About the BSV
The Bead Society of Victoria, Inc. (BSV) was founded in 1994 by a small group of bead enthusiasts who decided to direct their passion for beads into founding an organisation to include beadwork into the arts and craft movement in Australia. In the first years, bi-monthly meetings were held in Melbourne, but when the BSV grew larger in size, the frequency of meetings was increased to every month.


At these meetings, the members come together to bead and chat and, most importantly, help each other to develop their skills and exchange creative ideas.



As of July 1st 2017, BSV monthly meetings will only be held in Melbourne at Carnegie.


Geelong branch members have elected to form their own group and operate as a separate entity in their local region, although many will retain their BSV membership to enjoy members' benefits.


Today the BSV still has members all over Australia from all age groups. In past years the members' magazine “Connect” has been a communication link to those members unable to attend the monthly meetings, providing projects and galleries of members’ work.


However, due to rising publishing and postage costs there will be an increased emphasis on providing more digital information in the future. 

The BSV is very active in providing workshops by local tutors at the monthly meetings. Besides bead weaving, other techniques are also taught, for example working with polymer clay, resin, fabric or metal. The common passion for creating beautiful jewellery and non-jewellery pieces using a large variety of different media makes the BSV a successful and inclusive organization and the monthly meetings highly inspiring events.


Every year in November the BSV runs the Bead Expo which comprises a trade floor, where exhibitors display their beautiful bead wares. Workshops are offered by both by local tutors and usually every second year an invited International Tutor.



The various exhibitions of beadwork held in conjunction with the Bead Expo each year provide an amazing array of high quality bead work in different categories, e.g. the Bead Challenge”, “Member’s Showcase”, “Featured Artist and the Handmade Bead competitions.

See details for all the member competitions for 2017 now. 


In addition to this, the BSV runs an annual Bead Retreat every January, where a number of classes are offered by local tutors. Members have the unique opportunity to spend three days of shared, creative heaven. They can learn new techniques, expand on their skills, socialize and network with fellow artists. They also have the added luxury of having meals provided with no housework to do.


BSV Core Committee

The BSV is run on a voluntary basis.

The members of the Bead Society of Victoria Committee are:

  •   President - Lorene Wilson
  •   Vice President - Margaret Mueller 
  •   Treasurer - Anny LImbek
  •   Secretary - Julie Pearton
  •   Workshop Coordinator  - Paula Gething
  •   Public Relations & Marketing - (Vacant - TBA)
  •   Special Events Coordinator - Kerrie Putnins 

Supporting committee members:

  •   Membership Coordinator - Alicia Cleary

Core Committee members are elected at the Annual General Meeting each year in August.


The BSV has several sub-committees to support the various activities over the year. Volunteers will learn new skills and get to know their fellow members while supporting the activities of the BSV.


Please let us know if you are interested in helping. We appreciate any support and will often call for specific event volunteers too. 

NIta Weller's entry "Forever Spring Necklace" won 1st Prize in the 2017 Members' Original Jewellery section - Elly Feldman award


A collection of 2017 Melbourne Bead Expo workshops offered.

 A small selection of the winning entries from the 2017 Showcase Members' Original competitions.


2017 Showcase Non-Jewellery  



1st prize award: Heidi Oltersdorf

An exotic dancer's bikini top entirely made of beads.





2017 Showcase

Individual Bead


Theme: "Summer Dreaming" 


Right: 1st prize award

Kay Lancashire









2017 Showcase - Set of Five Beads 

Theme: “Australian Wildflowers”



1st Place – Georgina O’Shea - “Katunga of the Kimberley”



A class in action 

Christine Mole demonstrates a technique in the "Caged Pearls" workshop at the January 2015 Retreat to enthusiastic members.





Bead Society of Victoria, Inc.

PO Box 5312, Pinewood, VIC 3149
Phone: 0420 200 727

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