October, 2013

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

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:

Contact us with any questions at info@mylovelybeads.com.
Best regards, MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of October: OPAL

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).

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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 collector's mineral.

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 Beading Contest

Fashion Colorworks 2014 rules
Questions? Contact us at info@mylovelybeads.com
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 newsletter!

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
Email: bobbinjean@aol.com
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: Jeanne Wertman, Barbara Natoli Witt, Marion Hunziker-Larsen.

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 one-of-a-kind.

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
Email: elena_miklush@yahoo.com
Blog: macrame-etc.blogspot.com
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 works of 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
Email: info@26beads.com
Website: www.26beads.com

Upcoming events

Virginia Christmas Market Virginia Christmas Market

November 8-10, 2013
Dulles Expo and Convention Center, Chantilly, VA

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 Market.


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