Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Sparkle Project

Hi, Beaders!

The presents for our community outreach project were delivered last week and a big "Thank You" goes out to everyone who participated. The excitement shown by the administrator at the battered women's shelter was awesome and I have also received a letter from her thanking everyone for the gifts.

The attached picture shows all of them so you can see how beautiful they looked.

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Party Reminder

Hi, All!

This is a reminder about our Christmas party this Saturday from 1-3 at the Westbank location, 3730 MacArthur Blvd., Agliers.

The gift exchange will be "bring a gift, get a gift", should be bead related and cost about $5.00, Also, if you can bring a dish to share, that will be nice, but is not required.

Here is a follow up concerning our Christmas Sparkle Project. We have a grand total of 30 gifts which I will be bringing to the Battered Women's Shelter as soon as I speak to the administrator tomorrow. The boxes which were made last month look beautiful and the beaded jewelry simply sparkles inside them.

I'm sending out BIG hugs to everyone who participated in this project and hope you feel a warm glow near your heart when you think about the smiles our gifts will bring to these abused families. And here's an extra hug to Vicki for all of her efforts in putting together the pretty paper and related items for the boxes!

Please plan on coming to share the Spirit of the Season this Saturday!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 27, 2010 Meeting and December Christmas Party

Good Afternoon, Beaders!

We are having our Westbank meeting on Saturday, November 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers. If anyone needs directions, please e-mail me.

Our meeting will be to make origami jewelry boxes for our Christmas Sparkle Project. We have lots of lovely beaded donations and if anyone is still working on any pieces, please feel free to bring them at the meeting to finish them up. It is recommended that you bring a pair of scissors, a ruler and tissue paper to line the boxes. If you have any ribbon in Christmas colors hanging around, you may want to bring some, but it’s not necessary. Vicki said she has plenty of the card stock for the boxes, glue and ribbon.

Here’s a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has participated in our first community outreach effort. We are going to put lots of smiles on people’s faces at the Battered Women’s Shelter in what could otherwise have been a bleary and sad day.

Our Christmas Party will be held on December 18, same time–same place. Please mark the date on your calendars. And for the astute readers, y’all know how notorious I am with dates, so to answer any head-scratching questions, YES, we are meeting on the third Saturday in December! This is usually the only month we change from our regularly scheduled meetings.

We will exchange a $5.00 bead-related gift and it is “bring a gift, get a gift.” We are also asking everyone to bring either a snack-related food, dessert item or dish to share. I’ll bring soft drinks and paper items. We will also talk about any ideas and/or projects for 2011 and what type of community outreach project we would like to do.

Please plan on coming and enjoying the Holiday Spirit with our beading friends!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Good Morning, Beaders!


We will be collecting your donated jewelry for our Christmas Sparkle Project at our Westbank classes during October and in November, we will meet on the 27th to make origimi boxes. Delivery will be made in December to the Battered Women's Shelter. Please join us in this fun outreach project guaranteed to bring a little cheer to people who have almost nothing because of their hasty run to safety from life-threatening danger.

Now on to our October 23rd Westbank project.

Our Westbank beading project will be offered again by popular request - Treasure Box Pendant. If you were unable to make it last year, here's another chance.

The meeting will be held at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 McArthur, Algiers, from 1-3 p.m.

Instructor: Vicki

Cost of kits: $12-$15, depending on the type of beads in the kit.

Cost of class is $12.00.

RSVP to Vicki at: to reserve kits

As another reminder, you do not have to make this project to join us. You are more than welcome to bring your own UFOs and WIPs and come for a little social afternoon with friends.

If you prefer to bring your own supplies for the treasure box, here is the list:

Heavy weight stiff pellon #70 non fusable
Hinged Candy tin (Altoid type tin) approximately 3-3/4 long X 2-3/8 wide
(prep for tins involves fine grit sandpaper
Lumiere paints, and Stazon permanent solvent inks
rubber stamps
tool to make holes on sides of tin or a drill, and 3/16 eyelets or small grommets with a setting tool)
Cabochons, or any flat backed disks you wish to set like a cabochon, could use flat beads, shank free buttons, etc.
Size 11/0 round Japanese seed beads(not cylinder beads) as follows:
main color at least 8 grams
secondary color at least 5 grams
complimentary colors in small amounts
Size 15/0 seed beadsssize 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads (Delica or Toho) small amount
Embellishing beads, such as 8/0 seeds, flat flower shaped beads, flat shell or glass beads, pearls, any small shaped beads
Strong thread, Nymo, or button/carpet thread.
Beeswax or Thread Heaven for conditioning thread
Beading needle to accommodate thread (#10-13)
Jewelers glue to set cabochon onto pellon- hypo cement or E-6000
(I will have glue at class)
Small sharp beading scissors
Sharpie pen to color edges of pellon in your chosen colors
Red liner adhesive sheets (a dry adhesive) for adhering finished pellon piece to tin

If you have any questions, please either e-mail Vicki or me. Hope to see y'all there.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas Sparkle

Hi, Everyone!

This is a reminder that we will be collecting the donations for jewelry for our Christmas Sparkle Project at our October and November meetings. In the event you missed this information, we are making jewelry to donate as a community outreach project to the Battered Women's Shelter.

Our November Westbank project will be making origami gift boxes for the donations. So, please come to enjoy a happy get-together as we prepare to spread a little Christmas cheer.

If anyone has any questions, please email me. Thanks.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Corrected Date!

OK, Folks, I'll never buy another calendar with pages showing three months at a time!!!!! I really feel like saying something else but will settle for @#$%^%$$@##@

Please note that the Westbank meetings are always held on the fourth Saturday of the month no matter what date I use. The exception is December.

If y'all get the date right, I'll be there waiting on the 25th.


Corrected Date for Westbank September Class

Ooops! The correct date is Saturday, September 23, 2010.


Westbank September Project

Good Afternoon, Beaders.

The attached is a picture of the bracelet for the Westbank project on September 23, 2010 which will be from 1-3 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers.

This pattern is called Amtrac and is based on the uphostry on the City of New Orleans train. I had a looong opportunity to study it when I went to Denver and consists of several beading stitches combined into the pattern.

Here is a list of materials you will need:

Size 8 hex beads
Size 11 seed beads
4 mm. crystals
Beading thread or Fireline
Size 12 needle

There will be no kits offered for this class.

Cost for the class is $12.00.

Please let me know if you plan on attending to make sure I have enough copies.

Hope to see y'all there.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Westbank August Project

Hello, Everyone!

It's been a hot summer so far, but our August project will make your wrist sizzle!

We will meet at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers from 1 to 3 p.m.

Vicki will be our instructor and here is the information:

Approx 2-3 grams each of 10-12 different seeds - use any combination of:
11/0 round seeds, 3-4 mm squares, #1 or #2 bugles, 8/0 hex, 11/0 triangles Embellishment beads: any flat beads, freshwater pearls, crystals, metal spacer beads, pressed glass beads 15/0 round seeds clasp: shank button or toggle clasp or delica beads to make a toggle clasp Nymo D thread is recommended, but whatever your thread of choice is OK #12 needle

Class cost is $12.00

Kits will be available for $10.00

As always, you are welcome to bring your own beads. Also, as always, you don't have to do the project to visit with us and can bring your own UFO to work on.

It is strongly suggested everyone get a watchmakers tin with 12 containers for this project, whether you're bringing your own supplies, or buying a kit. When working with this many different beads, it's much easier to have them in containers. Michael's carries them in the bead supply section.

Vicki will have 10 different themed kits, so there will be a nice selection. Attached is a picture showing the various samples and they are beautiful.

This class is definitely a good beginner's class; however, be prepared to not finish the bracelet in class. There will be additional step-by-step instruction guidelines available if you need more help after the class.
Come on over to join us and have a little fun!


Monday, July 12, 2010


Good Morning, Beaders,

Here's the information about our July 24, 2010 project which will be given by May Wong at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur Blvd., Algiers from 1-3 p.m.

Material List:

8mm beads in round, bicone, or any other shape (the picture is done in diagonals)


Beading Thread or Fireline


Size 12 Needle

The cost of the class is $12.00

Kits will be available upon request to May at and the cost is $10.00. Please let May know if you decide to purchase a kit.

Hope to see y'all there.


Monday, June 7, 2010



We will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur Blvd., Algiers, and the instructor will be Jean.

It's going to be a combination of beaded spacers which can be used together to form a bracelet or necklace, or used separately in other work. The combination will include peyote tubes, pinwheels, and a variation of a beaded bead. Sorry, there is no picture available.

Material list:

Size 11 seed beads in a variety of main colors and accent colors
Size 12 needles
Beading thread of Fireline

Color choices used in this project were: aqua main color with pale peach accents; brown main color with multi-colored mix accents; and, green with pale peach and cream. I chose colors which would complement each other, but you can also use bold colors, all one color, or any combination you like. Also, if you choose different colors, you will only need a small quantity of each one which will help use up some of those left over beads.

Class cost is $12.00 and kits will not be available unless reserved no later than Wednesday, June 12, 2010. Also, please RSVP, if possible, to let us know you are coming so that we''l have enough instruction copies for everyone.

The Westbank Bead Society has decided to begin a community outreach program and our first one is called Christmas Sparkle. Several beaders have volunteered to participate and this is open to anyone who would like to join in. For more details, keep reading.

A new Yahoo Group and bead group name, Westbank New Orleans Beaders Guild, has been set up primarily to host our community projects, plus a variety of other information, including our regular monthly meeting notices. The link to join is:

Yeah, I know it's a rather long url, but you can copy and bookmark it for future visits. Once you join, you can also post messages, check the calendar and there is probably a bunch more things that can be done which I haven't discovered yet. So, it will be a fun place to explore and keep in touch with each other. Only members who join will have access to the information and joining is free.

Hope to see y'all at the meeting!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Westbank Beading Project

We will be meeting on Saturday, May 22, from 1-3 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 MacArthur, Algiers. Our project will be a twist on a tubular herringbone stitch and David will be our instructor. The following is a list of needed materials:

Size 11 seed beads (A) - Main color
Size 11 seed beads (B) - Accent color
Size 11 seed beads (C) - Accent color
Size 8 seed beads (D) - Accent color


Size 11 seed beads
Accent beads or charms, approx. 10-12 mm

The cost of the class will be $12.00.

No kits will be available, so dig through your stash of beads and please make sure you have enough since this pattern will use a good supply of each color.

This is going to be a fun project and hope to see y'all there.


Sunday, April 18, 2010


We will meet on April 24, 2010 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 McArthur Blvd., Algiers, for the following project:

Beaded Cabochon

Materials needed:

Cabochon which must be glued to ultra suede in advance to allow for drying.

Size 12 Beading needle

Beading thread or Fireline

Assorted seed beads in the following sizes: 8; 11; and 15, Hex beads are recommended.

Sharp pair of scissors

If you would like to use a polymer clay bead from last month's class, make sure you glue it to the backing well enough in advance to ensure that it is dry.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me. Hope to see y'all there.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Basic Polymer Clay Class

Our New Orleans Bead Society - Westbank meeting will be held on March 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church.

When the class is finished, you will walk away with a pretty, new focal bead made out of polymer clay. Here are the details:

What: Polymer Clay 101 with Jambalaya
When: March 27, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Love Lutheran Church
3730 MacArthur
New Orleans (Algiers)

This will be an introduction to the basics of polymer clay. We'll cover conditioning, shaping and stamping into clay to form "faux cabochons" that can be used with beading and bead embroidery. Note: There is a problem with uploading sample pictures. These will be posted as soon as I can figure out what the problem is.

If you're not sure you want to get into another new hobby, come anyway, all materials will be supplied, so you can see if you like it before investing in tools and supplies.

If you already own a pasta machine which will never be used for food again, please bring it to class.Due to time constraints, tools available, and materials provided, space must be reserved in advance.

Class fee $16.00 which includes all materials for this project.

If anyone has any questions or needs directions, please contact Jean at To reserve your space for the project, please e-mail Vicki at

Hope to see y'all there!


Friday, February 19, 2010

February 27, 2010 Meeting

Hi, All!

Christmas, Superbowl, freezing temperatures, Lombardi Gras, Mardi Gras... and the list keeps going. I think most of us are too exhausted and can probably use a little quiet time playing with our stashes of beads.

The February 27, 2010 meeting will be cancelled and we will resume our meetings beginning on March 27. Vicki is going to do an introductory class on making polymer clay beads. More details will be coming soon.

We also have a free form peyote bracelet, a combination ladder, net and RAW bracelet, and a few other goodies in the upcoming months.

Happy "Nothing Is Going On Today!"

Hugs to all,


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 23, 2010 Project

Our meeting will be held on January 23, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Love Lutheran Church, 3730 McArthur Blvd., Algiers, and if anyone needs directions or has questions, please contact me via e-mail.

Our project will be a triangle weave and attached is a picture in JPEG of one of the earrings which shows the design. I used Mardi Gras colors since it's almost that time to begin yelling, "Throw me something, Mister!"

Materials needed are:

*4mm beads (I used purple, green and gold crystals)
*Size 15 seedbeads
Ear wires
Clasp if you want to make a bracelet
Size 12 beading needle
Beading thread.

* NOTE: If you prefer using 6mm beads or crystals, you will need Size 11 seedbeads.

For more information, please visit our blog at: The Westbank information has a link on the upper right-hand side.

We also have the information posted on:

Hope to see y'all there!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Westbank January 23 Project

Hi, Everyone and Happy New Year!

Our class will be held on the Westbank on January 23, beginning at 1 p.m. The project will be a faux King Cake Mardi Gras project and I will have a picture to post in a couple of days.

The Int'l Gem & Jewelry Show will be open starting tomorrow, Friday, January 8, 9 and 10 at the Ponchartrain Center. The project will use either size 15 seed beads with 4mm crystals or beads; or, size 11 seed beads with 6 mm crystals or beads, and this will be a great time to pick up some bling for your bead stash.

The class will be $12.00 and kits will be available on a reserved basis for $10.00.

Hope to see y'all there.