Category Archives: bead shops

Felt Corgi Dogs Ready to Bead!

This weekend, I prepared some felt Corgi shapes for an bead embroidery workshop. Cutting out the felt for my little dogs is a lot of work in itself! And, after cutting out the pieces, I stitch them all together & attach tiny glass eyes and noses. I think that preparing the felt foundations ahead of time will make it easier for beginning beaders..

felt corgi dog pin pendants bead embroidery workshop Boston Bead Company Salem MA  beading class beadwork

 If you are interested in making a beaded Corgi pin or pendant, there are still a few spots left. This one-time workshop is scheduled to take place on Sunday January 27 from 10am-3pm. Please check Boston Bead Company’s website  for details! Thanks for your interest! :D

My First Beading Class!

Yesterday’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company was great! I thought I would be nervous, (since the class sold out AND it was my first time teaching) but I really wasn’t nervous at all. I came prepared with felt poodle forms for everyone to bead, as well as several examples which were partially beaded to show each section as we worked. The shop manager (who also took the class) said my examples helped a lot!

boston bead company beading workshop beaded pink poodle pin pendant etsy

For me, it was interesting to see the differences in everyone’s skill level and their approach to learning. One student had already taken several classes from some of my fav. bead artists. One was taking notes as I explained things to her, and one was determined to finish her piece no matter what! Overall it was a very good experience. Two of my students actually finished their pieces within the allotted time, and the others left feeling inspired to keep beading! I have a feeling there will be more bead embroidery classes in the future:)

New Bead Embroidery Workshop in Cambridge, MA!

Thursday night’s reception at Boston Bead Company was fun! What a wonderful opportunity to show some of my beadwork in Harvard Square. I also had the chance to talk about my creative process to those who were interested and perhaps new to bead embroidery. Here’s a quick pic of Carson Eddy, the shop owner, and I.. We had a great time checking out all of the gorgeous seed beads currently in stock for the Fall Seed Bead Trunk Show!

Boston Bead Company Carson Eddy The Lone Beader Artist Bead Embroidery Workshop

After the reception, I went out with friends sporting my latest micro-beaded poodle necklace. This piece is so much fun to wear & it really commands attention. Perhaps I should make more beaded dog collars! :D

The Lone Beader Diana Grygo Micro Beaded Corded Poodle Dog Collar Necklace Etsy

If you are in the Boston area, and would like to learn how to do bead embroidery, Boston Bead Company has added a beading class with me to next month’s calendar! :O

The Lone Beader's Bead Embroidery Class Workshop Boston Cambridge pink poodle beading class

Register now!

Register now for this 5-hour workshop. I will be teaching some basic bead embroidery techniques, as well as how to make an adorable Pink Poodle pin. This workshop will be held at the Cambridge store one time only. Class will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-3pm. Six students maximum, so register early! H0pe to see you there! :D

Meet The Lone Beader @ Boston Bead Company!

I am thrilled to announce that Boston Bead Company has invited me to do an artist reception later this month! Please join me on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30pm-8pm to help kick off the bead shop’s Seed Bead Trunk Show. I will be showing plenty of beaded dog jewelry for humans and a few bead-paintings, which will be also be available for sale! If you are interested in taking a future bead embroidery class with me, please let the bead shop know by email. Also, don’t forget to RSVP for your chance to win the door prize – 10 unique vials of seed beads! Hope to see you there. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

The Lone Beader artist reception Boston Bead Company Harvard Square beaded embroidery beads

Weekend Bead Shopper: Freshwater Pearls

Recently, I received a package full of beads from the Philippines: freshwater pearls! These beads were sent to me courtesy of beadsandfindings.net. I absolutely love the unique colors, texture, and shapes! I can’t wait to incorporate them into one of my beaded paintings! :D

Beads & findings freshwater pearls bead shops Philippines red corals

 I will say that I was very impressed with this online bead shop’s customer service, too. I had wanted to order some Red Coral Chili Beads, but they informed me that they could not ship them to me because their importation is banned in the USA. I had forgotten about that fact, and was a bit surprised to see that my FedEx package had actually been sliced open and inspected by U.S. Customs, resealed with fancy U.S. Fish & Wildlife tape! I guess I’ll have to travel to the Philippines to purchase the beads I want.. Someday! ;)

*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from BeadsandFindings.net. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Weekend Bead Shopper: Russian Dolls

Recently, BeadCrafty.com sent me some shiny new beads! Check out these cute hand-painted  porcelain Russian doll beads! These measure 26mm – a bit larger than most beads I use, but I absolutely love them, especially since I visited Russia last year. What do you think I should I make with them? :D

Beadcrafty.com Porcelain Russian Doll Beads

If you have not shopped BeadCrafty.com, I will say that they offer a wonderful assortment beads of all types, their customer service is outstanding, and shipment from the UK is very fast. I’m sure I will return to order more Russian Dolls in the future:)

*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from BeadCrafty.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Silver Boots Are Made for Walkin’

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Bali Silver Beads Man Pendant desert robot cowboy boots hands

Last night, I was too tired to do bead embroidery, but still felt the need to be creative. So, I used some new Bali Beads to make a fun, dangly Bali Silver Man! I used a 12mm Lantern Bead, a 12mm Circle Rows Bead, two large fan beads, small wheels with balls, and small beads with a dotted center/fluted ends. Maybe I was also inspired by my journey through the desert, because I felt the need to add some  cowboy boots & hands from my bead stash. Now, he’s a robot cowboy! You can purchase this pendant in my Etsy shop. What would you have made with these Bali Silver beads? :D
*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads. This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>New Chinese Crystal Beads

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Auntie's beads Silver Chinese Crystal Rondelle Bead Strands

I have been pretty busy this past week. I’ve been taking care of the business aspect of beading, doing end-of-the-year paperwork, making travel plans, planning new projects, and working on my Etsy shop. I want to do a little more beading on my Radio City Music Hall painting before I show you where I’m at, so today I will share with you a quick pic of the new glass beads I got from Auntie’s Beads. These are silver Chinese Crystal Rondelle Beads. So very beautiful – when light hits them, they sparkle like a disco ball!  I am already considering how I can work these into one of my bead embroidered paintings! What kind of project would you use them for? 

*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads . This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>All I Want for Christmas is Beads!

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Yes, it’s true – all I want for Christmas is beads. And, someone must have known that, because shiny new beads were delivered to me! :D

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First, I got some new lampwork beads from Auntie’s Beads. I absolutely LOVE the aqua blue & gold lampwork disc beads, as well as the Capri blue & tan lampwork discs. I think they will look great on a bracelet! In addition, I was sent a strand of designer ‘Bella’ lampwork beads. There is something about these that remind me of frosting on a birthday cake! :P

mzuribeads handmade paper beads uganda africa UK bead shop

I must have been good on someone’s list because I also received a package of handmade paper beads which originated in Uganda. These beads are fabulous. They are so colorful and vibrant – a symbol of life itself. You can find these paper beads for sale at Mzuribeads in the UK. Please check out their story to learn more about the paper beaders of Uganda and how this not-for-profit organization is moving away from charitable aid, and onto the concept of business enterprise! 
Lastly, I would like to congratulate Calamity Anne of Houston, TX for winning a copy of Lark Books 500 Judaica! Please check in tomorrow to enter my next book giveaway. Back to beading! :D

*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads & Mzuribeads. This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Featured on Fire Mountain Gems!

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Fire Mountain gems beading contest artist interview The Lone Beader bead embroidery beadwork seed beads art  

Yesterday, Fire Mountain Gems emailed to tell me that they posted my ‘Jewelry Artist Success Story‘ on their website! It’s kinda funny, because I don’t really consider myself a jewelry-making artist per say, but I am honoured nonetheless! Please stop by and check it out to learn a little more about me and my inspirations. Also, don’t forget to check out my bead art & accessories for sale at my Etsy shop. Thanks for your interest! :)