August, 2012

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Back to school!

Almost all in this issue is about the Bead Art Fair that took place two weeks ago in Hamburg, Germany. We were happy to take part in some show events! Read here:

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Stone of August: JADE

Stone of August:

Balances male/female energies. Stone of protection, provides barrier against attacks and illness. Encourages meditative travel. Helps in making the dream process productive and healing. Zodiac signs: Libra (Balance), Capricorn (Seagoat), Aries (Ram), Gemini (Twins).

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Jade - gemstone of August

Jade is an ornamental stone, that is applied to two different rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: nephrite jade and jadeitite. Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form as well as in a variety of green colors, whereas jadeitite shows more color variations, including dazzling blue, lavender-mauve, violet, emerald-green, orange, yellow, pink, brown, and black colors.

The English word "jade" is derived from the Spanish term PIEDRA DE IJADA (first recorded in 1565) or "loin stone", from its reputed efficacy in curing ailments of the loins and kidneys. "Nephrite" is derived from LAPIS NEPHRITICUS, the Latin version of the Spanish PIEDRA DE IJADA.

Nephrite and jadeite were used by people from the prehistoric for similar purposes. Both are about the same hardness as quartz, and they are exceptionally tough. They are beautifully colored and can be delicately shaped. Only in the 19th century it was determined that "jade" was in fact two different materials. Among the earliest known jade artifacts excavated from prehistoric sites are simple ornaments such as rounded beads, buttons, and tubular jades. Additionally, jade was used for axe heads, knives, and other weapons. As metal-working technologies became available, the beauty of jade made it valuable for ornaments and decorative objects.

Jade dragon, Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-9 AD)

Of the two, jadeite is rarer, documented in fewer than 12 places worldwide. Translucent emerald-green jadeitite is the most prized variety, both now and historically. As "quetzal" jade, bright green jadeitite from Guatemala was treasured by Mesoamerican cultures, and as "kingfisher" jade, vivid green rocks from Burma became the preferred stone of post-1800 Chinese imperial scholars and rulers.

Burma (Myanmar) and Guatemala are the principal sources of modern gem jadeitite, and Canada of modern lapidary nephrite. Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China as well as in New Zealand, the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coasts of North America, Neolithic Europe, and south-east Asia. In addition to Mesoamerica, jadeitite was used by Neolithic Japanese and European cultures.

Jade is the official gemstone of British Columbia, Canada, where it is found in large deposits in the Lillooet and Cassiar regions. It is also the official gemstone of the state of Alaska, found particularly in the Kobuk area. A two ton block of jade sits outside the Anchorage Visitor's Center in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, mined from near Kobuk and donated to the city as a showpiece.

Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012

Two weeks ago bead artists and bead lovers from many countries second time gathered in Hamburg, Germany at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012. Hundreds of visitors from different countries around the globe attended the show to replenish their bead storages, to meet friends, to establish business contacts, to learn from world known artists. We haven't seen unhappy faces there!

The third Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place on 24-25 August 2013 at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen, Germany (Google map). The exhibition center is air-conditioned and has a lot of space and provides different services. Exhibitors making table reservation will get not only table space but square meters behind the tables which can be filled with racks or shelves. The closest Hotel Park Inn Hamburg Nord has rooms at a special rate if you book right away, you need to make reservation with this code word: "Perlenkunst-Messe". Verena Greene-Christ will answer all your questions regarding the fair, email her at We will inform you about any Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 news.

Photos from Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012
Meetings with friends at the Bead Art Fair

Battle of the BeadSmith. Fourth round

Battle of the BeadSmith

The "Battle of the BeadSmith 2012" tournament on Facebook is coming to the end! Right now round four is taking place. Initially, 80 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination "tournament" to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of 119 of their fellow designers, specialty bead shop owners, and members of various beading magazine editorial staffs. The pairs of the round four are:

Battle 1:   Helena Tang (Singapore) vs Betty Stephan (USA)
Battle 2:   Kinga Nichols (USA) vs Melissa Ingram (Australia)
Battle 3:   Irina Chikineva (Russia) vs Sue Horine (USA)
Battle 4:   Anna Braginsky (Israel) vs Mikki Ferrugiaro (USA)
Battle 5:   Julia Turova (Russia) vs Alla Maslennikova (Russia)

We wish success to all participants! Stay tuned on Facebook for updates and check out the amazing beadworks of the Battle of the BeadSmith participants!

Battle of the BeadSmith
Battle of the BeadSmith. Participants
Battle of the BeadSmith. Jurors

International Bead Award Contest. Winners

IBA 2012

On August 18, 2012 the winners of the International Bead Award Contest were announced at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair. It was an exciting event! First place winners are:

Lampwork Category
               "Citylife" by Andrea Schwarz, Germany
Loomwork Category
               "Death of a Purse" by Rebecca Blackwell, USA
Off-Loom Category
               "Sweet Little Grasshopper!" by Ilka Weinreich, Germany
Bead Crochet, Bead Knitting Category
               "Painting a Rainbow" by Svetlana Karimova, Poland
Embroidery Category
               "Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil" by Anna Denisova, Italy
Paper, Textile Category
               "Patchwork Armband" by Olga Haserodt, Germany
Polymer Clay, Ceramic, Porcelain Category
               "Vitamin" by Yuliya Galuschak, Ukraine
Wirewok Category
               "Carnival" by Natalya Bulba, Ukraine
Mixed Media Category
               "Once Upon a Frog" by Andrea Landau, Italy
Public voting
               "Die Sonnenblumen" by Galina Baer, Austria
Our warmest congratulations to all winners!

Full list of International Bead Award Contest winners
The winners on Perlen Poesie website

Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 14

Perlen Poesie, Number 14 is coming out on September 10! In that issue:

•  Maggie's Gold: Maggie Meister - the father sparked her interest in European history. Years later, she came to Italy and was able to learn and practice. The colors and shapes of the ancient artifacts are featured in Maggie's jewelry.
•  Caught in the Net: Confucius said, "Holes are the main thing in a net," - explanation and demonstration of the possibilities of this fascinating simple netting technique.
•  Bead Art Fair 2013: Anticipation - bigger, more beautiful, more diverse - a preview of the 3rd Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 in Hamburg, and indeed in a new place.
•  Back to the Future: Czech Republic - we can feel the glory of the old "Jablonec Industries" by looking at the famous glass beads by Preciosa Ornela and admiring committed people who live with the old craft and inspire the global market with new products.
•  Winners of IBA 2012: Look at the winning pieces of the international jewelry contest IBA 2012. Savor the diversity of ideas!
•  15 tutorials and much more!

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Lace beadweaving challenge

Create your own vertical netting stitch necklace!

This challenge is open to all participants, the sending of your photographs will validate your participation. We suggest you to create a necklace of your own design in vertical netting stitch with increases and decreases using bead insertion or bead embroidery. Your netting beadwork has to be done with seed beads and any other fancy beads (round, faceted, bicones, bugles, etc.). Please no cabochons and nor other elements added except listed above.

Deadline for sending your photos is Friday, October 26, 2012. Your photo should be no more than 800 Kb, we ask you for a high resolution photo in order to create an online gallery. Please send your emails with attached photos at:, please send us also the following information: first name, last name, nickname (if you want) and a link to your blog or website.

It's not a contest and the winners won't be selected. The pictures of all submissions will be published in our newsletter and in the blog Perles et Dent'Elles. Learn tutorials by Coco L'Hopital-Navarre for your inspiration!

Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
For French speaking subscribers: Lace beadweaving challenge

Upcoming events

Alexandria Festival of the Arts 2012 Alexandria Festival of the Arts 2012

September 8-9, 2012
         Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
         Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
King Street between Union & Washington sts., Alexandria, VA

Voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The 8th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts is one not to be missed! Discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more.

The Alexandria Festival of the Arts transforms the streets of Old Town Alexandria into an outdoor art gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top award-winning artists. The free outdoor art festival will line six blocks of King Street showcasing different artworks. This popular outdoor event will feature art with prices ranging from $20 to $20,000. The show is set up along King Street and stretches all the way down the street to the Potomac River.

Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory

September 8, 2012, Noon-4 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Let your creative side play at this 4th annual event taking place during the Alexandria Festival of the Arts! Become a part of the creative process with hands-on projects, artist demonstrations, and special taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy artist demonstrations throughout the day including pottery on the wheel, painting, sculpture, and much more. Visitors are also invited to try their hand at different art techniques including clay throwing and fiber art at special "Try Me" stations. Guests will get creative with hands-on projects including the popular Champagne Cork Chairs Workshop, Bubble Gum Painting, and Screen Printing.


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