Happy International Women's Day!
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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),
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
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
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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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to support
our efforts to promote bead art, you can donate to
MyLovelyBeads.com using our PayPal account email address
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest Rules
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
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.
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Step by step - animated tutorials
Katherina Kostinskaya says, "In 2009 I began cooperation with
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
Animated tutorial "Weaving a butterfly in peyote stitch"
Animated tutorial "Simple flower bracelet"
Animated tutorial "Katherine chain"
Animated tutorial "Sphere"
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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