There were several ideas for placement. In the end the “collar” idea was the most popular.
Even though the appliques are glued in place, it is a good idea to do a little extra hand stitching. This ensures that the applique edges do not catch on anything. You can also add a few extra beads to your design while hand stitching.
The appliques are available in several colours including gold.
Last week Fernando Dasilva was in New York and he managed to spend a little time people and window watching. These are some of the trends he picked up.
I can positively say that burgundy or bordeaux, navy blue and metallic grey are the strongest early fall colors for this season. Most of the windows on 5th Ave have those colours featured.
On the jewelry side, the Lord & Taylor windows spotlighted the gold-plated, oversized chains and the ‘modern hammered metal’ look trends.
As far as beads, I saw about eight women wearing bib-style necklaces assembled with clear extra large acrylic drops, long, short, medium; also lots of cluster and multi-strand pearl necklaces (mostly white and ivory faux and acrylic pearls.) I also saw some Egyptian style large neck rings that covered the entire shoulder area.
These are some of our beads that fit the styles currently in vogue in Manhattan.
What is the Birthstone for September? From Birthstones.org Giving a piece of jewelry containing a birthstone gem will bring the wearer with good luck and protection. Monthly birthstones symbolize the month of birth according to the Gregorian Calendar. What is the Birth stone for September? The following old poem provides the answer! And this page provides some information about the meaning of the September gem stone, the color, symbolism and significance of this lovely birth stone:
September Birthstone poem – the Sapphire “A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.”
September Birthstone – Properties of the Sapphire
For those who were born in the month of September the Sapphire is the traditional birthstone. The September birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Sapphire is associated – truth, sincerity and constancy. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the September Birthstone Sapphire are clairvoyance, insight and interpretation. The healing properties of the September birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to lowering fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns. The Sapphire is also used to enhance the influences of Venus and and banish evil thoughts.
The original buttons on this jacket were very inexpensive. One even broke at the dry cleaners.
By adding crystal snaps I made it look much more polished.
I used the Crystallized – Swarovski Elements snaps. There are five different coloured snaps to choose from. I have the silver/crystal but I think the jet black might have been a good choice for this project too.
Now that I have had the Crystal Applicator for a few weeks I find it very easy to use. I replaced all my buttons with the snap bottom first.
Then I changed my dies and attached the snap tops over the button holes. They set perfectly!
I know I will wear this jacket a lot more this summer now that it has been refreshed with crystals. I plan on replacing the buttons on a white shirt next!
I always love browsing the internet for new ideas and inspirations. Since John Bead carries over 65,000 products , I know I’ll always find something that I could easy re-create or draw inspiration from. So here I went and explored the fun world of Kumihimo Braiding, check out some of the fun ideas I found.
Saturdays New Item Showcase Saturday proved to be a great success !
This past Saturday John Beads had it’s first New Item Showcase Saturday. Customers had the opportunity to see and purchase Swarovski Elements NEW colors and shapes for the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 season. The three new colors ; Sunflower Yellow, Silver Night Crystal and Light Gold Pearl were well received and customers who had attended Septembers Swarovski Seminar were happy to get their hands on the new items they had been shown in September.
My personal favourite from Swarovski Elements is the Wild Heart Pendant. Available in 12mm, 17mm and 27mm and in Sunflower, Aquamarine, Black Diamond, Crystal, Crystal Golden Shadow, Crystal Silvershade, Crystal Copper, Crystal Red Magma, Indian Pink, Crystal AB, Dark Indigo ,Jet, Rosaline and Tanzanite.
It’s a more modern breakaway from the classic heart shape. The Wild Heart Pendant owes its elongated shape and asymmetric faceting to the nostalgic mood sweeping through the design world. One of Swarovski Elements inspirations is Farmland/Fox. It’s based on a Classic style that embodies rich reds and golds. It plays off floral patterns, that ones your grandmother would wear on her approne. It’s a step towards nature and the comforts of farmlife. The mood is familiar, cozy and warm.
Swarovski Element -Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011/2012
The perfect compliment to this Wild Heart Pendant is leather cording as it makes the overall look more organic. I also combined the Helios Pendant with leather cording further playing off of this Farmland/Fox theme.
Holiday Booklet and Designs
Our in house designer; Thanh Tran showcased New Earring designs for the upcoming Holiday Season. Angels, Evergreen Trees and Light Bulb Earrings were part of her demos, complete with instruction sheets customers could take home. Swarovski Elements Create-Your-Style Website features even more design. ( Ask us what items we carry that are featured on other designs)
Rishma, our newest in house designer, did demos with Tila beads and farfalles. And with her bubbly personality, who wouldn’t get exited about beads !? She did a great job showing the Farfalle Ball Earring and the Tila Cuff Bracelet. The tila cuff bead is shown below. It’s a great piece for the fall season. The creator of the bracelet our designer Brianna Walsworth choose the Rasberry Gold Iris Tilas because of their beautiful iridescence and the way the bead shows many colors as the light reflects off it. She complimented it with the Gunmetal Tila that is easily matched to any color of clothing. Brianna also prefers to work with A Sterling Silver findings to ensure strength and durability of her jewellery pieces. This piece is beautiful and finely crafted, if you’re up for the challenge, it takes approx. 4 hours to complete.
Bead weaving: How to start
You need 10 strands 1 ½ to 2 ft long to start.
3 strands in one bead tip for the outer wires and 2 strands in one bead tip for the middle wires.Materials Used:
I came across some great pieces using Farfalle Beads!
BERNADETT VARGA’s blog AGABEN, showcases the designers beautiful work. The farfalle bead , also known as Bow beads or peanut beads by some, have an interesting shape that allows the beads to fit into one anothers curves. This interesting shape gives way for endless amount of possibilities. Whether strung in a simple row or sewn in an elaborate stitch there’s no wrong way to farfalle.
Bernadett Varga’s pieces look elegant and finely crafted. The necklace below looks like such a solid construction using the crochet technique.
The round earring balls make me think of how many possibilities you can come up with using the farfalles. Bernadett uses crochet techniques to create the jewellery and each piece is more interesting then the next.
She also has many seed bead variations creating balls and long necklaces with interesting shapes. I love her combination of colors and the way she combines glass beads with seed beads and crystal bead accents.
We also have sample necklaces in our showroom made by a designer from the Czech Republic; Adella Kodonova. The jewellery combines farfalles, crystals, pearls and seed beads. These pieces have more movement and you can see the shape of the farfalles a little more. The necklace is full of sparkle and glitz. The focal point with the pearls is beautifully done with crystals bursting out. I love the weight of the farfalles and the pearls, it’s a true statement piece.
I love this look because really you can combine any type of bead in any variation of color and twist them around. You can make it as chunky or minimal as you like! All you need is a little black dress and this necklace!