From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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Stone of July:
A stone of ambition and drive, carnelian is a power stone. Excellent
career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.
Carnelian is the most powerful action stone for focusing, realization
and self-actualization. Increases physical energy. Protection against
the emotions of fear and anger. Zodiac signs: Taurus (Bull), Cancer
(Crab), Leo (Lion).
Abalone shell - ocean rainbow
As you probably know, the earliest known pieces of
jewelry made by modern humans and identified by
scientists are three shell beads between 90,000 and
100,000 years old; two of the ancient beads come from
Skhul Cave on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel,
and the other comes from the site of Oued Djebbana in
Since then shells are in jewelry makers' use, and one
of the best is abalone shell.
The abalone shell has been coveted for centuries
for its iridescent glimmer and natural decorative
patterns. Early civilizations all around the globe
showcased the shell for its ornamental beauty -
from the Native Americans of the United States to
the Maori of New Zealand.
The one-piece abalone shell, which is round or oval,
sometimes resembles a flat ear shape, leading to
abalone's nickname "ear-shell." There are about one
hundred different abalone varieties, including the
exquisite paua shell. Abalone is a member of the
same mollusk family that includes clams, oysters and
Prized across all continents, abalone shell shimmers
in a palette of soothing sea shades, including blue
and green. No two pieces of abalone shell are exactly
alike, giving each piece of jewelry a unique beauty
that can't be duplicated. A true treasure of the sea,
abalone shell adds a mystical beauty to jewelry
designs. It is believed that abalone shell aids in
creativity and strengthens the heart by cleansing
fear, sorrow and negative energies.
Abalone is ordinarily found in the cold ocean waters
of several regions, including Australia, New Zealand,
South Africa, Japan and parts of the Western United
States. Farming and harvesting of abalone began in
Japan and China in the late 1950's and early 1960s.
The practice has grown and spread worldwide,
including to the United States, Mexico, South Africa,
Ireland and Iceland.
Fashion Colorworks 2012. Results
Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Margarita, Cabaret,
Starfish, Cockatoo, Bellflower, Lilac, Sodalite, what
do these words say to you? Almost nothing particular,
but since September 2011 they have been names of the
Spring/Summer 2012 fashion colors as it was reported
by Pantone Color Institute, the world-renowned
authority on color and provider of color systems. And
once again Pantone colors became inspiration for the
Fashion Colorworks Bead Contest hosted by
MyLovelyBeads.com. This year the contest was organized
for the third time, made another success and proved
its high level!
2012 contest was a real challenge for 125 designers
from 28 countries who work with beads. Rainbow of
materials of 191 submitted beadworks included seed
beads and firepolished beads, soutache and fabric,
ribbons and crystals, gemstones and found objects,
lampwork beads and metal wire, and you can hardly
count the techniques used by designers in their
The panel of five international jurors from the USA,
Germany, Israel, Japan and Ukraine scored the contest
entries by high resolution photographs. Here is what
some of the jurors said. Eva Maria Keiser (USA)
writes, "Entries were abundant in number and design
originality. They were a feast for the eyes! Overall
categories were well represented and offered colorway
and technique combination surprises." Marcia Jestaedt
(USA) said, "A defining aspect of this contest is that
it sets the color parameters that can be used. I think
this is a very positive thing and is not as restrictive
as it might seem. It requires creative thinking on the
part of the artist and pushes them to a different level.
Overall the entries were impressive, with the usual
handful of pieces that stand above all others because
of their excellence in all aspects of execution."
The contest was free, and the prizes were kindly
provided by the contest generous sponsors: Artbeads.com,
BeadsUnlimited.co.uk, SoftFlex Company, Perlen Poesie
Magazine and the others. In order to encourage not
only advanced beadworkers but also beginners, this year
we created five more nominations: Best Newbie, Best Mini
Beadwork, Most Original Beadwork, and two Perlen Poesie
Picks. The winners of the contest were announced on
July 10. Though the prize fund was about $1,500, many
participants even the winners confessed that the main
contest award for them was challenge and participation.
This year First Place winners of the Fashion Colorworks
are (read the interviews with them below):
Beaded Jewelry category:
Luba Dragun, Petah Tikva, Israel, for
Whisper Of Perennial Flowers Necklace;
Finished Jewelry category:
Julia Turova, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, for
June, July, August... Set;
Beaded Objects and Accessories category:
Varvara Efimova, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for
Golden Life Top Hat.
Except all winners we would also like to mention
amazing beadworks by other artsts:
Irina Wilson (USA),
Marina Nosova (Russia),
Svetlana Dubinsky (Israel),
Alla Maslennikova (Russia),
Anett Pulai-Morvai (Hungary),
Olga Shelyag (Ukraine),
Svetlana Karimova (Poland),
Olesya Dimitrova (Moldavia),
Natalia Venkova (Russia),
Tatjana Andre (USA),
Margarita Podgur (Israel),
Zsuzsanna Lazar (Hungary),
Lyubov Pavlova (Ukraine),
Evgeniya Semina (Russia),
Kathryn Bowman (USA).
We named just a few, but there are so many designers
who created and submitted beautiful beadworks!
Now we receive emails from beadworkers asking about
2013 contest. As a rule, the Pantone Color Institute
releases its report on Spring/Summer color trends in
September, and we need a month or two to work on the
rules. We believe no later than in November we'll
publish the official rules of Fashion Colorworks 2013.
We are looking forward to providing a new challenge
for emerging bead artists!
Fashion Colorworks 2012. Gallery of beadworks
Interview with Luba Dragun
From my early childhood I have had tendencies to crafts:
I was always sewing, knitting, making flowers from fabric,
that were an excellent complement to a dress or a suit.
Three years ago passing by the newly opened shop, I
noticed there jewelry from beads and crystal elements on
display, and they blinded me! And it was just beads, not
I went in to the store and held some pieces in my hands -
bead works seemed to be excellent, and the crazy idea
pierced me. This luxury is affordable to everyone!
Various jewelry changes the look and mood of women,
emphasizes their originality in the right selection of
the appropriate clothes. And I decided for myself that
I surely had to learn beading!
I began to search for information on the Internet in
various forums and met many dedicated and talented
artists working with beads whose works delighted me.
I made a lot of friends in the bead world who are
pleasant to communicate and share knowledge; it was a
real pleasure to travel in this wonderful world! I like
the process of creating jewelry, and often inspiration
and mood influence the end result. I'm constantly
learning techniques - this leads to an increase in my
Beadweaving has become an integral part of my life; I
cannot imagine myself without beads! This year, I first
decided to participate in a remarkable Fashion
Colorworks contest, two my beadworks were among the
finalists and one of them was awarded first place. The
competition was great; it was a big step forward in my
Luba Dragun answers the questions of Varvara Efimova
1. Why did you decide to take part in the Fashion Colorworks?
I consider myself a beginner in beading and have always
watched with curiously debates between participants. This
year I decided to try my hands because competition with
other craftswomen always gives an incentive for further
2. What was your first impression of the contest color
I took quietly the first two combinations, only to find
the right blue color was somewhat problematic, but now I
collected a sufficient number of different shades. The
third triad has caused confusion; I'd never combine these
colors in my works. The competition served as a stimulus
and attempt to create work in this triad, too, but my
piece didn't come out in the final.
Full interview with Luba Dragun
Bead artwork by Luba Dragun
Interview with Julia Turova
Julia Turova answers questions of Luba Dragun
1. I'm always happy to watch your beadwork; small
details made with special care amaze me. How do you
take the idea and what principles are your jewelry based on?
Luba, thank you for your kind words. Figuratively
speaking, the ideas grow under my feet, chirp and buzz
behind the window, and jump in the grass. They come
from books illustrations. I've read a lot all my life imaging
myself living in book world. Far from being romantic, I
used to make strange things from car models to military
motifs. Then, the demand began to form the offer, and
my craftwork became less wild.
As to the attention to details, there are two sides. One
part of the work is being made under the motto "I can
do that and even better," beyond the bounds of common
sense and with the risk to the health, and the other,
minimalist one focuses on quality. And let it be an
inexpensive thing, the quality and detailing should be
seen. Otherwise, it is better not to bead.
A shape of a jewelry piece is the result of calculations.
I rarely make beadworks symmetrical, and it is important
to create them well balanced. Ability to sew helps me; I
make patterns on my computer. And sometimes a needle
leads me! I put together elements of such works on a
mannequin for a perfect fit, sometimes my experiments
make success. Still, the calculation is very important for
2. It seems to me, bead fashion takes a higher place
in Russia in comparison with other countries. What do
you think, why?
Maybe it's true if it's said about capitals. Sometimes
beaded jewelry glimpses on TV, but there is no culture
of wearing beaded work in provinces. Our women are
the two extremes, one part avoids some jewelry at all,
another one likes brightness and individuality, but
mostly it involves mass production jewelry brought
from sales in Milan or made from precious metals and
not handmade jewelry.
Factory quality - that is advertised in jewelry stores.
And what could oppose glass beads with competitive
price? To my taste, only a very few types of modern
beadworks are suitable for everyday use and single
ones during holidays. The rest has to be showcased
in the museum. The majority of people doesn't want
to stand out and is not willing to pay a lot for
handwork, so the demand is low. But people are happy
to buy a small inexpensive utilitarian items and
souvenirs allowing to get rid of headache when looking
Full interview with Julia Turova
Bead artwork by Julia Turova
Interview with Varvara Efimova
I live and work in Calgary in Canada, which annually
hosts the largest cowboy rodeo festival in our country.
I am an architect by profession, and beadwork is my
hobby. My fascination with beads began in childhood,
when I saw baubles on my friend's wrist. My mother had
a little bit of Czech beads in three colors, which in
those days was an extraordinary richness. My first
beadwork was a three-color Russian gerdan, and I still
keep remains of it. Unfortunately, it was woven with
cotton thread and broke into several pieces.
Several years ago I came across a bead shop in Calgary
and I again wanted to make something from beads. I began
to try different materials and techniques, often not
leading to the end of work. In general, I like creating
a little beaded jewelry: pendants, necklaces, and rings.
Varvara Efimova answers questions of Julia Turova
1. What is it beadwork for you, is it a hobby or art
along with painting and sculpture?
I think, beadwork is a kind of decorative art, painting
and sculpture are types of art. I do not think that they
are in a hierarchical relationship. In my opinion, it's
different style of art that exist on the same level. Also,
whether this or that object is a work of art depends on
the object itself and not on its affiliation with a type.
There are genuine artworks among beadworks and just
crafts among sculptures.
2. What place does beadwork take in the modern world
with its tendency to simplify forms and functionality?
Beading takes a very unique niche in the modern world.
At the time, as we are surrounded by a clear geometric
design objects that perform a specific function, beadworks
are those lovely things for the soul that people just want
to have, to touch, to admire them.
3. I sometimes encounter mockingly dismissive attitude
to the bead craft. They say that is because beadworkers
don't know how to spend free time. How do people perceive
around your work?
Most of the people around me are creative persons who also
have all sorts of hobbies even exotic ones. In general,
they consider my passion for beading friendly.
4. Fashion on beadwork: it is fiction or reality? How is
it in Canada? How appropriate, in your opinion, is having
beads in the wardrobe and in the interior of modern man?
This is the reality. Beads were used, is used, and will be
used in clothing and in jewelry. In Canada in stores I
often see clothes embroidered with beads and beaded jewelry,
and this summer sandals lavishly decorated with beads are
Full interview with Varvara Efimova
Bead artwork by Varvara Efimova
Mix it! IBA 2013 contest
"Mix it!" - that is the motto of the 2013 International
Bead Award (IBA 2013) themed contest "Retro, Upcycling
and New". Treasure the old and combine it with the
fresh and new!
Do you maybe have "something old" that you really
treasure, that holds special memories or has a symbolic
value - and is too good to throw away? A picture, a
small object, an old toy, a present, something from
your childhood or even from a previous generation?
Incorporate it into a newly-designed piece of jewelry.
Get it out of the drawers and show it off in a fresh,
modern (beaded) environment. We are excited about
what you will come up with!
Enter the contest! Entries can be submitted online
from September through December 2012. More information
is available at
www.perlen-poesie.de/iba starting September.
The winning pieces will be displayed at the BEADERS
BEST Bead Art Fair 2013 and in Perlen Poesie magazine.
There are many material prizes and gift certificates
from our generous sponsors to win!
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA:
Beads by Blanche bead shop
Bobby Bead, Inc. website
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
Today we publish the last, third lesson of netting
beading (lace beadweaving) by Coco L'Hopital-Navarre,
"How to decorate your netting with fancy beads." We
hope you will find this tutorial useful, too.
As a final festive touch to netting beading tutorials
we'd like to showcase four different beadworks by Coco
L'Hopital-Navarre she has created for the last two
years: Blue Words Necklace, Silver Netting Necklace,
Pastel Pink Necklace, and Sediqa Necklace.
The last beadwork is named by Colett after a young
Afghan woman who was stoned to death in Afghanistan's
north after she had run away from home because her
father had sold her into marriage with a wealthy
read the story of Sediqa ).
Netting beadwork by Coco L'Hopital-Navarre
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
Beaders Best Art Fair 2012
August 18 - 19, 2012
Mengestrasse 20, 21107 Hamburg, Germany
The 2nd BEADERS BEST Bead
Art Fair is around the corner! More then 55 exhibitors
will be participating - beading friends, retailers
and supply companies from all over Europe and Overseas
will meet at this second event. Some highlights of the
- International Artists;
Meet your wholesalers and manufacturers at the B2B area.
Make new contacts with national and international dealers!
Merge the unique fair with a stimulating visit of the
beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Hamburg. You will find
information regarding the fair on the website:
Greene-Christ will answer all your questions, email her at
- More than 40 different classes;
- Jewelry Shows;
- Exhibition of the IBA contest winners.
Bead Fest Philadelphia
August 15 - 19, 2012
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
Be a part of the largest bead and jewelry making event on
the East Coast!
- Top instructors will present 170+ Workshops on every
technique you want to learn;
- Shop the Bead Fest Expo - 350 booths and tables for
jewelry making materials;
- Delve deep into a jewelry making topic in two-day
- Enjoy meeting jewelry artists and learning something new
in demonstrations and special events.
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