We continue to meet virtually via Zoom. TBS members will be sent the link via email the week of the presentation.

Here are some techniques that will be offered in April FOR MEMBERS ONLY! Thanks to our instructors, there will be no cost to our membership, no kit fee, but see the supply list for your own materials from your stash or store.

Registration for the sessions is going to be handled via email survey on a first come first served basis. Each session will be limited to 15 virtual participants. We encourage you to register quickly. The classes will be open for registration after our March 15 TBS meeting, and will closed by Monday April 3rd or until the classes are full. This will give us time to create the breakout rooms for the zoom sessions

Netted Zigzags Cuff

Instructor: Maria Rypan

Great intro to pattern motif creation in netting!

The stunning pizzazz comes from the continuous zigzag running around the entire bracelet. The contrast zigzag is set in between contrasting beads. Maria will show you how easily the zigzag pattern is created by colour placement as you bead along. The motifs are quickly formed as you bead weave vertically up and down. The color changes keep you on your toes and works up quickly into a bracelet band. Make it more interesting with a novel melon bead in between the ‘Z’ outline. Once you have the pattern, bead to desired length. Add a tubular clasp for easy on-off and seamless zigzag look.

    Supply list for MID-SIZED bead 9" cuff:
  • 504 - 8/ mid-sized beads - contrast Z frame and edges
  • 282 - 8/ mid-sized beads - base colour
  • 54 - 5mm melon beads - inside Z (OPTION: 108 - 8/ beads (2 each i/o melon)
  • 4-strand tubular clasp
  • Beading needle and thread

Bead embellished beaded bead

Instructor: Marilyn Parker

Using two sizes of seed beads you will learn to peyote stitch a beaded bead. Then after beading the bead you will learn embellishment techniques to go over the beaded bead. Depending on what you want to do with it, the beaded bead can stand alone, embellished or hung with a fringe.

  • 2- 3 grams size 11 delica beads (db)
  • 4 - 5 grams size 11 seed beads (for fringe)
  • 5 grams size 8 seed beads (A)
  • 7 grams size 15 seed bead (B)
  • Depending on the necklace style or look you want to create, CHOOSE: approximately 120 or more size 4 mm pearls, crystals or mixture OR 16" strand of small semi-precious chips or size 8 beads
  • Beading needle and thread or stringing material

Origami Bird Earrings

Instructor: Elena Iourtaeva

Here’s an introduction to basic origami techniques and adaptation to jewelry making with the origami acting like one big bead! The illustrated piece is 6 cm total height.

Start with large 10 x 10 cm pieces of paper, then use smaller squares to make earrings. Elena will show you the bird-in-flight fold, like in the illustration, and the iconic origami crane fold. She will explain the "bird base" notion, which will help you understand the instructions for more complex bird folds.

  • You will need several square pieces of paper. Elena recommends 10 x 10 cm double sided Japanese washi origami paper for learning, and 5 x 5 cm for the earrings. You can get some 10 x 10 cm paper on Amazon and cut 5 x 5 cm squares from it.
  • For fancy papers: try Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, Midoco and specialty paper stores carrying large sheets of washi paper to cut down.
  • FYI: It's OK to use any paper, even post-it notes!
  • Seed beads and findings to transformed into earrings or a hanging decoration.

Bead Embroidery Tips and Tricks

Instructor: Naomi Smith

Here's your chance to fine tune and improve your bead embroidery skills.

Confetti Spiral Rope Bracelet

Instructor: Pamela Kearns

Spiral Rope is a fun and great first stitch to learn if you’re new to seed beading. In this class you’ll be able to design your own bracelet using the beads you have on hand – the more colours and bead shapes the better! You’ll also have lots of eye candy to see and gain inspiration and ideas from!

  • Size 8/0 seed beads, all in one colour, for the core
  • A variety of size 8/0 seed beads, size 11/0 seed beads, and any other small beads (up to 4mm) in lots of colours and finishes.
  • Beading thread or 6lb Fireline
  • Beading needle of choice
  • Clasp of choice with two jump rings
  • Tools: scissors, two pairs of pliers to attach the jump rings, magnification if required, task light