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Stone of September:
Stone for acquiring wisdom, esoteric knowledge. Connection between the
physical and celestial. Awareness, attunement, intuition and psychic
ability. Stone of protection. Zodiac signs: Sagittarius (Archer).
HOT NEWS: we moved into OUR OWN STUDIO at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (studio 319) !!!
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The gems of September are
lapis lazuli and
blue sapphire, but many people believe that other
gems belong to September group, one of them is kunzite.
Kunzite is a pink to lilac colored gemstone, a variety
of spodumene. It's one of the "young" gemstones; kunzite
was discovered in 1902 in the Pala District of San Diego
County in California, and was named after George
Frederick Kunz, Tiffany & Co's chief jeweler at the
time, and a noted mineralogist. Kunzite with delicate
pink hues is seen more and more often nowadays, making
an attractive eye-catcher in jewelry. Some (but not
all) kunzite used for gemstones has been heated to
enhance its color. It is also frequently irradiated to
enhance the color. Many kunzites fade when exposed to
In the trade, kunzite is available in many beautiful
cuts. It is one of the gems, which are available in
relatively large sizes at affordable prices. When
making a purchase, however, you should remember that
it is first the color and then the clarity that
determines its value. The more intense the color,
the more valuable the kunzite. The question of whether
the color should tend more or less strongly towards
violet will depend on your personal preference and
Originally found in the USA, today the main sources
of pink kunzite are in Brazil, USA, Canada, CIS,
Mexico, Sweden, Western Australia, Afghanistan and
Pakistan. The crystals, or fragments of crystals,
can attain sizes of up to several kilogram.
Top 10 colors for spring 2011
Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest 2011 is coming! As you
remember, the entrants design and create their entries in
one of the three color combinations made up out of top 10
fashion colors defined by the
Pantone Color Institute for the spring. Pantone Color
Institute is the world-renowned authority on color and
provider of color systems and leading technology for the
selection and accurate communication of color across a
variety of industries. Recently Pantone announced its top
10 colors for spring 2011 for women's and men's fashion.
So, stay tuned, at the end of November we will start our
First row from left to right: Honeysuckle, Coral Rose, Peapod, Beeswax, Silver Peony.
Second row from left to right: Russet, Regatta, Blue Curacao, Lavender, Silver Cloud.
Top 10 PANTONE Colors for women's fashion for spring 2011
Fashion Colorworks 2010. Best Use Of Color
Best Use Of Color - Spring Tenderness Necklace
Tatiana Naumchik, Astana, Kazakhstan
It's a pleasure to see young beadworkers among professionals.
Tatiana Naumchik lives in the capital city of the sunny
Kazakhstan, Astana. This year Tatiana won Best Use Of Color
Award in the first Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest, that's
a great success!
Tatiana says, "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."
Full article by Tatiana Naumchik
Gallery of beadwork by Tatiana Naumchik
Fashion Colorworks 2011. Call for sponsors
The International Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest
was a resounding success for all its participants: the
contestants, the sponsors, the judges, and the bead lovers!
Our sponsors got great positive exposure, broadened their reach
and name recognition, and increased their good will perception
in the beading community. All of our 2010 sponsors have already
committed to participation at an even higher level in the 2011
We're growing. When the Contest starts again on the 1st of
December, 2010, in addition to Seed Bead category, it will be
expanded to include two new categories of work: Finished Jewelry
and Beaded Objects and Accessories. This expansion opens up
additional new sponsorship opportunities for companies wishing to
reach beaders and bead lovers worldwide.
Please contact us at
as soon as possible to reserve your sponsorship slot!
Fashion Colorworks 2010. Best Use Of Materials
Best Use Of Materials - Hope, Footsteps On The Sand Set
Viktoriya Katamashvili, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Interview with beadwork artist Victoriya Katamashvili
We're very pleased to meet and to talk to Victoriya (Nizhniy
Novgorod, Russia) again. Last year she was
our guest in the newsletter,
but our life goes on, and now we're having Viktoriya as
a winner of the Fashion Colorworks 2010. Many of you have
already known her by bead tutorials we publish every month
in our newsletter. Anyway, nice to meet you, Victoriya!
1. What interesting events have you participated in
In May the Russian Academy of Arts held the Philanthropy
International Award 2010 Exhibition, where more than 150
juried artworks of 40 artists were presented. I was lucky,
and my beadworks were among items of 18 artists in Arts
and Crafts category, including Russian Leaf Brooch, the
picture of that was first published in
my tutorial in
MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter in April last year!
Another exciting event, Bead Design Exhibition, was in
December 2009 in Moscow. During my beading career I
created a few ensembles consisting of clothes and beaded
accessories, and three of them were showcased in the
2. If so, additional question: do you create these
ensembles only for exhibitions? Do they have "another
Of course, they go live! The Day Ensemble from the Day and
Night Collection was worn by my daughter for the school ball
and for our city mayor ball, she put on The Day Ensemble
from that collection for the school graduation ball this year.
I think the dresses looked even more spectacular than clothes
3. We know you accept custom orders. Which of
the commissioned works do you remember best of all?
First, I'm glad to work with the local fashion designer Tatiana
Iordan. Our collaboration is always promising. Making her
ideas live I find something new in materials I'm used to work
The most interesting project was accepted from another fashion
designer, Olga Koroleva. She was commissioned to design
clothes for bridesmaids of a Russian bride in London. Try to
imagine, the groomsmen costumes should have been designed
by another artist in Scottish style! Olga asked me to create
Russian style tiaras (kokoshniks) for bridesmaids; I did my best
and made them using wire and beads; the tiaras featured
Russian churches domes. Olga sent me feedbacks from
London, "Your tiaras made furor in the center of London!"
It meant success.
Full interview with Victoriya Katamashvili
Gallery of beadwork by Victoriya Katamashvili
Fashion collection with beaded accessories
Looking for inspiration?
If you are looking for an additional source of
inspiration, you have to pay attention at the
2-year-old European bead magazine: Perlen Poesie. You
are always supposed to read beading world news, you can
learn beading techniques and of course take excellent
instructions from international artists. For instance,
issue 6 includes articles:
Laura McCabe. Unconventional components like
feathers, tiger eye formed as a thorn, glass eyes,
canine fur and ostrich leather bring all the excitement
for her pieces...
Dora Schubert. Graphic patterns fascinate our eyes.
The artist is a
master of anti-gravity...
Cubic RAW. Learn to connect beads "in space".
Closures and Clasps. How to close your jewelry -
lots of tips and tricks.
The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag
company, but everybody can subscribe it. If you live in the
USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues of
the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA
Step by step - spiral rope stitch
Spiral rope stitch is the technique that allows beadworkes
creating interesting jewelry. Viktoria Katamashvili gave us
a tutorial on two versions of that technique: version 1
(pages 1-4) and version 2 (pages 5-7), and compares varieties
when you use thin and thick thread, and when you pick up
different number of beads.
Tutorial: Spiral rope stitch
Victoriya Katamashvili. Spiral rope stitch in jewelry
Soft Flex Company Glass Art & Bead Festival
October 15 - 17, 2010
Fashion Institute of Technology Campus
Campus Conference Center / John E. Reeves Great Hall
New York, NY 10001
Show times: Friday, 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm;
Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm. It will be the Most Spectacular
Beading Event of the year on the East Coast: drawing for
$100 Show Gift Certificate each day at noon, free
Make-It-Take-Itss, chance to win 5 Fabulous Prize Packages.
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