Sunday, April 28, 2013

The talented Jean Powers .......

It would seem that Ms. Jean Powers has really got the Beading World going right now with her current Blog Post......

If you've seen the Bead & Button Feb. '13 issue, you may have read the article (yes, another one!) on copyright thoughts by famous designers. The same issue included a pattern for a 'knock off' of an Elizabeth Taylor necklace. This bothered lots of beaders, including Jean Power. Jean has just published her take on the issue, and it is a long but good read for ALL beaders. Here's the link to her blog post:
This has also been linked on her Facebook page where scads of beaders have also left their comments. Put the needle down for a bit and please read. Jeanne

And there has been considerable chatter on Yahoo Groups with our Beaddreamz group as well.  

I must say I commend Jean for bringing this to the fore front again.  When the February issue came out I did send an email to Bead and Button asking for clarification and I did recieve a response.  Not what I was looking for, but a response.   After that response, I pulled two pieces off of ETSY as I was unsure of how  to present them for sale.  I had purchased all patterns and yes or course, my peices were my interpretation and inspired by...........

I had always been an ardent follower of Sherry Serafini and other spectacular Bead Emboriderers but based on the content of the article, I was not inspired.  

Jean offers us this in her blog post:

I am not an expert on the law, and laws vary from country to country. but why not start your reading here on the US Copyright Offices FAQ page, especially the answer:
"Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work".
Or maybe here for a more bluntly written piece.
As always remember that anyone can put anything on the internet so if you want cold hard legal facts engage a lawyer.
Added to that consider that whilst it may be legal to copy something it may not mean it would be ethical to do so. A designer may not legally have a right to tell you not to sell work you have created using their instructions or kit but if they ask you to not do so that's an ethical dilemma for you to consider. Do you respect the wishes of the designer and not use what they have taught you again? Or do you respect the fact you have paid to learn something and feel you should be entitled to use that knowledge.
It's that quandry that this blog post is about. What I am mainly interested in is the ethics of designers expecting students/ purchasers of designs to not use that new knowledge after class. Is it ethical (or legal) to ask such a thing?
Spend some time reading this blog and the article in Bead and Button.  What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear.......

Another new beading adventure in the works.....

This week was spent on catching up on Reveal One, Reveal Two and of course Saturday's Reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party 7

What fabulous pieces and of course, it will take weeks to visit each site and leave comments.  I was amazed at some techniques and color ways but it was enchanting to see how we can step outside of our " Norm ", and compose elements that we would never consider.  May be, these events have become so popular because they have assisted us all in growing as designers and craftswomen.  After participating in Bead Soup by Lori Anderson , Beading Babes, and Marshell Swaps, I have noticed a distinct difference in my bead style and a return to those techniques I learned when I first started beading.  Kumihimo ( with chunky beads now ) Lord Bless the 3 mm manufacturers.  I've learned to play with Shirbori Ribbon and Sari Ribbon which brings me to the days of quilting and all of this is based on participating in these wonderful events.

I do feel sorry for those judges that will be viewing our Pinterest Posts.......
from Lori's perspective,

I've never been a fan of entering contests where you win by vote as the deck is often stacked against those without large social networks.  So to make this extra special and extra fun and as fair as possible, I am assembling a panel of judges from a variety of bead suppliers.  So far Nina DesignsLima BeadsFusion Beads, PJ Tool and Jewelry,Beaducation, and Kalmbach Publishing will be judging.

"Thank you Lori for a new and wonderful experience."

We are coming to the end of our wonderful " Shoe Round Robin " and Dian, Lynn and Aryd'ell have a new
Round Robin for us to start on May 15th as we are closing our Shoe Round.  " Our Favorite Things ",
put the thinking cap on and then visited Arzie Hodge on ETSY and found the perfect form for this round robin.  
French Butterfly Goddess with Cab Face
With my love of Butterflies, I think this would definately fit " My Favorite Things".  I cannot wait to see my
Shoe Form Galadriel, Lady of the Woods.....

This will be a very busy week indeed now that I've learned how to use Pinterest and I have about sixty pieces to start loading on ETSY.  Busy....very busy indeed.  And then of course after reviewing Blog Posts, I've realized I've left out a few, very important blog posts, the Preciosa Beaded bracelets with twins project, the Ladies of the Evening gatherings, my exchange dolls....another update is in store.  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shibori Elegance as inspired by Sherry Serafini

As posted on the blog in February, I had taken Sherry's Shirbori Elegance at Crystal Creations in West Palm Beach, FL and as always, a delightful class.  Not only did I complete the BS7 but I finished Shibori Elegance as inspired by Sherry.

Needless to say, I've ordered more ribbon.....
Shibori Ribbon encrusted with pearls and crystals

Look at that encrusting.  A Wonderful new technique.
If you have time, visit Glenda's website and check out all of the guest teachers coming to our area.  Now, off to make that cross.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party.....Second Reveal of 4/13/2013


I had been following Lori Anderson and her Bead Soup Party for the past year.  I was involved with other members from Beading Babes and other Blog events and after reading her charming book I started following her PrettyThingsBlog and decided.... " What the heck ", I'll give it a try and sent
a email.  I thoroughly enjoyed her closing line.  " Jewelry that makes people ask, " Where did you get that?"  My sentiments exactly.

After joining the blog and Facebook page we were all patiently awaiting who our partner would be and watched as the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party we then broken into 3 reveals due to the amount of participants that had joined.  AWESOME!  I was excited as well, Genny Smith also joined and she was to be a part of the Reveal 3.  All participants had to be specific as to their preferred jewelry method and of course.....being a bead embroiderer and beadweaver, specifics were required.  My wonderful partner was then assigned.

                                                          Tanya Goodwin 

I had made an acquaintance with Tanya in the Beading Babes Projects and saw her post, but then
good ole research was required.  I spent time on her Blog, and we had
some good ole emails going back and forth on likes and dislikes.  After contemplating and contemplating and then more contemplating, " What will I put together for Tanya's Bead Soup exchange...... it all fell together in just one night.  One lovely Copper Heart started the entire process.
Hi Catherine,

The soup is gorgeous. Thank you so much!
Goldstone is a favorite of mine and I love those oval goldstone flower beads. The crystals are a perfect match. The pendant is gorgeous and it is going to be fun deciding what to do with it.
Please tell your friend she did a great job with the beaded beads. I love that pattern and the colors are striking. I'm glad you like peacocks. They are a favorite of mine as well. I think it's the colors. :) Have fun playing with it.
And then, I recieved my package from Tanya....imagine my surprise when I opened the focal and saw a Peacock and of all things Soutache.
Genny Smith had just finished her first Soutache piece and I had made a promise that I would sit and do my first Soutache this year......As a Bead Embroiderer I should be able to figure this out...Common Catherine, you can do it.   Peacocks!  My entire Bedroom is done in Peacock colors and Peacock feathers.  To me this was a good omen on things to come.  While sitting and designing around the focal Lori,  notified us that Reveal One on 3/30/2013 was a success but reveal two and three would be one week later due to health issues.  And for the first time, we would be posting our photo's on Pinterest which would be reviewed by a host of judges if we so desired.  " Maybe? ". Yeah, kind of..... O.K., Maybe.... we'll see.
All would still take place for the Reveal 2 group on the 13th of April. 
Without further adieu...... my first Soutache and Bead Embroidery reveal.  Thank you Tanya for the lovely gathering of just the right focal, beads, gemstone mixes and soutache and clasp.  I hope I did you proud.  
The focal was made by Nancy Schindler Round Rabbit Extra and the clasp is by Melinda Orr.

And now:  the participants...........

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove
Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic
Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle
Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins
Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed
Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck
Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay
JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis
K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan
Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack
Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther
Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron
Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari

Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara
Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight
Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover
Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler
Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly
Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden
Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom