Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beadweaver's Top Ten Christmas Picks

Not sure what to buy for your favorite beader? Here are our 2008 picks - simply click on the listing to view for purchase. Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

1. Divine Dichroic Delica seed beads. If you love dichroic glass, you'll love these beads. ($6.99/gram)

2. The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini. Two masters of bead embroidery have written a book that is a "must have" for every beader's library. ($21.95)

3. A selection of Ultrasuede for bead embroidery from Diane Hyde. Another must-have for the beader's stash. ($1.50-$17.50)

4. A limited edition bead from Anne Choi. Her beads are timeless and collectible. ($32-$75)

5.A factory pack of your favorite beader's favorite crystal. One of the most extravagant gifts on the list, this one's sure to warm the heart! ($65.80-$225.16)

6. The Woven Bead 2009 Calendar. Give the gift that keeps on giving - a year of inspirational beadwork. ($27.99) (We'd like to thank everyone who has bought this beautiful bead calendar!).

7. Beaded Jewelry. What beader doesn't love beaded jewelry? You're sure to find something special at the Etsy-Beadweaver's site. ($43-$450)

8.A Bead Spinner No bead stash is complete without one of these. ($60-$70)

9.Pacific Silver Works Limited Edition clasp. Indulge your favorite beader with one of these! ($16-$42)

10. The Thread Zapper from Sova Enterprises. If you're tired of frayed ends too small to clip, try the thread zapper. ($21)

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Friday, November 28, 2008

The Woven Bead 2009

susan mandelA year of inspirational beadwork by award winning artists Susan Mandel and Louise Hill. Each month is highlighted with photographs of beautifully woven pieces including gallery views and close-ups. This Premium Art calendar is a must-have for every bead enthusiast! 13.5"x 19" printed on 100% linen; $27.99 available at Lulu.com (Credit cards & Paypal accepted; International shipping available)

Support independent publishing: buy this calendar on Lulu.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

World On A String

While I was away, World On A String premiered it's fifth and final chapter at the opening of the Bead Museum of Washington D.C.'s Exhibit: Celebrating Beads. From the producers of World On A String:

"World On A String tells the remarkable story of human history through one of mankind's tiniest creations... the bead. It is an awesome saga spanning some 75,000 years. The project has been a labor of love for its producer, Diana Friedberg - an industry award-winning film editor and producer - for over a decade."

There are five parts to this series and the fifth and final episode is now available. See the YouTube preview below and visit the website by clicking on the title above.

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Arlene Watson's Felt Designs

Arlene Watson, a wonderful fiber & bead artist, has just opened her Etsy shop: Arlene Watson Felt Designs. She creates a variety of home and personal adornment pieces. One of my favorites is her scarves which luxuriate with color and patterns. Click on the title above to see more of her beautiful wares. If you are in the San Diego area on November 23rd, you can also see her work at the Talmadge Art Show. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Liza Lou Sculpture at L&M Arts

Take a peak at 45 images from the L&M Arts Gallery in NYC - you'll see a large variety of pieces from Liza Lou's latest work. Click on the title above!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Greetings from Beadweaver!

susan mandelGreetings friends! As you probably have noticed, I've been away from my keyboard for over a month....largely because I have been in South Africa :) I had a wonderful time touring the country and catching up with old friends. I hope to post some photos online as soon as the fog clears from my head...

louise hill photoIn other news (lots to catch up on here!)... Louise Hill, of Louise Hill's Designs had her piece "Worn Without Thorns" accepted into the Bead Museum of D.C's Celebrating Beads exhibit. Louise received Best in Show for Use of Shape, shared the People's Choice Award with Timothy Meikle, and placed second in the Seed Bead category. WOW Congratulations Louise! Read more about this event by clicking here.

Did you know Beadventures is changing hands? Cheryl Coburn Brown who has run the company since 1994 is retiring from the business. The new owner is Cheryl Frasca, an accomplished bead artist from Alaska. You can read more at the Beadventures website.

Diane Hyde has just launched her Gallery which features a selection of her works and kits. If you didn't already know, Diane runs a successful business called "Designer's Findings" where you can find a variety of hard-to-find findings for creating one of a kind designs. Diane specializes in Art Nouveau and Vintage styles. She's also a great resource for brass support blanks for bead embroidered jewelry. Be sure to check out her gallery and her wares!

In other news, Liza Lou opened her newest exhibit at L&M Arts in New York City, September 24th. Known for her painstakingly large beaded works (including a mile long beaded rope), Liza employs women from a local beadwork collective in Durban, South Africa to help bring her creations to life. To see images from the exhibit, click here.

Speaking of bead artists, Lark Books -known for it's image rich "500" series- has just released its newest addition to its "Masters" series: Masters: Beadweaving. Written by Carol Wilcox Wells, this latest beading book features the work of 40 bead artists. The Master's series differs from the 500 series in that the work of each artist is accompanied by a short essay which reviews the artist's style. Masters: Beadweaving is currently available from Amazon.com

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Friday, September 19, 2008

New Swarovski Elements

Swarovski Crystal has just announced their newest creations: Dark Indigo, Indian Pink, and Crystal Bordeaux Pearl are colorful additions to their product line. Among the stones are a stunning, partially matted pendant called "Rock" and a "Diamond Leaf" designed in collaboration with Georgio Armani. To read more, click on the title above & explore the latest!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Power of Beading

The Power of Beading Contest & Charity Fundraiser is the brainchild of well known bead artist Kerrie Slade and is being held in collaboration with Beading Daily. The contest involves submitting a personal story about beading and how it has helped you through a challenging time. Deadline for submission is September 12th. Winners will be announced on Beading Daily and will receive one of Kerrie Slade's Ribbon Awareness Pins.

The Charity Fundraiser was designed in honor of Kerrie's mother who has breast cancer. Funds raised from the purchase of Kerrie's Ribbon Awareness pattern will be donated to two charities: The Wellness Community and the American Institute of Cancer Research.

To read more about the Power of Beading, simply click on the title above. To purchase the Ribbon Awareness pattern (which you can design for any cause) click Here.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bead Dreams Finalists Now Online!

The winners and finalists of the 2008 Bead Dreams competition are now online. To view each of the pieces (There are 116 photos in all) click on the title above. Journey placed 3rd in the Seed Bead Category. Journey features 47 cat faces woven into butterflies. I also entered a humorous piece in the crystal division called "Noose". All of the finalists will be featured in the upcoming October edition of Bead and Button Magazine. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pattern Graphs

Hi Friends!
I'm back. I missed you! The air quality is good today (hooray) and the local fires are out but we still have fires up in the mountains. Most days our air quality is so poor that it's like a cloudy winter day but it's smoke. My house smells like a weenie roast over a campfire.....but the good news is our temperatures have been staying below 100 degrees. Who can complain about that?!

I thought I'd share a great little resource - in case you don't know about it already. This site has blank pattern graphs for many of the popular stitches. The graphs were designed by Shala Kerrigan so please give her credit & respect her copyrights. She has some great things to offer, check it out by clicking on the title above!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Where I've Been

susan mandelDear Readers,
On June 21st, a dry lightening storm hit Northern California and started wildfires that continue to rage out of control. My attention has been focused on the daily progress of the fires, firefighters, evacuations, and fireproofing our property. So far, we remain safe thanks to the many firefighters from all over the nation who have worked very hard to save our community. Beadweaver will resume regular posting once the fires have settled down. Thank you for your understanding & please send rain.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Art Jewelry

I found an interesting jewelry site to pass along. It's called the Tadema Gallery and they specialize in period pieces. I think it's a great site for inspiration. Click on the title above to enjoy the wares and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Treasures of Toho Contest

Bobby Bead has just announced the new Toho Beads contest "An Emerging Artist Bead Competition". Entry deadline is April 1, 2009. To learn more about the contest, click on the title above.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beads East To Carry Laura McCabe Kits

If you love Laura McCabe's designs, soon you will be able to purchase many of her kits through the Beads East website. Laura will still offer limited edition kits and some supplies through her own site JustLetMeBead.com, but she is handing over most of the kit operations to Ann Benson, the purveyor of Beads East. If you haven't visited Beads East lately, be sure to check it out by clicking on the title above. There are all kinds of goodies and gorgeous patterns to explore!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


To mix things up a bit, I thought I'd share with you a few websites I recently found that showcase great design. I hope you like them too.
Hint: If you look closely at the last site, you'll find an old fashioned recipe for Aunt Mae's Simple Pound Cake. Not to mention the lovely use of beads in the clothing & home collection!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Top 11 Reasons to Attend the PSBF

puget sound imageThe Puget Sound Bead Festival kicks off this weekend with an early-bird party on Saturday, June 14th. Featured will be class samples, great company, wine and chocolate. And best of all, it's free!!! (Okay, Chocolate, Great Company, Class samples, and Free are all kindof tied for being best).

Wanna know the top eleven reasons why you should attend the PSBF? Here they are:

11. Your kids, grandkids, relatives, friends, and co-workers will think you are the reincarnation of Van Gogh.
10. That cute guy (the one you have the secret crush on) will look twice when you're showing off your beautiful beaded necklace.
9. Your boss will finally realize that you are both creative and smart (S/he already knew you were smart).
8. Your co-workers will seriously consider your choices for redecorating the office.
7. You've worked hard to get where you are, you deserve to treat yourself!
6. You'll be so inspired to create new designs that you might not sleep for a week.
5. Your kids will love hanging out with you.
4. You'll get to take classes from nationally known teachers - not something everyone can do.
3. You'll get to immerse yourself in the company of fellow beaders for a full 3 days!
2. You'll return from the PSBF refreshed and energized.
1. Because it's just plain fun!

(To read more about the PSBF & the July dates, click on the title above)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bead Dreams Photos

Zoya Gutina just posted images from the Bead and Button show and the Bead Dreams exhibit online. Click on the title above to see the show! Thank you Zoya and Tatiana for sharing them!!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

2008 Bead Dreams Ribbon Winners Announced

Posted this morning on the Bead and Button forum are the winners for the 2008 Bead Dreams contest. Please click on the title above to see the results and read about Best of Show and the People's Choice Award plus a congratulatory message from the staff and editors at Bead & Button. Congratulations to everyone who entered!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New Exhibits & Competitions

I've added three new Call for Entries for exhibits/competitions to the Bead Competitions category in Beadweaver's column of links. They are:

Transformations: The Society of Yoruba Bead Artists
The Beaded Book: Beadwork Magazine
Celebrating Beads: The Bead Museum of D.C.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Bead & Button Show Survival Guide

bead and buttonFrom the editors of Bead Style magazine, a check list of what to do and how to do it is now available online. Included is the show schedule for next week as well as some helpful hints. To view the pdf, click on the title above. And if you're going to the Bead & Button show, have a wonderful time!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Major Jewelry Event Returns to Milwaukee

Despite economic distress, jewelry enthusiasts from around the globe flock to the 2008 Bead&Button Show for a week of classes and shopping. Early numbers point to record year.

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Anyone with a passion for jewelry, fashion or art should experience the 2008 Bead&Button Show, June 1-8, at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

No event in the country celebrates jewelry making and its participants better than the annual Bead&Button Show. Last year's Show welcomed more than 14,000 visitors from all 50 states and 26 countries.

June 6-8 the Bead&Button Show will transform the Midwest Airlines Center's third floor into an international marketplace as more than 370 vendors from around the world show off and sell their jewelry pieces and one-of-a-kind beads. For those three days, shoppers enjoy the unique opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry from the artist who created it.

If shoppers can't find the jewelry piece they're looking for, they can learn to make it during one of the more than 530 classes available at all skill levels. Register in advance or at the Show.

Bead&Button magazine and its parent company Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, Wis., produce the Bead&Button Show.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Liat Lichtmann: The Loss of a Friend & Bead Artist

Louise Hill has posted about one of her dearest friends and fellow bead artists, Liat Lichtmann. Liat was a woman of great beauty, intelligence, and a true Visionary in her field. Living in Israel, a country under constant siege, Liat overcame immense obstacles to create and share her designs with the world. Please take a moment to pay homage to this wonderful artist's life and work by clicking on the title above.

My deepest sympathies to Liat's family and friends.

Friday, May 09, 2008

New Delica Size Comparison

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I got my new Delicas this week and beaded up a little sample for you. Each sample was woven in peyote, 10 beads in length and 20 beads in rows (read along the diagonal). In other words, they are all the same samples in numbers of beads, it's just the size that is different. I choose the same color finish for them too - DB 321. If you click on the thumbnail image, you can see a much larger version (150 kb). The new 15's are wonderfully tiny. They remind me of the Toho hex cuts (14/o) except that they are more uniform - like Delicas. And the sample above remained beautifully supple, attesting to the size consistency in this new bead. I wove the samples using a size 10 needle.

I also tried weaving the 15's using brick stitch, square stitch, and RAW. For brick stitch and square stitch, you will need a smaller needle, perhaps a 12 or 13 - which will make manipulation of the needle and thread a little easier. To have your work look nice, you will also need a smaller thread. I used a 5lb test thread and it worked just fine for the samples but I think a Nymo-type product would work well. RAW looked the same as RAW looks with the standard 11/o Delicas. Because of their tiny size, working with these other stitches was a little challenging, but if you want to do it, it can be done. Enjoy!

PS To order the new 15/o Delica, click on the title above. You can also view Barbara's Delica size comparison by clicking HERE.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Got 15/o Delicas?

Barbara Elbe does! She's expecting a shipment sometime tomorrow (May 5th) and is taking pre-orders for these exciting little beads. Be sure to click on the post title to see all of the colors available!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Color Report for Bead Artists

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The Color Report for Bead Artists
: Spring/Summer 2008 by Margie Deeb is now available online! It contains over 40 different color palettes for beaders to work with and is based on Pantone's fashion colors. As with all of Margie's books, it also contains Delica color numbers for that perfect color match. Click on the title above to see the season's newest colors and to purchase your copy. Happy beading!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Amy Loh Kupser's Thimble Catchers

amy loh kupserI have been a big fan of Amy Loh-Kupser's bead designs for as long as I can remember. She blends colors beautifully and I especially love her use of background patterns with her images. I recently purchased one of her newest pattern books Thimble Catchers - Volume 3 and I love the designs. Wouldn't the Strawberry (shown right) be perfect for summer?! What is wonderful about this book is that it creates unique shapes including a hot cocoa pot and cup & saucer:

"This book is more than just small cases to hold thimbles. They've evolved into some unique shapes that make great necklaces." ~Amy

To see Thimble Catchers - Volume 3 click on the title above. While you're there, be sure to check out her newest patterns too. She has a lot to offer! Enjoy.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Made in Ethiopia

Imagine if half of everything we bought said "Made in Africa". Do you think the world would be a better place? I do. And one company in Ethiopia thinks so too. Taytu is a collective of workers scattered throughout the country that produces textiles, leather items, and purses. Take a look at some of their work by clicking on the title above. You'll find beautifully embroidered textiles and well thought out leather purses. And while you're there, take a minute to notice the product photography. It's wonderful. What Taytu has done is set beautiful products amidst a contrast of colors, shapes, and environments. Who would expect to find a delicately laced purse amongst old petrol-cans-turned-cantenes? The Taytu site and products are just beautiful, so take a moment & take a look. (Note: The color tabs on the left of their home page will link you to their product images). No beadwork here but lots of ingenuity for loads of inspiration!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Transformation: A Beadwork Exhibit

Hi Beadweavers!

I'm back from a little break I took after the Bead Dreams deadline. Good luck to all the beadweavers out there who entered! I've got lots of news to share with you this week and to get you started......

susan mandelThe Society for Yoruba Bead Artists has issued a Call to Artists for a beadwork exhibit entitled Transformation. The subject of Transformation is open to individual artist interpretation. You can read the prospectus by clicking on the title above. The entry deadline is September 1, 2008; selected pieces will be exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, February through April 2009. (Click on the image, right, to see modern Yoruba beadwork from Nigeria).

Happy Spring!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bead Dreams Deadline is Friday!

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If you're like many beaders, you might be busy tying up loose threads and finalizing your entry for this year's Bead Dreams - the internationally recognized bead competition of the year. Or, perhaps you've been thinking about entering but aren't quite sure how or when. If you click on the title above, you'll be redirected to Bead & Button's website where you'll find all of the information for entering online. Not sure if you should enter? Give it your best shot. You might be pleasantly surprised. Deadline is Friday, April 4th at midnight. Good luck!!!!

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Heart To Hands: Robin Atkins' New Book

Robin AtkinsRobin Atkins, well known for the Bead Journal Project and her Bead Lust blog, has just announced her newest book, Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery. This long awaited and much anticipated edition is sure to be as wonderful as her previous bead embroidery books:
"Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery is for beaders, fiber artists, quilt makers and anyone interested in developing their own unique artistic voice. Here you'll find pictures, inspirations, project ideas, techniques and tips to make your bead embroidery distinctive, appealing and fun! Learn how to tell your heart’s stories with beads. Try 20 new stitch techniques for making spiral shells, ruffles, wildflowers, roots, barnacles and other exciting forms and textures."

To learn more, see more, and to pre-order your copy today (the book will be available ~May 1st), click on the title above!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Size 15/o Delicas

susan mandelCaravan Beads has announced that Miyuki will begin producing size 15/o cylinder beads. For those of you who love to weave patterns using cylinder beads, size 15/o Delicas will offer the ability to create images with greater detail or to make large patterns smaller. To read more from Caravan Beads, click on the title above.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Julia Pretl's Beaded Collars

Julia Pretl, author of the popular Little Bead Boxes and Bead Knitted Bags has a new book! Her latest is called "Beaded Collars" and features ten projects using ladder stitch to create beautifully beaded collars. I have Julia's Bead Knitted Bags on CD and I've also purchased patterns from her. Her patterns are well written and easy to follow. I expect this newest book to be just as wonderful. AJ at Erthefae blog has written a brief review of the new book, you can check out her impression by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the post). Or simply click on the title above and you'll be redirected to Julia's website where you can order a copy. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bead It Forward: Breast Cancer Quilt

Jeanette Shanigan has been hard at work, piecing together beaded squares for a quilt. The theme is "Life is beautiful like a rose, but beware of thorns". Jeanette is accepting squares through April 1st, so if you are thinking about contributing, now is the time... The quilt is scheduled to be auctioned at the Bead and Button Show in June. To see the amazing works contributed by beaders from all over the U.S., click on the title above. To access information on how to contribute to the quilt, click HERE (note: Jeanette has a pdf with instructions on the front page).

Monday, March 10, 2008

2008 Commemorative Bead

commemorative beadEach year, in celebration of the annual Bead and Button Show, a commemorative bead is designed by a lampwork artist. This year's bead is made by Kim Fields, known for her beautiful floral lampwork beads. The bead is available for purchase through the Bead & Button show - click on the title above and you'll be redirected to the order form. The B&B site is now listing this bead at extremely limited quantities. Order soon!!!

While you're at the Bead & Button Show site, be sure to check out the classes. There are a few that have sold out and some with limited seating, but also quite a few that are still open.

If you are unsure about which class to take, an absolutely beautiful design that you might enjoy - especially if you love all things vintage - is Diane Hyde's Vintage Echoes necklace (shown right). Diane does a beautiful job designing in the Art Nouveau tradition. Click HERE to go to her online class registration.
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Monday, March 03, 2008

Biloba Bijoux: A New Book & Website!

If you love the French style of beading and all things vintage, then you'll love Marie's newest book. And if you love her patterns, you'll find them all on her new website!

Bijoux tisses: perles a l'aiguille is a step by step illustrated guide to creating pendants, bracelets, and earrings in the French tradition. To see the book and order from Amazon.fr, click HERE. (I've ordered one & can't wait to get it!)

BilobaBijoux.com is Marie Geraud's new website. She offers single patterns ('bilofiches') that can be purchased through Paypal. Click on the title above to go to the site. Once there, click on the images on the left to see the patterns for sale. If you can follow diagrams, you can follow Marie's patterns.

"bagues" = rings; "boucles d'oreilles" = earrings; "pendentifs" = pendants
For more translations, try
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Feedburner Hiccups

Dear Subscribers,
Just a note to apologize for the latest hiccup from my email server, Feedburner. You may have noticed the post you received today was from November 16th. Feedburner is very much aware of the problem. If they don't fix it, I'll switch to a different email server so this doesn't keep happening.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Haute Couture Beadwork

ladd beadworkLouise Hill has written a lovely post about two New York brothers who design and work with beads. Their names are Steven and William Ladd. Their signature pieces focus on purses decorated with beads and filled with beaded jewelry. To learn more about these two, click on the title above. You'll be redirected to Louise's blog where she provides all the links to information and a website filled with eye candy. Enjoy!
Read more on the web:
Your New Best Friends

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Once: An Inspiration

It was one of those moments in life we all dream about - when the impossible becomes possible:

Two unknown street musicians, an Irishman named Glen Hansard and a Czech named Marketa Irglova, wrote a song called “Falling Slowly”. It was up against three songs from Disney's "Enchanted" for an Academy Award. When "Falling Slowly" was announced as the winner, the audience went wild. Glen gave a short speech and then the orchestra cut in and cut off Marketa. The two artists left the stage amid cheers from the crowd. The moment was so moving that the Academy brought Marketa back onstage to give her acceptance speech. In case you missed it, here are their inspiring words & why this moment was so wonderful:

Click here to listen to the song and album: Falling Slowly

Monday, February 25, 2008

Winners: Wearable Expressions 2008

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I received this email today from Gabrielle, curator of the WE '08 show. The winners include an honorable mention to Jean Power for her geometric beaded bracelet "3-4-2". Congratulations Jean!

Best of Show - $1,000 – Margarete Palz, Germany. Symmetric, Asymmetric Left and Asymmetric Right – a group of three.
First Place Fiber - $500 – Sue Bradley, England. Op-Art Coat & Turban
Second Place Fiber - $300 – Elaine Unzicker, California, USA, Shimmering Free
Unique Use of Materials, Fiber - $100 – Catherine Black – Florida, USA, Romance
Honorable Mention Fiber – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Lynne Bruning, Colorado, USA, Day Glo Weave; Heather Martin, BC, Canada, In Darkness There is Light – Asymmetrical Jacket and Panel Skirt; Noel Palomo-Lovinski, Ohio, USA, Levels of Confession; Sandra Martinez, California USA, Outfit 1
First Place Jewelry - $500 – Alexandra Chaney, Washington, USA, Repel: Aprilophobia
Second Place Jewelry - $300 – Laurie A. D. Kanyer, Washington, USA, Mosaic Law
Third Place Jewelry - $100 – Kenneth C. MacBain, New Jersey, USA, Untitled Bracelet #1
Unique Use of Materials, Jewelry, Yoko Noguchi, Tennessee Autumn
Honorable Mention Jewelry – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Jean Power, England, Geometric 3-4-2; Victoria Cubeiro, California, USA; Lily Liu, Kansas, USA; Lily Liu 2 #307; Shana Kroiz, Maryland, USA, Arrow Bloom
Best of Show Accessories - $200 – Lisa Temple-Cox, England, Vanitas 4: Night Creatures
Unique Use of Materials, Accessories - $100 – Michael Giancristiano, California, USA, Handbag #2
Honorable Mention, Accessories – Wearable Expressions paperweight
Barbara Maxey, New York, USA, A Mad Hat for Alice: Painting the White Roses Red; Noriko Matsumoto, Japan, Woolen Merino & Ramie Polka-Dot Scarf; Ann DeVuono, Washington, USA, My Derrick; Christina Newberry, Australia, Material Memories

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wearable Expressions '08

Wearable Expressions, the juried international exhibit for wearable art, is slated to open tomorrow at the Palos Verdes Art Center:

“Art-to-wear is the unique creation of an artist seeking a fresh alternative to the conventional media of painting and sculpture,” says curator of the exhibit, Gabrielle. “Each exhibition brings works made with new technology as well as pieces created with unexpected materials used in unusual ways. Many are also very serious conceptual works of fiber or jewelry art expressing the concerns and viewpoints of our time.”

This year’s exhibit includes 250 fiber and jewelry creations from a total of 166 artists from all over the world. Artists representing beadwork include Lisa Klakulak, Lana May, Jean Power, Tatiana Van Iten, and Susan Mandel (aka Beadweaver). Awards will be announced tomorrow evening at the event's opening (open to the public). To learn more, click on the title above.

Event info from around the web:
Art Slant
Artist Invitation (pdf) - includes the list of participating artists

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lark's Newest Beading Books

I was browsing the Lark Books new website and noticed the beading books they have scheduled for release this spring. To find out more, click on the title:

Polymer Clay Beads by Gary Diffendaffer
Glass Bead Workshop by Jeri Warhaftig
Boutique Bead and Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee
Ceramic Bead Jewelry by Jennifer Heynen
Creative Quilting with Beads by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
50 Nifty Beaded Cards by Chris Rankin
Masters: Glass Beads
Beading with Pearls

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Beadweaver Studio Goes Live!

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new Studio:


Beadweaver Studio will offer kits, patterns, and the occasional, hard to find goody...

Two new items: the Versailles Bracelet and the Giverny Bracelet - both popular at the recent Bead Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa - are now available as kits to beaders all over the world. Each kit is offered in two color ways. These kits are limited editions so be sure to check them out soon by clicking on the title above. Best of all: Standard shipping for February is free. Enjoy!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bead & Button Show: New Classes Added

bead showBead & Button has added new classes to their line up for June. Many are classes that were sold out early. If you're thinking about going, check out the current class list by clicking on the title above - see "2008 Information" for class availability. (Shown left: Free Form Resin by Kim O'Neill)

Earlier Posts: 2008 Bead & Button Show

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Get The Lead Out!

susan mandelDid you know that a new law went into effect on September 1st? Known as the Lead Containing Jewelry Law, anyone who is involved in selling jewelry in California must limit the amount of lead in their products.

For children's jewelry there are very specific guidelines which limit the use of leaded crystal and glass components to no more than 1 gram total in a jewelry piece. To learn more click on the Fact Sheet (pdf).

For adults the law is not as stringent and goes into effect on March 1st. More information regarding specific components allowed (including Swarovski crystals) can be found here: Frequently Asked Questions for Jewelry Businesses (pdf). There's also information on the resale of vintage and antique jewelry.

What about the after-market coatings that are popular on Swarovski crystals? How about the Tierra Cast components? I know nothing about the special coatings but I do know that Tierra Cast is lead free. Tierra Cast has some great information on pewter and metal on their website and an informative article about the lead content in Tibetan Silver - so be sure to check it out.

To find out more about the new law which applies to all jewelry sales in California, please click on the title above.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Rebecca Roush: Beadwork Reborn

rebecca roush Bead Artist Rebecca Roush has designed a new website featuring her embroidery work. Using beads and sequins, she draws inspiration from art forms such as medieval mosaics and ancient rock art. Her series of works include Crows, Hands, Female Figures, and Petroglyphs. Her "Crows" represent her work with Columbia Basin rock art; "Hands" reveals her fascinating relationship with her own hands; and "Female Figures" are pieces she created for exhibits. Her canvases are richly decorated with color and texture - I especially love her home page which flashes through a variety of close up views of her work. To read more about Rebecca Roush, please click on the title above.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2008 Bead & Button Show

The 2008 Bead & Button Show is now online! The show offers over 490 classes, a bead bazaar for great shopping, a bead social with a special award honoring Diane Fitzgerald, and much, much more.

Class registration opened on January 15th. Can you believe that some classes have already sold out?! Sherry Serafini has 6 classes - 3 are still open. Among some of my favorite are Huib Petersen's "Going Medieval" -but, as I write, this class has also sold out. Wow. Another great looking class is Jan Zicarelli's Leaf Pendant with Spiral Chain (shown left). Diane Fitzgerald is offering a few classes too and her Gingko Leaf Necklace (a perennial favorite) has also sold out! If you are interested in attending this year's Bead and Button show and taking a few classes, be sure to sign up soon. You can browse the class list by clicking HERE.

Education in Motion
This year, Rio Grande is offering their "Education in Motion". These classes include such basics as soldering, PMC, stone setting and other techniques for creating beautiful jewelry with metal. To view these classes, click HERE.

Special Events
There are three wonderful events including a Lampworking Madness during which flameworkers will show off their talents while composing beautiful pieces of glass art. Space is limited for this event, so if you are interested in going, sign up soon.

Need to learn more about the show? Check out the online videos from the staff at Kalmbach. There are fourteen in all, including information on classes, the marketplace, networking and organizing your time while attending the show (Getting past the first row of vendors!). Click HERE to view all of the videos.

Bead Dreams
Every year Bead & Button sponsors the largest competition in the US for beadwork. This year, Bead Dreams has included a new category called "Crystal Jewelry" sponsored by Swarovski. To read more about the competition click HERE. The deadline for online entries is April 4th.

To find out more about the 2008 Bead and Button Show, click on the title above. Hope to see you there!
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Bead Memes Anyone?

gwen fisher
I 've been inspired by fellow blogger Brian to write about memes and apply it to beading. I was a little fuzzy on the term so I googled it and found a great definition over at The Daily Meme:

A meme is:
  • An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
  • A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
  • A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes".
I also learned that for bloggers the term meme can be used to refer to a list of questions that romps around the blogsphere. For example "Answer these 25 questions on your blog and then tag someone else to do the same" - commonly known as a "question meme".

So what is a Bead Meme? I thought I'd use the definition above and give it a try: A bead meme is a series of designs* that a) replicate and evolve; b) represent a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another and mutated (changed); and c) an idea, value or behavior (ie. technique or series of methods) that is shared.

Can you think of a Bead Meme that fits this definition?

How about Beaded beads? I remember seeing Sherry Moroshok's beautiful beaded beads for the first time. Wow. Since then, all sorts of variations have emerged including beaded rocks. Crystal beaded beads are certainly popular too. And lately I've been seeing beads made from crystals (and no inside bead)!

What each of these has in common is that once an idea is developed into a design- for example, a beaded bead - it is shared and changed over time. The end result is a huge selection of beautiful beadwork and loads of inspiration!

Do you have a favorite bead meme?

*Design assumption: An idea creates a design which is then expressed as beadwork. In this way, beadwork becomes the representation of an idea - just as a questionnaire does - and therefore fits the definition...