Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yes! We Will Meet & Bead Friday March 2

Iqbal and the group | Watch and tell

 With picture perfect weather and great long weekends Bettina and I are hoping that you have been in your "beading zone" and have been creating concoctions we both can't wait to see.  So, come join us as we celebrate the inherent beauty of beads, beaded adornment and the art of living a life handmade.

For those of you who are curious about beads and the craft and never touched a bead then this is the perfect opportunity to do so and to meet the wonderful, creative and committed beading passionistas who are the makers of beaded adorned objects.
Hot spiced cider, sahlab and one of my famous hot and piping soups await you.  Please feel free to bring your friends and guests also.

ARAM's take on Peyote

Date:  Friday March 2, 2012
Time:  6:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)

Najat Hussein's Beaded Delights

For more information you can contact us at the shop at 2261-0686.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LB o J'zazz Shaab el Bahry Will Be Off for Liberation and Independence Days Celebrations

Just to let all of our LB o J'zazzers, beaders, Decopatchers and crafting passionistas know we will be opened on the following days:

Thursday February 23
Monday February 27

Shop Hours
Telephone:  2261-0686
KNET purchase enabled (credit cards are not supported at this time)

and will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday (February 24, 25 and 26) respectively.  We will resume regular shop hours from Monday February 27.  From the familia at LB o J'zazz to you Happy holidays, happy beading and safe, sane driving.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Explorations In RAW*: Byzantine Queen Earrings This Monday February 20

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

This was a class we had back in 2011 and we've received several requests to bring it back again, 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 design was created and will be taught by Lubna. 

Last September's Class Lineup

Date:  Monday February 20, 2012
Time:  9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Venue:  Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 ( Side Basement Entrance)
Technique:  RAW* (Right Angle Weave)
Level:  Advanced Beginners

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Immerse Yourself:Tierracast & Taghore Evening | February 15

Findings are those elements that seem insignificant whilst creating jewelry and objects of adornment yet, play a pivotal role in creating, assembling and finishing pieces.  We have been showcasing some of the best findings around made by the folks at Tierracast and this season the selection is breathtaking, whimsical and full of special details.  From clasps, headpins, eyepins, jump rings, spacers, beads, charms, links, pendants all in precious metal finishes over lead free pewter, these elements are a delight to work with.  Creating a poetry of sorts in beading and stringing.

With this in mind, as we celebrated the poetry of Rumi this past week we will shift to an evening with the first Nobel Laureate from India.Writer, statesman and poet Rabindranath Tagore from the Bengal Province of India in the late 1800's was prolific in his work, from drawings to plays, musical scores and poetry he always touched on themes of love within the context of sacred and profane.

Stream of Life
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
Rabindranath Tagore translated from the Bengali

Please join us as we gather to celebrate the beauty of beads, poetry and the creative human spark.

Date: Wednesday  February 15
Time:  6:00 PM- 9:30PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz
Shaab El Bahry Block 8
Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi Street
Mujama El Shaab (adjacent to the New Executive Flex)
Tel:  2261-0686

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Whirling Love with Rumi

Love Goodies with hearts from the Czech Republic; Murano, Italy;
Hill Tribe, Thailand; Turkish made in Kuwait; and France
Perfect little gift box and picture frame brilliantly "Decopatch-ed"
 by  Chaminda

In Love, you find beauty. And in beauty you find happiness and joy.  These are the cornerstones of Lubna and I's quest to surround ourselves and offer others happiness by realizing that following your heart within itself is success.  And from the love we both share, LB o J'zazz was 'born' and continues to evolve and grow as we do with every passing day.

As we have entered the celebratory month of love and independence, we have dug into all our goodies which symbolize love and are dedicating a full day "Whirling Love with Rumi" at our shop.

To me, and to the world over, Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balki)  a Persian, Muslim, poet  living in the 1200s, mastered the use of the written word to express love through his many compositions of ghazal poems. Taking you and whirling you into realms of love, we will encircle our day with his beautiful words and music while we create our own expressions of love with Turkish filigree pendants, Czech pressed glass beads, Murano Glass beads, Hill Tribe Silver beads, brand NEW Tierra Cast charms, and Decopatch.
Brand NEW Love Symbols from Tierra Cast

Lubna and Chaminda will be hosting you Saturday February 11, 2012 from 9:30 at our shop at Shaab El-Bahry. Tables will be set up outside to Decopatch and bead.  So do come along wearing your most comfortable clothing and spend an hour or two making something special for that special someone as a "Gift of Love" as the day of LOVE is just around the corner.

Love and Peace from LB o J'zazz team to YOU :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Miyuki | Haiku Reflections

Brand new collection of Miyuki seed beads, Triangles, bugles,
Magatamas and Rocailles

Last January 11, 2012 was another gathering at LB o J'zazz that was a celebration of all that is Miyuki.  For Bettina and I who were exposed to these amazing creations over seven years back, our journey in creating and sharing the beauty of these small yet breathtaking beads has been a vibrant and interesting one to say the least.
Miyuki is truly poetry and that being said, we had an evening of music from Japan, bowls of hot piping edamame, our wonderful guests and friends, Haiku Poetry contributions on the wall and over 600 little apothecary glass bottles holding Miyuki beads.
Najat wrote this Haiku just for our special event

Our new display for Miyuki 

Starting from the smallest, pristine and exquisitely made beads which are the Size 15/0 equaling to 1.5mm showcased in hand woven baskets, moving on to a bountiful array of Size 11/0 seed beads, and the precision cut world famous Delicas, onto the new Duracoat Galvanised beads in various sizes, and then our new collection of bugle beads such as the Antique Black Twisted Bugle in 2x6mm that are just perfect for fringing and bead embroidery.  In addition, we also showcased the standard Magatamas and the new shape of the Long Magatamas.  It was a celebration of colors, hues, shapes, finishes and coating that were a feast to the eye and food for the soul and imagination.