Beading Bits


First let me thank those ladies that were able to help out with our table at the Intergalactic Bead Show.  They were:  Ann Smith, Janet Jenkins, Mary McElroy, Beverly Alston, Rosie Lovelace, Barb Gibson, Diane Peters, and Beth Shumate (I hope I didn’t miss anyone).  Even though we didn’t sign anyone up, we had some really positive interactions and definitely some strong maybes ;o)  We’ll see what happens.
There is an event that we would like the BSSV to participate in.  The event is the Go Green Expo, Eat Local Grow Local to be held at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, VA next Saturday, 12 September, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The plan is to set up a table with our flyers and applications, and have paper beads so patrons can string and make necklaces and bracelets (like we did at the Blue Bird Gap Farm event).
I know it is short notice, but I would like to ask if any of you are able to come and work the table.  Or if you unable to come that day, can you make some paper beads for the event.  Please let me know. We are still looking for a Southside venue to hold an open house.  Virginia Beach Beads, the Artist Gallery, and Omega Beads were some suggestions. The open house on Aug 15 was at the Bead Store, in Newport News.  (Don’t know what else to say about the Bead Store event!)
The Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, offered the BSSV an activity room on Fridays, 10am-1pm.  The next Friday the room will be available for the BSSV is Sep 11.  The address is 570 McLawhorne Dr, Newport News. So if you’re available, please take the opportunity to come out and use the activity room.  Bring a friend! There is no charge to the BSSV.   One of the employees joined as a member of the BSSV.  Her name is Angelia Edwards (no email address).
The Performing and Creative Arts Center is having their crafters event on Saturday, December 12, 11am-3pm We will have to change our crafters event from November to December.  (More details to come).  We plan to ask the crafters to donate an item to raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle go back to the BSSV.  One suggestion was that if someone donates a non-perishable food item, they get 1 free raffle ticket.  The food would be donated to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.  We’re also thinking about selling refreshments.  This event will replace our member’s only bead sale.
Remember to post your creations on BSSV social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  Bring your creations to the meetings for Show & Tell!  We would love to see them in “person”!
The Annual Bead Challenge gauntlet has been thrown down!  Those of you participating, get your creative brain cells working.  Remember, create anything with those beads.  Your creations are due at the December meeting.
The winner of the bead jar was….(no, not Evelyn!)  It was Catherine Bond!  Remember to bring your lonely, castaway beads to the meeting for the monthly bead jar, and the annual bead jar.

For our September meeting, Janet Jenkins will be showing us how to make an ornament cover. Janet will provide the pattern and will have the blank, clear plastic 2 1/2” ornaments for sale (50¢ ea.).
For October, Shelley Davis will have a stringing project for us to make.


  • size 11 seed beads
  • 4mm crystals, round beads or size 6 seed beads
  • (1) 2 1/2” or 3 1/2″ clear ornament
  • Size 10 needle
  • 10lb thread (ex.: Fireline) or thread of choice
  • Scissors
  • Bead mat
  • E6000 (to glue top onto ornament)

If they want to color the inside of the ornament:
Remove the top from the ornament
Put a small amount of paint in ornament, swirl it around to cover inside, then put ornament upside down over cup (to drain in). Let paint drain & ornament dry.
If you would like to get an early start to this project, all you have to do is:

  • Make a 6” tail
  • Put 50 size 11 seed beads in a ring & tie together. Then, sew thru 1st size 11 after the knot you tied.

Beading Inspiration

Tubular Square Stitch Bracelet


Beachy Keen Bracelets


Moroccan Princess Necklace



Virginia Beach Beads
September 12, 1-3PM
Knotting Beads – $20 plus materials
September 14, 12:30-3:30PM
Hugs & Kisses Bracelet – $20 plus materials
September 19, 1-4PM
Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant – $20 plus materials
September 26, 1-3PM
Tila Superduo Multi Wrap Bracelet – $20 plus materials
October 5, 12:30-3:30PM
Bead Embroidery, Part 1 – $20 plus materials
October 10, 1-3:30PM
Viking Knit Bracelet – $20 plus materials
October 12, 12:30-3:30PM
Bead Embroidery, Part 2 – $20 plus materials

The BeadTender
Every Sunday & Wednesday is Beginner Jewelry Sunday 1-3pm. Wednesday 5-7pm. $25 class fee.
September 12, 2-5pm Wire wrapped cabochon $45
September 18, 6-10pm Lock-in
September 19, 12-2pm Bumps in the Road $20 plus materials
The Bead Store – NN, VA
Wednesdays, 10:30am-5pm Open beading
Fridays, 10:30am-5pm, Project Friday
September 12, 10:30AM and 2:30PM Tubular Peyote
September 19, 10:30AM and 2:30PM
Ornament of the Month
Diagonal Peyote
September 26, 10:30AM and 2:30PM Circular or 3D Peyote Shape
Classes are $25 and receive 10% off all beading supplies purchased that day. Please sign up prior to the class either in-person or over the phone to hold a place in the class.

Bead and Gem Shows

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

Innovative Bead Expo 2015:
9/26-9/27 Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy Fredericksburg, Va 22401

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers 2015 Shows:
10/2015 Ashville, NC

Bead Fest 2016:
April 7-10 Philadelphia, PA
August 17-21 Philadelphia, PA

The “Original” Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show, Inc.:
10/30-11/1 Maryland State Fairgrounds 2200 York Rd. Timonium, MD
12/18-20 Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA

Bead Stores

The Bead Store VA
10371 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
(757) 591-0593

The Bead Shop
335 E Bayview Blvd
Norfolk, VA
(757) 480-1350

Beads and Rocks
335 VA Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 428-9824
Virginia Beach Beads
10% Discount with BSSV card
2262 Seashore Shoppes
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 333-7235

The Bead Goes On
549 Progress Lane #101 Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Gu’s Haus of Beads
Greenbrier Shoppes
501 Kempsville Rd, Ste H
Chesapeake, VA 23320

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

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

Panache Bead Company 11561 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233

The Beadtender
5100 Main St.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5.
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
Twitter: @BeadSocietyofVA
Instagram: Beadsocietysoutheasternva


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