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My name is Tatiana Naumchik, I live in the capital city of the sunny Kazakhstan, Astana. My passion in beading has a long story, though I'm a fresh highschool graduate. Once a friend of mine has brought me pretty nice beads, and we have twisted them trying to make something. I still keep them, and they remember me how my hobby began. Then I had been taken a beading course for about a year, but quitted, it was boring for me there. But I have never stopped working with beads! Even though I have sewn for two years, I always could find time for my beading!
When taking school tests I had only time to prepare to them, but after graduation I have pulled out my precious stuff and started beading, looking for inspiration in Internet, but adding something new to beadwork by my own. Then I discovered crafting forums, and it meant the new level of my creativity. I was always fond of looking at beadworks of other artists, I learned from them to pick up colors, to make up different elements into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
A while ago I got interested in bead embroidery, I learned it, and embroidery is one of my favorite techniques now. I like it because I can draw whatever I want and create nice jewelry. As a matter of fact, design might look like twisted lines. Another my favorite technique is square rope stitch that allows geometrical shapes. Oriental Queen Set was one of my first beadworks made using that technique. The idea of design came to me when I sat in the classroom in my school; I wear this set even now.
In spring I read about Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest. I wanted to enter such a contest for a long time, and I was excited with the rules that the contest was to be conducted online, that you were not limited with what to do, but the color combinations. I always have problems picking up colors, and the contest seemed right for me, and I started buying materials according one of the triads.
Since the beginning I wanted to design a necklace in red-pink tones because I like these colors. I began working with red beads, but I was upset, the necklace turned out too dark.
I rarely use bugle beads, but by chance, I bought dark-pink ones and decided to try. Of course it wasn't possible to reach 100% match, and I was picking up beads according my preferences. For instance, I took light purple, it shouldn't have distracted from dark-pink.
The flowers of my necklace I created using peyote stitch, and I was so happy with my result, that I was afraid of continuing the beadwork. I was running out of time, and I finished the necklace woven the base using square rope stitch. When I submitted my work, I hoped to make the final, I dreamed about that!
Looking trough the gallery of the contest entries, I thought, "Why there is just one category... Why there are only 10 finalists, so many beautiful beadworks are submitted!" I'd like to thank all entrants for their amazing work, the jurors for their hard work scoring our items, the sponsors for their prizes! And my big thank is to the team of MyLovelyBeads.com held this the most interesting contest!
Comparing beadworks of my competitors with my own work, I understand, that it's never late to learn, and you can always find a lot of new and interesting to work on. Our motto should be: strive to the best and you get success!
|Tatiana Naumchik, Astana, Kazakhstan|