Monday, June 22, 2009

Beading With World Beads Giveaway

The new book Beading With World Beads features 38 beautiful projects made with beads from around the world, including beads from Africa, Thailand, and Tibet. I am proud to have 8 projects included in this wonderful book, and am inspired by the work of my fellow designers. Today I put together this pair of earrings, inspired by “the good earth” pendant designed by Candie Cooper.

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In Candie’s wonderful design, she dangled a bone face bead from a filigree star pendant. I took a page from her design and made the loop extra large on the wire so that the star pendants could dangle in front of the long bone spears. The piece is completed with Tibetan prayer beads, ostrich eggshell and carved wood beads. (Bone spears are from Becky at St Theresa Textile Trove, the other beads have been in stash so long I’ve forgotten where they are from).

Ok, I hear you asking “But you mentioned giveaway in the header of this post, where’s the information on that?”

Here’s the details. You can win a signed (by me) copy of Beading With World Beads if you are the lucky winner chosen on July 7 (Ringo Starr’s birthday :) You can enter up to three times, by

A: Leaving a comment on this post telling me what your favorite world bead is (mine has to be the wonderful Thai silver I used in the Temple cuff)

B: Adding me on Facebook and leaving a comment here that you’ve done so (I am Andrea L. Stern on Facebook)

C: Following me on Twitter, or tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment here and let me know your user name so I can follow you back!

I chose July 7 because it is Ringo Starr’s birthday, and he was my favorite Beatle when I first re-discovered them at age 12. July is also full of birthdays of my loved ones, including my Gran and my BFF for longer than I can count, Beth. I figured this is a great way to celebrate those happy days!

To whet your appetite, here are a few teasers from the book:

The cover, with delicious coral and turquoise Mumbai Melody by designer Jamie Cloud Eakin.

beading with world beads

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The Temple Gate Bracelet, image from the book, above, and on my wrist, below.

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Silver Dragon necklace, live and in person (project is on page 104 of the book). Chinese turquoise and Chinese silver, with some African turquoise cones on the bottom.

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Zambezi Journey, illustrated from the book and live and in person below. So simple yet so funky.

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I really love everything about this book, from the designs (and not just mine!) to the layout and the photography. The editor Ray Hemachandra and crew, including the magnificent Beth Sweet, really knocked themselves out for this one. This is a volume you will come back to again and again for inspiration and fun. Remember, you have until midnight on July 6, 2009 to enter. I will choose the lucky winner on July 7th. Good luck and happy beading!

15 comments:

k baxter packwood said...

WoW no comments!!! Glad you posted your blog link on FB it's a very interesting blog I plan to add you to my blog roll.

Kimberly

Searcher said...

Hi,

How exciting to be in a publication by Lark books...they have the greatest jewelry books. I would love to be entered to win.

My favorite beads are some plant seed beads that a friend brought back from Africa. I have no idea from what plants..

Thanks, LooseEnds AT Snet DOT net

Upper West Side Writer said...

I would LOVE to win this book, even though I can't answer your question since I'm new to beading! (But please don't disqualify me for that! :^)

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Attack of the Vintage said...

Andi,

Congratulations on the book!! It looks beautiful as do your jewelry pieces!!
Good luck with it!

KAW Said The Krow said...

Congrats on being published. What an honor. Looks like some awesome projects in the book

Kathy

Islander said...

Congrats, Andi! It's sure to do well.

And hats off to you for crediting the people at Lark who helped you with this beautiful book. You don't see that very often--they must be pretty terrific, just like your jewelry!

Islander

xtrmhooker said...

Andi,
Yes, I want to be entered in the drawing for the signed book! I have to say, off the cuff, that my favorite beads are Polish. Maybe 'cause I am too! That's about as specific as I can get. The book is beautiful (made more so with your contribution!) you should be proud. Thanks for giving the July B-day's props!
Stephanie

Vicki Schroeder said...

Commented, tweeted, facebooked and now entered in the giveaway! Thanks for sharing your wonderful good fortune! I would love to win this book!

My favorite world beads are old carved shell beads from Mauritania

@VickiSchroeder

Mia J. said...

Congrats on the book. I would love tow in this for my mother in law. She loves making jewelery and beads.

KAY said...

JUST A NOTE TO SAY I LOVE THEM ALL. HAVE ENJOYED YOUR WORKS FOR, OH... MANY YEARS, I MUST SAY... SINCE A PARTICULARLY SPECIAL APRIL DAY. YOU AND YOUR MULTIPLE TALENTS INSPIRE ME AND DELIGHT MY SOUL, SWEETIE, KAY

quiltingreader said...

Wow, Those are beautiful. My favorite bead is one that my brother got me from Germany. It looks like a green dragonfly.

Sarah Z said...

I am really interested in learning how to bead so this would be great!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

i have some beautiful polish beads so they are my favorite

Mishia said...

I'd love to get back into jewelry making. Great looking book!

wendy said...

I love turquoise beads.

madamerkf at aol dot com