Diamond Dotting Leads to Belonging

How a Little Sparkle Goes a Long Way

By Jocelyn Birkes and Maichina Veri

Jacky and Sherry are the hosts of the Diamond Dots group in Brantford. These wonderful friends love to make and share their works of diamond dot art — a creative activity where you apply rhinestones to a colour-coded image.

The end result is a shimmering, beautiful picture.

The two women started diamond dots during the pandemic and as restrictions let up, they wanted to share their passion for Diamond Dots with the community.

Diamond Dots group.

Diamond Dots group.

A once-a-month event started at the downtown location of the Brantford Public Library. Now, due to the group’s popularity and significant growth, they have added another meetup to the calendar.

On the first and third Wednesdays of the month — at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday and 2 p.m. the third Wednesday — Jacky and Sherry greet community members with big smiles, warm welcomes, and engage in personal life updates as they enter the third-floor auditorium of the library.

Through the Diamond Dots group, which is supported by Belonging Brant, Jacky and Sherry feel they have made friends and received kindness, cheerfulness and happiness.

When asked, “What does Diamond Dots give you?” Jacky responded, “Love.”

The two women’s goal for the future of Diamond Dots is to have more people come and enjoy this activity that they’re passionate about with them.

They would like folks to experience the kindness they receive and the happiness that diamond dots can bring. Both are willing to teach others and share their time and love for diamond dots.

If you’re interested in learning this art form and would like to join in on the fun, reach out to Belonging Brant at belongingbrant@gmail.com or pop by the library on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.

Lead photo: Jacky (left), and Sherry.

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