Whooo’ll Bead for Owls? Contest!

We have received information about the “Whooo’ll Bead for Owls?” – a juried owl themed beading competition! Proceeds from “Whooo’ll Bead for Owls?” will benefit the International Owl Center in Houston MN and the Upper Midwest Bead Society, (UMBS) Minneapolis, MN. Beaders may enter up to 3 pieces for just one $25 entry fee!  Paper Applications and On-Line Entries are due by May 18, 2020.owl

Juried pieces will be on display at International Owl Center August 1-15, 2020.

For more information, see http://www.umbs.org/owl-themed-jewelry-competition.html

Link to poster! : http://www.umbs.org/uploads/6/1/4/8/61482789/owlposter.pdf

Thanks to Margo Yee of UMBS for this information.

March 4th Bead Society Meeting!

Next Meeting Mar 4th will be a fun Sharing My Bead Collection! Similar to what we did in Jan with religious jewelry, please bring some samples of a collection that you have. We did this a few years ago with non-bead collections! This time we will be looking at Bead Collections!

We are asking attendees to bring 5 things that they collect or are interested in. The items should have something to do with beads! They don’t have to be part of a formal collection. At the meeting we will share and learn things about each other!


Wednesday, Mar 4th
7 – 9:30 pm

Veterans Memorial Building,
Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City


Getting Organized! February 5th Meeting!

Our next Meeting, Wednesday, Feb 5th will be Organizing with Regina Lark of A Clear Path. Their company motto is:

We’ll help you control the stuff in your head and what’s under your bed!

Did you know that some right-brain creative types tend toward chronic disorganization? That may pertain to some of us! We could all use some help figuring out how to organize our beads, materials and projects! She will talk about good bead organizers and how to cope with organizing our materials.  She’ll offer a variety of ways to de-clutter, organize, and clear the path! Continue reading Getting Organized! February 5th Meeting!

Craft & Folk Art Museum Changes its Name!

The Craft  & Folk Art Museum has changed its name to Craft Contemporary. A recent article in the LA Times described the change. A new website for Craft Contemporary will be available in the Spring. According to the article there are some who view “craft & folk” as dusty and old. The new name will be fresh and relevant. You can read the article here!

The museum is a non-collecting museum. It does plan to offer educational programs about the history of craft. The change isn’t meant to indicate a change in programming.

I didn’t know that the museum used to be the Egg & the Eye, opening in 1965. In 1973, it became a nonprofit museum with the Craft & Folk Art Museum name.

Check out their website for more information about their exhibitions and programs.

Writing our Bead Society Blog!

Writing a blog can be very frustrating. Finding the time, finding the material to write about, checking it and doing it right! It all takes time and effort!  I must be getting cranky! Ha!

This is a call out to members of the Bead Society to contribute short, informational pieces,  or  opinion pieces, or general comments about their own successes and failures in the Bead World!

We all can learn from each other!

Holiday Pop Up with Jewelry Artists!


The Bead Society Presents the

Holiday Pop Up with Jewelry Artists

Welcome to Our World!!!

Showcasing some hot creations and inspiring designs!

This event will be held on Saturday, November 17th
at the Veterans Memorial Building, Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 from
10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free!

Want a gift to give or an inspirational piece for yourself? Handmade artwork is truly different from mass produced items. We will have an array of styles, textures, colors, traditional, ethnic and cultural.

So join us for fun shopping and checking names off your holiday lists!

Member News!

Congratulations to our member, Angie Carrington of Carrington Treasures. One of Angie’s statement necklaces has been accepted into the Orange County Fair!


Here’s Angie’s story!

I‘m super excited about it. I’ve been working on this necklace on and off since last year so I’m really happy that it made it through. 

I submitted my entry application online on May 30th along with a picture of the necklace that was required. I had to submit under the “Professional” category per the policies and rules. Then I had to wait to see if it was accepted. Finally on June 11th I got the acceptance email. Yay!!

Per the email, I need to deliver the piece to the OC Promenade on Saturday, June 23rd.  From there it will be judged by a panel of experts of sorts. I would love it if I won anything, but even if I don’t, just having it exhibited at the fair is a WOW for me! 

The piece is a combination of several mediums. I incorporated some Soutache and Shibori techniques for the main pendant and included various types and sizes of seed beads, pearls, crystals and metal beads to give the piece some sense of depth.

The entire piece was sewn on black felt and is completely finished with black suede & ribbon in the back. We’ve attached a picture of the back so you can see.


Egyptian Goddess Back Side

The Orange County Fair is July 13 – August 12, 2018 in Costa Mesa at 88 Fair Drive. Consider going to see Angie’s lovely necklace, and other items on display.