The Baltimore Bead Society at the Miller Branch

A picture of the Baltimore Bead Society collection in the Miller Branch display cases, with an assortment of beaded necklaces in red, pink, earth tones, and gold (clockwise from upper right corner).
The Baltimore Bead Society display at the Miller Branch.

HCLS Miller Branch is delighted to partner with the Baltimore Bead Society (BBS) to exhibit beautiful displays of innovative jewelry designed and created by BBS members! Please visit the Miller Branch through mid-January and view the glass cases in the meeting room hallway to examine and explore the unique handiwork of these gifted local artisans.

The Baltimore Bead Society is a nonprofit group of enthusiasts who love jewelry, and especially love making all kinds of jewelry. Having been around for more than 28 years, the group has experienced amazing growth in membership as more people develop a desire and passion for making jewelry, even with the advent of more mass-produced jewelry. The BBS provides many educational opportunities, including programs, workshops, networking, outreach for individuals who need a healing peace in their lives, and classes for those wanting to learn traditional and new techniques.

A small hexagonal trinket box with a design of sailing ships on the ocean worked in beads, with a red and white striped lighthouse and small outbuilding and bushes on top of the trinket box.

The Baltimore Bead Society presents its 14th Winter Bead and Jewelry Show on January 15-16, 2022 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. You can visit on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Experts offer a wide assortment of classes each day, from how to make your own jewelry to advanced techniques, with pop-up demos featured concurrently during the entire show. Jewelry makers and crafters will also find an extensive selection of supplies from many of the top vendors.

For further information about the BBS’s 2022 Winter Bead & Jewelry Show, visit their website,

And if you are a jeweler, artist, crafter, or enthusiast for all things creative and lovely, please check out this list of related jewelry-making books and other resources available from Howard County Library System. HCLS also has a wide variety of DIY and crafting classes to help you get in touch with your creative side!

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