February, 2012

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Happy International Women's Day!

In the February issue of MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter:

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Stone of February: AMETHYST

February Stone:

Physical representative of the Violet Ray. Cuts through illusion. Enhances psychic abilities. Excellent for meditation. Aids channeling abilities. Sedative, protective. Enhances feeling of contentment, and a connection to one's spirituality. Stone of peace and strength. Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Aquarius (Water Bearer), Pisces (Fish), Virgo (Virgin).

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Jasper - gem for any occasion

well known jasper stone is also said to be a gem for February and March. Jasper is an opaque, impure variety of quartz, usually red, yellow or brown in color. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface, and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is also used for vases, seals, etc. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped or banded jasper.

The name means "spotted or speckled stone", and is derived via Old French JASPRE (variant of Anglo-Norman JASPE and Latin IASPIDEM) from Greek IASPIS, ultimately from Persian YASP.

Green jasper was used to make bow drills in Mehrgarh between 4th-5th millennium BC. Jasper is known to have been a favorite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin. On Minoan Crete, jasper was carved to produce seals circa 1800 BC, as evidenced by archaeological recoveries at the palace of Knossos.

The classification and naming of jasper presents a challenge. Terms attributed to various well-defined materials includes the geographic locality where it is found, sometimes quite restricted such as "Bruneau" (a canyon) and "Lahontan" (a lake), rivers and even individual mountains, many are fanciful such as "Forest Fire" or "Rainbow", while others are descriptive such as "Autumn", "Porcelain" or "Dalmatian". A few are designated by the country of origin such as a Brown Egyptian or Red African leaving tremendous latitude as to what is called what.

Jasper classification and naming

Happy International Women's Day!

On March 8 we celebrate International Women's Day, a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries.

1975 was designated as "International Women's Year" by the United Nations. Women's organizations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honor women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as "Women's History Month". So make a difference, think globally and act locally! Make everyday International Women's Day!

Happy holiday, dear friends!

Wild, wild West in beads

We have known about Sue Horine from Mountain Ranch, California, to be exact, her beadworks for some time now. And every time we see her work we admire the spirit of Wild West she put into them. Nobody else but Sue could implement the beauty of the wild nature in beads. We are happy to introduce Sue Horine to you and let her beadworks be a source of inspiration for all bead artists!

Sue says, "As a child I loved creating things with my hands and especially enjoyed drawing. I know I drove my parents crazy with all my art and craft projects but looking back on it I realize they were very patient and encouraging. My mother taught my sister and me to sew at a very young age and we made all of our own clothes through high school and college. Because I could spend hours at a time drawing and our family didn't have much money, my mother would go to the local newspaper and get the ends of the rolls of newsprint so I would have an endless supply of drawing paper.

The other thing I loved as a child was the outdoors. My dad took us on hikes or picnics in the mountains almost every weekend. Our family vacations involved exploratory sojourns to the deserts of the southwest in the winter and summer camping trips in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nature has always been a theme in almost all of my artistic endeavors.

A friend who was involved in mountain men rendezvous' in New Mexico first introduced me to beading about 30 years ago. She taught me how to make Native American style earrings but the beading bug didn't really bite me at that time. I continued with my artwork and enjoyed pencil drawing, pen and ink, some watercolor and needlecraft.

It wasn't until 2005, when I inherited my grandparent's stone cabochons, that my interest was drawn back to beading. In the 1960s my grandparents were avid rock hounds. My grandfather cut and polished the stones and my grandmother created beautiful silver settings.

I have always admired the old Native American flat beadwork on garments and accessories so the desire to do bead embroidery was always there. I taught myself to bead around the cabochons and eventually began embroidering with the beads to make larger pendants and neckpieces.

My inspiration comes from the scenes I see in the stones and from nature. I look for stones which remind me of a place I have been or a feeling I have experienced. Often times I name the piece before I ever stitch one bead! My designs create themselves as I bead and I very rarely make a sketch of what my plan is with a piece...."

Full article by Sue Horine
Bead artwork by Sue Horine
Email: beadartsue@wildblue.net
Website: www.beadartbysue.com
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/sedonaskye

Featured artist - Katherina Kostinskaya

Our second featured artist today is Katherina Kostinskaya, a seed bead artist from Moscow, Russia. She is a beadweaver and a teacher with great experience; her beadwork is a great source of inspiration for many artists!

Katherina says, "My Granny, Mum's Mum, has been literally golden-handed: she has sewed, knitted, embroidered and woven with beads. She had taught my Mum and then my Mum has taught me all crafts. Mum had a few twisted motley threads of Czech beads, and we used those beads to weave simple flowers (one thread, one needle, a loop of 9-10 beads and one or two beads of different color in the center).

Later, when I was about ten, my oldest sister was in a paleontological expedition in Yakutia and brought me a priceless gift: three 50-gram bags of Czech beads of scarlet, cherry red and dark cherry red colors. In the middle of the 1980th it was really hard to buy quality beads in Soviet Russia; only one sort of beads was sold in shops - crooked and easily fading beads made at the Klin ski factory. Only eight colors were available: red, black, white, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. I still do not know how glass beads could be connected with wooden skis and why beads were made at the same factory with skis.

So, a new era started in our life, the era of twisted bracelets. Mum and I made them this way: we cut about a meter of thin wire taken from some broken electrical appliances bobbins and thread beads of one color. Then we wound such a string around a thick knitting needle; the needle was pulled off and we got a sort of thick and pretty beaded spiral. The only trouble was that such a spiral straightened being even slightly pulled.

I remember when making beadworks we were listening to a few-day-long audio play on the radio. It was a mystery with a sort of Soviet Miss Marple, a very attentive old lady who helped the young detective and called him "my anDgel". And even now, a quarter of century later, when I think of our twisted bracelets I hear this "my anDgel". And I must say, it became one of my habits to listen to something like music or reading aloud while beading. Later on when I see finished beaded stuff, I hear what I heard during weaving..."

Full article by Katherina Kostinskaya
Beadwork by Katherina Kostinskaya
Email: kathykostinsky@inbox.ru
Website: www.katenkin-biser.ru
Patterns on Bead-Patterns.com: www.bead-patterns.com
Patterns on Sova-Entrprises.com: www.sova-entrprises.com

In charge of lace beadweaving

Lace beadweaving is an old traditional technique that has been used in jewelry making and for clothing accents for centuries. Lace beading is the weaving of an airy and graceful net using beads and thread that can further be accented by dangling elements like briolette or teardrop beads. Depending on the pattern used the net can result a quite complex lace. This technique that used to be very popular in many countries especially in Russia has lots of fans today, and a group of French lace beading lovers founded a blog to develop and promote it. We sent a few questions to Blandine Guyot (Nouchka), one of the blog co-founders and here is what she told us.

Interview with Blandine Guyot

1. Blandine, how did the collective blog Perles et Dent'Elles open? What motivated you to make a blog about lace beading?

In April 2010 in Normandy Colette L'Hopital-Navarre (Coco) and I met for the first time at the beading workshop hosted by Karine Astoul (Oceanie) and Sylvie Lanos (Dollypop), leaders of the forum RDV Creatif. Coco and I had been exchanged emails for about a year before we met and I was happy to see her in real life and hear her voice at last! During those happy beading days Normandy I proposed Coco to open a collective blog dedicated to lace beading and to make it trilingual (in French, in English and in Russian) to attract more artists since I could speak these languages and could translate.

Coco enthusiastically told me, "OK, let's go! But we two cannot do all this work, we need to strengthen our team." She suggested two more artists from different countries to make the group actually international: Veronique Lechevalier (Veronik), who lives in Agadir (Morocco), and Marcelle Antoine (Zaza) from Belgium. When I was home back, I contacted Veronik and Zaza by emails and invited them to join our project, and they accepted the suggestion.

I got interested in lace beading as soon as I discovered Coco's blog in Internet. Later on I knew that Veronik and Zaza learned lace beading at about the same time, in 2009 when they found out that blog, too! Each of us didn't know the others but we all kept in touch with Coco who has given us advice and encouragement. I must say that we were not alone at all: Coco is in contact with about 70 fans from different countries on the subject of lace beading! In September 2010 our blog Perles et Dent'Elles was born.

Full interview with Blandine Guyot
Beadwork gallery of Perles and Dent'Elles challenges
Blog Perles et Dent'Elles

Fashion Colorworks 2012. One month to start!

One more month to go, and we'll start accepting entries for the second International Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest. As to us, we're excited! We expect even more success this year. The beadworkers are to submit their works in three categories: Seed Bead Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, and Beaded Objects and Accessories, and the color combinations are below. Good luck to all participants! Deadline is June 15. It's not late, if you want to be a contest sponsor please email us at info@mylovelybeads.com. If you want to support our efforts to promote bead art, you can donate to MyLovelyBeads.com using our PayPal account email address info@mylovelybeads.com.


Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest Rules

Bead Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

Bead Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

Soon we will meet again! Perlen Poesie Magazine is proud to invite you to the Second Beaders Best Bead Art Fair that will take place in Hamburg, Germany in August 18-19! 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: Zoya Gutina (USA), Ute Kluwe (Germany), Heather Kingsley-Heath (UK), Svetlana Sametis (Latvia), Anja Schlotman (USA), Sabine Lippert (Germany), Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany), Daniela Donzelli (Germany), Huib Petersen (USA), Olga Haserodt (Germany), Lana May (USA), Sian Nolan (UK), Birgit Bergemann (Germany), Petra Tismer (Germany), Melissa Grakowsky (USA), Laura Andrews (USA), Luz Rodriguez Gonzales (Spain), Dianne Karg Baron (Canada), Jutta Tolzmann (Germany) and other artists.

Workshop "Grape Leaf Necklace", 8/17/2012, 13:00-18:00
Workshop "Poppy Flower Necklace", 8/18/2012, 13:00-17:00
Workshop "Pink Rose Brooch", 8/19/2012, 13:00-17:00
Jewelry Making Classes at the Bead Art Fair

Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 12

Perlen Poesie, Number 12 is coming out on March 10! In that issue:

• Floral jewelry made from rocailles, baroque beads or using soutache;
• Workshop: embroidery;
• Artist portrait and exclusive instruction by Sherry Serafini;
• In the know: pliers;
• 17 instructions;

And at last but not least you will see 54 great workshops that you can book for the 2nd BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair (information above)!

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.

Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 12

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Step by step - animated tutorials

Animated tutorials

Katherina Kostinskaya says, "In 2009 I began cooperation with Bead-Patterns.com and Sova-Entrprises.com making bead patterns for sale. Learning these websites I came across a short video clip showing some beading techniques. The beauty of the idea fascinated me. Almost at once I animated two of my simplest patterns and then I came up to a thought of making animated lessons of all basic beading techniques. By now I've made a dozen of bead animated tutorials, ten of them can be seen on my web site in Live Lessons section. I hope with the lapse of time I'll really make animated tutorials on all the techniques I know. I'm very much pleased that my tutorials can help beginners to learn beading." Here are four tutorials from Katherina Kostinskaya.

Animated tutorial "Weaving a butterfly in peyote stitch"
Animated tutorial "Simple flower bracelet"
Animated tutorial "Katherine chain"
Animated tutorial "Sphere"

Upcoming events

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

March 9, 10, 11, 2012
Garden State Exhibit Ctr., Somerset, New Jersey

March 16, 17, 18, 2012
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA

Juried Fine Art & Craft Festivals since 1976. Find the unique handcrafted artwork of thousands of American Artists! Decorative creations for home & garden, exceptional fine art and crafts!


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