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Armenia on Silk from PCDaily

Big hole beads and flat disk beads are catching my eye. These red beauties are from Armenia on Silk from Armenia. I can’t tell you a thing about them except that they’re super textured and very cool. Good on you if you can figure out the site and tell us about them. (Check her info in the comments.)

Thanks to Maria Petkova here’s a link to Hasmik Soghomonyan’s Facebook page too!

Wendy Moore's Rai beads on PCDaily

Then Australia’s Wendy Moore shows up with these flat disks with decorated edges. She was inspired by Natalja Ivanková’s forget-me-not beads from last Tuesday’s post. Wendy made hers look like a version of Nepali Rai beads.

Hang on as we whirl from Russia to the US to Australia with a stop in Nepal. Put your own spin on this very wearable style.

You have helped the Samunnat ladies in Nepal raise $6,000 of the $10,000 they need for their building. Several guilds are holding fundraisers to keep the momentum going. Every bit helps and you can still donate any amount by clicking the donate button.

Your buddies from around the world will be at tonight’s free online tools party at Craftcast.

  • reply Maria Petkova ,

    I adore these red beads ,thanks for sharing ,Cynthia!Their author is Hasmik Soghomonyan.She is artist from Erevan,Armenia.Here is also her Facebook
    Maybe she will tell more about the beads…
    And great necklace too!!

    • reply Hasmik ,

      Some of these beads are stamped with small grid (mesh), the others are made with the help of a simple toothpick!

    • reply Adrienne Wood ,

      If you view the Armenia on silk website through Google Chrome browser, you will find it has an automatic translation feature.

      • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

        Love the disc beads–on ma liste! (That’s how my phone takes notes)

        • reply Mary Hargrave ,

          Both of these sets of beads are incredibly beautiful, well made, but also will make a lovely statement in a necklace that people will admire. Thank you.

          • reply Wendy Moore ,

            Just feeling a bit beside myself with excitement here Cynthia! There’s so much potential for variations on the theme with Natalja’s gorgeous design and I can’t wait to do a bit more exploring. Thanks for the link to Hasmik as well. There’s a wealth of talent over there. Polymer going quite global to coin a phrase! And thank you to everyone who is donating to the Samunnat building. A post by the ladies will be on the Colourful Journey website soon!

            • reply Natalja Ivankova ,

              Super creations! It’s great to see Wendy’s necklace here and I am glad to see my technique is used in such a different and great style)
              Cynthia, I would allow myself one small remark. Neither Armenia, nor Belarus (not speaking of Slovakia) are Russia. I know many people call former republics of the USSR “Russia”, but it is really incorrect. Thank you for understanding. And moreover, thank you for your site and your enthusiasm in finding and sharing fantastic stuff!

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              • reply Sabine Spiesser ,

                Wendy’s work is always so colourful and exuberant. I love the energy it radiates, whether it is jewelry or dolls. What Wendy has done with Sammunat project is inspirational and makes her cross-cultural work so much more exiting as it tells a real story.

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