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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).
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!
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest. Entries
Wirework with Chinese knots
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
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
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
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
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'
(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
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
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
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
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
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA
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
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
2011 Bead & Button Show
June 4 - June 12, 2011
Frontier Airlines Center
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
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