Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lace beadweaving challenge

Create your own vertical netting stitch necklace!

This challenge is open to all participants, the sending of your photographs will validate your participation. We suggest you to create a necklace of your own design in vertical netting stitch with increases and decreases using bead insertion or bead embroidery. Your netting beadwork has to be done with seed beads and any other fancy beads (round, faceted, bicones, bugles, etc.). Please no cabochons and nor other elements added except listed above.

Deadline for sending your photos is Friday, October 26, 2012. Your photo should be no more than 800 Kb, we ask you for a high resolution photo in order to create an online gallery. Please send your emails with attached photos at:, please send us also the following information: first name, last name, nickname (if you want) and a link to your blog or website.

It's not a contest and the winners won't be selected. The pictures of all submissions will be published in our newsletter and in the blog Perles et Dent'Elles. Learn tutorials by Coco L'hopital-Navarre for your inspiration!

Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
Lace beadweaving challenge (in French)

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Perlen Poesie issue 14

In issue 14:

•  Maggie's Gold: Maggie Meister - the father sparked her interest in European history. Years later, she came to Italy and was able to learn and practice. The colors and shapes of the ancient artifacts are featured in Maggie's jewelry.
•  Caught in the Net: Confucius said, "Holes are the main thing in a net," - explanation and demonstration of the possibilities of this fascinating simple netting technique.
•  Bead Art Fair 2013: Anticipation - bigger, more beautiful, more diverse - a preview of the 3rd Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 in Hamburg, and indeed in a new place.
•  Back to the Future: Czech Republic - we can feel the glory of the old "Jablonec Industries" by looking at the famous glass beads by Preciosa Ornela and admiring committed people who live with the old craft and inspire the global market with new products.
•  Winners of IBA 2012: Look at the winning pieces of the international jewelry contest IBA 2012. Savor the diversity of ideas!
•  15 tutorials and much more!

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Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012

Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012

A month ago bead artists and bead lovers from many countries second time gathered in Hamburg, Germany at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012. Hundreds of visitors from different countries around the globe attended the show to replenish their bead storages, to meet friends, to establish business contacts, to learn from world known artists. We haven't seen unhappy faces there!

The third Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place on 24-25 August 2013 at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen, Germany (Google map). The exhibition center is air-conditioned and has a lot of space and provides different services. Exhibitors making table reservation will get not only table space but square meters behind the tables which can be filled with racks or shelves. The closest Hotel Park Inn Hamburg Nord has rooms at a special rate if you book right away, you need to make reservation with this code word: "Perlenkunst-Messe". Verena Greene-Christ will answer all your questions regarding the fair, email her at I will inform you about any Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 news.

Photos from Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2012
Meetings with friends at the Bead Art Fair

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International Bead Award Contest. Winners

On August 18, 2012 the winners of the International Bead Award Contest were announced at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair. It was an exciting event! First place winners are:

Lampwork Category
"Citylife" by Andrea Schwarz, Germany
Loomwork Category
"Death of a Purse" by Rebecca Blackwell, USA
Off-Loom Category
"Sweet Little Grasshopper!" by Ilka Weinreich, Germany
Bead Crochet, Bead Knitting Category
"Painting a Rainbow" by Svetlana Karimova, Poland
Embroidery Category
"Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil" by Anna Denisova, Italy
Paper, Textile Category
"Patchwork Armband" by Olga Haserodt, Germany
Polymer Clay, Ceramic, Porcelain Category
"Vitamin" by Yuliya Galuschak, Ukraine
Wirewok Category
"Carnival" by Natalya Bulba, Ukraine
Mixed Media Category
"Once Upon a Frog" by Andrea Landau, Italy
Public voting
"Die Sonnenblumen" by Galina Baer, Austria
Our warmest congratulations to all winners!

Full list of International Bead Award Contest winners
The winners on Perlen Poesie website

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Perlen Poesie issue 13

In issue 13:

Issue 13 of the popular German Magazine Perlen Poesie magazine has many fantastic projects for bead weaving. Printed in German, the projects are illustrated and easy to follow without having to understand the text although it now comes with an English supplement that helps translate all of the projects.
The magazine includes 15 beading projects from artists worldwide: from the shawl clasp to Spanish earrings and bracelet. It also covers a great assortment of beads, tips and tricks, Bead Art Fair, IBA contest and much more!

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Winners of Fashion Colorworks 2012

Entry Entry Entry

The third international Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest is history now. We are grateful to the entrants for their hard work, to the jurors for their fair judgment, to the sponsors for provided prizes, and to all website visitors for helping us keep the contest alive. This year we received 191 entries from 125 participants of 28 countries! We are looking forward to seeing bead artists from all over the world in 2013 and believe that the next year contest will make another success!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Vote for Fashion Colorworks People's Choice Award!

Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest

Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest is coming to the end! 10 finalists in each of three categories are already juried, and People's Choice Award voting is open! Make you choice, score finalists and help us choose the winner!

All entries are awesome, but strong jurors are doing their best scoring beautiful beadworks. The next stage has already started, when the winners will be determined, including People's Choice Award Winner. Choose your favorite, but hurry up, July 5 is the last day!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bloodless Battle of the BeadSmith

Battle of the BeadSmith

Have you heard about the "Battle of the BeadSmith" tournament on Facebook yet? Steven Weiss at BeadSmith company says, "In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading 'tournament' where original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike."

80 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination "tournament" to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of 119 of their fellow designers, specialty bead shop owners, and members of various beading magazine editorial staffs.

Artists will then have seven weeks from the announcement of the first round pairings to create, a single piece of original beadwork, and submit four photos best highlighting the works most important elements. The 78 competitors not involved in a particular round one "contest", plus 41 invited judges, will vote for the piece that best captures their imagination. A majority of at least 85 of the possible 119 total voters will be enough to determine a winner. All necklaces, bracelets, earring, brooches, headpieces, belts, handbags, or any other wearable adornments are acceptable for submission. The deadline for all of the submissions, by the artists, is July 10th.

The 40 winners of round one will be randomly paired again in one of 20 new "contests" in round 2 and the voting process will begin again. The 10 winners of round two are again randomly paired in 5 new round 3 "contests" which after judging takes place will leave 5 remaining artists in the competition.

The public will then have a chance to vote for their favorite piece from the remaining 5 artists. The selected artist will receive a pass straight through to the final round of competition. Round 4 will be two "contests" to determine which two artists will compete in round 5 for the right to move to the championship round against the public's favorite piece. The winner of the competition will be decided on by the 119 eligible voters. Stay tuned on Facebook for updates and check out the amazing beadworks of the Battle of the BeadSmith participants!

Battle of the BeadSmith

I was honored to be a juror in this Battle. I know the jurors will need to make hard decisions, but we all are looking forward to the Battle!

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Fashion Colorworks 2012. Entries

Entry Entry Entry Entry

On the pictures above you can see fragments of some first entries we received. The contest continues, you can submit your entries for the Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest in three categories until June 15. We are looking forward to seeing your amazing bead items in the contest! Read all the details of the contest including how to enter the contest, in the rules. If you have any questions please email us at

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Fashion Colorworks 2012. Half month to go!

Half month to go, and we'll start accepting entries for the second International Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest. As to me, I'm excited! I expect even more success this year. The beadworkers are to submit their works in three categories: Seed Bead Jewelry, Finished Jewelry, and Beaded Objects and Accessories, and the color combinations are below. Good luck to all participants! Deadline is June 15. It's not late, if you want to be a contest sponsor please email us at

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Bead Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

Bead Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

Soon we will meet again! Perlen Poesie Magazine is proud to invite you to the Second Beaders Best Bead Art Fair that will take place in Hamburg, Germany in August 18-19! International artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading friends from all over Europe and Overseas will meet at this unmatched event.

The program includes different jewelry making classes that will be taught by internationally recognized bead artists: Zoya Gutina (USA), Ute Kluwe (Germany), Heather Kingsley-Heath (UK), Svetlana Sametis (Lithuania), Anja Schlotman (USA), Sabine Lippert (Germany), Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany), Daniela Donzelli (Germany), Huib Petersen (USA), Olga Haserodt (Germany), Lana May (USA), Sian Nolan (UK), Birgit Bergemann (Germany), Peter Sewell (UK), Petra Tismer (Germany), Melissa Grakowsky (USA), Laura Andrews (USA), Luz Rodriguez Gonzales (Spain), Dianne Karg Baron (Canada), Jutta Tolzmann (Germany) and other artists.

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Perlen Poesie issue 12

It's already being sent to subscribers. In issue 12:

• Floral jewelry made from rocailles, baroque beads or using soutache;

• Workshop: embroidery;

• Artist portrait and exclusive instruction by Sherry Serafini;

• In the know: pliers;

• 17 instructions;

And at last but not least you will see 54 great workshops that you can book for the 2nd BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair!

The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live in the USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.

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Perlen Poesie issue 11

Did you buy it? Not yet? Hurry up! In issue 11:

Lady in RAW. Marcia DeCoster: The artist is a stylish woman, knits fine tunics and loves to bead her jewelry mostly in RAW technique. We met her in Bonn, Germany, where she held workshops for 3 days. She let us have some of her treasures, which we are able to show to our readers. You will also find an instruction for a fancy bracelet...

The Bead Ambassador. Petra Tismer: She loved beads for a long time and when she accompanied her husband to Turkey for a few years she started to teach beadwork techniques to an international group of women of the diplomatic corps. Back in Germany she turned hobby into profession...

Surprising Designs. Paula Matos: The lively Portuguese woman decided to give up her job in a bank and do what she loved - to design jewelry and to share this love with others. Traveling to India she convinced herself of the bead production...

And 17 instructions. Instructions to rework, for example Micro-Makrame, pieces in Soutache technique, something for the fans of Bead Crochet and inspiration for working with Roses Montee, great pieces in RAW and many other techniques.

The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live in the USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.

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