Beading Bits August 2015

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our open house at the Bead Tender.  We gained 4 new members!  Our new banner was proudly displayed!!  See pictures on our social media pages.
We started out the meeting with the bank balance:  $1,335.66
Our polymer clay class was fun.  We learned a lot!
July was the last meeting month to sign up for the Bead Challenge. You can still sign up for this by emailing Emily Satterwhite BEFORE August 15th. Make sure you are present to claim the items for the Bead Challenge at the meeting on August 16th. Finished challenges are to be finished by the December 20th!
The Bead Society Craft Show is in November.  The Performing and Creative Arts Center is tentatively holding an event in November, also.  Once we get confirmation on what the Center is doing, we will contact other local crafters and ask if they want to participate in our craft show.
We introduced our new banner at our last meeting.  And we’re looking to get business cards to include our contact/social media information.
Our next open house will be at the Bead Store in Newport News on Saturday, August 15. We’re also thinking about doing an open house on the Southside.
Who won the bead jar? No surprise, Evelyn Miller! Remember to contribute your beads to the monthly and annual bead jars for an opportunity to gain more beads for your stash.
Please remember we are not doing the members sale in August!!

Our August class will be Scottish Thistle, taught by Barbara Gibson.  For those of you who doing the class, remember there is homework, so hopefully you’ll get that done before the August 16th meeting! Instructions can be printed of downloaded from Facebook or WordPress or by email request. Supplies have been listed in the Class supply section.

Class Supplies:

  • Delicas Green cylinder beads size 11/0 (DB 663, used by instructor)
  • Size 15 round seed beads to match the delicas
  • 2 colors size 15 round seed beads for flower fringe (ex.: pink & light pink; purple & lavender; white & clear)
  • 6lb braided beading thread (or thread of your choice, not too thick)
  • Size 10 or 12 beading needles
  • Flat nose pliers (to flatten thread)
  • Scissors
  • Beading mat
  • Reading glasses or magnifying glass (as needed to see the small beads)
  • Instructions (print from Facebook page or WordPress blog)

Please make sure the first steps are done at home before coming to the meeting on  August 16th!

Beading Inspiration:

Crackle Stone and Crystal Wrap Bracelet

Beading inspiration: The everyday world

Favorite Techniques: Tubular Braiding with Wire

Classes (offered by area stores):

Virginia Beach Beads
8/10 12:30-3:30PM Right Angle Beaded Bead – $20 plus materials
8/15, 1-4PM Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant – $20 plus materials
8/17, 12:30-3:30PM Herringbone Necklace – $20 plus materials
8/24, 12:30-3:30PM Chain Station Necklace – $20 plus materials
8/29, 1-4PM Bow Tie Bracelet – $20 plus materials
The BeadTender
Every Sunday & Wednesday is Beginner Jewelry Sunday 1-3pm. Wednesday 5-7pm. $25 class fee.
8/14 Wired Collars 10am-5pm $75.
8/21 Lock-in 7pm-10pm Free to all Bead-addicts! Socialize with others!

Other stores have not updated their websites in quite sometime, including their social media pages. If you know of any classes that bead stores have not posted, please let us know!

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“In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome.”
~William James

BSSV Open House at The BeadTender

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While you browse through The Beadtender for your creative needs, stop for some refreshments and meet some of the members of the local bead society and share beading stories. Find out why it would be worth it to join this great organization!
The Beadtender
5100 Main St., Wmsbg, VA 23188
Saturday, 25 July 2015
12:00 to 6:00 pm
See you Saturday, 25 July 2015!

The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia is dedicated to furthering the art of beading in a noncompetitive environment. The shared enjoyment, knowledge and appreciation of beads and creative beading techniques ensure the educational advancement of their members.

Bead store open house flyer

Beading Bits July Edition

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Happy 4th of July and welcome the heat of Summer!
For the BSSV banner, we’ll use the logo with a black background, with BSSV spelled out,  the banner will include the web addresses. We hope to have it by the time we have an open house at one of the bead stores. We also plan to have business cards. This expense is currently being researched.
Our open houses are scheduled for Saturday, July 25th at the Bead Tender in Williamsburg, and Saturday, August 15th at the Bead Store in Newport News. For those who volunteered, bring something to work on for the demonstration.
We would like to participate in more community-oriented events or shows. If you know of any community related events, please let a board member know, or bring the ideas to our next meeting.

Some events require the BSSV be in a non-profit status. We are still checking to see if and how this will benefit our group.
Our July class will be polymer clay. It will be a mosaic pattern. For those of you who signed up, remember to get your supplies prepared BEFORE the class. The recommended type of clay is FIMO or Premo.
For November, we will have a craft sale.  This is a crafters only sale, so we will only invite crafters, no direct sales. We will ask  for crafters on

Facebook vendor/craft pages. Or if you know of a craft who would like to participate, please get their contact information for a Board member to contact.

If you have any pictures of your creations or something that inspired you, please post to the BSSV social media pages.  The pages are listed in the back of the newsletter.

The winner of the bead jar was…..Evelyn Miller!

We had 2 guests visit us at the June meeting:  Eileen Culbreath and Gloria Jones.

Emily Satterwhite will teach a polymer clay class, that had instructions for making polymer clay canes ahead of time. The instructions were handed out at the June’s meeting. If you missed the meeting you can obtain a copy through our social media outlets or email BSSV for it. Looking forward to a fun and exciting time!

Also, we will be at Bend Tender on July 25th and the Bead Store on August 15th for Open House Demos for BSSV. Volunteers need to bring something to work on and cheerful smile! Let’s get out there and win over new members!

Polymer Clay materials:

  • Blocks of polymer clay – FIMO or Premo – 5 colors translucent or opaque (Do not get Sculpey III because it is too soft for cane work)
  • 1-2 blocks for the “grout” of the cane – contrasting color, usually white or black, but it is your choice
  • Get a smooth tile, at least 12” X 12”, this will be your working surface. Lowes and Home Depot sell individual tiles, not expensive. Make sure it has a smooth surface.
  • Cutting blade, types – tissue blade, razor, sharp knife
  • Rollers, types – acrylic roller, smooth glass bottle, rolling pin, etc.

Preparation prior to class:
Since this process can be time consuming it is important to complete prior to the class at our next meeting, 19 July. Condition all of your clay (slice into smaller pieces and begin to work with your hands, kneading and rolling like dough. The goal is to make the clay pliable and flexible. Once it is conditioned it will remain conditioned. You can store it in a plastic container, ensuring you do not use the container for food items.

Making a mosaic cane (mosaic cane instruction inspired by a tutorial from Elissa Powell on pcpolyzine.com)
Using the cane to make buttons and/or heart pendent
What is a “cane”, the following is quoted from Sculpey.com
“cane \’kan\ n — a polymer clay rod of two or more colors; the colors inside the rod are constructed in such a way that when the rod is cross-sectioned at any point, a 2 dimensional pattern is revealed. Canes are generally comprised of simple patterns that when combined form a quilt-like display of colors and designs. Canes can be used to make beads for jewelry projects. You can also use slices from canes for items like buttons or to cover home decor items.”

If you have any questions, please contact me at elsatterwhite@gmail.com or call 757-897-9770

Beading Bits

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The event at Bluebird Gap Farm is a good reason we need a banner!  We need to tell people who we are!!  Please submit your idea/design to the Board for a banner/poster, by Jun 21 (the next meeting or some other date). Most likely this will be open for a while.
If anyone has pictures from our participation at Bluebird Gap Farm’s MG Plant Sale, please forward them to Rosemary or post them in the BSSV Facebook group.
We’d like to do a BIG event in conjunction with the bead sale.  We can invite other crafters to buy table space to sell their crafts.  We can use the Performing and Creative Arts Center (the Center) to have the event. We need volunteers to chair a committee to coordinate/invite other crafters to participated in the event.  A day in November when the Center is open (Monday-Saturday), would be ideal.  We will request 5% of the crafters’ sales to go to the BSSV along with the table fee.
Other events are coming up:  Denbigh Days, Yorktown Riverwalk, Ciao Italian Festival (Williamsburg)  We will need a committee for these events too, headed by Janet, if the BSSV is interested and able.
Don’t forget our library is open.  Ann Smith is our librarian.  Please return any and all books at the next meeting.
Our Annual Challenge is coming up!  For all of those that sign up by July, the President will purchase a string of beads for each participant and then distribute at the August meeting.  The challenge is to create something using the beads, however any medium, technique can be used.  Project is due at the December meeting.
Cathy Bond won the monthly bead jar. Congrats!
Ladies don’t forget to bring in beads for the monthly and annual bead jars!
Classes for June and July are:  Rosemary – June Chainmaille and Emily – July Polymer Clay

Bead and Chain Dangle Earrings class by Rosemary Lovelace. They make a fun and flirty addition to and outfit – day or night! If you are not interested in the class you can also bring along any beading project that needs a little TLC for Open beading.

Class Supplies

  • 24 jump rings: 18g, 6mm, any metal or metal finish*
  • 48 seed beads, size 6, any shape, 1 color or mixed colors
  • Any style earring hooks or clips
  • 2 Chain nose pliers: straight & bent or straight chain nose pliers & jump ring opening ring

*Note: It is suggested to use copper, silver, or gold-filled jump rings as these will be the easiest to open and close. Aluminum jump rings are also great to use because it is extremely light and easy to care for; but it is a little harder to open and close.

Beading Inspiration

Recycled Plastic Cup Star Earrings

Captured Bead Chain Maille

Bead and Gem Shows

Treasures of the Earth 2015 Shows:
7/17-7/19 Virginia Beach Convention Center Virginia Beach, VA
9/18-9/20 Richmond Raceway Complex Richmond, VA
10/16-10/18 Virginia Beach Convention Center Virginia Beach, VA

The Bead Mercantile Shows:
5/30-31 Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center Louisville, KY
8/1-2 North Carolina State Fairgrounds Governor W. Kerr Scott Building Raleigh, NC

Intergalactic 2015 Shows:
6/13-14 Durham Convention Center Durham, NC

Innovative Bead Expo 2015:
7/18-19 Ten Oaks Ballroom & Conference Center
Clarksville, MD
9/26-9/27 Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA
10/17-18 Ten Oaks Ballroom & Conference Center
Clarksville, MD

Gem, Jewelry & Bead 2015
6/12-6/14 State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC
7/10-7/12 State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers 2015 Shows:
5/2015 Franklin, NC
7/2015 Spruce Pine, NC
10/2015 Ashville, NC

American Bead Shows
5/16-17 Metrolina Expo Center Charlotte, NC
6/20-21Ramada Plaza Hotel Louisville, KY

Bead Fest 2015:
4/9-4/12 Workshops
4/10-4/12 Expo (open to public) @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA
8/19-8/23 Workshops
8/21-8/23 Expo @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA

Northeast Bead  Extravaganza
6/6-7 Severna Park, MD
9/12-13 Severna Park, MD

International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc.
5/15-17 Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA
6/12-14 Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA
6/26-28 MD State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD
8/14-16 Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA9/18-20 Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA
10/30-11/1 MD State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD
12/18-20 Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA

10/23-25 13th Annual Harrisonburg Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show Rockingham County Fairgrounds – Commercial Exhibits Building
4808 S. Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Show organized by: Treasures Of The Earth Gem & Jewelry Shows.
(540) 384-6047
(540) 434-0005
Email: van@toteshows.com
http://www.toteshows.com

Bead Stores

The Bead Store VA
10371 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
(757) 591-0593 http://www.beadstore-va.com

The Bead Shop
335 E Bayview Blvd
Norfolk, VA
(757) 480-1350
Www.norfolksbeadoutlet.com
http://www.beadshopnorfolk.com

Beads and Rocks
335 VA Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 428-9824
http://www.beadsandrocks.com
Virginia Beach Beads
10% Discount with BSSV card
2262 Seashore Shoppes
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 333-7235
http://www.virginiabeachbeads.com

The Bead Goes On
549 Progress Lane #101 Virginia Beach, VA 23454
thebeadgoeson.com
866-861-2323

Gu’s Haus of Beads
Greenbrier Shoppes
501 Kempsville Rd, Ste H
Chesapeake, VA 23320
757-549-2323
hausofbeads@aol.com

On the Rocks
(10% Discount @ Shows)
Donna Stephens, President
P.O. Box 1197
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(678) 971-9019
dstephens@ontherocks.biz
Www.ontherocks.biz

Bead Retreat Boutique
1105 William Styron Square Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 597-2323
11am -5pm.
beadretreatboutique.com

Panache Bead Company 11561 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233 804-426-7866  panachegemsandbeads.com

The Beadtender
5100 Main St.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-253-2323
Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5.
http://www.beadtender.com/
10% discount with BSSV card

Omega Beads
5350 Kemps River Dr.
Suite 106
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757-706-2668 call or text!
Mon-Sat 11:30 – 6pm
Sun Closed

BSSV May 2015 Newsletter

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Can you believe it’s May already? Wow!
Journey to the Bay – The MG Plant Sale at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Rd Hampton, on  Saturday, May 2, 10-3 for Environmental Awareness. The Society helped children and adults alike make paper bead necklaces, bracelets, etc.
Thank you to our volunteers that worked the event: Shelley Davis, Catherine Bond, Barb Gibson, Becky Greubel, Janet Jenkins, Rosemary Lovelace, Helen Riggs, Emily Satterwhite, and Ann Smith.
Thank you to all of our members that made the paper beads. Your hard work was greatly appreciated!
We have two new members:  Pamela Flood and Sadaja Payne! They joined at our April meeting.
Evelyn Miller won the monthly bead jar.
The library is back!  Please return any and all books at the next meeting.
We will not be participating in the Newport News Fall Festival as a nonprofit organization.
Cathy Bond will teach C.R.A.W. Supply list on pg. 2. Open beading for those who do not want to participate.

Cubic Right Angle Weave class with Cathy Bond this month. Described as an intermediate class. It is not for the whole bracelet, but the technique used to create the bracelet. Cathy Bond can follow-up with people who want to do a bracelet at a later meeting or a separate get together.
Also, if you feel like you have good understanding/mastering or lack interest of the C.R.A. weave, then it’s open beading. Bring a work-in-progress project with you to work on.

  •  size 8 or 6 seed beads or 3 or 4 mm round beads
  • size D Nymo or Fireline 4 or 6 lbs. test
  •  scissors
  •  thread conditioner, if you need it

*Note: Recommend you do not use anything metallic or with an iridescent coating.

Beading Inspiration:

Medical alert bracelet

Þ http://bnb.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/projects/patterns/2008/06/medical-alert-symbol-flat-odd-count-peyote-bracelet

Butterfly vine

Þ http://bnb.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/projects/free-projects/2012/04/butterfly-vine

BSSV April 2015 Newsletter

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This month is all about preparation for an event in May. At Bluebird Gap Farm, there will be an environmental expo on 2 May 2015.  Children can use recyclable materials to make beads. The children can make paper beads or string premade paper beads.  We are requesting you provide pre-cut triangle shaped newspaper, magazines, etc., strips for the beads, or other recyclable materials that can be used. We will be making paper beads in preparation to work with children to make a quick jewelry project.
We are working on getting a non-profit table space for the Newport News Arts in the Park event for the first weekend in October (2-4).  At this table, we can distribute flyers and information about the BSSV and demonstrate different beading techniques.  Please volunteer so we can have full coverage at the event.
Our questionnaire is still being developed.  The questionnaire will help us gather information about your thoughts about the BSSV.  And we hope to contact former members and get their feedback, as well.
Do you have any poster/flyer ideas or designs?  These posters/flyers can be displayed at events that BSSV will be participating in.  Bring your ideas to the next meeting!
In addition to growing our membership, we’re looking into fundraising.  AC Moore has a fundraising event we can all participate in.  We’ll keep you posted.   The Bracelet Challenge has been replaced by the “Annual Challenge”.  Some suggestions for the Challenge are to create something from inspiration from a piece of art; create a non-wearable item(s); use hardware, etc.  Your suggestions are welcome.
We are still working on a trifold information sheet you can share with others about the BSSV.
When you pay your membership, please complete an application.  On the application, we request you list your special areas of interest.  This will allow the BSSV to be a useful and interesting forum for all members.
If you want personal business cards with BSSV information, fill in the sign up sheet, at the next meeting, to collect your information for the cards.  (It was also suggested we create a business card with just BSSV info on it; using Vistaprint)
We hope to work with the Center to place our library in the Center by next meeting.Mary MacElroy won the monthly bead jar!!
Here is our tentative meeting schedule:
April – Prepare for Blue Bird Gap Farm Environmental Expo
May – Annual Challenge sign up
June – Chain Maille class
July – Polymer Clay class
August – Annual Challenge revealed
September – Netted Ornament
October – Stringing class
November – BSSV Craft Show
December – Holiday Party

At Bluebird Gap Farm, there will be an environmental expo on 2 May 2015.  Children can use recyclable materials to make beads. The children can make paper beads or string premade paper beads.  We are requesting you provide pre-cut triangle shaped newspaper, magazines, etc., strips for the beads, or other recyclable materials that can be used.These materials can be cut into triangle strips for the beads.  We will be making paper beads in preparation to work with children to make a quick jewelry project.
Plastic pony beads, string, skewers, mod podge will be provide by BSSV. Please come out to make the beads with us!

We will now be meeting at The Performing and Creative Arts Center (formerly the Center/Teen Center) located just off of McGruder Blvd and Butler Farm Rd. at 300 Butler Farm Rd. Hampton, VA 23661.

Beading Inspiration

Sherbet Pearl bracelets

Woodstock On An Easter Egg

Snoopy On An Easter Egg

BSSV March Newsletter 2015

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The Board members were requested to teach a class.  Shelley will do a stringing class.  Janet will do a superduo class. Rosemary will do a chainmaille class (June/July).  Emily will do a polymer clay class.  Barbara will teach the snowflake pendant/earrings class in March.  (Barbara will provide the supply list.)  If you want to teach a technique, teach about color, any display ideas, teach from a magazine, etc., please feel free to volunteer.
We’d like to do a big event in conjunction with our bead sale.  Such as have a craft sale where we invite other crafters to buy table space to sell their crafts/wares. We can use the Performing and Creative Arts Center (the Center) to have the event.  A percentage of the proceeds from the table space sales will go to the Center.  We need a volunteer to chair a committee to coordinate/invite other crafters to participate in the event.  The time frame would be in November on a day the Center is open (Monday – Saturday).
At Bluebird Gap Farm, there will be an environmental expo on 2 May 2015.  Children can use recyclable materials to make beads. It was suggested the children can make paper beads.  We are requesting you provide pre-cut triangle shaped newspaper, magazines, etc., strips for the beads, or other recyclable materials that can be used.  If you don’t have newspaper or magazines, we will also need mod podge, skewers, etc.  Thanks!!
We are working on getting a non-profit table space for the Newport News Arts in the Park event for the first weekend in October (2-4).  At this table, we can distribute flyers and information about the BSSV and demonstrate different beading techniques.  Please volunteer so we can have full coverage at the event.
Our questionnaire is still being developed.  The questionnaire will help us gather information about your thoughts about the BSSV.  And we hope to contact former members and get their feedback, as well.
Do you have any poster/flyer ideas or designs?  These posters/flyers can be displayed at events that BSSV will be participating in.  Bring your ideas to the next meeting!
In addition to growing our membership, we’re looking into fundraising.  AC Moore has a fundraising event we can all participate in.  We’ll keep you posted.   The Bracelet Challenge has been replaced by the “Annual Challenge”.  Some suggestions for the Challenge are to create something from inspiration from a piece of art; create a non-wearable item(s); use hardware, etc.  Your suggestions are welcome.
We are still working on a trifold information sheet you can share with others about the BSSV.
When you pay your membership, please complete an application.  On the application, we request you list your special areas of interest.  This will allow the BSSV to be a useful and interesting forum for all members.
If you want personal business cards with BSSV information, fill in the sign up sheet, at the next meeting, to collect your information for the cards.  (It was also suggested we create a business card with just BSSV info on it; using Vistaprint)
Changing the meeting day is tabled for now.  It was suggested a different Sunday, or on a Saturday.
We hope to work with the Center to place our library in the Center by next meeting.
Kay Olson won the monthly bead jar!!

Snowflake
Supplies needed for earrings:
Size 11 round seed beads in 6 colors
6 of 4mm bicone crystals
6lb Fireline
Size 10 or 12 beading needles
Supplies for a pendant:
Size 8 round seed beads in 6 colors
OR
2 colors, 6 of 6mm bicone crystals
Large crystal, optional
7-10 size 15 round seed beads
6lb Fireline
Size 10 or 12 beading needles

BSSV February 2015 Newsletter

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How’s this oddball weather for you?
So, in January our By-Laws were voted on and passed.  They will be posted on our virtual locations for everyone to look at.
We now have a new location and it is…..The Performing and Creative Arts Center (The Center)! 300 Butler Farm Rd, Hampton, VA 23661. We have agreed to donate $200 per year to use their space.   Even though the Center is closed on Sunday, the manager will open it just for our meeting.  It has been suggested we change our meeting day to Saturday, or a different Sunday.  The Center is open on Saturdays.  As the BSSV, we can offer to teach at the Center in order to foster good community relations within the Center and other groups that use the center as well.
We need to build our membership and as such, we are looking for volunteers to design a poster(s) to display in bead stores and other locations.  Also, we are looking to have a tri-fold flyer for you to share with others about BSSV.  The poster and flyers can be displayed in area bead stores from Richmond to Chesapeake. The flyers will be redesigned to have info about us and an application for membership, a bit bigger than before.
We also thought we’d get a sign/banner made for BSSV to display at events/shows.  Shows such as the Newport News Greek Festival, Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Gem Show, Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, or Newport News Park Fall Festival, just to name a few!  At these shows, we could teach classes with kits, or just sell kits.  Get contact information of, or sign up people interested in BSSV.  Sell our own creations, and have a percentage go to the BSSV.
We’d like to offer honorary memberships to some of our local Bead Artist Stars (Kay Olson, Lisa Mosser, etc.).  We can invite them to our meetings; along with business owners.
As a member of the BSSV, we’re offering business cards.  A few people signed up to get the business cards.
It was suggested we display our creations at the Hampton History Museum.  There is a member looking into this.
At our February meeting, Mary MacElroy will the teach the Netted Bracelet.  Supply list on pg. 2.
At our March meeting, Barbara Gibson will teach the Snowflake pendant/earrings.
Beverly Alston won the monthly bead jar!!

Yea! This will be our very first meeting at our new location in Hampton. Are you as curious about it as the rest of us? Then make sure you come to this month’s meeting!

We will now be meeting at The Performing and Creative Arts Center (formerly the Center/Teen Center) located just off of McGruder Blvd and Butler Farm Rd. at 300 Butler Farm Rd. Hampton, VA 23661.

Mary MacElroy will be teaching the Netted Bracelet this month as well. Supplies needed are listed on pg. 2!

Next month, March, Barbara Gibson will teach us how to do the Snowflake.  Can’t wait!

Netted Beaded Bracelet

Supplies needed:

  •  Size 6 round seed beads or 3mm/4mm round beads
  •  Size 11 seed beads, coordinating colors
  •  Size 11 or 15 seed beads, matching colors
  •  Size 10 or 12 Needle
  •  Thread or Fireline

Upcoming Bead Shows in 2015

Treasures of the Earth 2015 Shows

  • 3/20-3/22 Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA
  • 3/27-3/29 Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA
  • 4/24-4/26 Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA
  • 5/1-5/3 Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, VA
  • 7/17-7/19 Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA
  • 9/18-9/20 Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, VA
  • 10/16-10/18 Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA

Intergalactic 2015 Shows:

  • 4/11 Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, VA

Innovative Bead Expo 2015:

  • 9/26-9/27 Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy Fredericksburg, Va 22401

Gem, Jewelry & Bead 2015

  • 6/12-6/14 Raleigh, NC
  • 7/10-7/12 Raleigh, NC

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers 2015 Shows:

  • 5/2015 Franklin, NC
  • 7/2015 Spruce Pine, NC
  • 10/2015 Ashville, NC

Bead Fest 2015:

  • 4/9-4/12 Workshops
  • 4/10-4/12 Expo (open to public) @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA
  • 8/19-8/23 Workshops
  • 8/21-8/23 Expo (open to public) @ Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA

BSSV January 2015 Newsletter

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Membership Dues are now due! Alternatives does not have space for the BSSV in their new location.  Ms. Dee Minor suggested the Performing and Creative Arts Center (The Center)  in Hampton for the BSSV to meet. The Center was found to be THE perfect place for the BSSV to meet and have our events!  The Board is still working on preliminary preparations for us to start meeting at the Center.  We will keep you informed on the progress.  But for now, for our January 2015 meeting, we will meet at Vigil I. Grissom Library, 366 Deshazor Dr., Newport News.
Since we are changing venues, we will have to review our insurance.
Our Bylaws have been revised and voted on by the BSSV members.
At the beginning of 2015, the BSSV is going to be focused on growing our membership.  We’d like area bead businesses to become members of the BSSV.  We’d like to get our information into bead stores, set up a table in these stores and tell people about us.  We’d like for these businesses to include an online link to the BSSV site, and vice/versa.  We’d like to ask these businesses to share their customer e-mail listing with us so we can invite their customers to our meetings/events.
Of the members who attended the meeting, we asked why members were not attending our BSSV meeting.  Some answers were:  other interests; they were bored of the BSSV; needed new ideas, fun ideas; there was an issue with the venue; some bead stores have closed, so members are looking for other creative outlets.  There is no indication there even is a BSSV.  The Board is working on survey questions for all members to participate.
For our membership drive, we will need your ideas and suggestions.  The Board members plan to visit area bead businesses/stores and request we demonstrate beading techniques, pattern, materials, tools, etc.  If you have any ideas, please email them to beadsociety@aol.com. Check the back of the newsletter for more contact information.
We had a young visitor at our last meeting.  We welcomed Cheyenne.  She  was curious and wanted to join us.
Our bracelet challenge revealed some beautiful results.
The winner of the monthly bead jar was Shelley Davis.  The big bead jar winner was Ann Smith.

Mary McCrory has volunteered to teach Netted Bracelet in February.  She displayed her finished bracelet at our December meeting.

Barbara Gibson has volunteered to teach Snowflake pendant in March.  She displayed her pendant at our December meeting.

We want area bead businesses to be BSSV members.  The bead stores will pay a membership fee, same as the individual fee. If you know of a local store, ask them if you can place our BSSV flyers in their shops.  We can share more information about our group!

BSSV Plans for future dates:

  • Contact store to see if people are interested in BSSV
  • BSSV have a table at a store
  • Make store owner honorary members of BSSV
  • Contact past members, ask them to rejoin (may want to send survey to them, too.)
  • Blue Skies
  • Panache, willing to come to BSSV to teach
  • The Bead Shop, on Bayview Blvd in Norfolk, willing to come to BSSV to teach
  • Invite bead store owners to BSSV; set up a table

Membership Dues are now due! $24 for the entire year, please remember to pay your dues when attending this month!
We will be meeting at the Virgil I. Grissom Library 366  Deshazor Dr., Newport News.
Open beading is this month’s activity, as it will allow us to discuss the topics at hand and the future of BSSV.

December’s Newsletter

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December’s Newsletter

Our December meeting we will have our annual potluck Christmas party!  Please bring a potluck-style dish and a drink with you. If you want to participate in the Gift Exchange, please bring a gift valued up to $15.  We will be meeting at the Virgil I. Grissom Library 366  Deshazor Dr., Newport News.

Board Officers were nominated and voted on at our November meeting are:
President:  Emily Satterwhite
Vice Presidents:  Barbara Gibson
Secretary / Treasurer:  Shelley Davis
Event Coordinator:  Janet Jenkins
Newsletter:  Rosemary Lovelace

It was suggested we get a membership director.  Of the members present, it was unanimous to keep the BSSV.

The Bracelet Challenge will conclude at our Holiday meeting.  So those of you who have your bracelets, please bring the completed bracelet to the December meeting.

The Board is gathering survey questions, and we would like for all members to participate.  This will help us determine your interest in the BSSV. It was suggested to increase membership by having a membership drive, or have an open house.  Other suggestions are welcomed.

We are still looking for a permanent place to meet.  The Hampton Teen Center is now the Art Center on Butler Farm Rd.  This would be an appropriate place to meet and nurture our creativity!  Ms. Dee Minor will provide more information.
Shelley Davis won the monthly bead jar drawing! Congrats!

The Intergalactic Bead show has offered us a table, at no cost, so we can tell people about us, and showcase our creations.  It’s usually a two day event, so we would have to set up a schedule to man the table in shifts.  This is something all of us can participate in!
If you know of a local store, ask them if you can place our BSSV flyers in their shops.  We can share more information about our group!

BSSV Plans for future dates:

*Contact store to see if people are interested in BSSV
*BSSV have a table at a store
*Make store owner honorary members of BSSV
*Contact past members, ask them to rejoin (may want to send survey to them, too.)
*Blue Skies
*Panache, willing to come to BSSV to teach
*The Bead Shop, on Bayview Blvd in Norfolk, willing to come to BSSV to teach
*Invite bead store owners to BSSV; set up a table

Holiday/Seasonal inspired patterns:

Sparkling Snowflake Bead Necklace

* www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/Jewelry-for-Holiday/Sparkling-Snowflake-Bead-Necklace

Silent Night Wire Wrapped Ring

* www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/Wire-Rings/Silent-Night-Wire-Wrapped-Ring

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Necklace

* www.flamingotoes.com/2013/11/winter-wonderland-snow-globe-necklace/