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Our mission is to further the understanding and enjoyment of beads, beadwork and other related techniques and mediums.

UMBS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization open to anyone interested in beads

The Upper Midwest Bead Society meets the first Monday of the month with a few exceptions
for months with Holidays
Early Beading 5 PM - Board Meeting 5:00 PM - GENERAL Meeting 6:30 PM
Non Member Fee $5 - can be applied to membership if you join that night
Membership $30/year
DEMO & DO and special classes at the Textile Center - 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Current Events


The Wilder Foundation has a three story covered parking ramp and a covered walkway into the building.

Meetings start at 6:30 pm

Open beading at 5:00 pm in their cafeteria on 1st floor

To get us out of the construction and parking mess we will continue to meet at an alternate location for 2014. We plan to be back at the Textile Center in April only for our annual Demo & Do and for special events as noted! 

Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy North
St Paul 55104
(just south of University on Lexington)

Just get off 94 at the Lexington exit and go North.  Turn into the driveway before White Castle.
Click here for Directions

October Meeting

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

6:30 pm

Aisha Formanski will be lecturing and teaching stamping on metal

Aisha Formanski has worked in the beading and jewelry industry since 1994. Teaching bead-weaving, Precious Metal Clay, metalworking, wire working, resin and yarn spinning has been a strong passion of hers. Her creative endeavors focus on traditional crafts blended with the newest techniques.

Aisha’s work at Everthine Jewelry combines her traditional jewelry training with her knowledge of craft melds. Aisha’s formal jewelry and art education took place at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Her professional jewelry work has included a wide range of endeavors, teaching, buying, consulting on trends in the bead and jewelry industry, and currently working on the Education Team at Beaducation.com. Love of crafts and teaching come together in Aisha’s strong desire to continue education for future generations about traditional handcrafts.

Aisha's first book New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry was published in the Fall of 2013.

2014 marks our 25th Anniversary. The celebration was exceptional. We thank the following for sponsoring the gift bags and door prizes.

We have jut added several new Calls for Entry

Please check them out and start your project now!

Lark Books - Fire Mountain - Toho Beads - Crossings Gallery


Congrats to all those who won ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair in 2014

Click here for list of bead winners

Click here for list of metals winners


The GREEN LINE Light Rail Transit (LRT) is now functioning. Park and Ride to either location!

Special classes, when noted, will be at the Textile Center. There is additional parking East of the center in the former General Nano Systems lot.

UMBS now has a Facebook page.

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