Greetings Beading Friends,

You would think that after so many years being out of the school system we would be over the “first day of school” excitement...anticipating new friends, new challenges and new interests. But here we are, September 2021, and there is still that spark of enthusiasm as if a new school year is beginning.

One of our customers, Deborah Young, launched a project in June inviting people to bead a small vamp in memory of a child in an unmarked grave at a residential school. Her original goal was 215, the number identified with the Kamloops school.  The plan is mount all those received and have them on display in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. Deborah made up kits (felt, seed beads, needle and thread) and some were brought to us to give away to interested persons. They went so fast that we started making kits to help out and so far have made 150.  We know that some friends of Deborah have made a lot of kits. As well, a number of people have been using their own supplies to make a vamp. The expectation is that there will be many more than 215 vamps contributed.

While a few finished vamps trickled in during July, in August we received many more. It is thrilling for us as well as for many of our in-store customers to see the range of designs contributed. Even more moving is to read or hear the stories behind many of the designs. Some people who have never used seed beads before have wanted to do something to register their concern and awareness of this sad part of our history.

A photo of some of the vamps is on the "Community Project" page of the newsletter along with information about how you can participate in this project. The finished vamp needs to be returned to us by September 30, Orange Shirt Day recognizing that Every Child Matters.

We wish you a happy and agreeable September and hope that the cooler weather provides inspiration to create!  Keep well and safe and happy!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie