Friday, October 9, 2015

This Month's Presentation and Class by Diane Whiting!

San Diego Bead Society member and author Diane Whiting is our guest speaker for our next meeting. Diane will be talking about the innovative techniques that she uses to build convertibility into beading designs. Join us at 10 AM on Saturday, October 17 at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park for this exciting talk!

Diane will also be teaching a class on Sunday, October 18, on how to weave her signature convertible Tila for Two Bracelet. Click here for more information and to sign up for this class.

Written by Cindy Holsclaw

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kinga Nichols is coming to the San Diego Bead Society!

Kinga Nichols is visiting the San Diego Bead Society! Kinga is a phenomenal bead embroidery artist and she will be talking about her whimsical, imaginative art at our next meeting on September 19.

Kinga will also be teaching two classes on her bead embroidery designs. Click here for more information and to sign up for her classes.

Written by Cindy Holsclaw

Monday, July 6, 2015

The 2015 Annual SDBS Bead Bazaar

The San Diego Bead Society Annual Bead Bazaar!
August 1 and 2, 2015
Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego

It is time again for our wonderful annual Bead Bazaar! Proceeds from the Bazaar help the SDBS support many activities throughout the year, including speakers and classes, community outreach, and our affiliation with the Mingei International Museum. Our Bazaar brings together finished jewelry from unique jewelry artists and vendors that provide quality merchandise for all your jewelry making needs.

What you can find at the SDBS Bazaar:

  • Unique lamp work beads and sculptures
  • Jewelry designs in chain maille, bead weaving, kumihimo, polymer clay, and precious metal clay
  • Copper beads and findings
  • Popular and practical beading mats and beading accessories
  • Austrian Swarovski crystals
  • Czech beads including the new shapes and two-holed collections
  • Japanese seed beads in a great selection of colors and sizes
  • Lapidary and wire working tools 
  • Featuring vendors with artistic and contemporary beads and handcrafted items from around the world.
  • Make and take jewelry classes and jewelry-making demonstrations will be offered throughout the event.  
A list of participating vendors are listed below in alphabetical order:  

Allene's Beads Allene Rose
Anne Mitchell Metalworks Anne E. Mitchell
Artrade Kevin Lau
BeadCenter Wendy Simpson Conner
Bead Island (NEW) Mary Michael
Beads Creation Kei Wong (Sharleen)
Beads U Need Esaf
Betty Cox Beading (NEW) Betty Cox
Craft Fantastic  Anne Engelhardt
Crystal Ninja (NEW) Kellie DeFries
Designs by Jonna Jonna Faulkner
Glasscapes Mingo and Asho Trendel
Hastakala  (NEW) Mark Hunter
Jane Coursin (NEW) Jane Coursin
Jujee Beads Judy Carlson
Kahn-Fagan Ellen Fagan
Karen Nan Designs Karen Varela
Kilim Company Daryoush Yerushalmi
Kim van Antwerp Kim Van Antwerp
Klew's Gallery Karen Lewis
Laura Souder Laura Souder Studio
Leilani Arts  (NEW) Ken Wing
Mountain Robbins Judie Mountain/Wayne Robbins
Nightside Studios Ralph McCaskey
Ocean Sky Beads (NEW) Dee Layden
Penny Michelle  (NEW) Penny Wamsley
Saki Silver (NEW) Liz Chumtong
Sandy Shor & Co. Katy Zimmerman
Southern Cal. Local Bead Store Assoc. Iris Osumi/Delores Marquez
Studio M Susan Blessinger
Studio Suzanne Suzanne Trozzi
Tangible Light Studio Michelle Davis
Terry Redfield Designs (NEW) Terry Redfield
Trinkets by T Vintage Beads Teresa Lawrence
Whim Beads Beki Haley

Saturday, August 1:  10:00 a.m. to  6:00 p.m. 
Sunday, August 2:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
FREE Parking

Admission $5.00. $2.00 discount coupons are available on our website. FREE Admission to all active military personnel and their families with proper ID.  

The San Diego Bead Society (SDBS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993, affiliated to the Mingei International Museum (MIM). It provides the community an educational resource in the artistic, historical, and intercultural significance of beads and related crafts. Regular meetings are held at 10:00 a.m., on the third Saturday of each month at the MIM in Balboa Park, except for the months of July and December.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Moorish Bead, Diane's great class

Have you been to a San Diego Bead Society class?

This happy looking bunch all took advantage of Diane Fitzgerald's being here in March to spend a day learning from one of the Beadweaving greats.

According to two of the attendees, Ellen and Dee a great time was had by all.

It's always a delight to meet someone who is a renowned beader and find that they are also a warm and friendly person, and that describes Diane Fitzgerald.

All of us in class worked on making a cornerless cube, with either two or more color delicas.  Several of us had Diane's book, Shaped Beadwork & Beyond, which has directions for the project, but there is nothing as good as having the designer there to teach.   The cornerless cube is made up of six flat peyote squares and eight flat peyote triangles that are zipped together.  Diane started by describing the shapes and how they are the basis for many different forms.  She demonstrated each shape on large beads so everyone could see, and covered lots of techniques from how to start a double thread so that there is no tail to weave in through information on zipping the shapes together and finishing the cube by dipping it in floor wax to make it stiff.

In addition to covering many techniques used in making the cube that can be applied to other beading, Diane showed us how to make her Bubble Bead with two hole lentils (or two hole triangles), and gave us directions and a kit for a pretty pair of earrings.  And, she shared the secrets of her bead kit with us, including tools she finds helpful and items she takes to keep her bead kit pretty and fun. 

I'll end as I began, everything about Diane and the class was a delight.

Classes are a great way to increase your beading knowledge and the San Diego Bead Society is an excellent resource for making these classes available.  Why not have a look at our upcoming schedule and expand your beading repertoire?  Click here or at the link on then top of the page to see who is coming next!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Class with Cynthia Rutledge

 A long time bead artist and teacher returns to San Diego.  You may recall Cynthia got her start beading at San Diego's the Shepherdess.  That was in my early days of beading and I remember it well.

Cynthia will be giving a two day class resulting in a stunning bracelet featuring a cushion cut cz as the focal.  A k nit cable band embellished with seed beads and crystal is the perfect backdrop for the center stone.

Kits will be available in four different colors.  This is a unique opportunity to study with one of the best.  Click here to sign up while it's still available.

written by Marcia DeCoster

Brenda Schweder comes to the Bead Society!

And she's giving a class!  Brenda uses the jig she developed to bend wire into amazing, creative designs.  She'll show you how to wrangle that wire to make many beautiful projects.

If you'd like to see how Brenda does it, click here to sign up for class

written by Marcia DeCoster

Diane Fitzgerald talk and class!

On Saturday March 21st Diane Fitzgerald will be speaking at our monthly meeting.  In her talk "Fads and Trends in Beadwork." Talented seed beader Diane will discuss the latest in the beading world, including the new two hole beads and shaped beads. Please join us for an exciting program.

It's bound to be a wonderful class, with many years of bead knowledge to be shared.  The Moorish Tile Cornerless Cube looks like an especially versatile beaded bead sure to delight you with many different color combinations.

To enroll in this class click here.  

written by Marcia DeCoster