From September to June, the Toronto Bead Society usually meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Ryerson University, 380 Victoria Street (East of Yonge, Between College and Dundas). Please check our Meeting Schedule for actual dates.
If you like to learn, look and talk about beads, we invite you to join our society.
Take a look at our selection of
Bead Fair Classes
Nov 12, 2014 - Angela Anastakis: Textile Embellishment
By sharing her own imaginative journey of turning ideas into art Angela Anastakis will inspire you to create beautifully embellished projects.
Angela expresses her vision and her skills in the form vivid ornamental textile embellishment, using a variety of mediums including beads, thread, hand-sewn and machine sewn techniques, fabric layering, and creative colour combinations.
Imagine it, and then bring it to life, with tips and techniques from Angela. With this presentation you will learn that anything—garment, jewelry, or accessory—can become a unique one-of-a kind piece of expressive art.
Angela Anastakis has been a fashion industry professional, educator, and workshop facilitator for over 40 years, sharing her knowledge and skills at conferences, workshops and post secondary institutions.
As an instructor in the Fashion Program at Seneca College for over 15 years Angela teaches all levels of sewing, from beginner to advanced, equipping students with fundamental skills for entry into the fashion industry.
An artist, innovator, and expert textiles embellisher, Angela’s experience in the industry for over 40 years is expressed by a diverse portfolio that includes wedding gown design and refurbishment, custom tailoring, lingerie design, intricate bead work, pattern design through to development and production, and fabric jewelry design.
Some of her designs, and her signature piece The Maxine Coat, have been featured at the Textile Museum of Canada, in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine and at the Creativ Festival in Toronto.
The TBS Bag of Beads Challenge is back!
What's in the TBS Bag of Beads Challenge?
We will find out at the December meeting when the Bags are handed out. All we can tell you is that we will include (but not be limited to) small beads, larger beads maybe some crystals, perhaps some semi-precious stones, and most importantly a "stumper". What's a stumper? It is an oh-so-frustrating item that has no hole, is definitely not a bead, and makes you think in new and creative ways about your beading.
How does the Bag of Beads Challenge work?
- Sign up at the October or November TBS meetings. The cost is $10 per bag. You can always pay when you pick up your bag in December, but there are only 100 bags available!
- Step 2.
- Come to the December meeting to pick up your bag.
- Step 3.
- Create your design during December and January (see rules below). It does not have to be a piece of jewellery, it can be anything!
- Step 4.
- Bring your work to the February TBS meeting, finished or not, to share with everyone. No speeches necessary! Just prepare a little card outlining your inspiration, the techniques used and what you learned from the experience! Then marvel at the incredible variety of interpretations of the TBS Bag of Beads Challenge by members.
There are only three rules:
- You must use at least ONE of everything in the bag (including the stumper).
- You can add anything you like: beads, wire, shells, kitchen sink, or any other thing you want to add.
- Bring your work to the meeting in February, finished or not, to share with everyone
If you are a beginner and a bit intimidated by the challenge, remember one thing, EVERYONE who has participated in this challenge was a BEGINNER at one time. This is a fun opportunity to challenge yourself, and just maybe surprise yourself!
Remember, there are only 100 bags available!
Take a look at what members did in previous years: Bead Challenge Galleries.
TBS Monthly Meeting Format
Finished work and have some time on your hands before the TBS meeting starts? Why not join us and work on your latest bead project? Come join us, relax and do a little bead shopping! We’re open early:
6:00 to 6:15 pm||- Vendor set-up
6:15 pm ||- Doors open
6:15 to 7:00 pm||- Beading & Social Time, Vendor Market |
plus Have your beadwork photographed
7:00 pm||- Meeting Begins
Beading & Social Time
If you’re in the neighbourhood, come join us before the meeting starts to work on your UFO (unfinished object). Meet up with other members and see what everyone’s up to.
Photo Booth - NEW FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
Just like the Bag-of-Beads Reveal Night, bring in your latest creation and we will photograph it for you. We would love to post it on our TBS Bead Gallery (with your permission, of course) and you can download it right from the website. Please fill in an information card at the meeting to let us know if it is your original work or if we should also give credit to the designer.
We will continue this service for our members as long as we have volunteers willing to share their expertise. Two photos each please.
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Box 43, 155 Tycos Drive
Toronto, ON, M6B 1W6
7pm to 9pm
380 Victoria Street
In case of bad weather cancellation announcement will be posted here by 3 pm, day of meeting.
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