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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

September Meeting

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

6:30 pm

Beth Wegener will show learn how to make beads with both a standard and modified mokume gane technique.

Beth Wegener has been working with polymer clay for over 13 years. It's as addicting as beading--she remembers the day she opened her first package of “color in 3D” at a beginner-level class at Siever's School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, Wisconsin. Since then, she has been a voracious explorer of technique and fanatical student, taking workshops from leading polymer clay artists around the country for the past decade. Her polymer clay artwork has been exhibited at Flow Arts Gallery, Bloomington Arts Center, Owatonna Arts Center and the Textile Center and she has had the honor of winning third place in the International Polymer Clay Association's "Progress and Possibilities" exhibition. She joined the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota in its inaugural year and has served as the group's secretary or various committee chairs ever since.

Bring to meeting:

- work surface (disposable cutting mat or large smooth ceramic tile)
- acrylic rod roller or brayer (smooth, even sided bottle or glass will work in a pinch)
- *three colors of polymer clay, min. 1 oz each color (any brand except Sculpey [Premo, Fimo Soft/Classic or Kato work great]).
- *clay blade/tissue blade
- small wooden beads or junk clay (for bead cores)
- needle tool
- $2 fee for shared supplies

- clay extruder gun (if you have one)
- pasta machine dedicated to polymer clay (if you have one)
- liquid polymer clay (Kato liquid or Liquid Sculpey-- if you have some)
- rubber tipped clay shaper tools
- alcohol swabs or rubbing alcohol + paper towel
- ball stylus
- hand lotion

* Kits with three colors each of 1 oz clay and a sharp tissue blade will be available for $10 or less.

Fall retreat SOLD OUT!

2014 marks our 25th Anniversary and we are planning a celebration, have a commemorative bead for sale and a contest featuring the use of that bead!

Click here for more exciting information!

There is a small amount of tickets left. If you wish to attend, register ASAP!

Save the date – October 5, 2014 

Noon to 4 pm

Join us in celebrating the Silver Anniversary of the Upper Midwest Bead Society at Rosemont Engineering/Emerson Electric in Eden Prairie

Registration is required. The cost is $15. You must be registered by Sept 8, at the monthly meeting

Questions contact Kathy at 612-866-6426

Please print, complete and enclose with your check and mail to:

UMBS  3000 University Ave SE, MPLS, MN 55414

Or register at any UMBS monthly meeting before Sept 8

This will ensure your place at our 25th Anniversary Party

Hope to see you there

UMBS Registration for 25th Anniversary Party

Name: ____________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________

City State: _________________________________________

Email address: ______________________________________

Download MS Word Registration Form

Download PDF Registration Form

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 2013

Click here for list of 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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