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Meeting Minutes: October 25, 2016

Beady Bunch Meeting 10.25.2016


October-November, 2016 Project

16 Members were in attendance for tonight’s meeting and the pill bottle testers were there so we had a few members participate in that. After the testing was completed the meeting was called to order by President Sheri Walters.
This was a busy meeting with lengthy discussions on all topics. The meeting started with a discussion about the final plans for the weekend class coming up in November with Teacher Amy Katz.

A pot-luck sign-up sheet was passed around the group. As a reminder to those that did not attend the meeting , but are attending the classes: this is a pot luck and every attendee must contribute to the lunches on either Saturday OR Sunday. Call Lisa Dryden with your decision. The choice of food is your decision but you must bring enough to share with the group.
VP Chris Johnson communicated that some members of the Nebraska Bead Society have expressed interest in participating, so she suggested that the classes now open to any non-members that would like participate as well. The group voted unanimously in favor, resulting in the decision that each non-member who would like to take the class will pay a fee of $50.00 per class and must contribute to the potluck luncheon. It is stressed that these are not beginners classes, intermediate and advanced ONLY. All beaders MUST bring a Lamp to use because the venue is not well lit.
The next order of business were the nominations for officers, no new nominations were submitted and voting takes place at the November meeting. There were no new nominations, so the choices on the ballet remain, Sheri Walters – President, Chris Johnson – Vice President, Lisa Dryden – Treasurer, Laurie McKeever – Secretary, Webmaster – Joni Stinson, Librarian – Cindy Smith.
Mona Jenkins was one of the attendees of the Casting for Recovery event in Valentine NE for breast cancer survivors. She relayed to the group that the bracelets we donated were greatly appreciated by the other participants. The group agreed that everyone participating in the making of the donations will work on the same pendant but colors can vary. See Chris or Sheri at any of the next meetings for the pattern.
The group does not have access to the church facilities in June of every year due to a charity event that takes place. The group agreed that dinner with an ornament exchange at the June meeting will be planned. Some type of Christmas ornament, beaders discretion, should be made by anyone that would like to participate. All members are welcome to join the dinner, and not required to participate in the exchange. Venue and dates will be determined at a later date during a group meeting.
The Bead exchange winner this month was Mona Jenkins!
Show and Tell highlighted the some very talented members this month. Prolific Beader of the Month is Lisa Dryden! Check out the photos of her stash (she has a name tag included in the picture).

The meeting was adjourned and everyone started working on the beaded flower that Chris was teaching. This is a 2 part project that will continue at next months meeting. Participants are to bring with them :

11° seed beads
1 tube of delicas
15° seed beads
1-12mm Rivoli
Drop beads – 3-4mm
Ultra Suede for backing

The picture of the blue flower that is posted is to give members an idea of how the beads needed can go together. You can choose any color scheme you want or mix it up !

See you in November!

Meeting Minutes: September 24, 2016

September Beady Bunch Meeting

The meeting opened up at 7pm with approximately 20 members in attendance.
We started with a report from the Treasurer – Lisa D., the number will be unpublished, but our bank account is looking good.

Bead Retreat
The Bead Retreat was another success; everyone had a great time. It was discussed whether we should rent the extra room down by the office again, the decision was a unanimous NO. The room’s not lit well enough for our needs and is smaller than the one we used last year. Instead, Chris suggested we take some of the money we have in the past used for that room and buy some more OTT lights for the retreat. This brought up the reminder for those planning to attend the retreat next year, BRING YOUR OWN LIGHTS (and a fan).

The Retreat has been scheduled and booked for next year September 15, 16, and 17. The Retreat Center raised the price to $40 an night (up $1 from this year). Everyone mark your calendars, fees will be collected next summer.

Amy Katz Workshop
The Amy Katz Retreat is coming up, November 12 &13. Some people have not yet paid for this, PLEASE pay Treasurer Lisa D. at the next meeting or make arrangements with her as to when you can do so. Thirteen (13) members have signed up for the “Fish Out of Water” and eleven (11) have signed up for the Queen’s Tier class. There are still a few spots left for anyone wanting to join; the price is $30.00 a class. Classes are 9am – 4pm with a 1 hour lunch break.  Cindy S. is taking care of booking a hotel for Amy.

Who would like to join Amy for dinner?
We are looking for 2-3 members each night who would like to take Amy to dinner so she can experience a little bit of Omaha while she’s here.

The retreat location is at the Wycliffe Apartment Clubhouse, 15202 Wycliffe Dr.
Pot Luck was voted on for both days; everybody is bringing something, so think of an idea of what that will be as the sign-up sheet will be circulated at the next meeting.

Bead Creation Winner

Kim B. won this months bead creation exchange. Diane presented to her a beautiful set of copper enameled beads.

Bead It Forward

Chris brought example of Bead-it-Forward patterns. This years theme is fantasy and you can go to their website to get more ideas,

Nominations are in for the officers

Lisa D. – Treasurer
Sheri W. – President
Chris J. – Vice President
Laurie M. – Secretary
Cindy S. – Librarian
Joni S. – Web Master

If anyone else is interested in running, bring it up for discussion at the next meeting. Voting is at the November 22 meeting.

October/November Project
Chris discussed her project for next months meeting. Everyone picked out a small packet of fabric, and you are reminded to bring thread to match the color of fabric that you chose to the October meeting.

Show and Tell

Check out the latest photos of Show and Tell, Cindy has been busy as usual and Chris finished a project!

You can view the items on our Face Book Page.


Diane taught her class on enameling copper beads, great participation, everyone had fun learning the technique.

Name Tags

Lisa D. would like to remind members to bring and wear your name tags, or pay the penalty (.25)

Meeting Minutes, August 23, 2016

Instructor: Diane
September Instructor: Diane : Copper Beads

The August 23rd, 2016 meeting started at 7pm. Seventeen members were present

Casting For Recovery:  Officers Christine Johnson and Lisa Dryden presented Casting for Recovery representative Linda Severin with the bracelets the group made for Casting for Recovery. Linda gave the group a little more insight as to what her organization does for women with breast cancer and thanked the group again for voting on making this an annual endeavor for the group. If members are interested in information about this group they are invited to go to the web page Pamphlets were left with the group which will be available at the retreat and the next meeting.

Bead Retreat:  The subject of the Bead Retreat was discussed with the reminder that there are 3 spots left if anyone else would like to join the group heading to Griswold, IA for the weekend of September 17th and 18th. All payments are due, if any member that plans on attending has not paid yet they must contact Lisa Dryden, whose information can be found on the updated email list that was sent out earlier this summer. For anyone attending the retreat, there will be an open Polymer clay session provided by Laurie M. that will start after lunch on Saturday.

Amy Katz Class:  The Amy Katz classes that are coming up in November where discussed, Christine Johnson proposed that each member taking the classes pay $30.00 per class to help cover the costs of the teacher. Lisa Dryden seconded the proposal (in the absence of Joni Stinson) and all attending members voted in agreement. The proposal passed and Funds are due at the next group meeting on September 27. Christine Johnson is going to make a group order for supplies for the Amy Katz “Queens Tear” necklace. If members are interested in joining her order for bulk pricing please email Chris as soon as possible. Please reference the updated email list that was sent out at the beginning of the summer.

Egg Challenge:  President Sheri Walters proposed a new group challenge, the decoration of an egg. The medium can be the artists choice, wooden eggs were handed out in the meeting, but other mediums include foam or plastic Easter eggs found at local craft stores. The challenge is due at the March 2017 meeting. Group members were given examples of what types of decorations can be applied and were urged to do an internet search through a favored search engine or to seek out examples on Pinterest.

September Project:   Diane will be teaching her copper bead at the September meeting, kits are going to be supplied for a small fee of $5.00. Diane asks that members bring a heat gun if they have one.

Elections:   Member are reminded that group elections are coming up and officer nominations will be happening at the October meeting.

Announcements:  Informational – The Annual Omaha Gem and Mineral Show will take place at the Westside Junior High School this year(not the community center). October 1&2, Located at 8601 Arbor St., Sat. 9-6 Sun. 10-5. The School is located on the north side of 86th and Center Street, facing directly across the road from Canfields Sporting Goods.

Meeting was adjourned at 745pm after which group members worked on the monthly project, the diamond duo bracelet, with instruction supplied by Stephanie Harris.

July Monthly Project Update

Update for July Meeting:

The June meeting notes indicate that Diane would be teaching copper beads at our July meeting.  We have had to make a change in plans due to her need to be out if town at the time of the meeting.

Instead, Sherri Walters will be teaching this “Stack a Rainbow” bracelet.


The UK celebrating a National Beading week and this pattern is being given away by Heather Kingsley-Heath, inventor of the Albion stitch for this event.

You can download the pattern from this site:

in case you are inable to download and/or print the pattern, here is a list of the supplies you will need:

# 15 seed beads (main color A)

#15 seed beads…silver (color B)

#11 seed beads main color (C)

#8 seed beads main color (D)

thread, Needle, clasp (omit clasp if you prefer a bangle)

See you there!






March 24, 2014 Meeting Minutes

March Project Presented by Lisa Dryden
Beady Bunch Minutes March 25th, 2014

The meeting was called to order with 15 members and 2 guests present. Welcome Stephanie and Diane. We were glad to have you with us.

Lisa gave the Treasurer's report and reminded everyone that 2014 dues are due now and are $20/year. Please bring or send your payment to Lisa soon or you will be removed from the roster.

Old Business:  April 12th is the Bead Bazaar. A report was given from the committee. Charlene will be doing a press release to promote the bazaar and Joan passed around a signup sheet for volunteers to help with set up, admission takers, etc. at the event.  If you are signed up to help at the Beady Bunch table, be sure to bring finished examples of past monthly projects to show participant. And, be sure to eat lunch at the event to help cover our percentage of the cost.

Edna Perkins project. Please remember to bring your finished contributions to the April meeting so that Joni can deliver them in May. If you have any extra organza bags that you would like to donate, bring them too. Joni can use them when the jewelry is distributed. 

Bead Retreat: To be held on Sept 19, 20, 21st, 2014 at the Creighton Retreat in Griswold, IA. The cost is $34/night for all nights and $39/night for one night. Reserve your spot soon by making payment to Lisa.

New Business: Chris mentioned that the Beady Bunch and Lampworkers Guild may hold a local bead bazaar in Sept. 2015, possibly a two day event to include finished jewelry and lampwork items. 

UFO night is April 10th 6:30-9:00. April’s project is X’s & O’s bracelet. Chris handed out the supply list.

Show and Tell was followed by a memory wire project taught by Lisa.

 Thanks Lisa for a quick and fun project!

Submitted by:
Denise Stahl, Secretary


Omaha Bead Bazaar: April12, 2014


Join members of the Omaha Beady Bunch and The Nebraska Bead Society for this annual event!


Omaha Bead Bazaar Showcases 18 Vendors from Across the Midwest


Omaha, NE – Omaha Bead Bazaar takes place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th Grover St, Omaha, NE.  Eighteen vendors from across the Midwest will be displaying their goods for purchase.  Products available include; handmade lampwork beads, art beads, rustic iron charms and pendants, gemstones, seed beads and many others.


56% of households participated in one or more type of crafting activities in 2012*.  Making your own jewelry is a rising trend.  The Omaha Bead Bazaar will have everything for a new crafter that is just learning and the experienced crafter that is looking for unique pieces and new ideas.


The Omaha Bead Bazaar is an annual event that started over 10 years ago.  It is put on by the Omaha Beady Bunch and Lampworkers Guild, both of which are subsidiaries of the Nebraska Beading Society.

Several of the vendors design and make their own products; including artistic glass lampworked beads and pendants, intricate wire wrapped pendants and rustic iron charms and pendants.  More than half of the vendors have a retail store in cities such as; Des Moines and Kansas City, and they bring a large sampling of their product to Omaha.  You will find gemstone beads, seed beads and many other unique and fun products to use in jewelry making or other similar crafts.


Omaha Bead Bazaar admission is $3.00 at the door.  A dollar off coupon is available at where you can also find a complete listing of the vendors that will be at the show.


*Source: More Americans Turn to Crafting. Gifts & Decorative Accessories.  Sandow Media LLC., 25 Jul. 2013

February, 2014 Project: “Diamond” Ring

Our February Project will be making a “diamond” ring…..named for its shape, not it’s gemstone.


February, 2014 Project by Joni Stinson

Supplies Needed

Delica seed beads size 11 (DB0035) in photo

Delica seed beads size 11 (accent shown in blue in photo but can be any color)

2 Miyuki Size 8 seed beads Size 8 (these are the top and bottom beads in the photo and are silver 0181)

1 4 mm Swarvski crystal bicone

Nymo B or D


These are ideal for birthstones:

These SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal beads are organized by birthstone color. Whether you’re creating birthstone jewelry for a friend or making something for yourself, this section makes it easy.

This picture can be better viewed at this link:

Call me at 402-493-8065 if you have questions.


Proposed By-Law Revisions

At our June meeting, the Board presented proposed to changes to our organizations by-laws.  Copies were distributed to the members who were in attendance at the meeting for review.

If you have mis-placed your copy or if you were not present at the June meeting, a copy is being posted here for your convenience.  Please review and be ready to discuss, revise/amend, and or accept these changes prior to the July meeting.  A vote will be taken at the July meeting.


Please review and be prepared to discuss at our next meeting.

Meeting Minutes: February 26, 2013

Beady Bunch Minutes Feb 26, 2013

The meeting was called to order with 17 members present. Lisa gave the Treasurer’s report, and collected several unpaid dues and class fees for the upcoming workshop.

Discussion of the March 2nd Mary Goddard workshop. Details foregone as the workshop will be done before this posting.

Bead Bazaar will be held on April 13th. Joan passed around a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help at the event. Discussion was held regarding the admission fee. It was suggested that the fee be raised to $5 next year. Joan said she would take the suggestion to the committee. A reminder to eat lunch when you are at the bazaar to help cover the minimum cost of the catering fee. Joan will also forward a PDF flyer to the members so that they can post it to their facebook page to help get the word out. Lisa will post the event on Craig’s list. Discussion of other means of advertising.

Edna Perkins project donations are due at the April meeting, so get your items finished up and ready to go! Joni brought the supply of beads for everyone to choose from. Also, remember to take some beads and bring some beads to keep the stash going!

Chris brought up the idea for a summer bead retreat over a weekend, maybe at Mahoney. We could make it a potluck with wine to be included of course. The suggestion brought favorable responses, so details to follow.

Discussion of raising dues to $20 per year starting in 2014. Mary made the motion, Joni seconded, motion carried.

Discussion of having a bead embroidery “Name Tag” project as the June project. Beginning in September everyone will start wearing their name tag, and if they forget then they put a quarter in a pot. At the end of a specified time the funds will go toward a new book for the library. Everyone agreed that it was a good idea.

Julie reported on the Charlene from Lincoln class. Possible dates are Sept 7th or 14th. Most members thought the  7th would be the best option. The workshop will be the beaded doily or something cool from 5Z’s display at the Bead Bazaar. She will confirm date with Charlene.

Mary reported that she has started a membership book and passed around the rough draft for everyone to make correction or additions. She will pass it around again next month.

We had Show and Tell followed by a necklace project by Barb. Thanks Barb! Next month’s project will be paper bead earrings taught by Chris. Chris brought samples to show and she will bring the supplies to make them at the next meeting. Looks like a lot of fun!

Submitted by:
Denise Stahl, Secretary

Kits For Mary Goddard Workshop

Kits for both projects available at the workshop.

The Snowflake kits will be $10.00

The snow flake beads are all clear.


The dodecahedron kits will be $20.

The dodecahedron kits are all different. For example, three kits with heliotrope rivolis either the druk beads or the seed beads will be different. That way no one will have identical
beaded beads.

10 snowflake kits have been made and 20+ dodecahedron kits are
made up already.  Mary will also bringing completed snowflakes and
dodecahedron’s for people to look at as they work.

Thanks, Mary