Doris Weinbaum has been involved with beads, as a businesswoman, an artist and a teacher since 1993, when she opened a retail bead shop, Bead in Hand, in Oak Park, Illinois. While owning and managing the shop, Doris learned beading techniques and jewelry design from instructors in her store, books, and customers. Given her breadth of experience with many other hand-crafts, including sewing, knitting, and crocheting, Doris' talent for beading blossomed. She has had one of her original designs published, has other original designs in production, and has taught a wide range of beading techniques to children and adults. As a former home economics teacher, Doris most enjoys watching where individual creativity will take her students. She believes there are no limits to the artistic uses for beads, especially when combined with knowledge of beadwork techniques and tools.
In January 2008, Doris and her husband relocated to San Clemente, California, and in March, 2012, Doris sold Bead in Hand. Doris continues to be involved with beads in California. Her beaded jewelry is for sale at the San Clemente Art Gallery. She teaches beading classes at OC Beads in Dana Point, California, and at The Bouncing Bead in La Mesa, California. She participates in bead shows hosted by the Orange County Bead Society and she is scheduled to teach for the bead society in February, 2016.