Eye Candy/glass beads!

As I write this it is a grey and blustery day, and so it is a great day for hunting out some online entertainment. If you are looking for artist glass beads, be sure to check out www.lampworketc.com a forum for and about lampworkers and fans of lampwork. The gallery pages are posted every day, and many people start their  Ebay searches by looking at the Gallery posts and then following the links to Ebay auctions (not that I ever ever bid on Ebay…..ok, not terribly often anyway). To pass the time, scroll down and look at Galleries from days past. Send me links if you find anything too wonderful to pass up!! Happy surfing. Jeri


Mary Lou Spang in West Windsor-Plainsboro News

Mary Lou Spang was interviewed in the November 16 edition of the West Windsor-Plainsboro News with regard to her participation in the Princeton Crafter’s Marketplace, an annual juried craft show featuring 140 professional crafters. You can read the full interview (and see a picture of Mary Lou) by clicking on the link.

Mary Lou Spang Interview

Jeanne Evans Featured in “Beading Daily”

BeadingDaily.com, Interweave Press’ beading blog, featured our own Jeanne Evans’ work in a October entry. You can see it by going here:

http://www.beadingdaily.com/posts/beading_tips/bead_embellishment_tips_294-1.html, or read it below:

Inspired by . . . YOU

Beading Daily reader Jeanne Evans created this lovely version of the Flowerette Chain, a recent Beading Daily featured project from the book, Zulu Inspired Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald. Instead of a bracelet, Jeanne created a necklace and added a flower of her own creation.zulu_focal_flower.jpg  

Sandy Lupo in “Beading with Crystals”

If you haven’t seen it already, this is an absolutely beautiful book, with projects using many techniques, but the common denominator of crystals! Be sure to check out Page 100, which showcases member Sandy Lupo’s chandelier earrings.

The book is Beading with Crystals: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques (Hardcover) by Katherine Duncan Aimone and Jean Campbell, ISBN 1600590365.bk2363.jpg

Urban Glass Holiday Open House

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The Bead Project
10th Anniversary Exhibition
Artists of UrbanGlass

Holiday Gifts…Shop The Store for specially selected beads, jewelry, sculptural art and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy this weekend at UrbanGlass.

Please join us as we kick off the holiday season the UrbanWay

Holiday Open House
Sunday, November 18, 2007
12:00 – 5:00 PM

Free hour-long tours of the studio with glassblowing demonstrations. Tours available on the hour between 12 – 4 pm.

Create original holiday gifts at our hands-on glassmaking workshops. Workshops are 1/2 hour in length and reservations are required.

Some of workshops include:
Blown glass cups or holiday ornaments, Hot sculpted paperweights, beadmaking, sanblasting drinking glasses and glass hands.

Click here for more information on workshops.


The Bead Project
10th Anniversary Exhibition
@The Store at UrbanGlass

November 18 – February 18, 2008
Opening reception: Sunday, November 18 2:00 – 5:00 pm
featuring beads and jewelry by:

HeatheRoden de Cabrera, Cora Cofield, Tina B. Dewitt,
Rhonda Dudley,Christine Gant, Amina Ibrahim,
Patricia Lloyd, Margot Lumiere Miller,
Karan Mitchell, Morgan Peterson, Michele Polidoro,
Vanessa Reyes, Carole Robinson, Karen M. Shaw,
Susan Rae Tannenbaum, Clara E. Wong

Artists of UrbanGlass
@The Store at UrbanGlass
November 18 – December 22
Opening reception: Sunday, November 18 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Jane Moshe Bursuker, Kanik Chung, Amber Cowan,
Laurie Korowitz-Coutu, Virginia Griswold,
Geoff Isles, Jeffrey Jewell, Lindsey Jochets,
Martie Negri, Misako Shimizu and Carol Yorke

647 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor
(Enter at 57 Rockwell Place btw Fulton + DeKalb)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
718-625-3685 :: events@urbanglass.org :: www.urbanglass.org
UrbanGlass Open House sponsored by The New York Department of Cultural Affairs
Martie Negri, Vessel, 2007, Artists of UrbanGlass
Susan Tannenbaum, 2007, The Bead Project

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By the Light of the Hook


Lois Rosenthal brought a pair of lighted crochet hooks to tonight’s meeting.  Even though I don’t crochet, I wanted to head right out and buy a pair.  In checking online, I found two companies who make these: Crochet Lite and Needlelite.  Available at many local craft stores and online.  Knitting needles also available.

Book Review: The Decorated Bag

Not strictly a beading book, The Decorated Bag:Embellishing Handbags, Purses, and Totes by Genevieve A. Sterbenz, is a must-have if you love purses and want to try embellishing bags and making old bags new again.

The cover project is gorgeous – a velvet evening bag dripping with beads and rhinestone components. The instructions and pattern are easy to follow. Another favorite of mine is a knit bag embellished with buttons. There are also bags embellished with sequins and charms. The Beaded Ballerina Bag is to die for, and the Silver Moon Satin Clutch evokes the 60s.

Most of the bags use a ready-made bag, and guidelines are given for the kind of bag used. I think you could find some likely candidates at thrift stores. Instructions are given to make some of the bags.

Each project is accompanied by step-by-step color photos and a materials list.

This book retails for $19.95.decorated-bags.jpg