From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
Halloween is already behind us, and we are looking
forward to Thanksgiving and Holiday season. And of
course we're happy to announce the 5th Fashion
Colorworks! Read in our October issue:
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Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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).
Eudialyte - "Saami blood" stone
Eudialyte is a rare transparent to translucent
mineral of red, magenta, brown also blue and
yellow color. Eudialyte name derives from the
Greek phrase EU DIALYTOS,
meaning "well decomposable"; it alludes to its
ready solubility in acid. Eudialyte was
discovered in southwest Greenland in 1819;
and it was first described by a German chemist
Friedrich Stromeyer. Alternative names of
eudialyte include: almandine spar and eudalite.
Saami, indigenous Finno-Ugric people, inhabiting
parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland
and the Kola Peninsula of Russia where eudialyte
is also found call the mineral "Lapp" or "Saami
blood". The origins of this popular name comes
from a legend about the Saami opposition to the
Swedes. Beautiful stones in mostly red shades
reminiscent about Saami struggle for their land.
Eudialyte is used as a minor ore of zirconium.
Another use of eudialyte is as a minor gemstone,
but this use is limited by its rarity, which is
compounded by its poor crystal habit. These
factors make eudialyte of primary interest as a
Eudialyte's rarity makes locality useful in its
identification. Prominent localities of eudialyte
include Mont Saint-Hilaire in Canada and the
Kola Peninsula in Russia, but it is also found in
Greenland, Norway, and Arkansas. The lack of
crystal habit, associated with color, is also useful
for identification, as are associated minerals.
Eudialyte is a stone of life force and love force.
This powerful and rare stone brings harmony
and balance to the yearnings of the heart with the
physical reality. Eudialyte is an excellent stone
for those who seek to receive and express more
love and acceptance.
Fashion Colorworks 2014 is starting!
The fifth International Fashion Colorworks 2014 Beading Contest is hosted
by My Lovely Beads. Entries should be made using one of the color combinations
made up of three colors announced by the Pantone Color Institute, the
world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems, as top
10 fashion colors for spring 2014
( fashion colors spring 2014 ) :
Fashion Colorworks 2014 rules
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We invite sponsors for the Fashion Colorworks 2014 contest!
Micro-macrame by Jeanne Wertman
Jeanne Wertman is a veteran crafter, her
experience in handmaking is - it's hard to
believe - 77 years! During all her life Jeanne
has always been interested in crafting: sewing,
crocheting, knitting, tatting, and later in
beading and micro-macrame. She has hundreds
followers and many of them, especially
micro-macrame lovers, name Jeanne as a teacher
in crafts. We'are proud to have her in our
Jeanne says, "As I look back to the beginning of
my crafting days, I find two little words have
shaped my desire to do the very best I can at
whatever I am working on at the time. A craft
show was being held at my grade school, and I
proudly entered a collar that I had embroidered
on. An 8th grade boy came into our third grade
classroom to pick up the entries, and when he
came to mine he said... "What's this?"
Those words and a look of disgust haunt me to
this day as I pull out miles of crochet thread,
and undo hundreds of knots in tatting and
macrame, striving for perfection in everything
I make. I learned early on the joy of making
something, whether it was with beads or needle
and thread of some kind.
Things were so different in 1936... It started
with a dime store loom and a tube of seed beads
that were ten cents for a small vial at the
time. I have never since been as happy as I
was then, when I was 8 years old and could walk
6 blocks to the store to buy a couple of colors
of seed beads! Now I wouldn't call them beautiful,
as they were misshapen Indian beads to be sewn
on a garment, not woven into jewelry as we are
doing today. Those beads and a loom were the
beginning of my love for beading.
I lived with my grandmother at that time and I
watched as she, being a dressmaker, sewed from
morning to night making beautiful garments for
wealthy ladies. She could make a garment after
just seeing a picture of it. Her motto was to
make everything on the back side as nice as on
the part you see, and that is another something
that has stayed with me all these years.
I could sew well enough to make my own clothes
when I was in high school, and by the time I
had my own family I continued sewing for my two
girls. To make money for living, for some time
I've worked in bridal salons and upper-scale
dress shops working long hours doing alterations.
I have also had my own business designing and
making costumes for competition skaters. There
was a lot of beading involved in these outfits,
and soon I quit the sewing part and concentrated
on just working with beads..."
Full article by Jeanne Wertman
Micro-macrame jewelry by Jeanne Wertman
Gallery on Picturetrail: picturetrail.com/grannyx
Micro-macrame by Elena Miklush
Elena Miklush was born and educated in Minsk,
Belorussia; now she lives in Moscow, Russia.
She got her first macrame lessons as a child
from her grandmother and micro-macrame became
her passion. Elena has participated in Fashion
Colorworks for the last two years and her
Callas Retro Necklace was Perlen Poesie
Magazine Pick in 2012. We are glad to present
Elena and her craftworks to you!
Elena says, "I got my first macrame lessons
as a child from her grandmother, but we haven't
woven traditional "owls" or plant hanger,
preferring bags, belts and pendants. I still
have in mind a clear picture of weaving - thick
long cords, a long preparatory work.
My interest in macrame has gone very fast and totally
unexpected for me was revived 25 years later. Once
in the Internet I stumbled upon photos of works by
Joan Babcock. Realizing that there was macrame
weaving in front of me, I devoted some time to
explore Joan's jewelry, then I found photographs of
other artists' works:
Barbara Natoli Witt,
Buried in books, I remembered everything that had
once learned from my grandmother. The process
involved me deeply, moreover these days the materials
have become more interesting and varied, respectively,
and the result is sometimes unexpected. I have tried
many types of threads and today prefer bright
polyester. It is not easy to tie knots on synthetic
thread, but jewelry is pleasant to touch and have a
silky sheen, which, of course, affect the final look of
a jewelry piece.
At first, I was weaving simple jewelry for my family
members and friends until I met in Minsk jewelry
designer Marina Dukhan. She got interested in a rare
technique and invited me to create a collection for
the Minsk exhibition "Colors of Soul 2010", and it
gave impetus to the development of my skills.
Since then, I make jewelry mostly for exhibitions,
trying, however, that they were not fanciful and
could be really wearable. Typically, when I'm
working on an item, I imagine quite certain outfit
and a clear image and person I create a piece of
jewelry for. Almost all of my works are
It all starts with an idea. This may be an
unexpected color combination, an element, and
some little thing, which is gradually being added
to other details. No need to interfere that process,
everything goes on as usual, almost independently
of you, you just have to "listen". All elements of
weaving, stones and beads are as live, they can
find their place in an adornment, and if you guess,
the work will be pleasing to the eye..."
Full article by Elena Miklush
Micro-macrame jewelry by Elena Miklush
ArtNodus Shop: livemaster.ru/artnodus
Micro-macrame by Lyubov Pavlova
Today we decided to feature micro-macrame jewelry
artists, and Lyubov Pavlova from Ukraine is the
third one. Unfortunately, micro-macrame technique
is not in favor of the jewelry contest jurors.
Except probably, our Fashion Colorworks, where
Tatiana Fedorikhina and
Svetlana Karimova have won awards. Look at
the jewelry of Jeanne Wertman, Elena Miklush and
Lyubov Pavlova, aren't they beautiful?
Lyubov says, "I was born, grew up and
have lived in Chernovtsy, in the historic region
of Bukovina in western Ukraine. This is the land
of original folk art, people on holidays dress
up bright and colorful: cross-stitched and bead
embroidered men's, women's and children's
shirts, dresses, woven clothing and accessories
both in national and in a contemporary style.
And, of course, jewelry can be seen made of
different materials and in different techniques,
mostly beaded items.
So, about six years ago I began to try myself in
beads. It happened when once a beading book
came into my hands, which interested me. I'm a
librarian by profession and I love books, both
about arts and crafts. It is because of the books
I used to master the different types of creative
work, magazines also helped me a lot.
Once I bought a new issue of the Exquisite
Handcraft Magazine and saw photos of the unique
Russian icons by
Vladimir Dentschikov, made in micro-macrame
technique. I was just fascinated by the true skill
of a great artist! His works are made from plain
yarn and he used only a few types of knots, but
these masterpieces are simply impossible to replicate.
The technique of weaving macrame has long been
known as craft, but it has become a means for
creating true works of art in hands of Vladimir.
Deeply impressed by Dentschikov's work, I
decided to go back to the past and remember
macrame that once I used to work with pleasure.
In my works, I began to combine macrame,
beading and other crafts: knitting, embroidery
with silk ribbons and so on.
I love to weave macrame. First, the weight of
an item is significantly reduced, and it also gets
a particular strength; such a base may, for example,
be used to sew many bead elements on it. I think,
macrame makes jewelry more democratic; if you
add to a piece of jewelry made in this technique
some Swarovski crystals, it can be worn not only
in everyday life but also on holidays.
I noticed that women who basically do not wear
beads are willing to buy this jewelry - not all
love shiny jewelry while at the same time, like
many, admire the beaded works..."
Full article by Lyubov Pavlova
Micro-macrame jewelry by Lyubov Pavlova
Virginia Christmas Market
November 8-10, 2013
Dulles Expo and Convention Center,
20th Northern Virginia Christmas Market,
#39 Sunshine Artist 200 Best Traditional Arts & Crafts Show.
This spectacular, award-winning holiday
show features more than 250 fine artisans
from more than 20 states. Readers of Sunshine
Artist Magazine voted this popular event
as one of the best 100 arts and crafts
shows in the USA. Artisans offer a
diverse selection of fine arts, pottery,
jewelry, stained glass, wood, photography,
fiber arts, as well as thousands of
one-of-kind Christmas collectibles.
November 29 - Dec 1, 2013
Virginia Beach Convention Center,
Virginia Beach, VA
32nd Virginia Beach Christmas Market,
#17 Sunshine Artist 200 Best Traditional Arts & Crafts Show.
Featured artisans will offer fine arts,
pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood,
toys, photography, fiber arts, thousands
of Christmas collectibles and much, much
more. Whether you’re searching for unique
one-of-kind Christmas gifts, personalized
stocking stuffers, or a stunning floral
centerpiece for the holidays, you’ll find
it all at the Virginia Beach Christmas
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