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.
President Elect, Bead Bazaar Chair, and Artistic Outreach 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.
Ann Jacobs, Secretary
I caught a beading bug in 1995 and have never fully recovered! My favorite beads are sizes 14-24 (yes the very tiny end of the spectrum!) I use them to make small vessels and what ever else I find amusing at the time. When my eyes need a break, I spin yarn and knit something with it!
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Kasey Klaus, Treasurer
Hi – my name is Kasey Klaus; and I am an addict …
My beading story begins way back, in the last century … My then, boyfriend (now husband), bought me a bracelet … “here, it will help with your pain” He was referring to the near constant pain, resulting from a repetitive motion injury, in my right arm. The bracelet was magnetic, and the sign had stated that this would be beneficial for pain relief. I was skeptical (to say the very least – my initial response was “piffle – what a crock” – he smiled). However, it was pretty – and a gift from him, so I wore it.
I wore it EVERY DAY. And life progressed – I noticed nothing – but, again, it was pretty – and a gift from him.
SIX months passed – I wake up with excruciating pain in my right arm. “Where’s your bracelet?” – sure, enough, it’s gone! We were able to re-construct the last few days, and figured that it had been about 4 days gone. The where is not important – just that it’s gone, and the pain’s BACK. I had not actually noticed the pain being GONE, but I certainly noticed when it returned. WOW – apparently magnets really DO help with pain. Cool – I need more, lots more, bracelets, of course – but also anklets (super pain, arthritis).
Unfortunately; I am Welsh, and apparently directly descended from an ancient oak tree. Which is to say, that my ankles are HUGE – no mass produced item will ever fit! I must do it MYSELF – yeah – something new to learn. Off I went – to my LBS (Bead Happy in Oregon City – sad to say, now closed). Purchased some magnetic beads, some pretty colored beads and a spool of stretchy cord. And, an addict was born!
I made bracelets, and anklets… I went back to Bead Happy, and took a class (Fran Paulman, I miss you). I learned Layered Right Angle Weave (I understand that this is not your typical 1st learning experience). Apparently I never do anything the easy way – but I really loved this technique. I made dozens of pieces – using many different types of beads …
Time moves on… it’s nearly 20 years later … I have taken many classes – and acquired many patterns, and tutorials. I cannot seem to stop! - And, frankly, I do not WANT to stop!
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 Gathering of the Guilds
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 Gathering of the Guilds 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!
Susan Borts, Co-Chair Gathering of the Guilds
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 Flood, 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.
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.
Sandra Toussaint - Newsletter Publisher
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.