Bead Society of Cape Cod

New Location as of April, 2016! The Bead Society of Cape Cod meets the third Thursday of every month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Come for the social hour at 6:15pm, formal meetings begin at 7pm sharp. $5 per meeting for non-members, $35 purchases a year's membership. For more information, please contact us at bsccadmin@gmail.com write us at P.O.Box 104, South Dennis MA, 02660.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Our next meeting is Thursday, August 17th, Kumihimo for Beginners (or Kumihimo refresher). The very talented Lynn Hahn will be teaching. This is a great opportunity to acquire or practice your kumihimo skills, especially if you're thinking of attending the kumihimo weekend in September.


August 17th Supply List - Kumihimo bracelet

Kumihimo disk
8 bobbins
4mm Swarovski crystals - 100
Miyuki 3mm color-lined drops – 2 tubes
Size 8 seed beads – 1 tube
small clip or snap
medium twisted big eye needle (from Michaels)
shank button no larger than ¾” or toggle clasp & 2 6mm jump rings
T-135 C-Lon cord (I will have a variety of colors with me, so don’t stress over this one)
G-S Hypo Cement
Scissors
Bead mat

You can substitute almost any 4mm bead for the Swarovski crystals. Czech crystals, Preciosa crystals, pearls or druks, all will fit into the pattern. Your bracelet will just have a different ‘look’ than the ones with the crystals.

If you use 6x4mm Czech drops they will stick out from the braid, so your bracelet will have little bumps all over. Again, they work, but the look is different.

Kathy Taylor has the recommended drops at her shop. C-Lon cord is available from Lynn Hahn and also weights.

If you plan to string your beads at the meeting after buying the cord, I recommend showing up early and pre-counting your beads. Hope to see you there!

I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far -- once all that rain stopped it has been pretty nice! As you know, we have elections coming up in August for the Board for the coming year. The Board met and has composed the following slate of officers to be voted on at the August meeting. If there is a position you see that you are interested in we can always use an extra person to help out on any committee and I hope that you get involved in that way.


President - Linda Lord

Vice President - Sandra Anderson

Secretary - Cheryl Baer

Treasurer - Nancy Stone

Programs - Shelley Zimmerman and Linda Tocco

Membership - Kathy Taylor and Doris Brown

Hospitality - Cheryl Burnham

Media/Website - Janna Pereirra and Kim Rumberger

Raffles - Julie Gammon

Historian/Scrapbook - Alyce McLaughlin

Nominating Committee - Gerri O'Brien and Andrea Kuehn

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Also coming for the new year starting September is the announcement that the Bead Society membership dues are going up by $5 to $40 for a year's membership. The guest fee will also go up by a $1 to $6 a meeting.

Monday, July 17, 2017


BSCC JULY Project: Spiral rope

This month’s project is a simple spiral. Many of you have probably done one in your beading lifetime.

The supply list is short:

6o seed beads for the core (A)
2 colors (B) and (C) of 8o seed beads for the side segments. The original message said 11o, those will work too.
Fireline in 6# and a size 12 needle
Purchased clasp or you may make one from your beads

The amounts will depend on whether you choose to make a rope or merely a bracelet. This technique can take on many different configurations simply by changing the size of the beads and the color sequences.
The class will focus on the spiral technique. However, I will also show variations using different size beads but keeping with the basic stitch. There are double and triple layer spirals as well as a flat version.
Please see the accompanying pictures. I used a cube for the core in the picture. You may use triangles, hex in 5o or 6o or just plain 6o seed beads.

I suggest if you are beginning, stay with the basic one first and go on from there. Experiment with all kinds of bead sizes. The sky’s the limit in this one.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Next week on June 15th, we are delighted to have a special guest artist, Ann Benson. Ann will be showing us different techniques on finishing our bead crochet. If you have ropes ready to finish or a current bead crochet project that you are working on, bring them along. She will also be bringing a trunk show with kits, finishing items, bead caps, etc. from her stash to name a few for your buying pleasure. These finishing items can be used on kumihimo projects, bead crocheting and bead embroidery projects.

Ann is a master bead artist whose designs, books and web tutorials on bead work are internationally acclaimed. She is a leading world authority on both bead crochet and bead embroidery. Ann Benson is also an American fiction author whose historical trilogy The Plague Tales, The Burning Road and The Physician’s Tale, is set in fourteenth century Europe during the Black Death. Her fourth novel, the mystery Thief of Souls, takes place in the time of Joan of Arc. Currently, she is working on a fifth novel, a contemporary fantasy set in post-9/11 New York. She divides her time between homes in Florida and Cape Cod.


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