Are you a member of a bead society? Sprinkled throughout the world, you will find groups of beaders who come together regularly to share their love of beads and beading. Often societies offer lectures, classes, bead bazaars, retreats, events and so much more. I figured that it would be nice to pass along information for a few societies that I keep in touch with regularly. If your bead society is not mentioned, please click below on "need your opinion" and leave details for your society too.
In no particular order...
Bead Society of Greater New York - The BSGNY meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm at FIT in New York City, New York.
Bead Society of Orange County - The BSOC meets every 4th Saturday of each month at 10:30am at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, CA (excluding July and November).
Northern Virginia Bead Society - The NVBS meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna, VA.
Northern California Bead Society - The NCBS meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Sheraton-Four Points in Emeryville, CA (excluding December).
Rocky Mountain Bead Society - The RMBS meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm at the TACtile Textile Art Center in Denver, CO.
Baltimore Bead Society - The BBS meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15pm from September through July at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, MD.
Bead Society of Greater Chicago - The BSGC meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3579 (except December - usually at a different location).
Main Line Bead Society in Pennsylvania - The MLBS meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA.
Bead Society of Greater Washington - The BSGW meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Chevy Chase Community Center in Washington DC.
Northwest Bead Society - The NWBS meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Greenwood Masonic Lodge in Seattle, WA (except July and August).
Upper Midwest Bead Society - The UMBS meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7pm at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Bead Society of Kansas City - The BSKC meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm, early bird beaders meet at 5pm in Mission, KS.
High Desert Bead Society of Northern Arizona - The HDBS meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1pm at the Mountain Artist Guild in Prescott, AZ.
Austin Bead Society - The ABS meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Murchison Middle School (except July and December).
Bead Society of New Mexico - The BSNM typically meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Heights Presbyterian Church - Room 407 in Albuquerque, NM.
Indiana Bead Society
Bead Society of Victoria
Bead Society of Great Britain
There are tons more. Please comment with your suggestions! For those of you that aren't currently a member of a society, please consider joining your local group for some bead-y fun. You'll meet great people, learn, share and grow from your beading endeavors.