January, 2014

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

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The first month of 2014 is already over, the time is flying! But there is no rush, read in the January issue of our newsletter:

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MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of January: GARNET

Stone of January:

Garnet is known as the stone of health - ridding the body of negative energies and transmuting them to a beneficial state. Also know in the past as a stone of commitment - to purpose, to others, to oneself. Zodiac signs: Capricorn (Seagoat), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer), Virgo (Virgin).

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Pietersite - chalcedony with fibrous structure

Pietersite is variety of chalcedony of blue-gray, brown and yellow colors with embedded fibers of other minerals with varying degrees of alteration. The fibers cause a chatoyancy similar to that seen in tigereye, but tigereye belongs to the macrocrystalline quartz group.

Pietersite was discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 while he was prospecting some farmland in Namibia, Africa. After his discovery, he registered the find in the mineral records of Britain. His discovery was published in 1964, and the material was named "pietersite". Currently there are only two known sources of pietersite: African and Chinese.

The fibrous structure in pietersite has been folded, stressed, even fractured and/or broken apart via the Earth's geologic processes. The fibrous materials have then been reformed and naturally recemented together by quartz. Stones and crystals that go through this process are referred to as brecciated, creating a finished gem with multiple colors, hues and superb chatoyancy.

While pietersite has the lovely chatoyancy of tigereye, it is not found in continuously structured bands. Rather it can form in swirls, swathes and fibrous (sometimes linear) segments. Thus the structure of the fibrous streaks in pietersite may appear rather chaotic, and can flow or exist in many directions side-by-side like bold paint strokes.

African pietersite is the most sought after pietersite due to its wide rage of colors. Colors include various blues, golds and reds, that may appear together or alone. Blue is the rarest color, followed by red. The blues range from a light blue to dark midnight hue. Golds can be light to very deep and rich, sometimes having a reddish hue.

Chinese pietersite is said to have been discovered in 1993, but did not come to market until 1997. Chinese pietersite exhibits slightly different variations in color and patterns from the pietersite found in Africa. Its colors are primarily golden and bronze, but can also be found in blue shades.

Pietersite jewelry comes in a variety of colors and the jewelry made from this stone may be very attractive and unusual depending on the colors. Wearing this stone will move the growth of your psychic abilities forward as well as helping you to understand personal power issues. Pietersite is said to hold "the keys to the kingdom of heaven."

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Fashion Colorworks

We left another year behind us: MyLovelyBeads.com is already 7. Last year we did our best to keep our relationship and provide you with interesting information. You could meet on the site the bead artists from many countries: Israel, Australia, Russia, Singapore, England, Germany, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, United States, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belorussia; from every corner of the world!

Inspired by the top colors of the 2013 year, 108 participants from 22 countries submitted 176 entries for the fourth international Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest. We are grateful to the bead artists for their hard creative work, the members of the jury for its fair assessment, sponsors for the prizes, and all the fans and MyLovelyBeads.com visitors for the fact that each of them in its own way contributes to the development of bead art. Now Fashion Colorworks 2014 is already in process; and we'll learn new bead artists' names. Good luck to all participants!

We love MyLovelyBeads.com visitors; if you have any suggestions or feedbacks feel free to email us at MyLovelyBeads.com. Your opinion is always important to us!

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Not opulent but beautiful!

Sabine Lippert, a bead weaver from Germany, is an extremely talented artist and teacher. At the first glance, her jewelry is not jaw-dropping but when you have a closer look, you see intricate weaving that makes her pieces so modern and elegant! We are happy to have Sabine in our newsletter, her experience is a brilliant sample of the way of the true artist!

Sabine says, "When I stepped into the new bead shop "Das Perlament" in Bonn about 7 years ago, I would have never thought how much this would change my life. At that time I was a medical doctor, working in a private office, quite stressed out by the daily routine of my work. Crafting has always been a part of my free time (I cannot remember me sitting in front of the TV NOT having something in my hands). However, beads were not part of it so far, because the choice we could get here was not very interesting. So this little bead shop was like a strange universe for me.

Learning to handle the Internet, I met many people, first at more local meetings, then Germany wide meetings; and the more I learned, the more I got addicted to the beads. The first designs were made, and I've taught my first workshops in this store. One day I got in contact with Claudia Schumann, who is the only serious publisher of beading books in Germany, and she wanted to make "Das Perlenkochbuch" ("Bead Cookbook") with me, and we've done it!

I was proud with my first serious publication and felt like a queen! In 2012 it was followed by "Beaded Fantasies" which was published in the Master Class series by Lark Crafts. And as a little sneak peek, there will be a new book in November, working title is "Beadwork Evolution". In 2012 and 2013 I've had the great opportunities to collaborate with a Czech wholesaler and together we created two bead shapes, the O-Beads and Rizo beads.

Both types of beads are based on my idea and I love the way they came out. Especially the O-Beads seem to be attractive to many beaders and it is great to see what other designers can do with them. Things started getting more and more, and also more demanding so two years ago I decided to reduce my work as a doctor to one day a week.

I can admit, in two month I quit my job completely. This was a very big step for me, but I think it was a good decision. Hopefully, the beader's luck is still with me. This year I will be teaching at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee (WI, USA) and I'm very proud that they chose four my workshops.

Technically, you will find almost every technique in my most design oriented beadwork. Any technique that brings me closer to the result is fine for me. In my instructions you will find mostly peyote, RAW and netting stitch. People often ask me, where my inspiration comes from; others say, "I have no idea where to wear jewelry like this," and I have to admit, I've never ever seriously thought about that..."

Full article by Sabine Lippert
Bead artwork by Sabine Lippert
Email: sabine.lippert@trytobead.com
Website: www.trytobead.com
Blog: try-to-be-better.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sabine.lippert.58
Etsy Shop: trytobe.etsy.com

Fashion Colorworks 2014. About colors

Some people email us and ask to explain the idea of using colors in our Fashion Colorworks contest. The rule says, "A participant has to create a piece with the predominant colors of one of the suggested triads (any shades of those colors)." It means that the colors of a triad MUST dominate in a contest piece. It's possible to use the shades of them to complement a design. It's also possible to use other colors if they are don't distract one's attention (and of course, a juror's attention) from the main three colors. In general, more than three colors is pretty hard to implement, that's why we suggest only three and claim participants and jurors to focus on them. Good luck!

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!

Revelation about beads

We are proud to feature bead artists whose names are not well known but they design and create interesting jewelry. Josane Demuylder lives in Belgium and has developed her skills in different crafts, right now it's beading. What is the main condition for success? You're right, that's talent and passion, and Josane has them!

Josane says, "Thinking of my crafting roots and beginnings, I remember that in my elementary school we had handicraft classes where the teachers have mainly given us trivial knowledge of embroidery, knitting and crochet. Frankly speaking, at that time I hated those lessons, but I learned all the basic techniques. After school, I continued my education learning humanities and applied sciences, and was awarded by degree in economics at the University of Leuven (in French), and I completely forgot about craft.

I started my career in the glass industry firm as an assistant having been in charge of the computerization of accounting processes in Dutch subsidiary companies. After few years I spent some time working for an insurance company where I've always been very busy. At that time I was fond of traveling and I brought a lot of ethnic silver jewelry from my trips, I still love those pieces. Unfortunately, some of the items tended to darken that make this jewelry not convenient to wear every time you want to put them on.

My mother was passionate about knitting. When she became ill, she taught me and then I had a period when I've knitted a lot, already then I was fascinated by color works. Handicrafts allow relaxing and getting away from the cares but at the time probably I didn't need that, and after few years I stopped crafting.

My passion completely disappeared; it wasn't a passion then I think. I loved nature; all weekends my friends and I went for a long walk. We also liked mountaineering and often went to France for hiking, especially in the Ecrins National Park. As you can see, my work and private life had nothing to do either near or far with art.

One day I saw in Creatine, a store selling craft supplies located close to my home in Wavre, an advertisement about jewelry making courses. I signed up because I always loved jewelry especially matching my outfit. That was in 2002 - like something clicked. Why not to try to make my own jewelry? Now the passion was born!

Gradually, I learned different techniques. I'm completely self-taught and I have no artistic training. I started with small things: rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants. At that time I was in love with jewelry by Marie Giraud (France) and Laura McCabbe, and I realized that jewelry can be more elaborate. In October 2009 I stopped working and since then I have a lot of free time..."

Full article by Josane Demuylder
Beadwork gallery by Josane Demuylder
Email: josanede@gmail.com
Blog: josane.demuylder.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/josane.demuylder
Facebook By-Josane: facebook.com/pages/By-Josane
Little Market: alittlemarket.com/boutique/by_josane-171541.html
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/be-fr/shop/ByJosane

Marcia DeCoster Presents

Marcia DeCoster Presents

Beading superstar Marcia DeCoster hosts Lark's second Spotlight on Beading collection, featuring 30 international artists ranging from celebrities in the field to exciting up-and-comers. In addition to offering examples of their best work, the beaders discuss their inspirations and techniques, and chat with Marcia about how they discovered their muses and styles. Gorgeous color photos showcase several pieces from each contributor.

Beaders include: Zoya Gutina (6 full pages, 9 beadwork photos), Miriam Shimon, Kerrie Slade, Patrizia Tager, Marsha Wiest-Hines, Betty Stephan, Nancy Dale, Heather Kingsley-Heath, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, Patrick Duggan, Melissa Ingram, Sian Nolan, Martina Nagele, Helena Tang-Lim, Isabella Lam, Petra Tismer and more!

Marcia DeCoster Presents on Amazon.com

Upcoming events

Bead artwork by Miho Kanaya Miho Kanaya's exhibition in New York City

April 8 - April 19, 2014
Reception: April 10, 2014
Caelum Gallery
508-526 W.26th St. Suite 315
New York City, NY, USA

Will be presented:

• Kimono costume "Summer" with 1,650,000 beads (70in x 47in)
• Tapestry "Shibaraku" with 400,000 beads (55in x 29.5in)
• Tapestry "Fibonacci's Roses" with 270,000 beads (39in x 27.5in)
• Fans "Mt.Fuji","Cherry blossoms" and more (15.7in x 23.6in)

International Gem & Jewelry Show

February 21 - 23, 2014
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

The International Gem & Jewelry Show offers the greatest selection and lowest prices on diamonds, gold, silver, beads, and more. Choose either costume or fine jewelry from more than 350 exhibitors from around the world.


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