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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

** Snow Policy **

The monthly meeting will be canceled if 6 inches or more are predicted.

We will post a cancellation notice here and those with emails will get an email notice.

January Meeting

Monday, Jan. 5, 2014

6:30 pm

Beadmaking in the Czech Republic

with Doris Coghill

Ever wonder where all those great two-hole and other pressed glass beads and seed beads were made or how fire polish beads got their facets?  Come to the January meeting to have the manufacturing process explained.  See photos and movies from inside the Czech bead, lampwork, Christmas ornament and chandelier factories. 


Doris left was laid off from the corporate world in 2000 and has often said that it was the best thing that ever happened to her!  She started working for Talisman Assoc out of Rockville, MD as the Midwest Sales Rep and for eight years did bead shows all over the country.  Doris was recently selected as a Starman Trendsetter for 2015 and has been having fun creating designs with prototype beads before they are released to the public.  She teaches and sells her designs at various bead shows across the country as well as her own Twin City Bead Bazaar twice a year in Hopkins.  In her spare time she leads tours to the Czech Republic, the Tucson bead shows and Providence, RI for Beadventure Tours.




Upcoming Workshop

Diane Fitzgerald

May 3, 2015

See what the latest craze of two-hole beads is all about with these exciting new designs by Diane Fitzgerald: the Fern Dagger Necklace, the Desert Rose Beaded Bead, and the Ouroboros Necklace. (The Ouroboros Necklace may be made with a pendant instead of the snake head clasp.) Two-hole daggers and two-hole lentils will be used during the class and there will be demonstrations of other projects with Super-Duos and the newest launch of beads from Starman. Instructor will have supplies marked with an asterisk for sale at class including the snake head clasps. Students should be intermediate beaders. This will be a class packed with new ideas and students can pick and choose which projects they want to make or begin all of them.

Click here for description and supply list(s).

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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