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already behind us, and we are looking forward to
Thanksgiving and Holiday season! Read in our October
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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).
Amazonite - stone of courage
Amazonite (sometimes called "Amazon stone") is
a green variety of feldspar. A semi-opaque
stone that was used extensively by the Egyptians
is called the stone of courage and is said to
be named after the Amazon women warriors. Some
archaeological evidence suggests that the
Amazonians were a matriarchal society during
the Bronze Age. Another legend says the name
"amazonite" comes from the belief that it was
found in the Amazon river.
Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence.
Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively in
the Southern Urals, from the area of Miass in
the Ilmen mountains, 50 miles southwest of
Chelyabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granite
More recently, high-quality crystals have
been obtained from Pike's Peak, Colorado, where
it is found associated with smoky quartz,
orthoclase, and albite in a coarse granite or
pegmatite. Nevertheless, very often all
amazonite crystals are called Russian amazonite.
Crystals of amazonite can also be found in
Crystal Park, El Paso County, Colorado. Other
localities in the United States, which yield
amazonite, include the Morefield Mine in Amelia,
Virginia. It is also found in pegmatite in
Madagascar and in Brazil.
Because of its bright green color when polished,
amazonite is sometimes cut and used as a gemstone,
although it is easily fractured. For many years,
the source of amazonite color was a mystery.
Naturally, many people assumed the color was due
to copper because copper compounds often have
blue and green colors. More recent studies
suggest that the blue-green color results from
small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar.
Fashion Colorworks 2013 is starting!
The fourth International Fashion Colorworks 2013
Beading Contest started. This year beadworkers
will again 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 spring 2013:
First color combination:
Emerald (CMYK: 184.108.40.206; RGB: 0-165-141; HTML: #00A58D)
Nectarine (CMYK: 0.54.75.0; RGB: 246-142-80; HTML: #F68E50)
Linen (CMYK: 220.127.116.11; RGB: 247-223-200; HTML: #F7DFC8)
Second color combination:
Poppy Red (CMYK: 0.94.89.0; RGB: 238-52-48; HTML: #EE3430)
Grayed Jade (CMYK: 18.104.22.168; RGB: 152-204-183; HTML: #98CCB7)
Monaco Blue (CMYK: 22.214.171.124; RGB: 20-68-119; HTML: #144477)
Third color combination:
Tender Shoots (CMYK: 126.96.36.199; RGB: 189-215-76; HTML: #BDD74C)
African Violet (CMYK: 188.8.131.52; RGB: 184-149-197; HTML: #B895C5)
Lemon Zest (CMYK: 0.10.75.0; RGB: 255-223-93; HTML: #FFDF5D)
Fashion Colorworks 2013 rules
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We invite sponsors for the Fashion Colorworks 2013 contest!
From Japan with love
Maiko Kage Felton is amazingly talented bead
artist, a winner of many international bead
contests. Born in Japan, Maiko lives in
California. She has been a juror of our Fashion
Colorworks in 2011 and 2012, and she is in the
jury panel this year. Thank you, Maiko! We are
glad to have you in our newsletter!
Maiko says, "When I was in the United States
in 2001, I happened upon some beautiful bead
magazines. Impressed by the beauty of the pieces
profiled in the magazines I found beadwork very
inspirational and I set out to master various
beading techniques, and soon embarked on my
journey as a jewelry designer. Now I live in
My jewelry pieces tend to explore the interplay
between symmetry and nature. I prefer to let my
creativity flow freely; this allows the piece to
seemingly define itself during its creation. I
love sharing my jewelry interpretations of
nature and life. Inspiring and exchanging ideas
with others has always been one of my main
objectives as a bead artist/designer. So many
people, including family, friends, fellow artists
and students have given me so much throughout the
years, and I would like to respond in kind.
Beadwork is a very personal endeavor. It can also
be a very solitary experience with very few
opportunities for feedback, and punctuated with
times of doubt and frustration. Sure, displaying
one's work in a public forum can be frightening.
But the sharing of one's work and ideas is
necessary to give life and energy to that work.
I've published two beading books in Japan and
conducted bead workshops in Japan and the United
States, my tutorials appear in Bead & Button
Magazine. I like participating in bead contests
and have been a finalist in the Bead Dreams
contests in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. My
beadworks have also won in the Bead Arts Award
in 2005 and 2006."
Full article by Maiko Kage Felton
Bead art by Maiko Kage Felton
Website (galleries): www.happybeading.net
Website (shop): kagecollection.com
Interview with Galina Baer
Third Place Winner in Beaded Jewelry category
for Garden Of Eden Necklace
I'm Galina Baer, recently in
my article I told the story on how I started
beading and about my experience and plans. Some
time passed, and now I am proud to share with you
my success and small victories in this year. At the
beginning of winter in Moscow the Wonderful
Moments Magazine has published several my tutorials;
my necklace "Garden Of Eden" took third place in the
Fashion Colorworks 2012, and finally my Inspired By
Van Gogh Necklace won the People's Choice Award in
the IBA 2012 competition organized by the Perlen
Poesie Magazine. I am very happy that some of my
creative ideas come true; it gave me a huge boost
to the positive movement forward and made me believe
I want to say a few words to those who still didn't
make his decision to take part in Fashion Colorworks
or perhaps in some other bead contest. Do not be
afraid! Nothing can compare to the feeling of joy
and excitement that you have the opportunity to
invite the others to your world of shapes and colors
and discover new names. It may be that you will
become a new star, a new discovery in the wonderful
world of beauty! I wish you success and
Galina Baer answers the questions of Tatiana Fedorikhina
1. You include beaded flowers in many of your
works. Why is that?
Indeed, beaded flowers are almost in all my recent
works. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I'm
surrounded by magical nature of alpine meadows and
an irresistible desire to express my feelings and
admiration for these colors make me go back to the
theme of flowers again and again.
2. Are you beading something else besides jewelry?
No. Immediately and probably forever, I chose this
field of beading. Designing and making jewelry has
always been my great desire.
3. How do you select the color scheme for your
It's simple; just carefully look around yourself...
I often think about color palettes when getting a
new "batch" of beads from a shop, and later I use
them in my work. During some breaks I especially weave
small elements to look for new color combinations in
my future possible pieces of jewelry. So one flower
motif can be the basis of a set of colors.
4. Do you make sketches of your future jewelry or
create them, as they say, "on the fly"?
I do not make sketches for my beadworks - I cannot
do it because of complete lack of talent for drawing.
But I paint wonderful pictures in my imagination,
and often these are the images I later embody in my
Full interview with Galina Baer
Beadwork by Galina Baer
Interview with Tatiana Fedorikhina
Third Place Winner in Finished Jewelry category
for Japanese Garden Necklace
I'm Tatiana Fedorikhina; I have lived in the U.S. for
over 20 years and received Master's degree and Ph.D.
in speech pathology. I work with elementary school
children, and find it difficult sometimes to cope
with all the problems my clients and their parents
face due to disability. Beading is a way to escape
reality and transport myself into the world of magic,
bright colors, and festive beauty.
I love to travel and have visited many parts of the
world, but there are still lots of places I would
love to visit. Recently, I've been to Brazil and
was able to find some beautiful tourmalines there.
I bring beads or stones from every trip. In my
necklaces photographs of which are published in
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry book, I used beads and
components from Italy, Czech republic, Holland,
Hawaii, and the Bahamas.
I'd like to say, many thanks go to the organizers of
Fashion Colorworks for providing an opportunity to
enjoy the wonderful world of beads. I am looking
forward to seeing the new color combinations for the
Tatiana Fedorikhina answers the questions of Galina Baer
1. When did you discover beading? How did it happen?
I started beading seven years ago when I moved to
Indianapolis. This city seemed very dull to me compared
to Los Angeles: no theaters or art exhibitions to speak
of. As a result, I had some spare time and devoted it to
macrame and micro macrame, which I have been practicing
for the past ten years. One day I went to a local bead
store to get some materials for a micro macrame necklace,
and the owner convinced me to come to the Bead Society
meeting. This was the beginning of my new hobby.
2. Where do you find your inspiration?
I love flowers and grow orchids at home. My favorite
place in the U.S. is the Huntington Botanical Gardens
in Pasadena (California), and near Moscow in Russia -
my parents' country cottage, where my mom grows beautiful
flowers. Most of my necklaces are inspired by nature.
Full interview with Tatiana Fedorikhina
Beadwork by Tatiana Fedorikhina
Interview with Hiromi Takemura
Third Place Winner in Beaded Objects category
for Gerbera Bouquet Stand
My name is Hiromi Takemura; I live in Kashihara,
Nara, Japan. In 2002 I saw a flower bouquet made
from beads and got interested in that technique.
So I started learning the western style of making
beaded flowers in Japan. I was excited by new
creative possibilities and in 2005 I received a
teacher certificate in this technique in the
Tomato Studio; soon after in 2006 I started my own
workshop "Sachi" in Osaka and
website. I was fascinated with the beadwork by
Maiko Kage Felton, and in 2008 began learning
off-loom techniques from her. I try to combine both
techniques into one.
Recently I've entered several bead contests. In 2010
my beadwork "The Cosmos Field" won the Second Place
in the Japanese bead magazine "Beads Friend" contest,
and "Forever Love" became the finalist there. I've
created beadworks that have been juried into the Bead
Dreams finals ("Purple Majesty" in Beaded Objects or
Accessories category in 2011 and "Sunflower" and
"Sakura" in the same category in 2012). "Blue Rose
Bouquet" was the finalist in the Fashion Colorworks
in 2011, and "Gerbera Bouquet Stand" won the Third
Place in that contest this year in Beaded Objects or
Hiromi Takemura answers the questions of Tatiana Fedorikhina
1. Most of your designs are flowers, that is why
I wanted to ask you if you have a home garden, and
if so, which flowers do you grow?
I have a garden, but I don't grow flowers there. I
deal with flowers mostly when working. After
learning the bead flower technique, I started to
teach it. I make pieces as teaching materials for
students or when I participate in competitions.
2. Do you visit public gardens in Japan and abroad?
If so, which gardens have inspired your designs?
I'd like to confess that I have never been to any big
garden! But I often visit flower shops and I think about
my designs there.
Full interview with Hiromi Takemura
Beadwork by Hiromi Takemura
Netting beadweaving challenge
Netting beadweaving challenge is over. It was open to
beadworkers from all countries, and the organizers
Perles et Dent'Elles blog received submissions
from France, Germany, Israel, Romania, Hungary,
Finland, Poland and Morocco. The entries were designed
and made in vertical netting stitch with increases and
decreases using bead insertion and bead embroidery.
Some of them are very intricate some easier but all
Netting beadweaving challenge submissions
Virginia Christmas Market
November 9-11, 2012
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 #39 in 200 Best
Traditional Arts and Crafts Shows. 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 23-25, 2012
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 #17 in their 200 Best Traditional
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
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