I have been busy the past few weeks. I am preparing for a week long Newbury Handmade Market next month, so I started restocking some of my most popular Etsy items, such as beaded Pugs and Poodles.. Then, inspiration hit and I made my first beaded Poodle cuff bracelet! :D
This 2″ bracelet was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads and vintage German glass flowers and leaves to felt. Beadwork was mounted onto a blank metal cuff and lined with Ultrasuede. If you would like to view the progress of my bead embroidery, please see this album on Facebook.
I decided to call this piece ‘Poodle in Public Garden‘ because it reminds me of all the adorable dogs I always see walking in the Boston Public Garden. It is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop.
This piece can also be customized to include the beaded dog breed of your choice. If you would like to order your own custom ‘Public Garden’ beaded bracelet, please see my Etsy shop for more details.. or use the Contact form above:) Thanks for looking! :D
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Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Poodle, Seed Beads
Make your own purple beaded Toy Poodle pin or pendant with my new extreme bead embroidery kit. Now available for sale on Etsy!
This kit includes:
Printed instruction booklet (8 pages, 24 color photos).
Japanese seed beads in 4 different colors.
Pin/ pendant finding.
Purple stiff beading foundation.
(1) size 12 English beading needle.
Purple Size B Nymo beading thread.
You will also need embroidery scissors, a fine point marker, and E-6000 glue. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders:)
Please click the pics to view this listing on Etsy. Supplies are limited, so get one while you can. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern only, you will find it HERE. Make one for yourself or as a gift for a friend. Happy beading! :)
Posted in animals, beads, crafts, dogs, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beads, Beadwork, crafts, Craftsy, Dogs, Etsy, Poodle
This week, I finished a new commissioned painting featuring a beaded Wyandotte chicken! This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery stitched to a painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass seed beads of all sizes. I also used Magatamas and Czech dagger beads. This bird’s feathers really move when you touch them! This piece is a small work measuring just 8″ x 8″.. My next project will be a custom beaded chicken pin.. Who knew chickens were so popular? :)
Posted in animals, birds
Tagged animals, art, Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, birds, Etsy, Mixed media, painting
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? :D
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!
Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! :D
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, beads, painting
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! :D
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! :D
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! :D
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