Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Martha Berry's Beadwork

I've always enjoyed Martha Berry's Bandolier bags. They are a beautiful and modern interpretation of the traditional Native American art. Click on the title above to take you to her website. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 30, 2006

Beads of the Pink Milkyway

Click on the title above to take you to the webpage of Maiko Kage, second place winner in Lapidary Journal's 2005 Bead Arts Awards. Enjoy!
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Ndebele Twist Bracelet

Felinda Bullock has created a simple and lovely variation on tubular Ndebele (Herringbone) as a bracelet. She's posted the instructions on her website in a pdf format, which can be found by clicking on the title above. She uses triangle beads to shape the bracelet into a twist. The instructions are detailed and well illustrated and FREE. Enjoy!
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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Fringe necklace with bezel set abalone in aqua, olive, mint, opal, and pearl.

Friday, January 27, 2006


Fringe necklace featuring Anne Choi's bead: "Imagine". Photo in black & white.

C'est Magnifique!

I was searching for more beadweaving blogs this afternoon and found a wonderful little website with gorgeous beaded jewelry. Check it out by clicking on the title above. It's in French, but I think you'll find you don't need to read French to enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Thought for Today

Have you ever noticed how music is like beadwork? There's a rythmn, a tune, an artist's interpretation, and a message. Some of it can be reproduced so anyone can do it, but everyone does it differently. That's what makes it so wonderful. I was listening to Counting Crow's song "Mr. Jones" and the song is right on - it makes me think of why we love beads and do beadwork.

"I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl
Mr. Jones strikes up a conversation with this black-haired flamenco dancer
She dances while his father plays guitar
She's suddenly beautiful
We all want something beautiful
I wish I was beautiful"

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Russian Beadwork

I found a lovely website with examples of Russian beadwork. Of particular interest is a style of beadwork called "Ankars" which I've included a link to in the title above. It looks like a combination of tatting and beads, which creates a delicate, lacy appearance. Patterns of the work are also for sale. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 23, 2006

In-Depth Look at Color Trends for Jewelry

According to colormarketing.org, this year's colors and fashion styles are warm, clean, and bright fused with a trend towards a sophisticated minimalism. Described as "Uber Luxury", the style is one of elegance and emphasizes polished and burnished metals with a use of unusual materials and excellent craftsmanship.
Colors: A brisk sky blue, seafoam, deeply hued orange, midnight blue, yellows, rich browns, neo-pink, and avocado green.
Metals: Silver, gold, and bronze.

For beadwork, this translates into using simple designs that emphasize the beauty in an unusual bead or component and choosing beads with exceptional color depth in combination with neutrals such as black, white, and the metals. Use inexpensive, yet elegant components such as natural pearls, large crystals, and quality metal findings for added style (Tierra Cast provides reasonably affordable and unusual findings). Keep your eye open for unusual vintage or antique components from found jewelry that can provide that special "Aha!" to your work. Have fun designing!
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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Beautiful Bead Embroidery

I'm always on the lookout for eye candy and found Linda Jones' site this morning. She creates bead embroidered pieces and has pictures of her gorgeous work! I've just added her to my list of Beader's Blogs (on the left) so you can click on the title above or the link on the left to get to her site. Enjoy!
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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Beautiful Bovis Beads

Some of the most beautiful seed beads are produced by a French company, Bovis Bead Co. They have a gorgeous ethereal color to them and I'm crazy about them! I first discovered these beads at my local beadstore, which carried a vintage supply. I searched and searched for more and I've finally found them. Bovis Beads are distributed by Crazy Crow Trading Post in North America.
If you click on the title above, you will get to the site. The site is down at the moment, but once it's up again, I'll include a link directly to the seed beads themselves. I'm particularly fond of the pink and lavender colors, they are the most beautiful I've ever seen!

UPDATE: I've updated the link to get you to the 10/o transparents. I'll update again when I know which color numbers these beads are.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

More Free Beadwork Tutorials

I wrote a really cool snippet this morning, complete with photos. Blogger ate it. So instead, I'm posting a website I found with lots and lots of free tutorials. I'll have to post photos another time. Click on the title above to take you to the free stuff.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Do It Yourself Jewelry Making

The DIY network has a new jewelry making program. On January 23rd will be a show featuring bead weaving techniques. Check it out by clicking on the title above!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Gallery of the Absurd

Not beads, but so much fun. This artist depicts celebs through the eyes of controversy and sensationalism. Click on the title above to take you to the website.

Free Valentine Bracelet Pattern

Cecilia Prado has created a wild peyote bracelet pattern of hearts and flames, just in time for Valentines. There are four colors in the pattern: red, orange, yellow, and black. The pattern can be woven in peyote or brick stitch. If you're not sure how to read/weave patterns, check out my free tutorial on bead-patterns.com (item #8290) Click on the title above to take you to Cecilia's pattern. Enjoy!

Here's the link for my free tutorial:

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

A World of Beads...

The Bead Society of Greater New York has an annual bead show which is held at the Museum of Arts and Design. I'm not sure when the deadline for the next one is, but they've uploaded images of all the pieces - current and past - to the web. Take a look at the artist's work by clicking on the title above. You may notice that last year's "Best of Show" for the World of Beads VII (Yoshi Marubashi) was also granted "Best of Show" for the annual Bead and Button contest "Bead Dreams". Have fun!
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Friday, January 06, 2006

Beaded Wrist Corsages

Erin Simonetti has come up with a brilliant way to display beaded flowers as adornment. Each wrist corsage is a unique and artistic expression - I've never seen anything quite like them! Click on the title above to take you to her site. Wouldn't it be fun to wear one of these pieces?!
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bead Arts 2006

Lapidary Journal's annual Beadweaving contest is online. To see last year's winners, click on the title above. Information for this year's application are included on the page. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Accidental Mama

Whether you've had children or not, Accidental Mama's words touch the very heart of what it is to be a woman. Check out her blog by clicking on the title above. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Zulu Beadwork

I've had a few requests for Zulu bead weaving techniques. The two best instructional booklets are by Diane Fitzgerald (Contemporary Beadwork volumes III & IV). You can order them directly from Diane - the link is in the title above. The techniques are well illustrated and easy to follow. The booklets are inexpensive and worth having in one's library. To see modern day beadwork from South Africa, check out Jane Bedford's site:
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Treasures of Toho Bead Contest

There are three manufacturers of Japanese seed beads: Miyuki, Toho, and Matsuno. The Toho bead company is sponsoring a Bead Weaving Competition through Tambrook Beads of Portland, Oregon. There is a $25 fee and entry deadline of June 30th. Toho beads can be found at various retail bead suppliers. The online wholesale source for Toho is Tambrook beads. Incidentally, if you're in Tucson, they'll be at the Manning House, January 31st thru February 5th in the Rotunda, Booth RT67E. For an online retail resource check out General Bead at www.genbead.com (they mark their Toho bead entries with a "T"). If you enter, drop us a line, we'd love to say "Good luck!"
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Monday, January 02, 2006

Beadwork Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit at any time. An entry for "Beadwork" was started by Janet Davis in 2001. I've included a link in the title above. If you'd like to contribute to the article, please do! There's a lot that needs to be written, so warm up your coffee and have fun.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Spring 2006 Fashion Trends

A lot of people come to my site to see what the fashion predictions are. For me, it's all about COLOR. Pantone has a wonderful website where they list the color trends for the next year. If you design jewelry, this is important! Click on the title above to take you to their website. Once there, look at the choices in the left column - you'll see color predictions through 2007. If you're interested in clothing styles, be sure to check out their "Premier Vision" for the Fall/Winter 2006/07 seasons. Enjoy!
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Search My Site Update

I just discovered that at the top of the page of my blog - the very top where it's a cream color - there's a little box that says "Search This Blog". How long has that been there?

To search for anything I've written in the Beadweaver blog, place your keywords into the box, click on "Search This Blog" and voila! Wow. Maybe I should cut back on the Pop Tarts.

Rotten Tomatoes

It's Saturday night and you want to see a movie but.........which one should you see? And what do people *really* think of those films anyway? Click on the title to take you to rottentomatoes.com, a website where everyone's opinion counts. Enjoy the popcorn! :)