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Fall Preview Friday: Two Stitches

May 15, 2015, 09:00 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Two Stitches photoBeadweaving master Rachel Nelson-Smith is back with more colorful and exciting projects using right angle weave and peyote, Two Stitches!

 

These vibrant bracelets, necklaces and earrings utilize the two most-popular stitches in the beading community.  Her 23 projects feature detailed instructions that illuminate Nelson-Smith’s unique construction.

 

It’s perfect for the intermediate-to advanced-level beaders! Check out some of the amazing projects and don’t forget to pre-order you’re copy HERE. In stores October 2015!

 

Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below:

 

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Voldekol Necklace

 

Borobudus Bangles 

Twinkle-Drop-Earrings

 

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

March 06, 2015, 10:00 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Welcome back to Fall Preview Friday! Each Friday this spring, our Lark editors will be sharing previews of our upcoming titles for Fall 2015. Check back each week to get the latest scoop on what’s coming soon with these sneak peeks from Lark Crafts.

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Chain mail jewelry pieces are gorgeous, but they are even more impressive when beautiful beads are added to the mix! We’ve got some great news for all of the chain mail jewelry fans out there: Dylon Whyte’s bestselling Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry will be available in paperback this August.

 

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry

 

The book features 26 stunning projects designed by author and chain mail-crafter extraordinaire, Dylon Whyte. There’s the “Drops of Jupiter” necklace, featuring hand-made beads with specs of glittering gold in them, or the elegant “Flower Mail Choker & Bracelet”, made with rich cobalt blue glass roller beads. Whether you’re a seasoned chain mail jewelry crafter, or a novice looking for a great introduction to the craft, you’ll want to get a copy of this book. Pre-order your copy today!

 
 
 
 
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Chain Mail Jewelry book giveaway!

February 25, 2015, 10:23 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

The paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry is now available. In celebration of this edition’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners!

 

Chain Mail Jewelry features 30 beautiful projects (the Gold and Amethyst Parure and the elegant Double Strand Japanese Cube Necklace [pictured below] are my particular favorites). With the help of Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s easy-to-follow directions and how-to illustrations, jewelry crafters of all skill levels are able to achieve impressive results using just a few tools.

 

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To enter to win a copy of the paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, March 1. The two winners will be selected on Monday, March 2. Click here to read the official rules.

 
 
 
 
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Chain Mail Jewelry out next week!

February 05, 2015, 13:18 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Exciting news! Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s bestselling title, Chain Mail Jewelry (February 10, 2015), will be available soon in paperback.

It’s not surprising that this book has been immensely popular among jewelry crafters—the 30 projects included in the book are beautiful, and with Terry and Dylon’s comprehensive how-to instructions and illustrations, novices are carefully guided through the chain mail jewelry crafting process.

Check out a few of the projects from Chain Mail Jewelry below, and pre-order your copy of the new-in-paperback edition today!

Chain Mail Necklace

Double Strand Necklace

Spiraling Chain

 
 
 
 
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On a very cold January 29 with weather threatening, beaders still made their way to Burke Gems & Beads in Burke, VA for a “Girl’s Night Out.” On this night everyone grabbed their copy of Seed Bead Chic to make a Girls Night Out Necklace from the book. The group was working together to help each other complete the piece.

 

The owner, Olya Yampoisky, invited me to stop in to sign some books, meet the group, and see their progress. When I walked in the door, I was greeted with applause, which made me feel so good. One of the participants told me she likes the book so much that she is attempting all 25 projects!

 

The beaders were having an absolute blast! I came in towards the beginning of their session, but I was seeing good progress with the right angle weave portion of the project.

 

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And what a great idea this was for all. Store patrons had the opportunity to participate in a free event, socialize and shop for beads. The store sold some product and everyone had the chance to appreciate the book’s project together. This not only sounds like a good cold winter night event, but an anytime occasion.

 

Burke Gems & Beads is planning to host another Seed Bead Chic event in the near future. What is so touching to me is that one of my local stores put in this great effort to honor my work. I am proud to be a staff teacher, customer, and friend of this wonderful shop. Thank you.

 

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Amy Katz has been beading for 20 years and teaches beading workshops and classes across the country. Her designs revolve around the “high-end” jewelry store look using quality seed beads, crystals, pearls, and more. She is the coauthor of Beading Across America (Kalmbach), and her website is BeadJourney.com. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA.

 
 
 
 
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SeedBeadChic Poster_LowRes 2Attention Georgia beaders! Beadjoux Bead Store (Braselton, GA) is pleased to announce a special weekend of events with Lark author and bead artist Amy Katz.   The weekend of October 10-12 will be reserved for a book signing, trunk show party and two classes taught exclusively by Amy Katz.

 

Amy Katz has been beading for 20 years and teaches beading workshops and classes across the country. Her designs revolve around the “high-end” jewelry store look using quality seed beads, crystals, pearls, and more. She is the author of the new Seed Bead Chic (Oct. 2014), and her website is BeadJourney.com. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA.

 

The weekend of events will begin with a book signing and trunk show party on Friday October 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Amy will be signing her new book, Seed Bead Chic.  It features 25 upscale and elegant projects that look like the fine jewelry you would find in high-end boutiques.  This book is a must have for every beader!  Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the book signing.

 

Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12 will be reserved for classes taught by Amy Katz.  Amy will be teaching her Slide Baby Slide bracelet design on Saturday and her Elena’s Necklace design on Sunday.

 

For more information about the weekend events featuring Amy Katz, please contact:

Beadjoux Bead Store
6750 Highway 53
Suite 103
Braselton, GA 30517
706-658-0007
http://www.beadjoux.com/

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Take a look inside the new Beading All-Stars

September 10, 2014, 20:14 pm  Posted by Lark
 

coverPrepare to cheer for Lark’s new bead book: Beading All-Stars (Sept. 2014)!

 

It’s a goldmine of diverse and stunning projects by eleven of the most talented bead weavers around. If you are a confirmed bead weaver, you’ll be blown away by Beading All-Stars, which hit stores this month. In it, you’ll find in it the awesome beading designs of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Mabeline Gidez, Diane Hyde, Glenda Paunonen,& Liisa Turunen, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Sherry Serafini, Amy Katz, Rachel Nelson-Smith, and Anneta Valious.

 

With twenty unique projects in a wonderful range of looks and colors, Beading All-Stars delivers a rich and varied choice of designs in a single volume. With the complete step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to choose beading projects according to your mood, your sense of style, or when you’re ready to bead a very special piece for a very, very dear friend.

 

Since I’ll be drooling over Beading All-Stars several times in the next few months, I’m going to pace myself by describing just a few of the projects and their authors right now. More will follow next month. Today I’m concentrating on the work of Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, and Mabeline Gidez.

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In Beading All-Stars, the diverse and revered Marcia DeCoster (www.marciadecoster.com) serves up two steely metal-colored beaded pieces that are right out of the Jazz Age. Her “Deco Bracelet” and “Erté Earrings,” both with a geometric theme, are perfect accessories for the person who loves to wear the contemporary versions of the swingy Jazz Age look, embraced by women in the 1920s who enjoyed dancing the Charleston. But you don’t have to be a flapper to wear these glamorous, silvery designs. They will look equally elegant with today’s fashions. In fact, they will add a layer of sophistication to everything you wear.

 

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 Deco Bracelet

 

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Erte Earrings

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Jamie Cloud Eakin (www.StudioJamie.com) has designed the delicate, elegant “Flower Garden Bracelet” with orderly rows of pearly white beads and grass green leaf-shaped beads. She uses soft turquoise flower beads to create a bezel that surrounds a central, soft green cabochon. With the overall effect of a seventeenth-century French garden, this bracelet will add pizzazz to a lace dress, a summer outfit featuring white, green, or turquoise slacks or shorts, and even a wool sweater.

 

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Flower Garden Bracelet

 

Jamie’s “Spring In Bloom Necklace,” a concerto in gray transparent luster, jade, and amethyst beads, is a delicious five-strand confection complete with shaped, bezeled charms and a large bezeled cabochon and flower pendant. For beaders who love to wear today’s multi-stand look in jewelry, this is an extraordinary, gorgeous piece.

 

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Spring In Bloom Necklace

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For a sparkly, multi-colored, flower look, Mabeline Gidez (www.MabelineDesigns.com) has created “The Chrysa Bracelet.” Inspired by the multi-petaled chrysanthemum, the centerpiece of Mabeline Gidez’s irresistible bracelet is a flower made of concentric beaded petal patterns that bring the flower into three dimensions. The rose, lavender purple and violet iridescent sparkle of this bracelet is a delicious feast for the eyes.

 

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Mabeline’s olive, gold and aqua “Mystic Sun Earrings,” which glow with inner light, pay tribute to the sun as well as to the precision of the stonework practiced by the Incas. These earrings will glitter and glow like the sun as they dangle from the ears of the lucky person who gets to wear them.

 

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Mystic Sun Earrings

 

Check back here soon for more great pieces from Lark’s Beading All-Stars. And be sure to order your copy of this inspiring book today!

 

 
 
 
 
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Tune in this Monday, August 18 from 10am-noon EST to see Candie Cooper present projects from her new book, Earringology  (Lark Crafts, $24.95, June 2014) on JTV’s Jewel School. She’ll be presenting a variety of techniques from knotting to easy metalworking alongside trendy materials like leather and silk.

 

You can watch live online at Jewelry TV, or use their Channel Finder to tell you where you can view in your area.

 

About the book:

In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.

 

About the author:

Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for unique materials and color combinations, inspired by her extensive travel and years living in China. She is the author of several jewelry books with Lark, including Necklaceology and Metalworking 101 for Beaders. Candie hosts the public television series Hands On, has appeared as a featured guest on PBS’s popular Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, and teaches creative workshops nationally. She currently lives in Wabash, IN.

 

Check out some of Candie’s beautiful earring designs below:

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Margie Deeb Challenges You…

July 08, 2014, 05:37 am  Posted by Lark
 

The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, written by Margie Deeb, teaches you to design your own creations by paying attention to unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color. You’ll explore the interaction of jewelry and the body: how it moves, how it drapes, how it guides the viewer’s eye to complement–or clash–with different body sizes and wardrobe. The concepts presented are supported by photos, illustrations, before-and-after examples, and challenges. Tips from today’s leading jewelry designers in polymer clay, beads, precious metal clay, ceramic, and wire teach you how to take your ideas and refine them into extraordinary, wearable jewelry.

  • Discover why a piece of jewelry is visually appealing.
  • Understand why you prefer certain styles and how to apply the concepts to achieve what you want.
  • Gain confidence in using specific applications of visual and aesthetic principles.
  • Be inspired to grow and express more of yourself and your unique visions of beauty.

 

This is the last of a nine-part interview (whew!) with the author.

Q Each chapter ends with a Challenge Yourself page that’s kind of like fun homework assignments. Tell me about those.

A I love homework and assignments. And I am so irritated by books that tell you how to do something without providing exercises to practice it! I love putting into practice what I learn, without the pressure of having to create a masterpiece. That’s what these challenges are: they’ll compel you to apply what you’ve learned in each chapter. And they’ll inspire you to stretch beyond comfortable boundaries.

 

For example, at the end of Chapter 3: Balance, the “Challenge Yourself” section asks you to consider symmetrical balance, something you’ve probably worked with all your life, more carefully. I write the following:

  • Browse jewelry catalogs or websites for examples of vertical and horizontal symmetry. Find examples that simultaneously display both. Which kind of symmetry do you find more in earrings? Necklaces? Bracelets?
  • Sketch several pair of earring designs using vertical symmetry.
  • Do the same using horizontal symmetry.
  • Sketch several pair of earring designs using both vertical and horizontal symmetry simultaneously.
  •  Vertical symmetry is common in necklaces and earrings. Horizontal symmetry isn’t as common, and is rarely seen without vertical symmetry also being present. How do you feel about horizontal symmetry in a necklace or in earrings?

 

Most jewelry designers haven’t considered the difference in impact that vertical or horizontal balance has on their jewelry, or on the way that jewelry looks when it is being worn. Understanding these concepts and their visual ramifications improves your ability, expands your options, and helps you become more creative.

Click on this image to link to a PDF of these pages

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Margie Deeb is the author of four other books. For more info about her new one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com


 
 
 
 
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Take a Creative Journey with Margie Deeb

July 01, 2014, 05:45 am  Posted by Lark
 

The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, written by Margie Deeb, teaches you to design your own creations by paying attention to unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color. You’ll explore the interaction of jewelry and the body: how it moves, how it drapes, how it guides the viewer’s eye to complement–or clash–with different body sizes and wardrobe. The concepts presented are supported by photos, illustrations, before-and-after examples, and challenges. Tips from today’s leading jewelry designers in polymer clay, beads, precious metal clay, ceramic, and wire teach you how to take your ideas and refine them into extraordinary, wearable jewelry.

  • Discover why a piece of jewelry is visually appealing.
  • Understand why you prefer certain styles and how to apply the concepts to achieve what you want.
  • Gain confidence in using specific applications of visual and aesthetic principles.
  • Be inspired to grow and express more of yourself and your unique visions of beauty.

 

This is the eighth in a nine-part interview with the author.

Q In Chapter 8: The Creative Journey, you discuss fear and doubt. How come, Margie? Isn’t beading all about having fun and being creative?

A All truly creative pursuits are accompanied by some degree of fear or doubt. Fear and doubt are evidence of being challenged. I’ve never completed a project in my life in which I haven’t doubted myself, sometimes for a few moments, and other times severely.

 

 

I don’t see or hear enough discussion out there about fear, doubt, and failure (which is also part of the process). And because of that, people new to design get the message that if they doubt themselves, it proves they aren’t capable. I hate those consequences. It’s so important to accept the process. And the process includes fear, doubt, and failure. In the book I present the most effective ways I know to deal with them.

If someone doesn’t experience fear or doubt while executing a creative project, that person isn’t challenging themselves. He or she isn’t pushing out of the comfort zone.

One of the most exciting sections of this chapter addresses finding your artistic voice. I designed a worksheet to help you clarify your motivation and strengths. This will be so valuable to anyone, regardless of their skill level.

 

 

Q You include brief interviews with Sherry Serafini, Frieda Bates, Marcia DeCoster, Barbara Becker Simon, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Heidi Kummli, Diane Fitzgerald and Robin Atkins. How did you select these artists, and what are the interviews about?

A The most powerful way to become a master at any art form, including jewelry design, is to structure your creative process. Honing our creative process is something we all must do as artists. And it differs for every artist. I talk a little about mine and how I manage my energy and time. I wanted to present other artists’ methods as well, so I chose prolific artists who I consider masters. It was such fun reading how others work! And it both validated some of my own practices, and inspired me to try new ones.

 

Click on this image to link to a PDF of these pages

 

 

Check in next Tuesday for the last segment of this interview with Margie!

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Margie Deeb is the author of four other beading books. For more info about her new one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com