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!

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.




Exciting Speakers for 2018

Some of the exciting speakers the Bead Society has lined up for the 2018 year are as follows:

In February,  Karlis Karklins from the Society of Bead Researchers will talk about The Truth about Dutch Beads.

In March, our own member, Billy Steinberg will talk about the book he created entitled, Wild Beads of Africa. 

In April, Lilly Todaro will beguile us with Creativity and the Magic of Beads. Lilly has won many awards for her intricate beadwork. She is well known in the Southern California area as well as beyond for her beautiful necklaces.

Join us at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Building in the Rotunda Room at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month!

Folk Art Museum co-founder, Frank Wyle, passed away

Craft & Folk Art Museum co-founder, Frank Wyle, passed away
Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97 – L.A. Times, 9/16/16
“Actor, Noah Wyle’s paternal grandparents, Edith & Frank Wyle, founded the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and his grandfather also founded Wyle Labratories.”