May, 2011

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Stone of May: MALACHITE

May Stone:

Balance and transformation, spiritual evolution. Stimulates intuitive power. Also represents fidelity, loyalty, practicality, and responsibility. Eases delivery in birthing, and also facilitates the re-birthing process, as it helps one to recognize and clear past negative experiences. Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Scorpio (Scorpion).

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Staurolite - fairy stone

Staurolite is a red brown to black, mostly opaque, mineral with a white streak. A special property of staurolite is that it often occurs twinned in a characteristic cross-shape. In handsamples, macroscopically visible staurolite crystals are of prismatic shape, they are often larger than the surrounding minerals. Staurolite is one of the index minerals that are used to estimate the temperature, depth, and pressure at which a rock undergoes metamorphism, it's not usually used in jewelry making.

The name is derived from the Greek STAUROS for cross and LITHOS for stone in reference to the common twinning. The staurolite is also known as a "Fairy Stone" due to a Virginian legend about the origin of the stone's curious shape. The Fairy Stone State Park in Patrick County, Virginia, is named for this stone, which can be found there. It is the official state mineral of the U.S. state of Georgia and is also to be found in the Lepontine Alps in Switzerland.

The Legend of the Fairy Stone says, Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan's reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion, they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form beautiful crosses.

For many years people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief that they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Staurolite crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, hence the stone's cross-like structure. Found only in rocks once subjected to great heat and pressure, the mineral was formed long, long ago, during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrew's cross, an "X" or saltire, but "T" shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought-after. The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance as at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia.

Fashion Colorworks 2011 - two weeks to go!

The contest continues, you can submit your entries for the Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest in three categories until June 15. Just two weeks to go! On the pictures below you can see fragments of four first entries we received. We are looking forward to seeing your stunning beaded objects at the contest!

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Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest. Entries

Wirework with Chinese knots

Wirework jewelry artist Corra Liew

Born and raised in the bustling suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Corra Liew graduated from Melbourne, Australia, college with a Bachelor's Degree in computer science. Starting with basic jewelry craft in 2007, she quickly moved on to wire jewelry two weeks later and was instantly hooked.

Corra says, "It's challenging. Wires will break if you don't handle it well and your effort will be ruined, with wires I get to stay focus and be concentrate in making things I would be proud of. And I know whatever I made are going to be unique.

Thinking of a way to innovate, I realized that the art of Chinese Knot/Knotting would introduce a certain way of designing my creations, and thus began my fascination and passion for creation in this style and medium.

Wired Chinese Knotting combines art elements from the East culture and the West culture. The knotting I've used for this piece is one of the Chinese Knotting techniques.

It is challenging to construct this Chinese Knots with wires and at the same time making them the same size consistently. Traditional Chinese Knots were initially used for practical purposes, only when the art developed and improved over years, the uniqueness of this art started to win its attention, people started to utilize them for decorative purposes.

The traditional Chinese Knots made with cords introduces rich and fun effect, and depending on the choice of cords for each Chinese Knot created, this art was then enhanced and implemented with various possibilities. People started to decorate their home and personal belongings with Chinese Knots, boring big pieces of walls became fun and interesting when introduced a piece of decorating Chinese Knot..."

Full article by Corra Liew
Wirework by Corra Liew

Fashion Colorworks. Meet the sponsor

Perlen Poesie Magazine

Andrea Ott, the editor-in-chief of the Perlen Poesie magazine, says, "As to our policy, we want to support all possibilities with and through beading, beadwork and jewelry making.

Our goal is to show international artists, who experiment and research techniques in beading and who designs extraordinary jewelry, to the beading community and let all beaders have part of the spirit.

Especially within the German speaking Europe, we feature everything about beads. We want to stimulate people to start with these old techniques because here (Bohemia, Venice, Germany) the glass beads production started and beading was a widespread hobby 100-200 years ago. That is why we like to show antique pieces in the magazine.

How it began: Freddie Ott as creative director, photographer and illustrator has developed magazines for over 20 years and wanted to release his own magazine. We knew that there is a community working with beads that did not have a magazine about their art and crafts. So we started! Some artists over here got to know us and had the desire to support us with their knowledge. So we quickly had a small and good team.

Our plans for the near future: an English edition."

Perlen Poesie Magazine
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest Rules

New contest - Native American Necklace

Every beading contest is a great challenge! The team of the French beadweavers' blog (Coco-Labijoutisse, Nouchka, Veronik and Zaza) suggets you to get inspiration from the movie DANCES WITH WOLVES by Kevin Costner and to put into beads your personal vision of a necklace that could have been worn by an American Indian woman. It sounds pretty attractive, doesn't it?

Imposed technique is peyote stitch, imposed colors are brown, beige and three colors of the entrant's choice, materials - seed beads of any size and any other materials of your choice like wood, feather, bone, metallic tubes, etc. The contest is International, worldwide beaders may participate, and photos make the judgment by the panel of five independent jurors.

So, submit your entries!

Native American Necklace Contest Rules

Simple and elegant

Bead artist Elizaveta Fedorenko

The second feature today is Elizaveta Fedorenko, a bead artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She is 32 years old and she says she is doing beadwork for almost half her life though she never considered it anything more than a hobby.

Elizaveta says, "Since childhood I loved something tinkering with threads, ropes, and sometimes of paper. To the dismay of my parents, I braided or tying knots all of which traveled to my hands: cords, ropes, fabric belt and fringe shawls and tablecloths - in fact, to disentangle them, always left plenty of time. Later, I learned to crochet and weave macrame that helped somehow legitimize my hobby, although I sometimes risked being caught right in the classroom with my beadwork under the desk.

Being in the college, I discovered a quality Czech beads sold in the theater shop nearby. Compared with beads I've seen before, capable avert any creativity, it was a real treasure and I fell in love with beads without memory and stopped knitting and macrameing, and still remain faithful to His Majesty Beads. Initially, like most beginners I was weaving simple bracelets.

Even though I didn't consider them baubles I wanted more. I haven't attended any classes or courses, I was taught by my friends - the same green beading novices like me. I didn't know terminology and techniques, and reinvented a lot by myself before I bought my first serious book on beading - "The Art of Beadwork" by M. Anufrieva.

But a real challenge was another book by Kotovs devoted to the beading techniques. A complex of methods I learned from this book enabled me to create several variations I most often use in my work. Another technique I'm fond of is square rope that is good for geometric forms.

My schoolteacher work didn't leave me much time to make complicated beadworks. When I became mother and my son grew up a bit I managed to devote more time to beading. I think it gave me opportunity to develop my skills. Another lucky chance was finding the website of bead lovers which encouraged me to learn something new, to make new friends and even to take part in the Starlight of Glass and Stone Exhibition in St. Petersburg. Three of my four works exhibited received awards in categories "Wedding Stir" and "For Beloved One".

Full article by Elizaveta Fedorenko
Beadwork gallery by Elizaveta Fedorenko

Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 9

The new 9th issue of Perlen Poesie magazine comes out on June 10th! It is filled with 51 pages of instructions:

• Science and Art. Since childhood Melissa Grakowsky was interested in both. She completed her education in physics and painting. In school she was not able to decide...
• Improvise with Beads. Brick-Stitch varies a lot in terms of popularity;
• Combined. Designer threads, antique beads, buttons are used by Doris Dohse in her freestyle crochet work and is modeled directly onto the body;
• Taking measures. Are you sometimes confused when buying supplies like wire? You don't know what the details of all those sizes indicate? Don't worry, just open page 83!
• Steampunk. Gears, lace, metal and glass - jewelry in nostalgic techno-romance;
• And a lot of info about the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair in Hamburg, Germany, August 20-21!

The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag Company, you 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
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Bead Art Fair 2011

Jewelry Making Classes at the Bead Art Fair 2011

The friends of bead art in Europe have waited for a long time for such an event - finally in 2011 it will take place! Perlen Poesie Magazine is proud to invite you to the First Bead Art and Jewelry Accessory Show in Europe! International artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading friends from all over Europe and Overseas will meet at this unmatched event.

The program includes different jewelry making classes that will be taught by internationally recognized bead artists: Laura Andrews, Jutta Tolzmann, Petra Tismer, Ute Kluwe, Sabine Lippert, Zoya Gutina, Kerrie Slade, Katharina Dietrich, Anja Schlotmann, Birgit Bergemann, Elke Leonhardt-Rath, Martina Nagele and other artists.

The classes by Zoya Gutina are GU-04/04A and GU-07/07A.

Jewelry Making Classes at the Bead Art Fair 2011 in Hamburg

International Bead Award Contest

As we wrote in our previous issue, the first part of International Bead Award Contest is over! After its hard work the International jury selected the Winner-Nominations of the International Bead Award Contest supported by the Perlen Poesie Magazine. There are more than 300 submissions, and the panel of jurors has made an outstanding job! During the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair on August 20, 2011 the winners of the IBA contest will be announced, and the special public award and other prizes will be given to the winners and finalists.

From April 7 to August 7, 2011 the visitors of the Perlen Poesie Magazine website can vote for their personal favorite among all entries by pressing one of the gray stars. The most right star scores entry 10 points, and the left one - 1 point. Public voting will not change the nominations that are marked with a little star next to the entry title.

Vote now and have fun!

Finalist: Art Nouveau Restored Necklace by Zoya Gutina

Icy Flowers Necklace by Zoya Gutina

Upcoming events

2011 Bead & Button Show 2011 Bead & Button Show

June 4 - June 12, 2011
Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Do you love fashion and jewelry? Do you have a passion for beautiful accessories? The Bead & Button Show is the largest jewelry and bead show in the nation. Over 370 vendors will be selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit Bead Dreams 2011 of inspiring bead art and over 500 bead and jewelry classes.


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