Friday, September 30, 2011

Connecting The Dots: THREADS October Edition

Shuttling between the office in Jabriya, replenishing stocks per Chaminda's daily requests, beading for an upcoming exhibition, and preparing for upcoming classes, somehow and some way the THREADS October Edition pf our e-newsletter emerged as Bettina and I communicated, fine tuned and edited across countries and continents to better communicate so much that is going on in the LB o J'zazz realm. 
You will be to peruse the complete class schedule for the month, Tips, a special trip to Tarek Rajab Museum and a bit more.  So if you would like to receive a copy just send an email and we'll add you to the list, you can subscribe and unsubscribe anytime with a simple click.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bead Embroidery By Request: Vintage Au Provence Earrings Class

Bead Embroidery simply put is quite addictive.  As you can see from my own work, it represents a lot of the creations that are in the LB o J'zazz archives and collections.  Taking a beautifully crafted cabochon or semi precious stone cab adhering it to a surface and creating layers of details and color shifts through bezeling with Circular Peyote creates a rich tapestry of painting like approach with beads on the foundation material that acts as the canvas. 
These earrings began as an idea for a birthday gift over a year ago for my creative and business partner and BBF Bettina. It took me a while to complete them with our hectic work schedule but she did receive the pair before departing with her daughter Sara to Ireland.  I wanted to make sure that she had something with her  from me that was handmade as a sort of talisman.  Plus, the selfish part of me wanted her to remember me each time she wore them or saw them in her jewelry stash.
Taking the two main components and assembling the units into a symbiotic fusion will be a new approach.  The grand finale will be the fringing technique perfected, championed and mastered by our wonderful teacher Sherry Serafini that inspired me and  will take the project to yet another level.  There will be no less than four kits available to choose from.

Date:   Saturday October 1, 2011
Time:  9:30AM- 1:30 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)
Technique:  Bead Embroidery / Bezeling / Circular Peyote / Fringing
Level:  Advanced Beginners
Hanan Al Shaye's Version

For more information on tools required, material list and class fees you can send us an email at or call us at the shop at 2261-0686.  You can pre-register to gaurantee your kit selection by visiting the shop by Thursday afternoon at the latest.  This class fills up very quickly and we do have a limited number of kits. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

RAW* 300 Class: Dancing Crystals Choker Saturday September 24

This class is one of the most rewarding and evocative designs created for the LB o J'zazz Education Series and allows you to work in creating a stunning fusion of two distinct techniques; that of Right Angle Weave in a special pattern sequence as the framework whereby, stringing with Soft Flex Metallics Beading Wire is then added to create a minuet of a dance of subtle hues of Czech bicone crystals.  By the time the choker is completed you will have over 240 crystals accentuating the curve of the neckline.  There are over five kits in distinct colorways for you to choose from and are available at the shop.  This design was selected by Soft Flex Company and showcased on their blog.

Date:  Saturday September 24
Venue:  Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 Side Basement Entrance
Time:  9:30AM- 1:30AM
Technique:  RAW* (Right Angle Weave) and Stringing
Level:  Intermediate
Detail of RAW* with Miyuki Size 6 and Czech Seed Beads

For more information you can send us an email at and we will send you all additional information including material lists, tools required and class fees.  You can also pre-register at our store and select your kit at Shaab el Bahry or call us at 2261-0686.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Introducing THREADS our e-newsletter

Vintage Au Provence Earrings

Weaving the story of beads through THREADS  our monthly way of staying connected with our customers and friends. It is an e-newsletter whereby, you can have a quick glance on one page as to all the happenings, new products, specials and tips for wirework, offloom weaving and stringing.  This month, you will be able to peruse the shop for an extensive range of Soft Flex Craft Wires in non-tarnish Copper, Silver and Gold Plated from 18-26 gauges. Plus, we just got in an amazing selection of seed beads that are just stunning and great inspiration for the fall and winter season.  If you would like to receive an e-copy just send us an email at

Monday, September 5, 2011

Byzantine Queen Earrings Class In RAW: Saturday September 10

Byzantine Queen in Byzantium Blues
Explore another variation in Right Angle Weave in this earring set inspired by the Byzantine Period.  The Byzantine Empire emerged when the capital of the Roman Empire was transferred to Constantinople in the 4th Century well until the15th Century. Byzantine fashion took it's color inspiration and decorative tradition from the Orient and Middle East. Due to it's active history of trade with the East, fabrics that were rich oranges, greens, and ochres became more in demand.  However, the one color purple became associated with wealth and royalty.  Hence the work Byzantium for a rich, royal purple came to be. The jewelry  incorporated a fusion of pearls, semiprecious stones and gold in rich layers and details.
Bust of Constantinople

I have been meaning to offer this class a while back, another rich and evocative pair of earrings that relives the ornate designs and intricacy of the Byzantine Period.  However, the interpretation is a contemporary take employing Swarovski Round Pearls, our shimmering Czech Bicone Crystals and a new Swarovski Pendant.  Taking RAW to another level with layering and embellishing with Miyuki Seed Beads create a delicate accent to the base form.  This class comes in five rich colorways Antique Bronze, Byzantium Blues, Azurean Sun, Cerulean Pastels and Copperhead  for you to select from.

Date:  September 10, 2011
Time:  9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 ( Side Basement Entrance)
Technique:  RAW* (Right Angle Weave)
Level:  Intermediate

For more information on class fees details, tools required and material list you can email us at or call the shop at 2261-0686.