Ronnie Lambrou and Jeri Warhaftig Featured in New Bead & Button Special Edition

Congratulations are in order for members Jeri Warhaftig and Ronnie Lambrou.  Their collaborative work, “Santorini Eruption” is a finalist in the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s and Bead & Button’s joint project, “Convergence.”

Even more exciting, the project, with instructions, will appear in Bead & Button’s new special issue, “Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads.”

The necklace, shown below, was designed and made by Ronnie, with lampworked glass bead made by Jeri.



World Of Beads VIII, New York

clip_image002This just in from the Bead Society of Greater New York:



An invitation from the Bead Society of Greater New York




JUNE 19 – 21, 2009

Friday: 12noon – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 6pm; and Sunday: 10am – 4pm

I am writing on behalf of the Bead Society of Greater New York to invite you and your members to join us at our upcoming World of Beads VIII in New York City (Friday – Sunday, June 19-21, 2009) at the Fashion Institute of Technology – John E. Reeves Great Hall, located at West 28th St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.

This three-day juried exhibit is being presented by our Society in honor of our 20th Anniversary! We will feature the unique beadwork of our incredibly talented members spanning the 20 years of our organization’s existence. On display will be over 200 pieces from our previous World of Beads exhibits held at the American Craft Museum from 1992 to 2004 – ranging from beaded jewelry to beaded objects d’art, as well as over 55 newly submitted works. FREE Mini-workshops and beadwork demonstrations will be presented throughout the event. Other activities include vendors, raffles and a children’s beading table.

The Bead Society of Greater New York is delighted to offer a $1 discount on the $5 admission fee to your members upon presentation of a current Membership Card or the attached flier.

Attached is the Event flier which may be distributed to your membership and/or posted on your website. For further information, please visit our website,

We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you require any further information or have any questions with regard to this event or the Bead Society of Greater New York, please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this e-mail.

Best regards,

Hedy Becker

Membership Director

Bead Society of Greater New York

Patti Whiteley-Beader & Friend

On Saturday, January 31st, the bead community lost an active and creative community member in Patti Whiteley.  Patti was a long-time member of the Bead Society of New Jersey until work obligations precluded her attending meetings.

Patti was a designer and fused-glass beadmaker.  Her work was featured in the book “1000 Glass Beads.”  She often attended Bead & Button, taking classes and enjoying the shopping and schmoozing.  She was very active in many online bead communities as well.

Patti’s work can be seen at

Patti Whiteley at BeadFest

Patti Whiteley at BeadFest


Patti's Fused Glass Pendant

Patti's Fused Glass Pendant

Spring Classes at the Newark Museum

newarkmuseum11Just received my catalog of classes for Spring 2009 at the Newark Museum and I am very proud to see that three of our members will be teaching classes.  Sandy Lupo, Mary Alexander and Marlene Kuser are teaching a variety of jewelry-making classes, as you can see here:

Wire Jewelry: A Comprehensive Primer
with Sandra Lupo

Create beautiful wire jewelry! This comprehensive course covers techniques and tools for working with a variety of wire. Weave, crochet, spiral, coil, hammer, fuse and solder wire, then embellish with beads, cabochons and found objects.

All Levels
Eight Fridays, March 13 through May 8, 10 – 3 pm
Members $315; Non-members $350; Materials $25

Beading between YOUR Lines Bracelet
with Mary Alexander

Experience freedom in design and create your own unique bracelet! Visualize simple ideas for a bracelet with flowing lines and color changes. No detailed designs needed since you can sketch just a few lines on a fullsized
blank “bracelet” diagram to guide your beading. You’ll work with one bead size/shape to make your bracelet. Advanced beginner thru Advanced; Experience with peyote stitch needed.
Saturday, March 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80

Loopy Hoops: Wire Working for Jewelers
with Marlene Kuser

Transform straight wire into beautiful earring designs in less than an hour. Design up to six pairs of hoop (with a number of loops) earrings from pierced through clip-on. Choose from a variety of shapes: hoops, drops, dangles,
coils and swirls, and decorate with beads. All Levels
Sunday, April 5, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80

Twigged ‘n Twined: Cold-Connections in Copper
with Sandra Lupo

Learn cold-connection techniques as you drill leaf stampings, form raduated wire leaf shapes, weave colored wire, create bead clusters and pattern components, including a leaf shape toggle clasp. Variations in copper jewelry can be made in this class as you design your necklace, bracelet, or earrings using the flexible shaft, hammers, and lots of hand tools and fun gadgets in the jewelry studio.

All Levels
Sunday, April 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80; Materials $35

Members of the The Newark Museum receive
a 10% discount on all workshops. To become
a member, call 973-596-6699 today.

Hillary Gross to Teach at Innovative Bead Shows

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

I took a look at the website for the Innovative Bead Shows (they do some local shows in Mt. Laurel and Edison) and was surprised and delighted to see our own Hillary Gross will be teaching at some of the shows.  Below is the profile and pictures from the “Classes” page:

“Hillary Gross Hillary is new to the Innovative Bead shows but not to the beading community. Her involvement in the art world started as a young child, attending fine arts school at age 8. Her years of needle work and eye for color are evident in her meticulous work. Her great inter-personal skills and desire to help others shows in her teaching. She has taken numerous classes from some of the top artists in the beading and PMC® community. Always learning something new, she loves to pass on great tips and techniques to her students. Hillary has multiple certifications in PMC®. She currently works and teaches at Blue Water Beads in Manasquan, NJ. She also teaches at other venues in the Tri-state area and is currently the program co-chair for The Bead Society of New Jersey.”

Hillary will teach at the following Innovative shows:

Egg Harbor, January

Tarrytown, April

Allentown, June

Edison, August

Mt. Laurel, October

workshop_24_p11 PMC® Intro – Textured Pendant


XOXO Pearl Bracelet

Our members in print

Our very own Board Member, Robin Milne shared her excitement about her  photographs being published in a third magazine article.  Donna Ryan-Kocun is the author of all three projects in Step By Step Wire Jewelry and Robin photographed the projects step by step.  Their 1st article was in the issue Spring 2008, Colorful Foxtail Necklace and was featured on the cover, the second is on the newsstands now, Fall 2008 Bling, Bling Ring and the third will be Winter 2008 and is also featured on the cover.  Way to go Robin and Donna!

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center – great day trip

I think I am technically supposed to blog about glass beads, but this post is about the “glass” part of that!! If you have a chance, schedule a visit to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville NJ. You can read all about it at I was just there, and it reminded me what a terrific spot it is. The historic glass collection is focussed on NJ and is beautifully displayed. The gift shops are lovely, and this time of year they have a wonderful Christmas shop. Although the high end of what they sell in glass is pricey, they have plenty of affordable stuff, even some glass BEADS! Best of all, you can make a reservation to make a paperweight at the furnace, which is done by appointment only. My husband did it, took about 40 minutes, and then they mail it to you when it is cool. I can believe how beautiful and professional it looks, you could give it as a gift or just treasure it yourself, and he reports it was a lot of fun. Check out the website for more info. I hope everyone is working hard on holiday gifts (I haven’t started, but I should……) Jeri