formatted to provide our bead society the opportunity to hear and
learn from art jewelry speakers and the development of their talents. These artists reign in a
multitude of jewelry art media and their presentations inspire, intrigue, and satisfy. The focus
of these meetings is to hear from them.
In January, the NWBS General Meeting is to focus on our bead community and members. It is
an opportunity to meet friends, old and new, and to learn and hear from one another. Come and
share with your bead society!

Past 2010 Meetings

January 21st – Show-And-Tell “Class Acts”
All of us have had one of those great classes with an inspired teacher and interesting techniques that just helped you move your art forward or maybe you got a new how-to book that served the same purpose? How about an inspirational picture book that sent you in a new direction? Come show off your creations, what you made from the class or books and what it inspired!

February 18th – Juan Reyes

If you are looking for clasps and find yourself disappointed with the options available in the bead stores, February is for you. Local metalsmith and teacher Juan Reyes will talk to us about his work and various findings you can make with a minimum of equipment and no soldering! Juan has been a jeweler for 15 years. He teaches a wide range of techniques from his extensive repertoire at Danaca Design in Seattle's University district.

March 18th – Zena McCoy

Based out of Seattle, Washington with ties to Colombia, Zena McCoy and Semilla Designs create an exclusive jewelry line inspired by an urban-natural concept. Each piece is handcrafted out of renewable resources, primarily seeds, stones, shells and wood. These materials, mixed with silver, gold, and glass, gives life to the collection, satisfying the functional and cultural aesthetics of the urban fashionista. Semilla Designs aims not only to stylishly accessorize the individual but to also educate on the botanical, historical and cultural significance of each seed.

April 15th – Rebecca Roush

Rebecca Roush has been using seed beads as a medium for over 20 years. Not formally trained as an artist but handy with a needle and thread, she was initially inspired by her college studies of Medieval and Byzantine history. She began basing her work on Columbia Basin petroglyphs and pictographs, and has done series of female figures, crows and hands. In the past few years she has begun incorporating felted wool into her pieces. To learn more about Rebecca and her art, please visit www.rebeccaroush.com.

May 20th – Viki Lareau
Viki Lareau, CEO and co-owner of The Bead Factory in Tacoma, WA and co-founder of the Puget Sound Bead Festivals, has been conducting workshops on “The Business of Jewelry” for the past 14 years. In 2006 she published her book, Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry. Based on the favorable response from both of these endeavors, Viki was recruited by Beadwork magazine to initiate a regular column entitled, “bead biz.” Viki's NWBS lecture will introduce you to turning your jewelry-making passion into profit - focusing on marketing and selling. To learn more about Viki, please visit www.thebeadfactory.com

June 17th – Maggie Maggio
Maggie Maggio is an artist and architect whose passion for color, experience playing with color and teaching color workshops around the country led to a new way of looking at color – a way she calls “Smashing Color.” She'll talk about what's right and wrong with color theory, what you need to know, and how palettes are created. She will use examples from her new book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, co-authored with Lindly Haunani. Maggie Maggio is renowned for her courses and workshops on color as well as for her outstanding polymer clay work.

July - no meeting
Annual Summer NWBS Picnic - Seattle - Woodland Park, Shelter #7 -more details

September 16th – Nancy Mēgan Corwin
Drawing from deep within the traditions of metalsmithing, Seattle artist and teacher Nancy Mēgan Corwin will present an overview of the work of contemporary metalsmiths who have mastered, applied and reexamined the ancient and technically demanding discipline covered in her new book Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern. Mēgan received her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and she teaches extensively nationwide. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Tacoma Art Museum and locally at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery. For more information about Mēgan please visit her website www.nancymegancorwin.com.

October 21st – Greg Hanson & Marcie Stone
Starting from different points, Greg and Marcie have arrived at an unusually satisfying and successful partnership in their work—glass lampwork and sculptural seed beadwork—while maintaining their separate artistic identities and interests. Their skill sets and visions intertwine beautifully allowing pieces to develop as one idea seamlessly merging into another.

Their talk will trace their journeys as artists, with an excursion into the fine art of glass button-making. For more information and images of their artwork, visit their website at www.Hanson-Stone.com.


November 18th –  Courtney Lipson
Courtney has become a bead collector, finding sources for antique seed beads so small they're no longer made...of colors and sizes unavailable in contemporary beads...thus she is not limited to the scale of new glass beads. Incorporating beads from the past along with contemporary beads allows for color and texture variations that are endless. Additionally, Courtney has found inspiration for using tiny semi-precious stones in future mosaic work. She feels fortunate to have found a form of expression that continuously delights and challenges her.

Drawn to texture, color, and pattern, Courtney gathers inspiration from minute details and overall themes. In her designs, she is bringing what she sees into focus for us to discover. With awesome attention to these minute details, Courtney uses tiny seed beads and semi-precious stones inlaid into her hand wrought precious metal frames to create stunning micro-mosaic jewelry. For more information and to see collections of Courtney's artwork, visit her website at www.cdljewelry.com.


December 9th – Party and Potluck!!!
As we most often do, this year's holiday celebration will occur on the second Thursday of December and will include a potluck meal; visiting with friends old and new; sharing projects,
ideas and inspiration; and our traditional gift exchange. We will begin festivities at 7:00pm.
Watch for more information to arrive in your e/mail box.

2009 Meetings:

January 15th – Beads and Books Show-And-Tell
     Books are one of the most frequent sources of bead inspiration. In January we hope everyone will come and share a favorite book or books and the pieces they inspired. It could be a craft, bead, jewelry, textile, or nature book. It could be a glass bead, beaded bag or jewelry necklace. If you have an extra inspiring book and would like to trade, bring it too! Come and see what you need next in your own library!

February 19th – Self Publishing
     Have you ever wanted to publish a book with your work but don't know where to start? This month come and learn the basics with professional graphic designer Liz Martini. She will guide us through our choices including publishers, layout programs, printing options and what services a graphic designer offers. Look at real books from some of her favorite publishers. Come and take the first steps toward your own book.

March 19th – Sara Wilbanks
     Polymer clay is a new medium that Sara Wilbanks has transformed into a jewel to be set in precious metals. Phototransfers onto the clay form the basis of her artistic lexicon. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sara has been featured in Lark Books' 500 Earrings and was awarded an Artist Trust 2004 Edge Professional Development Program award. To see some of her work, visit her gallery, Facere Jewelry Art (www.facerejewelryart.com/artist.php?id=41).

April 16th – Tina Koyama
     In early 2003, Tina left a 20-year career in corporate communications to make more time for art. She has had dozens of jewelry designs and other beadwork published in Beadwork, Bead & Button, and Belle Armoire among others. Tina uses needle and thread with a variety of materials to create self-supported, three-dimensional forms that evoke movement and energy. Her latest body of work involves hand-stitched, single, continuous piece of hand-dyed, ordinary cotton rope into free-standing forms. The technique is self-taught. Tina says of her work,”Regardless of medium, what excites me about working in three dimensions is exploring the relationship between negative and positive space. As with words left unspoken, a tension develops between a hole and the physical material pressing against it. I am compelled to reveal this tension and transform commonplace materials into unexpected shapes.”

May 21st – Robin Atkins
     Robin Atkins, long time NW bead artist, will present Visual Journaling with Beads, Fibers, Threads and Fabric. Robin will present over 200 beaded journal pieces by 42 artists participating in the 2007-08 Bead Journal Project! Compelling and inspirational, this unique beadwork tells stories, reveals emotions and follows important events in the lives of the artists who create a visual journal each month during the year-long project. In this presentation, you will see the best of the best!

June 18th – Karen Lorene
     Karen Lorene, owner of the Facere Jewelry Art and author of Buying Antique Jewelry: Skipping the Mistakes, will present “WHICH ONE? Creating an Antique Bead Collection.“ In this interactive lecture Karen will guide participants on an imaginary trip through time putting together a collection of beaded jewelry. Each category of beads will have two images, and you get to choose the one you wish to put in your imaginary collection. The second half of the lecture will help you learn why one choice was a better collector's choice than the other... With debate when appropriate in case you disagree!

July 19th - No meeting, however, we have our July Picnic.

September 17th –  
An Evening of Sharing with Lampwork Artist and Tool Inventor Scott Bouwens of Bearfoot Art.


      Scott Bouwens from La Conner, WA has been making lampwork beads since 1998 and has been doing it full time since the year 2000. Starting with Art Festivals, Full-time selling on eBay, Local and National Bead Shows, A full e-commerce website, and now a retail location/studio in downtown La Conner. Scott is also the inventor and manufacturer of many unique handmade tools for the lampworker that enable the artist to work faster, with less body strain, and with new techniques. A few of these tools are The Electric Mandrel Spinner, The Rolling Marver, The Powder Vibe, and the Ultimate Hand Stabilizers. Scott has been published numerous times in various books and magazines and has received many honors for his work.
     Scott signature element to his beads revolves around his use of silver leaf to acheive a lovely palette of earth tones.  His passion for science and art will show as his natural talent of teaching and sharing information is broken down to a glorious night of eye candy and information. He'll share techniques, business information, and be happy to answer your questions.

October 15th – Alida Latham


     A seasoned world traveler, photographer and bead collector, Alida will share images and stories from some of her memorable trips. Whether it is the lives of peoples in remote parts of the globe, their ornamentation or just wonderful views of places most of us will never get a chance to visit, this is a lecture you should not miss!

November 19th – Mary Lee Hu
     Using traditional textile techniques—weaving, twining, wrapping, braiding—Mary Lee Hu transforms wire into sumptuous body sculpture. Her main tools are her fingers. "The many hours of repetitive twining are a meditative activity," she says. Hu professes an early love of metals that developed into more than 34 years of jewelry-making in which she has explored the possibilities and limits of wire. Gold, with all its associations of value and timelessness, is her metal of choice. "By using the deep yellow color of the high karat gold, symmetry, and intimate detail, I hope to reference the Classical Greek, Etruscan or Celtic," she says. The retired head of the University of Washington Metals program, Mary has taught and inspired a generation of jewelers throughout the country.

December 10th – Holiday Party!!!




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