Upcoming events

    • 04 Feb 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom or TBD

    Meeting Agenda

    • Opening Remarks
    • SJBS Updates - Plans for classes etc
    • Bead Education: Bead crochet with Georgette, beyond the basics:
    •    The JBGiffen Lariat is from Judith's book African Stripes 

    • The BCMultiSizesNecklace takes a bracelet pattern (Candice Sexton) and combines it with a smaller size plain neck strap.   

    • Setting up your project
    • Travelling with bead crochet
    • Threading beads
    • Tips and Tricks  
    • Show and Tell - share your latest creations
    • Wrap Up 

    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
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    Local Spot Light with SJBS Program Chair

    Johanna Zitto

    Transitions abound between herringbone and peyote stitches, both flat and tubular, in the design of this necklace rope and focal. Registrants will learn how to make the herringbone-to-Cellini spiral-then-back again rope. A slight variation of these stitches will be covered to show how a striking stand-alone focal can also be made.

    The elongated two-sided triangle with a peyote bail that adorns the Transitions rope can also be made as a stand-alone focal to string on strands of leather or chain.

    Supply List will be available with registration

    Registration: $55 members / $85 non-members

    Registration for members opens 11/5/2020, for non-members it opens 11/6/2020

    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom or TBD

    Meeting Agenda

    • Opening Remarks
    • SJBS Updates - Plans for classes etc
    • Bead Education: Bead Embroidery led by Denise

    • Show and Tell - share your latest creations
    • Wrap Up 

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    Join Nicki Russo, SJBS Co-President,

    in a Virtual Bead Rendezvous

    On Saturday, March 13th, Nicki Russo of Madison Made Jewelry will host a Virtual Bead Rendezvous from 10am to 1pm. 

    Attendees will receive a free bracelet pattern.  The pattern is easily converted to earrings for a simple, single day project. 

    Kits are available for purchase. Bead kits are $28 each.  Price includes shipping & sales tax. 

    There are four colorways available, (Maple shown here, Hazelnut, Snow, and Paradise) while supplies last.

    If you would like to reserve a Zoom spot, please click here

    Once you have registered, you will receive a PDF pattern and supply list to create the bracelet. 

    If you would like to purchase a kit, please state the colorway in the description section, and Nicki will be in touch to arrange payment and shipping.

    Last day to purchase kits is March 3rd to allow enough time for USPS to delivery them to your address.

    • 01 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom or TBD

    Meeting Agenda

    • Opening Remarks
    • SJBS Updates - Plans for classes etc
    • Vendor Spotlight: Nicki Russo
    • Bead Education: Demo of technique for Ruffle Necklace by Johanna
    • Show and Tell - share your latest creations
    • Wrap Up 

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Registration is closed

     The Phoenix Pendant

    SJBS is happy to present Susan Sassoon, architect, and beadwork designer/instructor in a virtual class this spring!

    Susan's work has been featured in many publications including Bead and Button, Beadwork, Bead Style, and Bead & Jewelry Magazine. In 2019, she was selected by Beadwork Magazine to be Designer of the Year where she shared one of her designs in each of the six issues for the year. Her work has placed in many competitions, including five Fire Mountain Gems beading contests. She is a member of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad where she creates designs and patterns using the newest beads on the market. Susan’s specialty is her very clear, well diagrammed and easy to understand pdf patterns.  She sells her patterns and her Zoom classes on her website: .

    The Phoenix pendant is an advanced beading project inspired by the techniques of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. Students should have some experience with peyote stitch. The class will teach how to make peyote warped squares, scalloped edges, odd count turns and a pear shaped bezel with a closed back. Instructions for a simple peyote chain are also included, although students may choose to use other chain designs. The pattern is written in step by step format, so the ability to read a peyote graph or word chart is not required.

    In order to cover the more difficult parts of the pattern during class time, it is recommended that students use the pattern, that will be emailed in advance of the class, to begin beading the bail.  

    SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced. Proficient with peyote stitch.

    KITS:$85 + applicable tax/shipping. Kits include all beads for the pendant except needle and thread. Three (3) Kit Colorways: Blue/Gold; Cranberry/Rose; Turquoise/Silver. Kit purchase is optional for class registrants only must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the class to provide ample shipping time. Ordering info will be noted in the Supply List which is included with registrants’ Confirmation email.

    SUPPLY LIST: Paid registrants will receive a Supply List 

    TRUNK SHOW: Susan will offer students a 20% discount on kits and patterns for purchases made during the class.

    CLASS SIZE LIMIT: Twenty (20)

    FEEs: Member Early bird rate (paid registration Feb 5 to Feb 26) - $75*

    Member Rate (paid registration Feb. 27 - March 26) - $85*

    Non-member Rate (paid registration Feb 12 to March 26) - $95*

    * To qualify for the SJBS Member rate, registrants must first renew or join SJBS before registering. 

    There are no refunds for SJBS member rates after registering for classes as a non-member.

    Please Note: 

    The class size is limited, and registration deadline is midnight March 26, whichever occurs first. 

    ** There are no cancellations or refunds for Zoom classes.

    • 06 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom or TBD

    Meeting Agenda

    • Opening Remarks
    • SJBS Updates - Plans for classes etc 
    • Annual Events: 
    • Election of Board Members:
    • Co-Prez
    • Treasurer 
    • Member at Large
    • SJBS Annual Fundraising Auction
    • Wrap Up 

    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    • 20

    Local Spot Light with SJBS Bead Retreat Program Chair

    Georgia Sullivan

    Precious Family Memories

    • Take a collection of Rhinestone Brooches, Earrings, Cameo’s, Pearls & Embellishments to display in a Shadow Box. 
    • Learn how to make an appropriate size stencil to fit a themed design.
    • Prepare pins and embellishments for the design and gluing.
    • The piece will be completed with a shadow box. 

    Location: TBD, in person if possible under pandemic restrictions, otherwise Zoom

    Registration: $55 members / $85 non-members

    Registration for members opens 03/05/2021

                         for non-members opens 03/12/2021


    • A supply list will be available after registration. 
    • Kits will not be available but there will be pins and embellishments available for purchase.

    Instructor Bio: 

    Georgia was born and raised in Hainesport, NJ.  She has been beading for over 20 years. Her mother, Norma, was an antique dealer who sold vintage jewelry.  Georgia was always attracted to rhinestone pins and her grandmother, mother and aunts have passed down many pins to her over the years. She always wanted to display them and not just hide them in a jewelry box.  She started to make themed shadow boxes for herself and gifts for family members and close friends.  They bring back wonderful memories and make such beautiful family treasures.   

    • 03 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom or TBD

    Meeting Agenda

    • Opening Remarks
    • SJBS Updates - Plans for classes etc 
    • Annual Events: White Elephant
    • Wrap Up 

    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • tbd

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