From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
We enjoy the last warm days of the year. Halloween is
already behind us, and we face Thanksgiving and Holiday
season! Meanwhile, take your time and read in our October
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Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team
Stone of October:
Represents purity and intensity. It assists in emotional and mental
balance, calms the inner soul. Excellent stone for progress, expansion,
and development. Helps one connect the conscious and subconscious,
providing for a clearing understanding of oneself. Zodiac signs: Cancer
(Crab), Libra (Balance), Pisces (Fish), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Beryl family of gems
The gems of October are
tourmaline, but many people believe that beryl also
belong to October group of birthstones. Pure beryl is
colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities;
and possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red, and
white. As a rule, color varieties of beryl have their
own names, and we have already told about some of them.
Aquamarine and maxixe. Aquamarine is a blue or
turquoise variety of beryl. It occurs at most localities
which yield ordinary beryl, some of the finest coming
from Russia. The deep blue version of aquamarine is
Emerald. Emerald refers to green beryl. Most
emeralds are highly included, so their brittleness
(resistance to breakage) is classified as generally
poor. Emerald is a rare and valuable gemstone and
thought to be one of the top four precious stones.
Golden beryl and heliodor. Golden beryl can
range in colors from pale yellow to a brilliant gold.
The term "golden beryl" is sometimes synonymous with
heliodor but golden beryl refers to pure yellow or
golden yellow shades, while heliodor refers to the
Goshenite. Colorless beryl is called goshenite.
The name originates from Goshen, Massachusetts where it
was originally described. Since all these color varieties
are caused by impurities and pure beryl is colorless, it
might be tempting to assume that goshenite is the purest
variety of beryl.
Morganite. Morganite, also known as "pink beryl",
"rose beryl", "pink emerald", and "cesian beryl", is a
rare light pink to rose-colored gem-quality variety of
beryl. In December 1910, the New York Academy of Sciences
named the pink variety of beryl "morganite" after
Red beryl. Red beryl (also known as "red emerald"
or "scarlet emerald") is a red variety of beryl. The old
synonym bixbite is deprecated from the CIBJO, because of
the risk of confusion with the mineral bixbyite.
Beryl is found in Europe in Norway, Austria, Germany,
Sweden (especially morganite), and Ireland, as well as
Brazil, Colombia, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, the
United States, and Zambia. U.S. beryl locations are in
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, New
Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
Recently made by Zoya
New autumny necklaces designed and made by Zoya Gutina: they are
different in style, different in color, different in materials.
You can buy them on MyLovelyBeads.com or contact us to discuss
your needs with us. We love to design for specific individuals,
incorporating their energy and personality into the piece. Many
of the spectacular pieces you can see on the site are the result
of a custom order that undoubtedly inspired a higher level of
For those of you, who is new on MyLovelyBeads.com:
Fashion Colorworks 2010. Finalist
Finalist - Beaded Cogs Necklace
Ralonda Patterson, Decatur, Texas, USA
You'll always be able to recognize the beadwork by Ralonda
Patterson, her jewelry pieces are unique. There is no wonder
that her necklace was juried into the final of the Fashion
Colorworks 2010. Our congrats, Ralonda!
Ralonda says, "Having grown up watching my grandmother sew
quilts and clothing, it seemed natural to have started there.
It took many years to satisfy my need to improve and I became
a very speedy sewer, making garments in as little as a day.
It was time for something that took a little longer, something
that would engage a broader range of improvisational problem
solving, a challenge. I began by adding beads to clothing, but
it just wasn't practical with the longevity of the garment
always in question.
It didn't match the time it took to carefully secure each
bead. Of all the things I had created, making dolls captured
my attention the most. Then I found an online challenge that
led me to add beads, lots of beads, to a doll. This single
discovery sent me down a path of creativity that I could
never return or recover from, not that I would ever want to.
Just before discovering the competition that changed my life,
the work of Sherry Serafini on the cover of a Bead and Button
magazine sent my heart racing. Her technique was just the
approach to art I wanted to take. Bead embroidery was the
beginning of my very first beaded art doll, Nite. We all make
our first few pieces of jewelry with inferior materials and
supplies and in the process learn a lot about beading from
them, but he was the first real artwork. After entering Nite
in the Land of Odds competition and taking second place, I
Beads were a medium that could be used to incorporate all the
knowledge I had accumulated about sewing, paper crafts and
even painting. I have since created several beaded art dolls,
two of which were also entered into the same art doll
competition. Azure also finished as runner-up in 2007.
Surprisingly, the most recent doll Willow made it to the
semi-finals but did not place. She did, however, make it to
the finals of Bead Dreams 2010. She is my most involved piece
of beadwork to date. Almost every bead stitch I know was used
to create her and the message she expresses is very personal.
Competitions were the catalysts for me to finish such large
pieces of work, so I am very grateful to those who host them
and all the work they do. Some competitions really capture my
attention with a challenge that needs to be met by quality
and precision work. A dear beading companion of mine, Mandi
Ainsworth, posted on her website,
Beadcircle.com, the link to this challenge. My art was
beginning to move into a different phase of my beading path
and the Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest was just the
nudge to begin moving forward."
Full article by Ralonda Patterson
Gallery of beadwork by Ralonda Patterson
Etsy Shop: beaded2bless.etsy.com
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. Finalist
Finalist - Treasures Of The Black Sea Necklace
Olga Shelyag, Sevastopol, Ukraine
Olga Shelyag, another bead artist is making her first
steps to success, her beadwork was also juried into the
final of Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest. Our
warmest congratulations to you, Olga!
Olga writes, "I was born and live in Sevastopol, in Crimea.
I'm a teacher of English and French by education, but also
a ballroom dance instructor, and since 2007 a fan of
beadwork. It took place some time ago, when after my son's
birth we have lived for a few years in Dnepropetrovsk. My
husband's coworker called me for shopping in some bead
stores, and since that I'm hooked on beading.
Unfortunately, at that time I could spend very little time
on beadwork because daily I was busy with my son, and in the
evening all my time was dedicated to my family. So, I was
able to craft only at night! Now my son lets me work with
beads much more, I retired from my school and completely
switched to beading. Now I'm a freelance jewelry designer
and a ballroom dance volunteer teacher.
I'm a self-taught beader, I learned beadwork techniques in
Internet and in bead forums, I have met beautiful masters
there and I'm thankful to them for all I can do. I still
learn from my friends, but I think the most important is to
find my own way.
Once I have woven ropes, then I spent some time making
embroidery, and want to try floral beadweaving. Mostly I
work with Miyuki beads, I fell in love with their color
palette and coating. Toho seed beads are another favorite
material, now I can buy them in Ukraine, but a couple of
years ago I had to order them in Japan and in the USA.
I like making jewelry with gemstones, but I don't have any
preferences. I think all of them are beautiful, and I try
to see their beauty and highlight it. As to my sources of
inspiration, it can be music and Mother Nature; sometimes
movies and books inspire me. I live on the Black sea shore,
and that's another great source of inspiration for me, I
even named a few of my beadworks after the Black sea.
In spring 2010 I read about Fashion Colorworks Beading
Contest and felt that it was a great opportunity to try an
international contest, especially I liked the keystone of
it, when a beadworker had to create a piece in one of the
three color combinations. By that time I have already had
experience in participating in forum challenges and contests,
and I decided to give a try. I like Earth tones and selected
the third palette."
Full article by Olga Shelyag
Gallery of beadwork by Olga Shelyag
Blog (in Russian): mrschaos.livejournal.com
Blog (in Russian): liveinternet.ru/users/mrschaos
Welcome to studio 319!
Good news! Since October 1st, Zoya Gutina has resided
in her own studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
We spent October painting the walls, carpeting the
floor, buying and assembling shelves, tables, stools,
and installing displays. The last touch is lighting,
it will be done in November.
On November 11th, Grand Opening will take place, and
we would like to invite all of you to celebrate it!
By the way, you can catch Zoya there on Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday (and some other week days) from
11.00 am to 6.00 pm. You can contact Zoya via email
or by cell phone (info is on the website) and schedule
another day and time if you want. The address is:
Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 319, 3rd floor
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Welcome to studio 319!
Torpedo Factory Art Center Floor Plan
Step by step - peyote rope stitch
Viktoria Katamashvili continues tutorials on rope stitches.
Today we publish another one, which will teach you how to
weave peyote rope. This kind of rope has different texture
spiral rope, and they are compared in the tutorial. Any
way, we hope you'll find both basic techniques useful!
Viktoria Katamashvili also provided a few samples of using
peyote rope stitch in jewelry making. Good luck!
Tutorial: Peyote rope stitch
Victoriya Katamashvili. Peyote rope stitch in jewelry
23rd Annual Washington Craft Show
November 19, 20, 21, 2009
Walter E.Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
A premier event of contemporary craft in America, the Washington
Craft Show is recognized for presenting masterful work, beautifully
displayed. Each piece is one-of-a-kind or limited edition in a range
of prices, each designed and made in artists' studios across America.
At the Washington Craft Show, you'll find 190 of the nation's top
craft artists, and 190 new ways to consider objects for daily or
special use, home decor, or what-to-wear — from hard-edged metals,
silken ceramics and lustrous woods to shimmering scarves, witty
jewels, and ultra craft couture.
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