November 27th General Meeting Annual Potluck & Holiday Party

Bring food with serving utensil; beverages will be provided. You may also donate item(s) for our meeting raffle or retreat bingo. Raffle tickets at meeting are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Proceeds will benefit our Outreach Program. Please bring beaded jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings), as well as personal hygiene and craft items (especially yarn) for PBS to donate to local Rose Haven women’s shelter.



Rummage in your garage, workroom, studio and closets.

We are looking for items for a monthly raffle. Proceeds will go toward the monthly meeting. They can be bead, craft, house, or just cool stuff related.

MONTHLY RAFFLE, BRING CASH. Tickets will be $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

General Meetings are held at Multnomah Art Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. For more information and directions go to Meetings.


November 2018 #- PBS Represented

November 1-5, 2018

NW Film Festival - Portland

November 3, 2018

Swashbuckler’s Ball (Pirate Prom) – Portland Art Museum

November 4, 2018

            Wizard’s Tea (Harry Potter Themed Tea sponsered by the Time Traveler’s Costume Guild) - Portland

November 1-11, 2018

Dining in the Gilded Age – Pittock Mansion

November 16-17, 2018

            # Gem Faire – Oregon Convention Center

November 23, 2018

            Holiday Ale Fest - Portland


 Incorporating Other Species by Jill Gandolfi

Incorporating Other Species by Jill Gandolfi

This year our challenge had the theme - "Out There...Extraterrestrials and Other Beings". Go have a look at what some of our members did - the schedule is here and you can see pictures of the artwork.

Margaret Scovil Challenge 2018

Here's a group photo of the contestants for this year's PBS Bead Retreat challenge.

Margaret Scoville Challenge 2018 Contestants

pbs RETREAT 2017

Just a few pix from last year's Portland Bead Society Bead Retreat at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

 Gathering in the lobby

Gathering in the lobby


The December issue of Bead and Button has a new column because this is the 25th year of that magazine. (The Portland Bead Society is OLDER than that magazine!!!!) And, the column, a memory lane writing, by Diane Fitzgerald, renowned beader and beading book author, identifies two important bead books of the early period of the current cycle of seed beading in the US. One, written by our very own PBS member Virginia Blakelock, is Those Bad, Bad Beads, and the other, co-written by our very own member Alice Scherer, with Kathlyn Moss, is The New Beadwork. Check this article out, on page 13. Congratulations for yet another mention of your seminal works, Virginia and Alice! The only thing that could have improved the little article is a mention of the Portland Bead Society!


If you are an eligible member of the society and would like to apply for a spot at our annual bead retreat, (we are now full but accepting applications for the waitlist) then go to the Bead Retreat page and follow the links.


The winner is David Horste of DVHdesigns for his rectangular shaped, side drilled beads made of Oregon Picture Jasper.

 Winning bead by David Horste

Winning bead by David Horste



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