Tuesday, November 27, 2007

In The Bead News

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving holiday! In the news this past week were the following beady items:

Pure Allure recalls metal jewelry from Michaels: For those of you who pick up the occasional beading supply from Michaels, a number of charms, clasps, and earring components manufactured in China have been recalled. They are marketed under the product name Crystal Innovations. Here is a list which includes the recall numbers as well as photos of the items: Pure Allure Recall.

Countdown to Christmas: Suzanne Cooper is hosting her very own countdown to Christmas. Surprises will include free patterns that will be online for only one day! To find out what's in store, click HERE.

Carmilla of Carmilla Bijoux has created the most glorious and beautiful rendition of our Lavender Lace Bracelet that appeared in Beadwork magazine April/May '07. To see this absolutely stunning piece, click HERE.

Wearable Expressions 2008 entry deadline has passed. Artists who submitted items for consideration for this esteemed Palos Verdes Art Center exhibit await notification of acceptance on December 20th.

Nellie Mae has been working very hard creating beautiful beads for use with Pandora, Troll, and Biagi jewelry. If you're looking for a special, one of a kind bead, check out her newest website: Nellie Mae (I love those polka dots!)

Melanie from Earthenwood Studio still has a few poppy pendants and beads available on Etsy. I just received mine in the mail and my goodness, are they gorgeous! I also got the tiny poppy bead links. This is my little gift to me for the holiday season :)!

Mary Darwall received first place in the 2007 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts Awards. (Thank you to Louise from Louise Hill Designs for bringing that to my attention).

Mimi LG's Pumpkin Bead Pattern is now available online. You can purchase it in French, English, and Spanish! To order this lovely pattern, click HERE.

Peyote Stitch Basics: For those of you looking for basic peyote stitch instructions (free), be sure to check out Bead and Button's website.

Elegant Netted Bracelet: Beadwork magazine and Beading Daily have a lovely free netted bracelet project available for registered members.

Bijoux Tisses by Marie Geraud is now available online directly from Marie. You can purchase this wonderful book using Paypal!

And last, but certainly not least, congratulations to Laura McCabe on her acceptance into the 2008 Smithsonian Craft Show!

If you have any beady news you'd like to share, be sure to send me an email (See "Send Me A Note" top left)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

NEW! Subscribe to Beadweaver

Dear Readers,

susan mandelExciting News! I've just made Beadweaver easier to get: By using a Reader or by eMail!

Getting posts by a reader or email saves you time from having to search the web or plug in Beadweaver into your browser. This means less time on the computer and more time beading!

What's a Reader? A Reader is a service ( a website ) that allows you to receive "feeds" or posts from all your favorite blogs and websites in one place. More importantly, the reader updates all your blogs regularly so you don't have to. And you can visit your reader at any time to get the latest information.

A good example of a reader is "Bloglines". Here's a snapshot of my Bloglines page with all of my favorite sites on the left. Bloglines regularly updates the sites in my reader so I can get the latest posts and news from each one. This is how I stay in touch with what's happening in the beading world (Melanie at Earthenwood Studios is offering some lovely Poppy Pendants, btw).

I've also included an eMail subscription - sometimes we don't have time to browse the web and if you're anything like me, you want to get to the dessert without having to go through the main course first.

Subscription by eMail allows you to get posts ONLY when I post. If I don't post, you don't get an email. And since the service is provided by Feedburner, you're protected against spam and unwanted emails, you can unsubscribe at any time, and you don't have to worry about your email address being shared. What could be better???

To get started, all you need to do is sign up with one of the options listed at the left or below. I hope this will make reading Beadweaver much easier for you.

Beadweaver will still be here, online, as a blog and you can visit me anytime. I just thought I'd add these delicious options to help you streamline your day :)

Happy Beading!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Marion Hembach's Unique Website & Beautiful Beadwork

marion hembachWhen I first saw this website from Berlin, I was amazed at how uniquely beautiful it was. When I looked closer, I realized that a very talented artist had dressed famous canvases with her beadwork! Marion Hembach is the artist behind "kronleuchterjuwele". There are two galleries and each image in the gallery has a link for "Details" in which you can see the jeweled pieces up close. Each of her items fits her subjects perfectly, it is quite a beautiful sight to see.

Please take a moment to view Marion's jewelry by clicking on the title above. I think you'll enjoy both her website and her beautiful jewels!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


caravan beadsCaravan Beads is sponsoring it's first contest in conjunction with Miyuki of Japan. Called "Mmmm...Miyuki", the contest requires participants to use a selection of prechosen colors from a list of available beads. Sculpture, jewelry, embroidery....all forms of beadwork are encouraged. Entry deadline is March 1, 2008. To read more about the contest and the contest rules, please click on the title above!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Where Botany & Beadwork Collide

botany beadsIf you've always wondered about seeds used as beads - their identification and origins - look no further. Written by Ruth Smith, Botanical Beads of the World is a compendium of true* seed beads used in decorative arts from around the world. The manuscript contains images and information about how seeds were used by indigenous people. It's a great resource. To see this wonderful book online, click on the title above.

*as opposed to glass seed beads, so named because they look like tiny seeds. Embroidered bag with sandalwood beads necklace is from therainforestsite.com (Click on image to view)

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Bigger Than Barbie

"There's so much product out there in the world, but there's so little product that makes a difference...Monkeybiz makes a difference" ~ Donna Karan

Bigger than Barbie Film


To read more about MonkeyBiz and their new documentary "Bigger Than Barbie" simply click on the title above. You can also go directly to Monkeybiz's website where you can view and purchase their products by clicking HERE. (www.monkeybiz.co.za)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Susan Fraerman: The Beaded Object

susan fraermanSusan Fraerman of the Beaded Object is perhaps best known for her beaded shoes. Using a free form version of right angle weave, she decorates each shoe without pattern or a preconceived idea of decoration. Each shoe has a purpose however and reflects an issue about which Susan is greatly concerned. In addition to her shoes, she also has a series of beaded hands and bodices.

To view this talented artist's work, please click on the title above. Her work will be featured in an upcoming exhibit entitled "Orthopedics in Art" at the American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Annette Tacconelli: Urban Artifact Artist

Annette Tacconelli uses found objects, beads, and thread to create uniquely beautiful sculptures. She has two lines of work of interest to the weaver: Urban Artifacts and Vision Boxes. Her website "Red Lotus 108" contains a variety of her works, including non-beaded items. To view this very talented artist's work, please click on the title above. Be sure to also read her biography, she is nothing short of inspiring: "She learned to weave, spin, kumi-himo, dye and think in fiber at a Chicago City Park District adult education class".

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Seed Bead Finish Results & Summary

The results are in! What a varied response, too, really nice to see! 73 respondents in total, 19 (26%) chose matte metallic as their favorite (mine too!). Coming in a 'near' second were matte beads (12/16%) followed by 'other' (11/15%) and tied between AB and Luster (10/14%). Least chosen was satin (5/7%).

I love satin beads but I don't like their sharp edges. I've heard many complaints from beaders regarding this bead cutting their thread. I was pleasantly surprised to see matte beads coming in second. I've heard people say how they don't like the matte beads, but they are also one of my personal favorites.

Thank you everyone for voting! To view the results, click on the title above.

To summarize the results of our three polls, here's what Beadweaver readers like:
Cylinder beads (Delica, Toho, Aiko) were the favored choice of bead shape, size 11o seed beads were the favorite size (by a whopping 65%!), and matte metallics were the favored finish. Perhaps the best choice for readers then would be Delicas in the finish #'s: DB361-380; DB311-340; DB1051-1055; DBL301-325. To read more about finishes, Barbara Elbe of Beaded Images has a great chart you can use for guidance.

Thank you again to everyone who voted, this was really fun!