Happy birthday, MyLovelyBeads.com!
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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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),
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
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
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
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."
Happy birthday, MyLovelyBeads.com!
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
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
Your opinion is always important to us!
Welcome to MyLovelyBeads.com!
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
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 rules
Questions? Contact us at
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
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
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
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
Marcia DeCoster Presents on Amazon.com
Miho Kanaya's exhibition in New York City
April 8 - April 19, 2014
Reception: April 10, 2014
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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