Jenne Rayburn Displays New Work In Boston Craft Galleries For The Holidays And New Year.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Boston area craft and jewelry galleries will feature new pendants, earrings and other costume jewelry works, as well as couture handbags, by local designer Jenne Rayburn. Each piece in the Jenne Rayburn collection is designed, crafted and assembled by hand at Rayburns studio in Malden, MA. Designs reflect seasonal fashion inspirations and are crafted to accessorize contemporary and classic wardrobes. As a trained metalsmith and enamellist, Rayburn incorporates ancient jewelry techniques into her work, as well as antique and up cycled components from her extensive travels.

This seasons signature jewelry pieces center around the themes of glamorous holiday parties with glittering vintage crystal, the twinkle of reflected light and the luster and contrast of gold mixed with antique silver, reflecting Rayburns love of mixing contemporary with antique. Ive been working with local antique dealers to curate the vintage Swarovski crystals and cut glass in this collection, says Rayburn. Prior to each season I consider the components and stones available in the markets, and the fashion trends as shown at fashion week around the globe, to create unique and timely capsule collections. I only buy the best stones and utilize the highest quality materials.

Wearing great pieces of designer jewelry makes women look and feel beautiful. You can find Jenne Rayburn jewelry, handbags and scarves at the Limited Edition Gallery, in Newton Highlands, MA; the Hourglass Gift Gallery in Melrose, MA, and the Karenna Maraj Gallery in Belmont, MA.

Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection was established in 2010 as a gallery & studio space in which to sell original jewelry created by jewelry artists and metalsmiths and also to provide classes and open studio space to the local community. Today Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection represents 56 local artists. Each of the artists is known for his or her distinct style and use of materials. All work is handmade and is one-of-a-kind or of limited production. Collectors frequent Karenna Maraj in search of new works by their favorite artists.

Hourglass Gallery represents more than 50 fine artists and crafters, many local Massachusetts and the New England area. We don’t take Made in America lightly, less than 5% of our goods are imported, we sell Fairly traded items and some Canadian products, says owner Lorrie DiCesare. “95% of our goods are made in the USA.”

Limited Editions is a gallery and shop located in the village of Newton Highlands, just a few miles west of Boston. Jo-Ann Freedman, owner for over 36 years, continually showcases high quality and distinctive work by American craftspeople. As you walk through the gallery, you will discover and be delighted by a whimsical and eclectic mix of color, texture and design.

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Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based jewelry/textile artist who also studied interior design and architecture, and her work explores the convergence of architecture, design, technique and identity. Jenne is known for her designs combining vintage textiles, findings and components, with contemporary textile design. A graduate of the University of Washington where she studied metalsmithing and fiber arts, and of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a MS in Design, Jenne has been designing jewelry and accessories for over 20 years. Perpetual curiosity and a passion for experimentation resulted in her first jewelry collection made from etched copper and brilliantly colored enamel. Since then, Jenne has created six unique collections of jewelry and fashion accessories that combine careful workmanship with unique materials and designs. It is her hope that the wearers of her pieces will find joy in a delightful artistic statement, and also something that enhances their individuality and confidence. Her work is carried in local galleries and online. Please visit for Jenne Rayburns online flagship store. For wholesale information, please visit


Find More Interior Design Press Releases Introduces Line of Ready-to-Make Classic DIY Craft Projects

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2012 is a new online arts and crafts retailer offering high quality, ready-to-make DIY classic craft project kits that craft fans can make with their friends and family or can choose from a line of ready-made, one-of-a-kind craft items that are conveniently delivered to the customers doorstep with free shipping to anywhere in the USA.

Lullubee is Crafting Made Easy

Lullubee is crafting made easy by eliminating the guesswork about DIY craft projects. Lullubee designs the craft project, sources the project materials, provides a list of tools needed to complete the project, shares the crafting techniques in an easy-to-follow video tutorial and leaves customers with the fun part: creating beautiful, unique handcrafted objects.

All of lullubees project materials have been sourced from around the world to ensure the finest materials available for each project that make little impact on the environment. Craft projects range from basic to advanced skill levels to be enjoyed from ages 5+.

Customers can choose from the following lullubee collections:

-Gold Collection: Featuring beautiful craft projects that are lullubee customer favorites and are offered all year long. The lullubee Gold Collection craft boxes include all materials, detailed instructions and an easy-to-follow video tutorial.

-Birthday Craft Kits: An ideal way to give kids a fun project to do on their own or are perfect as a group activity for a birthday party. Projects make a lovely memento for kids to take home with them. Birthday Craft Kits are available all year round with a volume discount if purchased for a group.

-Jewelry Kits: Popular DIY jewelry projects with elegant components that can be customized to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Projects materials are easy to assemble for customers of all skill levels to craft and enjoy.

-Craft of the Month Club: Register for the Craft of the Month Club to receive a new craft project every month and choose from the Craft of the Month Club designed for adults with limited experience in crafting and sewing (Intermediate skill level) or the Craft of the Month Club for Kids designed to be easy enough for parents to do with their children. (Basic skill level)

-Made by Artist: Features crafts made by lullubees in-house artists or special guest artists. These crafts are completed projects and are available in limited quantities.

Appreciation for Things That are Handmade

Lullubee was founded in June 2012 by Tiffany Dekel, an online entrepreneur who has been responsible for three successful online agencies and Laura Lee Burch, a former illustrator and professional crafter who has published several books about creating hand made gifts inspired by toys, dolls and costumes and also teaches felting at Shenkar University.

We developed lullubee because there has never been a better time for people who remember and appreciate the quality of handmade objects, says Dekel. We find that people who enjoy crafts want something unique and not something that is mass-produced that they can share with their children, but may not know how to start. Lullubee was created to help people be creative and be happy with the outcome.

Many craft projects in lullubees Gold Collection and the Craft of the Month Club are classic crafts inspired by Dekel and Burchs childhood memories that have been popular for generations.

We enjoy inspiring people and created lullubee to unleash the crafter in you. We encourage our fans to follow the directions we provide with all our craft kits lightly and to play with their own ideas so they end up with something uniquely theirs, says Burch. We want our customers to know that there are no bad ideas and to remember that handmade crafts are original and unique every time they make something. Even for us at lullubee, we can make 50 celebration crowns and all 50 can look different.

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Ikat Fabrics and Hand-Screened Prints from India Add Art to the Craft of Weaving and Printing

Kennett Square, PA (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Ikat fabrics may be a hot trend in home designbut there are very few genuine ikats actually used to create those looks. “That’s no longer the case,” states Lori Cropp, merchandise manager for the Calico Corners Calico Home stores across the country. “We’ve introduced a rich assortment of hand-tied and dyed ikat fabrics at Calico, all created in weaving villages in south India.

Pronounced ee-kat, the process involves tying sections of the vertical warp yarns in a set design, binding them tightly with strips of rubber so that the dye bath will not penetrate those areas. This is done over and over, tying off different areas of yarn, then dipping the warp or weft in various color dyes to create the designs or motif. “These fabrics are incredibly labor intensive to dye and weave,” says Cropp. “When you see the process, it’s absolutely amazing that Calico is able to retail them for less than $ 50 per yard.”

The true beauty of ikat is that it’s not a print, notes Kiran Singh, who began importing ikats from his native India 30 years ago. “Since each motif is individually hand-wrapped, no two motifs are exactly alike,” he explains. “It is this subtle variation in the motifs that gives the fabric its rich, organic look.” Every inch of fabric has been created by the hand and eye of the weavernot by a CAD system or a high-speed loom.

Working with wife Laura, the Singhs have built a wholesale fabric business weaving in India, and sell to the Calico stores, among others. They have revived the craft of ikat and hand-block style prints, finding that “the thrill for us lies in bringing contemporary colors and shapes to this ancient textile process,” notes Laura.

Hand-Screened Prints

For many years, the Singhs collected antique wood blocks that were used to print fabrics. The challenge of printing with carved blocks is that the repeat and color are a bit inconsistent because of the varying pressure applied to the blocks on the fabric. The solution was to base new designs on the old blocks, and to cut the pattern into a larger silk screen that didn’t have to be delicately pin-matched, like wood blocks.

The fabrics are hand-screened, but with more consistency of color and design. “I love the versatility of these patterns,” notes Cropp. “The colors are soft and appealingand can work in every room in the house.” Of course, they’re perfect for bohemian or ethnic style d