October, 2010

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

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 issue:

Contact us with any questions at info@mylovelybeads.com.
Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of October: OPAL

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).

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Beryl family of gems

The gems of October are opal and 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 called maxixe.

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 greenish-yellow shades.

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 financier J.P.Morgan.

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

Fire Of Love Necklace Ethnic Fest Necklace Amber Forest Necklace Indian Summer Necklace

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 creativity.

For those of you, who is new on MyLovelyBeads.com:

Fashion Colorworks 2010. Finalist

Bead artist Ralonda Patterson

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 was encouraged.

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
Email: ralonda_p@yahoo.com
Blog: beaded2bless.blogspot.com
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 Contest.

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 info@mylovelybeads.com as soon as possible to reserve your sponsorship slot!

Fashion Colorworks 2010. Finalist

Bead artist Olga Shelyag

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
Email: olga.shelyag@gmail.com
Blog (in Russian): mrschaos.livejournal.com
Blog (in Russian): liveinternet.ru/users/mrschaos
Photogallery: fotki.yandex.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

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 than 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

Upcoming events

23rd Annual Washington Craft Show

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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