Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Join This September 9th For Our Monthly Meet & Bead

Mother and Daughter | Teacher and Student Passing the Knowledge Bank
After our Fanoos Meet and Bead Night this past Ramadan, we're ready for some new projects and endeavors.  This month, we will be announcing some new initiatives, challenges to expand your creatives horizons along the beaded way. You will be able to preview the September and October Class and Events Schedule along with some new ideas and tips.
Bring any of your projects to show off, start a new project if you like, or just go through our extensive books and magazine collection for some additional inspiration and eye candy. If you are new to this, please join us for a relaxed evening and feel free to bring guests and new faces are always welcome at the LB o J'zazz Beading Zone. 
One of Bettina's Creations | Bracelet with Vintaj findings
Lubna will be concocting one of her heartier soups to sate your appetites as you congregate, contemplate and get to bead amongst friends old and new.  Hope to see you then! 

Date:   Friday September 9th
Time:  6:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)
For directions or more information you can email us at or call us at 2261-0686.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid Greetings From The Familia At LB o J'zazz & Opening Hours

Fareed weaving a yarn on Venetian Night at LB o J'zazz shop
We would like to wish you all the best of health, wealth and merriment during and well after the Eid Al-Fitr holidays and peace and prosperity combined with more time for beading and taking the time to appreciate what precious gifts life has to offer us all.  From Bettina, Chaminda and myself thank you for your continued interest in what we are all about and your support of this endeavor of celebrating all that is handmade with passion and love.
We have  several new events, new products, beads, special treats and classes coming your way and will keep you posted as they roll out of our LB o J'zazz Bead Kitchen so to speak.  Our store hours will be:

Thursday September 1 
9:30 AM- 1:00 PM
5:00 PM- 9:30 PM

The regular hours will then resume from Saturdays - Thursdays as above. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

We've Given LB o J'zazz Shaab Store The Day Off

Just to let you know that as we have to attend to some major administrative tasks and tedious yet necessary bureaucratic processes the shop will be closed today and will be back open Saturday August 27.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Same Day New Timing : Dancing Crystals II Class

This is the evolution of a series of chokers originally created in 2005 whilst bedridden for two weeks.  The idea of musical sheets, and crystals dancing off the scales along with my life long fascination with insects and spider webs; this choker has come a long way.  The new structure  that I have been working on in the past few months incorporates a special patterning in Right Angle Weave and is fused with stringing with our Czech Bicones ranging from 3mm to 6mm.  It drapes and frames the collarbone dramatically yet differently on each wearer.  Truly an extravaganza of crystals that play off the base in an arresting manner.

Join us for a relaxed day of beading and creating. 

Date:  August 27 Saturday
Time:  12:00 PM (noon)- 5:00 PM
Technique:  RAW* (Right Angle Weave) / Stringing
Level:  Intermediate  (Ideally you should be proficient in RAW/ or have taken two classes from Moorish  Mashrabiya Earrings, Mucha's Flowers Bracelet or Gujurati Kholkhaal class with us at LB o J'zazz).
Created by:  Lubna
If you have any questions you can contact us either here on the blog or at Namaste and Happy Beading !

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Debut Design: Vintage Au Provence Earrings Class Saturday August 20

One of the most requested designs, this is a great way to spend some creative time in the LB o J'zazz Beading Zone before Futoor for some quality meditative beading. 
With a needle and thread you will learn how to create an embellished cabochon from scratch and assemble the earrings all the way to the earring posts. We will be working with celebrated Master Jindrich's hand crafted cabochons from the Bohemia Region.
Cabochons made by master Glass Craftman Jindrich
This specific fringing technique will enable you to create a symbiotic flow between the main design and the embellished portion of fringing.  We have three special colorways in this debut design that are available to reserve and pre-register for selection at our LB o J'zazz shop.

Date:  August 20 Saturday
Time:  11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Venue:  Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)
Technique:  Bead Embroidery /  Bezeling / Fringing
Level: Intermediate

For details on materials, tools required and class fees you can contact us at the shop at 2261-0686 or send us an email at 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Solar Flare.. expected this Saturday August 13

A lovely gem of a necklace| Photo by Bettina Al-Bakhit

In tandem with the astonishing activity happening on our Sun planet, I thought there is no better time to introduce this 'astronomical' class to our wonderful students and to Kuwait then now. 

Albight it may look simple, creating an Open-back Bezel in this class will require previous experience in beading, patience and love.  An advanced class, this encapsulating technique mainly requires precision in details and appreciation of working with high quality Japanese cylindrical and tiny round seed beads.  With that receipe,  I assure you the outcome can only be termed as priceless.

The pendent of all pendents, this bezeled focal piece spur life| Photo by Bettina Al-Bakhit

All the credit for learning this advanced beading technique goes to my teacher and Master Beader extraordinaire Laura McCabe about 5 years ago.  During a marathon of workshops in mid-2000's, i came across a photo that made my eyes tickle.  And even though the class was 'Advanced', I was not about to let that deter me from learning how to create such exquisite, "living", and detailed pieces.  This Saturday, I share the core of what I learned with you.

I will show you how to cradle and center this Rivoli pendent with seed beads, embellish with sparkling vivid crystals, suspend off strun Soft Flex heaving wire with more crystals andaccented by Tierra Cast's fine findings and beads, and lastly the proper, clean way to close your piece.  Solar Flare Necklace class is rich with techniques and will opening doors to endless possibilities for you to create high quality jewelry of your own.

You will be learning 5 major techniques in this class.

Technique/s:                      Open-Back Bezel; Circular Peyote; Tubular Herringbone/Ndebele; Embellishing;   Stringing
Class Level:                       Advanced
Prerequisite Required:       Peyote; Herringbone/Ndebele
Time:                                 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue:                               Jabriyah, Block 9, Street 6, House 13 (Side entrance to Basement)

As usual we will be offering several colorways to select from. 

To register, kindly visit Mr. Chaminda at our LB o J'zazz shop in Shaab Al-Bahry.  And if there are any questions, please email us at or call 2261-0686.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Our 1st Fanoos Meet and Bead August 5th

A beautiful resorted I visited in the U.A.E| Photo by Bettina

This is our 1st Ramadhan together- LB o J'zazz-ers! 

Ramadhan Kareem

Last year it dawned to me how nice it would be if we celebrate with all our senses the "Ramadhan spirit".   What better time to put that idea into reality than in our upcoming evening on August 5th. 

Let us get in the spirit!

An outstanding serene desert dream| Photo by Bettina
"Fanoos" Meet and Bead will be filled with smells, sounds, and colors of this special time.  With all that will be surrounding you, why not start a project like the Gujirati Khulkaal Lubna taught in our last class?  Or perhaps even work on a piece for Eid?  What ever you choose to, 1) start, 2) continue, or 3) finish a project I look forward to welcoming you.

For you all who need a jump start come meet super creative people, sift through our collection of magazines, or just "inhale" good energy and inspiration. 
Ms. Hanan shared her wonderful interpretation of a project she learned at
one of our classes. 
This piece is massive and impressive
| Photo by Bettina

My darraa'/kaftan is set aside just waiting to be worn for this special evening with you.  It would be great if would also join me by dressing in the local dress (Darraa').  And for our male LB o J'zazz-ers, a Dishdasha or Thob would be perfect and a breath of fresh air to see in "The Zone".

This Friday, August 5th it is then.

Ramadhan timing:
Time:     8:30 p.m.- 11:30 p.m.
Venue:   Jabriyah, Block 9, Street 6,  Villa 13 (side basement entrance)

For more information, please feel free to call 22610686 or email us at

Time has changed

The Time in Muscat, Oman a week ago| Photo by Bettina
As the Holy month of Ramadhan has just graced us this year, our shop hours are now in "Ramadhan mode" with new opening hours. 

10 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Do give us a visit as Chaminda is back in town.

Ramadhan Kareem to you and your family from LB o J'zazz family.