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Balance and transformation, spiritual evolution.
Stimulates intuitive power. Also represents fidelity,
loyalty, practicality, and responsibility. Eases
delivery in birthing, and also facilitates the
re-birthing process, as it helps one to recognize
and clear past negative experiences. Zodiac signs:
Capricorn (Seagoat), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Labradorite - gem of Northern Lights
Labradorite is a mineral with a "clor play"
effect called "labradorescence", it usually
occurs as clear, white to gray. Labradorite
was first found in 1770 on the Paul's Island
near the town of Nain in Labrador, Canada.
It has also been reported in Norway and
various other locations worldwide: in India,
Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia. It
also has been found in some meteorites.
Gem quality labradorite is known as
spectrolite; which is a colorless variety,
darkened with needlelike inclusions, it is
often called black moonstone. Spectrolite
is a dark and opalescent blue with a shimmer
when the light hits it. It was discovered
in Finland during 1940s, and it is also
According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern
Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along
the coast of Labrador peninsula. It is told
that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them
and was able to free most of the lights with
a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights
were still trapped within the stone, and thus
we have today the beautiful mineral known as
Labradorite which shows an iridescent play of
colors is used in jewelry and lapidary items,
and as an ornamental stone it has many popular
uses such as in decorative clock faces, table
and counter tops, facing for buildings, etc..
Traditionally, labradorite is thought to bring
Fashion Colorworks 2013. Two weeks to go!
The contest continues, but only two weeks to go.
You can submit your entries for the Fashion
Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest in three categories
until June 15. We are looking forward to seeing
your amazing bead items in the contest!
Fashion Colorworks 2013 Rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
Making beads from beads - Sharri Moroshok
You cannot grasp the immensity, and bead
manufacturers cannot create anything that
the artists would have to work with. So,
lampworkers take one of the niches creating
custom glass beads. Another sort of custom
beads is beaded beads - beads woven from
seed beads. Today we'd like you to meet a
beautiful artist designing such beads and
creating jewelry from them, Sharri Moroshok.
Sharri said, "In my previous professional
life I was a Librarian. I loved the work but
I always felt the presence of an artist
within me. I began doing beadwork in 1993.
That year, while on a vacation trip with my
husband, I was in a bookshop in Sedona,
Arizona. I happened upon a book that took
my breath away -
The New Beadwork by Kathlyn Moss and
In it I saw pictures of some beaded beads
and I became fascinated with this miniature
art form. But how to make them??? Back then
there were few classes or tutorials. And it
was before we could find info about almost
anything online. This, as it turns out, was
very fortunate for me. I was forced to find
my own way to creating beaded beads,
developing my own aesthetic.
I already knew peyote stitch and so that was
what I used and have continued to for 20
years. I also use wood beads as an armature.
Working within the confines of this ancient
bead stitching technique, taking my cues
from the wood bead shapes I could find, and
getting color inspirations from the vast
and never ending array of seed beads in the
world, I have spent all these years
exploring and creating beaded beads.
I began doing art shows and selling my work
pretty quickly. Around 1996 I worked up the
nerve to start traveling to the big bead
shows. I got asked to teach a lot and so I
taught workshops. This was all very
rewarding and exciting, but also rather
exhausting after a certain number of years.
So, in 2007, along with a dear friend and
fellow art jeweler (Tana Mclane of
opened an art gallery in my hometown of
Tallahassee, Florida. I loved it! But
exactly one year later the bottom fell out
of the U.S. economy. There is no more
optional than spending for art. After
struggling through 2 more years we sadly
closed the gallery. But lo and behold I
had learned a few more things about the
Full article by Sharri Moroshok
Beaded beads by Sharri Moroshok
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Words and jewelry by Elsa Triolet
Born Ella Kagan in Moscow, Russia, in 1929 the young
writer Elsa Triolet, not assuming about her future
glory as a famous French novelist, decided to design
jewelry making money for living. This short period
in her life is less well known than her youth
friendly relations with the aspiring futurist poet
and graphic artist
Vladimir Mayakovsky who became the greatest poet
of the Soviet epoch. In 1915 Elsa invited him home,
and the poet fell madly in love with her older sister
Lilya, who was married to Osip Brik. Later Elsa was
the first to translate Mayakovsky's poetry (as well
as volumes of other Russian-language poetry) into
The late 1920s are also much less known than the time
when Elsa's talent as a writer was crowned by the
Prix Goncourt (in 1944), France's top literary award,
for "A Fine of 200 Francs" (Le premier accroc coute
200 francs) (1), a book of short stories where she
described her impressions about her participation
in the French Resistance during World War II. Elsa
Triolet is the first woman who won the Prix Goncourt!
Once Elsa Triolet had made a sufficient amount of
jewels to sell, she was helped in business by her
life companion and husband, the French poet and
writer Louis Aragon, whom she had met at the
renowned cafe La Coupole in Paris in 1928. Her
creations stood out from other jewelry that has
been made at that period by originality and a great
diversity of materials and forms: coconuts, paper
mache, metal, rhinestones, mother-of-pearl,
porcelain, beads, bakelite, leather.
One of the first Elsa's jewelry pieces made out of
found objects was sold to Elsa Schiaparelli, and
further Elsa Triolet's jewels were intended for
Parisian Haute Couture houses; she made jewelry
for different couturiers with Louis Aragon acting
as the salesman. Elsa spent the money earned from
the sales of her jewelry to organize a trip to
Russia in 1930 where the couple attended a
congress of revolutionary writers in Kharkov (2).
During their lives the couple had made several
trips to the USSR.
Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon made up a mythical
couple being the activists of the French Communist
Party as well as high personalities in the
literary world until their death (Elsa: 1896-1970
and Louis: 1897-1982). It is also exceptional
enough to stress that Elsa, initially called Ella
or Allia and nicknamed Wild Strawberry (3) in her
youth, had always written in Russian and French
languages equally. Elsa kept her diary in French
and started writing her novels directly in French
Full article "Words And Jewelry By Elsa Triolet"
Jewelry by Elsa Triolet
Workshops at Beaders Best Fair 2013
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place in
Hamburg, Germany in August 24-25 and the
workshops will begin on August 23. International
artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading
friends from all over Europe and Overseas will
meet at this unmatched event for the third time.
The show schedule includes intensive jewelry
making program, the classes will be taught by
internationally recognized bead artists:
Olga Vinnere Pettersson,
and other artists.
The workshop price includes the kit, and the kit
includes all materials and findings needed for
the workshop, and tutorial (patterns with
instructions). Anybody who doesn't finish his work
on site will be able to finish it at home.
Workshop "Sunshine Necklace"
Workshop "Beige Lace Necklace"
Workshop "Lone Bronze Leaf Necklace"
From lace to bead weaving - R. Rakovska
Working with technique all her life and at
the same time being an artistic by nature,
Rumyana Rakovska from Bulgaria applied her
creative skills in lace and bead weaving.
We've known Rumyana for a long time and
happy to have her in our newsletter!
Rumyana said, "My grandmother was great in
crafting, but while she was alive and wanted
to pass me her skills, I did not show any
interest to it (a lesson for the young!). I
was studying at the institute and wanted to
shine as a "techie" (I've been working as an
engineer at the National Palace of Culture
for 32 years). I have worked in the men's
team, where as a specialist I was appreciated
very much and where I felt I was looked down
upon. And I finally realized that I would
always deal with a silent "technology is not
a woman's thing" and the work of men will
always get a higher rating.
Once going through grandmother's things, I
found her laceworks, which delighted me. I
wanted to learn making such things - but the
grandmother was not there... Gradually, I
was fascinated by lace and a step-by-step
mastered all available techniques. First I have
learned crochet using the German magazine
"Handarbeit". Then I went to the courses of
bobbin lacework, then tatting. And all the time
I did not stop to wonder about amazing lace,
which decorated the old grandmother's
handkerchiefs... No one could tell me about
that kind of lace technique.
And by chance I watched a TV show where
a craftswoman was making "grandma's lace"!
I found the artist, got in touch with her and
began to learn the skills of needlelace. By the
way, the Dutch queen has a blouse made by
a local designer and decorated with my laces
in this technique.
With the advent of the Internet in my life, I
became interested in the characteristics of
lace weaving in other countries and spent on
various sites on needlework a lot of time. One
day I accidentally got on the website
www.beadsky.com, and from that moment
my bead history began. It was not easy to
find a high quality beads in Bulgaria at that
time, the shops sold only simple Chinese
beads. I have looked at the work of Russian
beadworkers and was upset with my ugly
items quite unlike their exquisite work... But it
was hard to stop!
I could not resist and have tried all kinds of
beadwork that all my friends made: weaving,
embroidery, etc. (except, perhaps, the French
bead flower technique, I do not know why,
maybe it requires a different state of mind).
But with a special attention and enthusiasm I
have considered graceful creations by E.
Stepnaya and N. Libin in tatting with beads
technique - for hours!.."
Full article by Rumyana Rakovska
Frivolite with beads by Rumyana Rakovska
Lacework by Rumyana Rakovska
Tips on mastering free-form
1. Before you start, it makes sense to draw a
life-size outline of necklace (bracelet,
earrings) of the desired shape.
2. You can fill in the room between outlines of
the future item with elements, drawing sketches
of their texture and color.
3. The composition should be constructed so that
the same shape, texture and color of the details
are not side by side with each other.
4. Better to start weaving from an imaginary
centerline to the edges. If you create a
necklace, it is best to weave one half, and then
get to the second.
5. In the process of weaving it is desirable
from time to time to put on the item to the
sketch to control how it fits in the specified
6. It makes no sense to follow the original
sketch too strictly; it's especially about the
texture of the elements.
7. You have to also remember about possible
excesses with the thread because when you work
with bugle beads, crystal elements and gem chips
it can be cut.
8. You can use as a clasp a beaded loop and any
element of fantasy: a piece of coral, a stone,
beautiful beads, buttons, and so on.
Get your imagination wild and be creative - not
forgetting about the harmony!
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 17
Issue 17 is coming out!
• Subtle Sophistication
Sonoko Nozue: She studied Japanese literature. Her
jewelry is as subtle and esthetic as she herself is.
Twenty years ago the sight of a frame-woven beaded
bag awakened her love of bead art - and the
inspiration from her artistically active mother who
tailored kimonos and made Japanese dolls. Let
yourself be enchanted by the works of the Japanese
• Beaded Clasps
Course: You want to create just the right matching
clasp for your piece of jewelry, yourself? Which
creative methods there are and what technical details
you have to pay attention to - find out about them
in our course.
• Down to the Wire
Yael Falk: Remember knitting that tube with the
knitting spool, which at the same time served for
coiling the tube around? A similar principle has
been developed by Yael (Yoola) Falk for
crocheting or knitting wire - the method lies
somewhere in between - to make jewelry and other
objects that have a nice, uniform loop - something
not otherwise achievable with wire.
• "Mix it!"
IBA 2013: Choose your favorite at
Great pendants, rings made with really big crystals,
necklace with golden leaves, neat bracelets and much
more from artists as Sonoko Nozue, Kathy King,
Yumiko Watanabe, Helena Tang-Lim, Keiko Wada,
Erika Pfister, Met Innmon, Monika Seip, Sabine
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May upcoming events
Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial
May 4 - June 13, 2013
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
This Strathmore juried favorite returns with a
crafty collection of work in a variety of media
that's guaranteed to surprise and delight.
Extraordinary pieces of fine contemporary craft
by regional artists will be on display at the
Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
This biennial show is sponsored by the
Creative Crafts Council (CCC),
which represents artists working in ceramics,
enamel, glass, fiber, metals, mixed media,
polymer clay, and wood. The public is cordially
invited to visit the show in business hours,
and also to come and meet the artists and judges
in person at the Artists' Opening and Reception
on May 16th, when the prize winners of each
category will be announced.
Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space
May 29 - June 19, 2013
Mitchell Art Gallery
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
This exhibition will include the work of artists
from the United States and Puerto Rico. Jurors
Joann Moser (senior curator of Graphic Arts at
the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and Jack
Rasmussen (director and curator at the American
University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center)
selected two- and three-dimensional works in
all media, including jewelry and small sculpture.
All works will be for sale. This fundraising
event proceeds will benefit the education
programs of the Mitchell Gallery.
The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on
the campus of St. John's College, is a hidden
treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by
the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and
dedicated to bringing art of world renown to
Annapolis since it opened in 1989, the Mitchell
Gallery's modern design won a Citation of Merit
from the American Institute of Architects. It
attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its
museum-quality exhibits, which are of an unusual
range and diversity for a gallery of its size.
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