Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ornament Magazine Online

Ornament Magazine has created an online presence. They announced their new website in this month's issue of Ornament. They have big plans - galleries, information, and the like. It's a bit sparse at the moment but should be a great place to bookmark in your favorite sites - to return to time and again. Click on the title above to take you to their new site. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Embroidered Book Bindings

Imagine living four hundred years ago and designing and embroidering your family's bible. Imagine embroidering a cover for any dearly loved book - for Queen Elizabeth of England. I've found the British Library online and if you place the term "embroidered" in the search function of their welcome page, you might be amazed at the elegance and beauty of the handwork of women who lived long ago. What's equally impressive is that the Library actually put full images online for public viewing. Click on the title above to take you to the website, enter "embroidered" in the search function, and enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Laura McCabe Beadwork

I really enjoy the beadwork of Laura McCabe. I've included a link to her site in the title above. Check it out for some nice eye candy - literally! (You have to peruse her gallery to see what I mean).

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Victorian & Antique Jewelry Designs

I was searching for Victorian mourning jewelry and stumbled across a wonderful website, full of images of antique pieces. My local beadstore is apparently running out of black beads - the current color trend- and it recalled the days of jet and garnet. I'm not sure black was ever "out", but it's back "in" now. Anyhow, I digress....If you're in need of a little inspiration in your beadwork, click on the title above to take you to a candy store of designs! Who knows, maybe you'll find a little something for Christmas.....Enjoy!
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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Beadwork from Afghanistan

Bead Bugle - an online magazine - has a nice article this month about beadwork from Afghanistan. If you're interested in the more "ethnic" styles of beadwork, particularly on eBay, then this article might be worth checking out. It will give you an idea of what is currently being produced for the market.

There are quite a few items of "Afghani" beadwork on eBay, some of which is listed as antique or vintage. Be careful not to assume that a piece of beadwork (or any ethnic textile for that matter) is old just because it's dirty, dusty, or frayed and worn. Old cloth can be recycled and grimey dust is readily available in vacuum cleaner bags (an old trick). Unfortunately this article lacks in photographic clarity, but it will give you an idea of what is currently being produced in the region.

Click on the title above to take you to the article on Afghani beadwork. Once there, you might consider signing up for the Bead Bugle magazine - a great source of information. Enjoy!
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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Fashion Forecast Spring 2006

I was looking for the color forecast for Spring 2006 and stumbled across a great website which features all the major designers' Spring 2006 collections. I've put the link in the title above (just click on it). It will take you to Michael Kors feature and I should note, his layered dresses are the best design of the season. You can look up other designers once you get there. Oscar de La Renta has some wonderful items, but then he loves women. Another site that might be of interest, in terms of fashion forecasting, is a little blog I stumbled across and really enjoyed: http://styleintelligence.blogspot.com I also just updated my blog with a snippet about Pantone's site and their forecast for color: http://beadweaver.blogspot.com/2006/01/spring-2006-fashion-trends.html

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Blog Flux Blog Finder

Blog Flux has created a new search function for finding blogs based on information you supply it with. It's really cool and I've put the link in the title above, so click on it to get there. Basically, they allow you to define your search terms by categories and some other preferences, which they've weighted, and then they give you a results page that lists the matches by how close they think the match is - i.e. the highest matches list first and so on. If you have a Mac, it's like searching "Help" and getting a list of topics by order of relevance. Very cool. Blog Flux would like everyone in the world to try it and see if they like it and send them some feedback. So please, head on over and check it out :)
Oh, by the way, if you choose "Arts" and "Crafts" and put in "Beads" for your search function.....hooray for Beadweaver!!! :P

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Update: Search My Site

I've replaced the Google search with a MSN search for now. Why? Because MSN caches the individual entries from my site and I thought that would be easier for you to search. I've placed the MSN search at the bottom of the page.

When searching my site with MSN, be sure to read the name on the cache (the URL under the description, or the title after the term "Beadweaver"). You should be able to tell from the URL if that particular item is of interest to you. Hope this helps!

11/08 Update: Google appears to be cacheing my individual entries now. If you've gotten to this page from Google and can't find the item you were looking for, use the MSN search below to search my site. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Find Your Color

What color are you? Take the quiz by clicking on the title above. Have fun!

Braiding with Beads & Threads

Looking for eye candy? Click on the title above to take you to the galleries at weavershand.com. Once there, be sure to click on "NEXT" to scroll through the various entries. You'll see some fabulous work as well as beginner's work. Truly worth checking out!