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Guest Post – Cynthia Rutledge

February 23, 2016, 11:51 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Timeless coverHello fellow bead lovers,

Thank you so much for your interest in my book, Timeless Beadwork Designs. In this book, 15 brand-new projects come together to give you, the reader and beader, a glimpse into my approach to designing and creating beadwork. Historical perspective is my muse.

Whether that muse takes me to Italy to view paintings by Sandro Botticelli or to San Francisco to visit my most favorite painting, “The Girl With the Pearl Earring,” by Johannes Vermeer, documented history and the artisans of their time have left behind amazing works of art and an insight into the lives of those from the past. Whether the painting is a still life and depicts everyday household items or a portrait of a young girl wearing beautiful jewelry, every where I look I find inspiration that could lead to designing a new piece of beadwork.

Each of the projects in my book walk you through the process of designing. First, take a look at each painting and read the historical perspective about each project. Once you have done that, you can easily see what inspired me to design each project. I hope that you enjoy my new book. Below is a glimpse of what you can create! I invite you to visit me on my website at www.cynthiarutledge.net.

Happy beading to all,

Cynthia

Order your copy of Timeless Beadwork Designs at the links below:

Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound

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Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

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The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

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To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!

 
 
 
 
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Congratulations to Lark’s beading all-star, Cynthia Rutledge! Timeless Beadwork Designs was selected as a Best of the Month Pick on Amazon in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home, as well as earning the #1 Bestseller spot in the Beadwork category.

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Be sure to get your copy, which includes all new, never-before-seen projects from one of beading’s finest teachers.

 
 
 
 
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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

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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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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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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