Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bead Expo Blog

I just found out that the Bead Expo has a blog! They're coming to Oakland in April and I'm very excited about this event. If you'd like to learn more about the show, click on the title above. You'll be redirected to their blog where you can read individual posts from teachers, sellers, Interweave Press and a whole lot more ...

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Three New Bloggers!

Heather Powers: Heather has started a great little blog called Humble Beads which features her handmade beads. She also shares with her readers her finished work (gorgeous colors!) and.......did you know.....she's Beverly Herman's daughter?! There's lots of talent brewing over at Humblebeads, so be sure to check it out!

Aurora Fox: Aurora has a wonderful blog filled with all kinds of artsy things, including a lovely art journal of designs and thoughts. The name of her blog is Foxy Art Studio. She does bead crochet and is teaching a class at the Laci's Museum in Berkeley in April. She's written a great post about the museum, including photos of items from their exhibits. Apparently there is a Bead exhibit which is now online and you can access the exhibit by following the link provided in her post: Lace Needlework Heaven. Thank you for sharing, Aurora!

Art Bead Scene: The Art Bead Scene is a new online blog about....Art Beads! It's produced by a group of bead artists, including Melanie from Earthenwood beads (Ms. Bead-It-All), Heather (, Lori (Lori Greenberg Beads), just to name a few. This is a GREAT blog. The posts have featured important topics such as "conversational selling" and how to design with different bead styles. This blog has something for everyone from the hobbyist to the professional. And it's written by artists with lots of experience under their belts, so be sure to check out the Art Bead Scene blog!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Courtney Denise Lipson

A jeweler by training, Courtney Denise Lipson designs with beads in a style she terms micro-mosaics. She uses beads both old and new, as well as a number of other materials - shells, stones - in her nature inspired pieces. From pendants to bracelets to belts, her collection of work is designed around a theme. One of my favorites is her "Floral Collection" in which images of poppies fill her sterling silver forms. She also features small "pendants" of beads strung on bead crocheted bracelets. Click on the title to go to her website and from there, click on her Collections to view her gorgeous work!

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Meeting and Passing

Dear readers,
Today I was reading one of my favorite poets and came across a poem that made me stop and read it twice. It is a story about two people who meet and pass; it is about sharing what we know and what we experience. I could not help but think about this wonderful medium called 'blogging'. I hope you enjoy this poem as I have:

As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less than two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol

Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.

Robert Frost, 1920

À mes amis français, c'est une poésie par Robert Frost. C'est environ deux personnes qui se réunissent un jour d'été. On descend une colline. L'autre marche vers le haut de la colline. Ils marchent à côté d'un long mur. Ils se réunissent à une porte et cessent de parler. Alors ils continuent sur leurs chemins. La personne qui descend la colline marche maintenant le long du chemin que l'autre personne marchait. C'est une poésie au sujet de partager ce que nous savons et ce que nous éprouvons. Il est au sujet de la façon dont nos vies s'affectent. C'est cette idée qui des marques il beau.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Olaf Beadwork

Are you familiar with the Olaf Beadwork Books? Olaf stands for the company's founders: Ove, Lynda, And Freya (husband, wife, and daughter). They have been producing bead patterns and books in Australia since 1987. Currently, there are 8 pattern books which include patterns for both loom and off-loom bead weaving. You can access their website by clicking on the title above. There are 4 free patterns on their website as well as a detailed explanation of how to weave flat circular netting. If you are interested in purchasing one of their books, you can contact them via their website email or through one of their suppliers (for Australia). Katie's Treasures also offers these books for sale.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

New Beading Magazines

Three new beading magazines have debuted over the last year. "Bead" is a new magazine in the UK; "Beads Etc" is from Australia, and the third "The Beadbook" is from South Africa. All of them are exciting new additions to the beading world!

Bead is a new magazine published in the U.K. The editor, Jean Power, is a well known designer on the popular internet site You can also view her work online at The website for the new magazine has a freebie - you can view 10 pages of issue #1 by clicking on the I-Mag link. Much like our popular Bead and Button magazine, Bead also offers an online chat group, a gallery of designs, and the editor's own blog. You can subscribe to Bead online.

Beads Etc is published by Pride Publishing, an Australian firm that caters to handmade crafts. Their website is a little difficult to navigate to access the Beads Etc homepage, so I'm including instructions: Click on Beads Etc and go to the left column where you will see a link for "Beads etc" and click on that. Next you will see a link for the magazine: "" - click on that link and you will arrive at the home page. Once there, you can view a variety of links including the "Designer of the Year" entries, a variety of Art Challenges, and other goodies filled with beadwork on the site. Issues can be ordered directly through the publisher or from Stitch-n-Beads. Thank you Melinda for sharing the info!

The last magazine, "The Bead Book", is a new magazine for South Africa. It is currently produced by Christa van Rooyen. Christa is also the publisher of a popular fabric painting magazine and once owned a lucrative paint company called Christex Textile Paints. Currently Christa is putting together South Africa's first Bead and Jewelry Expo in September. The Bead Book is not yet online for viewing or ordering.

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