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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 parking mess we will continue to meet at an alternate location for 2015. 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


August Meeting

Monday, August 3, 2015

6:30 PM

Margie Deeb will speak to us about Designing Beauty.

Artist, designer, musician, and color expert Margie Deeb is the author of five beading books, including the popular The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, The Beader’s Guide to Color, and the Library Journal award winning book, The Beader’s Color Palette.

She teaches design and color courses online at
Craftsy.com and CraftartEdu.com, and in person to artists working in bead, paint, fabric, interiors, and other mediums. She also conducts creativity and writing workshops.

Her articles have appeared in Bead & Button, Beadwork, and Step-by-Step Beads magazines. She has appeared on the PBS show “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.” Visit Margie’s website for her books, patterns, jewelry, inspiration, and more:

See Margie's upcoming workshops with us. Click Here!

Fall Bead Retreat is coming! Click here for info!!!

2014 marked 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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