Dear friends, just a quick reminder. This week, I am selling my beaded dog jewelry, bead art, and beading kits at Newbury Handmade Market featuring Etsy artists every day through Thursday, July 17, 2014. The shop is located at 301 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Open daily 11am-7pm. Please stop by and say hello! :D
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The past few days, it has been extremely hot here in Boston, and I have been very busy! I am preparing for a week -long visit to Newbury Handmade Market. I will be selling some of my beadwork there from July 11-17. I have made a few new items for the event, including a tiny blue & gray beaded Poodle pendant! This poodle was made using size 11 and size 15 seed beads. It measures 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm. This poodle can also be made in other colors upon request. Please click the pic to view more details:)
Also, I am currently running a holiday sale on Etsy! Now through Sunday, all bead embroidery kits, patterns, and felt shapes will be 15% off the regular price. Please visit my Facebook page to check the progress of my latest piece, or download my iPhone app from iTunes today! Happy beading:)
Dear friends, I am excited to announce that my free mobile app is now available in the iTunes App Store! Follow the progress of my beadwork or shop my Etsy store from anywhere in the world right from your iPhone or iPad! Click the screenshot below to download. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork:)
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
A new beading pattern is now available for sale in my Etsy shop!
Make your own beaded Maltese dog pin or pendant. This 14-page PDF file includes a printable pattern, 34 color photos, and step-by-step instructions. This piece is suitable for Intermediate beaders. Please click the photo above for more details. You know you want to make one! ;)
If you would like to learn basic bead embroidery stitches before you make your beaded Maltese, please check out my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial. Happy beading from Boston! :D
This week, I had a chance to work on my bead-embroidered Russian painting.. I am working on a small section which will be the door just below the Kremlin clock tower.
I have used all kinds of beads: cubes, bugle beads, hex cuts, Tilas, and 11/o and 8/o seed beads so far.. If I had known about Half-Tila beads, I probably would have used some… Oh well, maybe next time.. :(
This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.
I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think? :O
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Check out my latest custom order – a beaded rooster brooch! :)
This one is called a Moa (Hawaiian for chicken) and he lives on the island of Kauai. I created him by stitching tiny Japanese seize 15 seed beads to a felt foundation. I used more than 10 different colors, including blue 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads. I also layered beaded fringe for his feathers to create realism. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.
Something tells me this won’t be the last beaded chicken pin I create..
What do you think? :D
After a long hiatus, I am finally getting back to working on my Russian bead-painting…
I stitched custom sterling silver crosses to the top of the onion domes (10 in all). Then, I wire-wrapped each spire to complete the look. I also cut out a few more layers of felt to help build up a few of the chapels… It took me several hours to stitch everything together.. Now, my beaded St. Basil’s Cathedral is complete! What do you think? I think its time to begin the next phase! :O
Please check my Facebook page for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
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..
Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! :D
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