Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kyanite Beaded Embroidery Bib Necklace

I have been hooked on Embroidery since a small child setting in my mother's lap watching her and holding her hands while teaching me.  So it's no big surprise that Beading Embroidery would peak my interest in a big way.  My newest love is this wonderful project with Kyanite.  I love this new piece, but I'm also intrigued with the properties of the stone.

Kyanite is readily available in Brazil, however it is not so easy to find the polished stones as found in this necklace, because the stone itself is brittle and is found in blades like flaky Philo Dough.  The smooth texture to the stones in the necklace has brought out the different colors in the stone.

Kyanite is excellent for attunement and meditation.  It is tranquilizing and a powerful transmitter and amplifier of high frequency energies, stimulating psychic abilities and the intuition.  It facilitates dream recall and promotes healing dreams. A GREAT Karma stone!  Healing properties include treating muscular disorders, fevers, the urogenital system, thyroid and parathyroid, adrenal glands, throat and brain.  A natural pain reliever, it lowers blood pressure and heals infections.  It releases excess weight (my NEW favorite diet), supports the cerebellum and the motor responses of the body.  Kyanite helps to balance yin-yang energy.
It can be found in Blue-white, pink, green, yellow, gray and black,  but the BLUE Kyanite as in this necklace "strengthens the voice and heals the throat and the larynx.  Useful for performers and public speakers.  Who Knew?  I hope you love it as much as I do.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mint Julip

I started this piece a very long time ago and ran out of a bead which was discontinued.  (Go figure!)  For months I searched stores, websites and asked strangers on the street that even looked like they might be into beading if they had just 6 little 3mm beads!  I stuck the necklace in a drawer and pretty much forgot about it.  Then I saw an add in the paper that a bead store was going out of business and selling off their stock.  Of course, I had to go check it out.  Not even thinking about the necklace and my need for the beads, I paraded around the  store trying to figure out what I needed and in the bottom of a basket I FOUND my finish beads!  I could hardly contain myself.  I almost felt guilty for not buying all the inventory for the shop owner since she had saved me from tearing out my necklace to recycle or make adjustments on it. In  the end everything all turned out fine.  I named the piece "Mint Julip" and was hoping to have it ready in time for the Kentucky Derby, but that came and went by the time I finished it.  But I still have visions of being dressed up and watching that "long shot" come racing past the finish line and sipping on a "Mint Julip."