Friday, July 27, 2012

Slow Saturdays Down and Join Us Tomorrow In Our Beady Spines Class in RAW*

If you have already tired out of hanging out at the malls before breaking your fast and want to relax but have the hours pass by effortlessly then this is the perfect activity this Saturday.  Tomorrow we have come up with an adorned piece that is what I call a 'Two In One". Once completed you can wrap around this undulating rope around your wrist or wear as a necklace. 
It has a supple fabric like feel that drapes wonderfully.  I usually have books on nature, Jack Cousteau and illustrations of wildlife nearby whenever looking for inspiration.  In this case, the piece was already in my head, yet as the second layer of Right Angle Weave was being added and I folded the piece in a tube, the image of the octopus tentacles slinking across the ocean floor came to mind. 
There are four kits available each is unique and will be working with rich hues and finishes in the Czech seed beads as the base and will then be layering in our new Czech Crystal Pearls and Miyuki Galvanized Seed Beads. 

Date:  Saturday July 28, 2012
Time:  11:00am- 3:00pm
Technique: RAW* (Right Angle Weave)
Level: Foundational / Beginners
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 ( Side Basement Entrance)

For more information you can send us an email at or go to Beady Spines Class and Fees Info
Kindly note for those of you who may not be fasting, we have a special private corner designated whereby, you can bring your snacks and beverages.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Full Moon Al-Bader On Its Way

The Al-Bader Earrings

Have you ever come a cross a beautiful coin or semi-precious stone that every angle you view takes you breath away? Or that crystal stone with a pointy back or that piece that has no hole and you just can not figure out how to capture, frame or use it?  Well, if you are anything like me, then you may have felt it almost 'sinful' to cover the other captivating side of some of those treasures.  Today, i must admit that with some of my own private collection of Gary Wilson Stones, this holds true.

Treasure Stones

Luckily years ago I took a class with the exceptional Beading Artist Laura McCabe, a beading master in her own right, and a flamboyantly, creative being with the open-back bezel.  And as this is a time for new beginnings and growth in our present month of Ramadhan where the Moon guides our lunar calendar to mark progression of time and moments, the opportune time is here to pass this lovely skill on to eager fellow beaders with the introduction of "Al-Bader (in Arabic البدر; meaning: Full Moon) Earrings class this upcoming week.
Bader-Full Moon

Date:                 August 4, Saturday
Time:                11:00am- 3:30pm
Technique:       Open-Back Bezel
Level:                Intermediate
Prerequisite:     Peyote stitch; patience and love to learn ;)
Venue:              LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
                         Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)

If you are interested to learn more about this class, please email us at: or call us at +(965) 2261-0686 or please click on to Full Moon Al Bader Earring Class Info and Fees.  Pre-registration for this class is required and this can be done at our LB o J'zazz shop in:

           Shaab Al-Bahri
           Block 8
           Mohammed Darwish Al-Aradi Street
           Al-Shaab Complex, Shop 4

This class is created and lead by Bettina Al-Bakhit and will be supported and assisted by Lubna Saif Abbas.  The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and is a place you can just be.

Note: As this class is several hours long and it is Ramadhan, a dedicated private area is dedicated for those who wish to eat/drink, just bring along your own snacks and drinks. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Blessed Ramadhan 2012

Beautiful Ramadhan Desert Iftar| Bettina Al-Bakhit

                                                   مبارك عليكم الشهر جميعاُ    

As the Holy Month of Ramadhan is now upon us, the LB o J'zazz family would like to wish you all a blessed month filled with reflection, worship, transformation, love, kindness, prayer, and generosity towards all those in need, near and far.
Our shop Ramadhan open hours are:

10 am- 2 pm

8 pm- 12 midnight

Closing in on Iftar time looking into the desert sky of Dubai |
Bettina Al-Bakhit
Ramadhan Kareem
Salaam/ Peace to all

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday Night Class: Crystal Fusions Bracelet This July 17

Many of our customers have requested we bring back more classes on weeknights and with less traffic on the roads and more people out of town this was an ideal time to add these days to the calendar.  I have been delving more and more into rope designs with beads and exploring the connections that are created along with visual flow.  So, this summer I wanted to share some of these experiments in creating a variety of beaded rope solutions that can become the focal part of the piece or used to interchange with pendants depending on the mood and style of what the person is wearing. 
This spiral stitch with Czech Crystals is the perfect starting point and allows you to showcase the 4mm bicones and the beauty of the seed beads in a spiraling ladder sequence.  Very much like a DNA helix that seems endless and infinite. 
The other concept introduced in this class is to use a Swarovski Crystal Rivoli button as the closure that solidifies the visual flow of the piece.  This project comes in eight unique kits that are now available for registration and reserving the colorway at the LB o J'zazz Shaab Al Bahry shop. 
We are KNET friendly.  For more information on class fees and materials list you can contact us at 2261-0686 or via email at

Date:  July 17, Tuesday
Time:  6:00pm- 8:30pm
Technique:  Spiral Stitch
Level:  Beginners / Foundational 
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)

We work in a relaxed environment so we suggest you dress comfortably.  Class project was created  and will be led by Lubna and with support by Bettina.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beat the dust, beading is a must this Friday July 6 as we Meet & Bead

For some strange reason, our weekends seem to be more dust infused than our weekdays lately here in Kuwait.  What better way to escape by joining in our basement abode at the LB o J'zazz Beading Zone?  In an informal and comfortable setting you can meet makers and familiarize yourself with various crafts in off loom weaving, wire work and other inspiring mediums.
So, cool down with some homemade soups, refreshing beverages and some very interesting company.  You are most welcome to bring new guests and friends.

Bettina and I will be available to provide assistance and insights on any projects or techniques from previous classes that you might need.

Date:  Friday July 6, 2012
Time:  6:00pm- 9:00pm
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)