During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!
I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red & yellow.
Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!
Alternating between Magatamas and size 15′s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think?
After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..
Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek!
And, just a reminder – there is still time to vote for my Etsy shop in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest! You can vote for your favorite business once per day until February 23.. Please view my profile HERE. Thank you for your support! Back to beading!
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Tagged animals, Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, birds, chicken, Etsy, Fiber Art, Small business, Street art
This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)
Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.
If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration!
Posted in animals, cats, competitions, dogs, etsy
Tagged animals, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Cat Jewelry, Cats, Craftsy, dog jewelry, Etsy, Jewelry, Seed Beads, Small business
Over the past week or so, I have been busy working on an order for 4 custom beaded pet pins.. Here are the first two dogs I have completed:
The first is a beaded black Labrador Retriever pin pendant. This one was made using tiny size 15 seed beads 13/0 charlottes. The ears & tail were made using a freeform peyote stitch technique. This piece measures about 4.5cm x 7cm wide…
The second is a Brindle Pit Bull pin pendant. This is the same design as my beaded Blue-Nose Pit Bull. The texture of this piece was created by layering tiny seed beads over other seed beads in several different browns. How do you think it looks? You can view progress photos of these pieces on Facebook or Instagram..
If you are interested in a custom beaded pet pin, please contact me for more details.. Next on my list: two orange & white beaded cats!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, beadwork, dogs, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, brooch, crafts, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Labrador Retriever, Pit Bull
My New Year is off to a busy start! I have just finished making new gray beaded Pug earrings - these are now available for sale at my Etsy shop. I have received an order for 4 custom beaded pet pins (check out the brindle Pitbull I started making on Facebook or Instagram).. and I accepted a commission to create a small bead-painting (progress on this coming soon)..
If that wasn’t enough, I am still working on my Russian bead-painting, plus I plan to start writing a new beading pattern soon.. If there are specific bead embroidery patterns, kits, and doggie designs that you’d like to see in the coming year, please post them in the comments.. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork:) Happy 2014!!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, beadwork, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pit Bull
Lately, I have been busy gearing up for a busy holiday season. I have stocked my Etsy shop with more bead embroidery kits, cut out felt doggie shapes for beading, organized my work space, stocked up on shipping supplies and promotional items.. AND, I have also had some time to make new items!
Check out these cute Pug Love dangly dog earrings! These were made by hand-stitching tiny glass seed beads to tiny piece of felt. They feature sterling silver/onyx ear wires, and tiny sterling silver heart charms:) Also available is a new doggie pin – a brown and white beaded Greyhound pin! This piece is very small – so small that the pin just barely fit onto the back of the piece! Please click the pics for more photos & details..
Also, I would like to announce that I have recently opened up a pattern shop on Craftsy! Please check out new low prices on beading supplies, patterns, and bead kits.. and make your own beaded pin or pendant this holiday season!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Christmas and holiday season, Craftsy, Etsy, Greyhound, Pug, Seed bead, Sterling silver
There is a new beaded poodle available for sale in my Etsy shop! This is a tiny black bead-embroidered poodle which was made with size 11 and size 15 seed beads. This piece can be worn as a pin or a pendant. This design can also be made in your favourite color upon request:)
I have also created new beaded Pug earrings! These are very tiny. They were made with size 15 seed beads and sterling silver fish hooks. These earrings were made in a freeform peyote stitch technique – they actually move when you touch them. This pair of earrings sold VERY quickly. Currently, they are listed on Etsy as made-to-order. Please click the pics for more details.
These items will make the perfect gifts for the dog lover in your life. Order early and beat the holiday rush.. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, pendants
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, Dogs, Earring, Etsy, Jewelry, Poodle, Pug, Seed bead, Shopping
Beading has been keeping me busy! Last week, I received a custom order for a very special beaded dog pin – an American Eskimo Angel.
I created this unique Eskie brooch using 11/o and 15/o seed beads, as well as tiny 13/o charlottes in several different whites. I created the dog’s head first, then the wings. I stitched both pieces of beadwork together once everything was complete. The most difficult part was stitching the tiny fringe on the dog’s mane – I had to use pliers to pull the needle through the beads! I think the results are worth the effort.. It sort of looks like Native American bead embroidery to me. What do you think? I believe the spirit of this beautiful dog will now live on forever:)
Please check out more progress photos on my Facebook page. If you are interested in a custom beaded angel pin in memory of your favourite dog, please contact me through my Etsy shop. Custom orders will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy
Tagged akc, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, dog jewelry, eskie, Etsy, Jewelry, Native American
Here’s a sneak peak at how I make my beaded dog pins & pendants:
First, I sketch out my design. Then, I cut out Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and a few layers of felt in different shapes. I try to envision my sketch in relief, and I decide on the shapes of felt based on that vision..
Next, I stitch on a little glass nose – for this piece, I used special 2mm glass doll eyes. Then, using tiny Japanese glass seed beads in size 15, I bead the entire piece, following the lines in my sketch.
When the first layer of beadwork is complete, I start another layer of beaded fringe. Long beaded fringe is stitched in between the rows of the first layer of beadwork. This layering adds dimension, realism, and movement to the piece. I also add any additional detailing (such as the beaded pink bow this Maltese is wearing:) and I finish by stitching on an Ultrasuede backing.
Bead embroidered Maltese pin/pendant. 3.5cm x 4cm.
The finished Maltese is a unique brooch which can also be worn as a pendant. How do you think it looks? Please click the pic to view more photos of this piece at my Etsy shop.. I think some beaded Maltese earrings are in order next! Please check my Facebook page for all the latest updates. Thanks for looking!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Jewelry, Shopping, Ultrasuede
I’ve recently started to expand my line of beaded Yorkshire Terrier jewelry. Here is my first pair of tiny bead-embroidered Yorkie earrings w/ sterling silver posts:
These earrings were inspired my popular beaded Yorkie pin/pendant. I made them by stitching tiny Japanese glass seed beads to small pieces of felt. The beads are layered to create dimension and realism. The dog ‘hair’ is tiny beaded fringe that actually moves when you touch it. Earrings measure 22mm x 15mm and weigh just 1.5 grams each. The beadwork is extremely detailed for its size. This pair is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the photo above for more details:)
I am also running a Labor Day Sale. Now through September 2, 2013, all animal beading patterns and bead embroidery kits are 10%-off the original price. If you are thinking of making holiday gifts for friends and family, this is a great time to start:) Please visit the Beading Kits & Patterns section in my shop for more details. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork & have a wonderful weekend!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, crafts, dog jewelry, Earring, Etsy, Seed Beads, Shopping, Sterling silver, Yorkshire Terrier
In the past week, I have noticed a significant increase in traffic at my Etsy shop when I remembered that my beadwork was due to be printed in a new magazine! My beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin has just been featured in the Canine Art Gallery in this month’s AKC Family Dog Magazine! Please view page 8 of the Digital Edition of this issue on Facebook. If you would like to subscribe to this popular magazine, click the pic above.. To view more beaded canine pins and jewelry, please visit my Etsy shop. Thank you so much for your interest! Back to beading:)
Posted in animals, dogs, featured, publications
Tagged akc, American Kennel Club, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Breed, Dog, Etsy, Pets, Yorkshire Terrier