Wednesday, June 23, 2010

And The Winners Are....

The winners in Beadweaver's fifth and final Big Book Giveaway are:

mermaids (South Africa) wins a copy of BeadMaille

cmc220 wins a copy of Easy Beading

priscilla_hogg wins a copy of Stringing Beaded Jewelry


Congratulations to the Winners!!! Thank you EVERYONE for participating in this wonderful Big Book Giveaway. And many, many thanks to the generosity of Kalmbach Publishers' Bead & Button and Lark Books for providing us with the wonderful books that made this possible.

I hope you're enjoying your summer wherever you are in this world!
Happy Beading!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

BBG #5: Three Big Books, Three Lucky Winners!

Welcome to the fifth and final Big Book Giveaway: 3 books & 3 lucky winners! From Bead Style magazine, Kalmbach Publishers, and Lark books come three new releases: Stringing Beaded Jewelry by Karin Buckingham; Easy Beading by contributors to Bead Style Magazine; and BeadMaille by Cindy Thomas Pankopf. In this final book giveaway, Beadweaver will randomly choose 3 lucky winners - each one receiving one copy of one of the books offered (see below)!

Beadmaille: Jewelry with Bead Weaving & Metal Rings

"Filled with 25 stylish, contemporary projects, Beadmaille ties together two hot trends in jewelry-making: chainmail with beadweaving. With clear diagrams and accessible instructions, this book will be loved by both beginning and advanced beaders as well as jewelry crafters and artists of all levels."

This wonderful book from Lark Books is filled with a variety of beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, each incorporating jump rings and metal rings with woven beadwork. The projects are varied in complexity and appearance and take on a unique finished, wearable look. The most difficult piece for weavers will likely be the Foxtail neckpiece only because it uses dimensional right angle weave. However, in reviewing the instructions, these are some of the best illustrations of the weave I have seen (get out your needle and thread - you'll want to give this a try!) The diagrams are extremely well illustrated and the written instructions are easy to follow. This is a lovely book for beaders looking for a different approach to creating gorgeous jewelry. To order your own copy, simply click Here or stay tuned to enter and win!
Visit Cindy's website here: Cindy Pankopf

Stringing Beaded Jewelry: The Absolute Beginners Guide


This new book from author Karin Buckingham and Kalmbach Publishers is designed for the beginner interested in basic bead stringing techniques. However, it might surprise you that some of the projects are more advanced and may help even the experienced beader. The book is divided into four sections: Basic Stringing Projects, Connecting Projects, Fiber Fun, and Extra Goodies. Included amongst these projects are how to knot pearls (a must for every beader!), working with wire mesh, how to create two styles of earwires, and working with various stringing, crimping, and finishing materials. The step by step instructions include well photographed images with detailed explanations. Also included are suggested variations to encourage the creative spirit in every beader. This is a great resource book featuring some of the latest styles and trends in jewelry design! To order your own copy, simply click Here or stay tuned to enter and win!
Follow Karin's blog: Artful Crafts

Easy Beading: Fast, Fashionable, Fun from BeadStyle Magazine

"Jewelry is a hallmark of personal style and those who create their own jewelry are perpetually in search of new designs and fresh ways to customize their pieces. Easy Beading Vol 6 features more than 80 projects from the magazine's sixth year of publication. A wide variety of styles, materials, and techniques are showcased giving readers an enormous selection of projects to choose from or tailor to their own preferences. Sections feature gemstones, crystals, metal and chain, mixed media, pearls, and glass and ceramic. A Beader's Glossary and Basics section are also included."

This is a great, big, book - thick with projects and hard bound too! One of my favorite projects is the Bottle Pop bracelet which uses bottle cap beads and gorgeous sea glass - a perfect summer bracelet. A second favorite is the Fashionista Frida - a beautiful flower embellished necklace reminiscent of of Frida Kahlo's Mexican heritage. BeadStyle's projects feature clear images of the steps involved plus detailed written instructions. It's a beautiful book and a great source of designs. To order your own copy click Here or simply stay tuned to enter and win!

Enter To Win!
To enter to win a copy of one of these books, please sign up for my email newsletter by Tuesday, June 22nd at midnight. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 23rd, so stay tuned!

How To Enter:
1. If you're on my mailing list, you're automatically entered to win (yay!).
2. If you're not yet on my mailing list, you must subscribe (you can always unsubscribe later). Follow this link to sign up and enter: Beadweaver Mailing List
3. Be sure to check your email to confirm that you've signed up.
4. Deadline to enter is Midnight, June 22nd (Tuesday next week!)

For any questions about Beadweaver's final Big Book Giveaway, please read the comments below for the FAQs. Good Luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bead Dreams 2010 Winners

This just in! Bead and Button announces the Bead Dreams 2010 winners on their site. Here they are:

Best-In-Show – Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads - $1,000 gift certificate
The Elegant Bead Partition with Fluttering Cherry Blossoms, Satoko Toyoda, beads

Runner-Up Best-In-Show – Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads - $500 gift certificate
Shape Shifter, Heidi Kummli, freespiritcollection.com

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads - $500 gift certificate WINNER TO POSTED AFTER THE SHOW

Handmade Buttons or Beads – Sponsored by Whole Lotta Whimsy
1st Place – Spool Beads, Barbara Minor, barbaraminor.com - $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – Bountiful Harvest Buttons, Joan Miller, jjoanmillerporcelain.etsy.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Birds & Fish Pendant and Beads Set, Vladislav Ivanov, golemstudio.com - $100 gift certificate

Polymer Clay – Sponsored by Polymer Clay Express
1st Place – Beautifully Baroque, Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, riverpoetdesign.com - $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – Sea Slugs Jewels, Liudmyla Heggland, rollsejenta.blogspot.com, rollsejenta.livejournal.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Rainforest, Janice Abarbanel, janiceabarbanel.com - $100 gift certificate

Crystal Jewelry – Sponsored by Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements
1st Place – Tangled up in Time, Diane Hyde, dianehyde.com, designersfindings.net - $450 gift certificate
2nd Place – Sedona Sunrise, Sherry Serafini, serafinibeadedjewelry.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Bittersweet, Mary Lou Allen, - $100 gift certificate

Finished Jewelry – Sponsored by Rio Grande
1st Place – Cable Bead Necklace, Christopher A. Hentz, chriscables.com, christopherhentz.com - $450 gift certificate
2nd Place – Dance of the Peacock, Sherry Serafini, serafinibeadedjewelry.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Continuous Threads Necklace, Barbara Minor, barbaraminor.com - $100 gift certificate

Seed Bead Jewelry – Sponsored by Beadalon
1st Place – Shape Shifter, Heidi Kummli, freespiritcollection.com - $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – White clovers and clovers, Yukiko Yamamoto, $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Dragon’s Heart, Guzel Bakeeva, guzelbakeeva.ru - $100 gift certificate

Objects or Accessories – Sponsored by Rings & Things
1st Place – The Elegant Bead Partition with Fluttering Cherry Blossoms, Satoko Toyoda, $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – Swirl, Cindy Pankopf, cindypankopf.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Gaze of a Rose, Olga Shumilova, http://pautin.gallery.ru, http://pautin.livejournal.com - $100 gift certificate

Metal Clay – Sponsored by Art Clay World USA
1st Place – Journey’s, Christi Anderson, elementaladornments.com - $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – The Way To My Heart, Melissa Lee, melissajlee.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Brooch with Plastic Inlay, Julia Rai, juliarai.co.uk - $100 gift certificate

Wirework – Sponsored by Beaducation
1st Place – Flight of Fancy, Rachel Reilly, rachelreilly.com - $400 gift certificate
2nd Place – Chainmaille Jacket, Vanessa Walilko, kalibutterfly.com - $300 gift certificate
3rd Place – Starry Night in Monet’s Garden, Peri Jackson, shaktipajdesigns.com - $200 gift certificate

Lampwork/Glass – Sponsored by SoftFlex Company
1st Place – Flying Pod Vessels, Karen Elmquist, etsy.com/shop/karenelmquist - $300 gift certificate
2nd Place – Just a Bunch of Nails, Robert Jennik, robertjennik.com - $200 gift certificate
3rd Place – Cigno Sinistro (sinister Swan), Sara Sally LaGrand, sarasallylagrand.com - $100 gift certificate


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

BBG #4: And The Winner Is....

Congratulations to beadhpy1!!!

She/he wins a copy of Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving!

Many thanks to Lark Books for providing this opportunity to the readers of the Beadweaver Blog!

Stay tuned for the 5th Book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway......To help inspire you for the summer, this drawing will have a few extras added to it (i.e. more than one item to be won), so stay tuned...... :)

Friday, June 04, 2010

BBG #4: Embellished Beadweaving by Laura McCabe

From Lark Books comes the highly anticipated new title from Laura McCabe: Embellished Beadweaving. Featuring a variety of embellishment techniques, the book covers everything from the basics to techniques to application and includes a brief chapter on color and design. There are 18 projects in all - some of which may be known to beaders - and include fun new projects as well. Laura shares her secrets to her inspiration which she gathers from the world around her and encourages the reader to find their own inspiration in the things they love.

"Laura McCabe creates elaborate beaded embellishments which she combines into stunning jewelry. These graceful forms are also ideal for embellishing garments or fiber artworks. Her definitive guide to weaving and embroidering with beads is the third volume in the bestselling Beadweaving Master Class series. Combining traditional techniques with modern materials, and showcasing a wide variety of bead types, it offers 18 opulent pieces of jewelry incorporating motifs drawn from the natural world, such as flora and fauna, art nouveau designs, and geometric forms. With its truly spectacular illustrations, this is a feast of inspiration for crafters in all fiber media." Lark Books

I found this book to be very well written. The information provided is to the point, making access to that information easy. The projects are well described in the step by steps and include simple to understand diagrams. The graphics are gorgeous in this book too - just what you'd expect from Lark Books. The possibilities are endless using the ideas and techniques Laura shares with her readers - this book is full of inspiration! Included at the end is a gallery of works from very well known beadweavers including David Chatt, Marcie Stone, and Cynthia Rutledge.

This is a beautiful book and a must-have for every beaderweaver's library. Embellished Beadweaving is available at bookstores now - simply click on the title above to order. I'm also giving one copy away as part of Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway - read further on how you can enter to win!

Enter To Win
To enter to win a copy of this book, please sign up for my email newsletter by Tuesday, June 8th at midnight. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 9th, so stay tuned!

How To Enter:
1. If you're on my mailing list, you're automatically entered to win (yay!).
2. If you're not yet on my mailing list, you must subscribe (you can always unsubscribe later). Follow this link to sign up and enter: Beadweaver Mailing List
3. Be sure to check your email to confirm that you've signed up.
4. Deadline to enter is Midnight, June 8th (Tuesday next week!)

For any questions about Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway, please read the comments below for the FAQs. Good Luck! And stay tuned, there is ONE more title to come!

Visit Laura on her website:
Just Let Me Bead

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

BBG #3: And The Winner Is...

And the winner for the third book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway is boomer007!!!

Congratulations!

She's won a copy of Crystal Brilliance from Kalmbach Publishers!

Many thanks to Anna Elizabeth Draeger and Kalmbach Publishers for sending us this great book to review and give away! It is a lovely book and one I'd highly recommend adding to your library if you love crystals.

Next up.... a *highly anticipated* new book from Lark's series, Masters in Beadweaving....Stay tuned for the fourth book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway!