From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
We enjoy the last warm days of the year. Halloween is
already behind us, trees turned yellow and we face
Thanksgiving and Holiday season! Meanwhile, take your
time and read in our October issue:
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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).
Royal blue sodalite
Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as
an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite
samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent
to translucent. Sodalite is a member of the sodalite
group with hauyne, nosean, lazurite and tugtupite.
Discovered in 1811 in Greenland, sodalite did not
become important as an ornamental stone until 1891
when vast deposits of fine material were discovered
in Ontario, Canada.
A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is
named after its sodium content. Well known for its
blue color, sodalite may also be gray, yellow, green, or
pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches.
The more uniformly blue material is used in jewelry,
where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads. Lesser
material is more often seen as facing or inlay in various
Although somewhat similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli,
sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in
lapis) and its blue color is more like traditional royal
blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished
from similar minerals by its white (rather than blue)
Significant deposits of fine material are restricted to but
a few locales: Bancroft, Ontario, and Mont-Saint-Hilaire,
Quebec, in Canada; and Litchfield, Maine, and Magnet
Cove, Arkansas, in the USA. The Ice River complex,
near Golden, British Columbia, also contains sodalite.
Smaller deposits are found in South America (Brazil
and Bolivia), Portugal, Romania, Burma and Russia.
Hackmanite, an important variety of sodalite is found
principally in Mont-Saint-Hilare and Greenland.
Euhedral, transparent crystals are found in northern
Namibia and in the lavas of Vesuvius, Italy.
Fashion Colorworks 2012 is starting!
The third International Fashion Colorworks 2012
Beading Contest is starting! This year beadworkers
will be able to submit their works in three categories:
Seed Bead Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, and Beaded Objects
and Accessories. Entries in each category should be made
in one of the three color combinations made up from
Pantone Color Institute
fashion colors for spring 2012:
First color combination:
Tangerine Tango (CMYK: 0-83-95-0; RGB: 240-83-41; HTML: #F05329)
Solar Power (CMYK: 0-24-84-0; RGB: 255-197-67; HTML: #FFC543)
Margarita (CMYK: 30-7-51-1; RGB: 181-202-147; HTML: #B5CA93)
Second color combination:
Sodalite Blue (CMYK: 98-79-8-37; RGB: 10-51-108; HTML: #0A336C)
Bellflower (CMYK: 45-64-5-0; RGB: 150-11-168; HTML: #966EA8)
Sweet Lilac (CMYK: 3-26-0-0; RGB: 239-198-222; HTML: #EFC6DE)
Third color combination:
Cabaret (CMYK: 1-91-18-5; RGB: 223-55-122; HTML: #DF377A)
Starfish (CMYK: 22-30-51-14; RGB: 177-153-118; HTML: #B19976)
Cockatoo (CMYK: 50-0-30-0; RGB: 124-204-191; HTML: #7CCCBF)
Fashion Colorworks 2012 rules
Questions? Contact us at
We invite sponsors for the Fashion Colorworks 2012 contest!
Fashion Colorworks 2011. Third Place Winners
The International Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest 2011 is
over and we are glad to introduce the Third Place Winners. It
was the very first such a great success in contests or all of
them, and we are happy for them. From left to right: Svetlana
Dubinsky (Israel), Ulyana Moldovyan (Russia), Aleksey Soloviev
1. Have you planned to participate in Fashion Colorworks 2011 in
advance or was your decision spontaneous?
I participated in last year's competition, and when I didn't finish
my 2010 entries yet, I decided to enter in 2011 contest.
I really liked Fashion Colorworks in 2010. For various reasons I
did not take part in it, but hoped to be able to participate in 2011.
The decision was spontaneous, I decided to take part three weeks
before the start of the competition.
2. How sudden did color combinations seem to you?
Honestly, when I first saw the triads, I was shocked and decided to
abandon my dreams. Those combinations were "not mine", I have almost
never used some of the colors of them in my works - for example,
orange and yellow. I thought that I should not try to do something
worthy using them, nothing will come of this venture! But every day
with the persistence of masochistic, I have opened the page with
color triads intently staring at them, and after a while they have
not seemed so terrible to me! In the end I decided, why not try it,
especially since the contest raged around interesting debates and
discussions, and I still wanted to take part in this holiday!
I cannot say that they were unexpected and rather interesting and
Triads have turned out very interesting but not unexpected.
3. What influenced on your decision when you selected color
combinations for the entries?
Since the preparation time was enough, I decided to make three works
in the category of small beads covering all three color combinations,
and began to collect and order the material for all three. Although
purple-blue-green palette seemed the most attractive to me, it so
happened that in the end I didn't have time to finish my beadwork in
Availability of materials and my personal color preferences.
I love bright colors, that was my main criteria when choosing a triad.
Full interview with Third Place Winners
Beadwork by Svetlana Dubinsky
Beadwork by Ulyana Moldovyan
Beadwork by Aleksey Soloviev
Pop Art style and jewelry
The art world in the 1940s and in the beginning
of 50s was dominated by the American abstract
expressionists. Artists saw themselves as
pioneers, liberating the world from the bonds
of tradition. Pop Art was a visual art movement
that emerged in the middle of 1950s in Great
Britain and the United States and is widely
interpreted as either a reversal or reaction
to Abstract Expressionism or an expansion upon
The origin of the term Pop Art is unknown
but is often credited to British art critic
Lawrence Alloway in an essay titled "The Arts
and the Mass Media", although he uses the
words "popular mass culture" instead of "Pop
Art". Alloway was one of the leading critics
to defend Pop Art as a legitimate art form.
The 1950s were a period of optimism and a
consumer boom as more and more products were
mass marketed and advertised. Influenced by
American artists such as Jasper Johns and
Robert Rauschenberg, British artists such as
Richard Hamilton and the Independent Group
aimed at creating art that drew upon symbols
and images found in the media.
Hamilton helped organize the "Man, Machine,
and Motion" exhibition in 1955, and "This is
Tomorrow" with its landmark image "Just What
is it that makes today's home so different,
so appealing?" in 1956 is considered by some
historians to be the first example of Pop Art.
Full article about Pop Art style and jewelry
Pop Art. International Bead Award 2012 rules
Beaded bags - miser purse
Bags come in many form, are called many names, and
are made with almost every material available. Bags
have been regarded as status symbol for women of
yesterday and today. Famous designers have been
trying to create fabulous bags that are functional
and fashionable in every sense and have historically
been both the carriers of secrets and the signifiers
of power, status, and beauty.
Beaded handbags have long story from the ancient
beaded bags of African priests to the haute couture
tote of the modern lady of leisure. In the 1300's
when the glass making industry revived the evolution
of bags touched beaded bags, too. In the Victorian
era they have been an ever present accessory for
many woman in the society.
Anything made by the hand has its certain appeal
to customers, from handmade cards, handmade pair
of shoes, and handmade beaded bags. It requires
careful planning in your mind and creative hands to
create such beautiful crafts to reality. Handmade
beaded bags can be difficult to do; they can be
painstakingly hard to create just one piece but
the end result is worth every drop of sweat.
Full article about miser beaded purses
Miser Purse with Cut Steel Beads from Zoya Gutina's collection
The Ubiquitous Miser's Purse by Laura L. Camerlengo
Step by step - right angle weave stitch
Right-angle weave, also called RAW, is one of the
easiest stitches to learn. When two needles are
used, it is often called cross-weaving because the
threads cross in opposite directions through the
beads. Right-angle weave is so-named because of
the way the beads lie at right angles to one
This small tutorial is prepared for you by Viktoria
Katamashvili, she also provided a few samples of
using right angle weave stitch stitch in jewelry
making. Good luck!
Tutorial: Right angle weave stitch
Victoriya Katamashvili. Right angle weave stitch in jewelry
Virginia Christmas Market
November 11-13, 2011
Dulles Expo and Convention Center
It's Northern Virginia's grand opening celebration of
the holiday season! The Northern Virginia Christmas
Market returns to the South Hall of the Dulles Expo
Center in Chantilly, VA featuring 300 fine artisans
from more than 25 states. Readers of Sunshine Artist
Magazine voted this popular event as one of the 100
best arts and crafts shows of 2009. 300 artisans will
offer a diverse selection of fine arts, pottery,
jewelry, stained glass, wood, photography, fiber
arts, as well as thousands of one-of-kind Christmas
November 25-27, 2011
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA
The Virginia Beach Christmas Market features more
than 250 fine artisans and crafters from more than
25 states. Readers of Sunshine Artist Magazine just
voted this show #47 in their 100 Best Arts and Crafts
Shows in the USA poll. Featured artisans will offer
fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood,
toys, photography, fiber arts, thousands of Christmas
collectibles and much, much more.
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