The purpose of this Society is to study beads, beadwork, and related subjects, and disseminate the knowledge acquired.



Janis VanWyhe, President, Grants & Education Awards Coordinator

I have belonged to the PBS for a number of years. Carrie Sakai recruited me to the organization. I am now retired from the bureau of Land Management where she and I worked together. I have been a part-time/wanna be beader since 2003 - if one does not count beaded embroidery on shirts back in the 70's, or the beads in macramé of the same vintage. My best friend from college got me interested in beading. Only after I retired did I really make time to create more, but of course I had also been building a stash since 2003. Lately I have also become fascinated with polymer clay. Both together seem like a nice mix.

Darlene Fordyce, Secretary

Born in New Mexico, it all started with a visit to my sister here….

I have always been a crafty person, and the idea of creating jewelry with needle and thread had my head spinning! Little did I know then, but I had no idea what color really meant to me.

I remember taking my first class and being completely frustrated and determined to create this lacy, draping necklace. I had no idea it meant building on the base neckline 9 times, back and forth, back and forth. I survived it and happily displayed it every chance I could.

I have been part of the Portland Bead Society for about 9 years and attended 8 Bead Retreats. I have taught classes at the Retreat and locally.  I get great satisfaction in teaching classes and seeing the twinkle in the eye of the beader when they “get it”.

I have been the Secretary for PBS since September 2015 and my term ends August 2017.

Kasey Klaus, Treasurer

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Karen Price, Membership Coordinator

I'm an avid crafter who is easily distracted by shiny objects - so no one was surprised when I tried my hand at beading!  I started making French Beaded Flowers almost 10 years ago.  In a class at a local bead store, I met a PBS member who introduced me to the fun of the Bead Society.  Since then, I've learned all kinds of stitches and techniques, expanded my projects from flowers to jewelry to art pieces and beads have found their way into every other craft I do.  Who can resist a medium so flexible?!

Elizabeth Plam, Co-Chair A&E

Twenty some odd years ago, I took my first beading class at Daisy Kingdom. That was the first step down the rabbit hole into the world of beads.  I call myself a professional hunter gatherer, a title I earned during the years that followed and I will say I enjoyed every minute of pouring over bead laden tables in bead shops, at the PBS bead bazaar, and gem shows…

I have also gathered many lovely friends along this path and my life would not be as full and rewarding without them. 

 I joined PBS in 1995 and over time wore several hats; president, bazaar co-chair/chair, website editor, and currently am working with Kim Baird to organize the A&E show.

I am continually amazed by the people who are part of this organization, the incredible beadwork that they create and am happy to be involved and help with the success of this fabulous group. Thanks PBS!

Maxi Starr, Advertising Coordinator

I have always been artsy but not craftsy.  A college major in Clothing and Textiles provided a solid background in color and form.  I spent about 10 years producing pallet knife oil paintings and  another 10 years teaching skiwear pattern making.  The next arty reincarnation saw the production of cloth “Art Dolls”.  Doll embellishment led to the discovery of size 11 seed beeds.  Serious beading was started about 2006 when I was recovering from a bike accident.  Peyote beadweaving remains my stitch of choice with cubic right angle a close second.  I am grateful to PBS for the opportunity to fraternize with like minds.  The Margaret Scovil Challenge has provided the greatest incentive to my development as a beader. 

Carol Perrenoud, Program Coordinator

I joined the Bead Society mostly for the lectures and slide shows to learn more about beads. I became the librarian a few years later since I had an interest in books (and I was the librarian for our small high school for four years). Now I am Program & Grants Coordinator which includes arranging for all those slide shows and speakers. I believe you get out of a society proportional to what effort you put into it.


Jennifer Crull, Bead Retreat Co-Chair

I started my bead addiction like so many others...had seen a great necklace but was unable to afford it. So, I started stringing beads for myself and family, then continued to morph into other techniques-silversmithing, Art Clay Silver, lampwork, fusing, bead weaving and chain maille.


Rebecca Grady, Bead Retreat Co-Chair

I began beading in 2002.  Bead embroidery and freeform beadweaving are how I often express myself.   My inspirations are relationships between nature and consciousness, Human and Spirit, reality and perception. 

Tara Fergerson, Volunteer Coordinator

In the early 60's, my great aunt Merle came home from Africa and brought everyone trade beads. Yes, my necklace broke, but I saved my three little beads from Africa. 
Fast forward, I'll just say many years. I was in a bead store, trying to figure it all out (actually, I was staring like a deer in the headlights at a wall covered floor-to-ceiling with hanks of beads), when I heard other customers talking about a bead bazaar. I still didn't know much about beads and beadwork, but I did know that I was hooked and I was not going to miss this bead bazaar I had heard about. One year later, on the first weekend in November, I found myself at the PBS Bead bazaar. It was packed with both beads and people, and I was way overwhelmed. I quickly decided three things: I wanted most of the beads I saw, the people were all crazy, and I had to find out how to join them.

Join I did and, as my aunt Eva (a joiner herself) always did, I volunteered. A little at first, more later, and now I am honored to be Portland Bead Society's Volunteer Coordinator.

Juanita Garnow, Communication Chair

Beads are doorways to the past, extraordinary story tellers. I am fascinated and energized by them...all of them, large small, glass, stone, crystal, whatever their substance.

I first became interested in beads and beading in my early thirties; my first husband was a Native American, and he opened my vision to what beading can be by showing me pow wows where people wore such amazing beaded garb. Since then I have been playing with that medium, and always want to learn more about all cultures that celebrate those wonderful objects that have been used over the ages for adornment and ritual. I get lost in that!

President Elect and Bead Bazaar Chair

Historical and Fantasy beader primarily in the embroidery genre.  Known to come up with wild and crazy activities and doesn't know when to shut up. Currently Artist Outreach chairperson and PBS elect president.  Living in Canby, OR and working fulltime. Mother of 5, grandmother of 11 and one retired husband. She fills what time not working, beading or grandmothering with Domestic and International travel.

Marilyn Grock, Chair Audit Committee and Librarian

I have been beading for over 20 years.  It started as a hobby I could do while “watching” football with my husband.  I love working with peyote stich and creating beadwoven bracelets and amulet pouches.  I retired from teaching special education and moved to Portland the summer of 2016 so that I could play with my grandchildren and pursue my beading passion.  I am excited to have found the Portland Bead Society and people who are like-minded about beading.


Rose Rushbrooke, Website Coordinator

It was a very bad idea to go rummaging through the second hand closet at my mother-in-law's apartment complex. A big pile of beading magazines called to me. I squirreled them away and read all of them from cover to cover.

Then the beads just happened to find their way to my studio............ and I began learning the different bead stitches........ and started going to the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee........ and had a design chosen as the best of the year's free patterns for the Bead & Button magazine..... and we moved from Florida to Portland just so I could go to the PBS meetings. Well, almost the only reason.........

I really love designing, working on an idea, meeting and talking to other beaders. So volunteering to be the PBS Webmistress is a no-brainer.