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:)
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! :)
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
It’s that time of year again.. Time to celebrate the end of 2013 with a major sale on Etsy! Everything in my shop – all beading patterns, kits, beaded jewelry, pet pins, bead paintings and art – will be 15% off now through January 1, 2014. (Made-to-Order items are also included in the sale.) PLUS, save an additional 10% with coupon code HOLIDAY2013.
If you need a new project to occupy these cold winter months, this is the best time to purchase a beading kit or pattern. I found a few printed versions of my beaded Jack Russell Terrier pattern, so am now offering those in the shop. These printed versions will include a pre-cut felt doggie shape so you can start beading right away! Supplies are limited, so please stop by The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop and take a peek. Thank you for your interest and support. Happy beading and best wishes for a sparkly 2014! :D
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my first bead embroidery kit is now available for sale on Etsy! Make your own beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin or pendant. Kit includes printed 10-page instruction booklet featuring 24 color photos, Japanese size 15 seed beads in 8 different colors, one pin back, felt, stiff stuff, Ultrasuede, and one size 13 beading needle. Click the photo above for more details. If you are interested in purchasing the PDF pattern only, you will find it HERE. This kit is currently available in a limited quantity. Look for more beading kits in the future! :D
Last week, I tried something new! Friends & I took a 4-hr. private lesson in beadmaking at Diablo Glass School here in Boston. We learned how to make lampwork (flame work) beads. What an awesome way to spend the day!
We had a great teacher named Peter who showed us some basic techniques. At first it seemed a bit tricky to melt the glass rod in the torch with one hand and turn the mandrel with the other hand at the same time, but this just takes lots of practice. You also have to remember to keep the glass in the flame to keep it hot, otherwise it can crack right on the mandrel! :/
Here are the first lampwork beads I made. I was bummed the bumpy bead on the right broke in the kiln, because it was perfect when I put it in. I am happy with how the others turned out for my first attempt at working with glass.
I do plan to go back and make more beads. There’s definitely something about working with an open flame that makes you forget all about life’s worries.. And, I now have a greater appreciation for those who choose to make lampwork beads for a living. Working with glass is not easy, as the final product is the result of bit of luck & and a lot of magic! :D
Also, just a reminder to those in the Boston area, you are invited to join me for an artist reception this Thursday at Boston Bead Company in Harvard Square from 6:30-8pm. Please click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there! :)
Last week, I received a fabulous package from Preciosa Ornela in Czech Republic! It contained a sample of the new Twin Beads as well as an assortment of seed beads & glass accent beads. I love the beads, as they are some of my favorite colors, but I also loved the beaded pencil & pen they sent:) Check them out:
I was excited to learn of a new seed bead and all of its possibilities! Inside the promotional package were several project ideas which I would love to try – especially the cube-ular bracelet shown below, but I will need to buy more Twin Beads in several colors to complete that one..
I received two packages of Twin Beads. I chose to use the dark purple ones below. As you can see, they are oval shaped with two holes. They aren’t all perfectly shaped, but they are all beautiful! :D
After trying out a few techniques, I came up with an idea for a bracelet. This was my first try at this design. It basically shows off many colors of seed beads that I received. The Twin Beads link the rows of seed beads together in an improvisational bead-netted sort of way:) Then, I added an interesting larger bead at the end to use as my toggle clasp. How do you think it looks?
If I were to recreate this bracelet again (which I am considering!), I would probably change a couple of things, but overall, I am happy with how it turned out. It is very comfortable to wear, too.
I think I will list this item in my Etsy shop! Next, I would like to figure out a way to work the Twin Beads into one of my bead embroidery projects! If you have tried the new Preciosa Twin Beads, what did you make with them? Please share your experience! If you are interested in learning more about Preciosa glass products, follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter. That’s the news for now. Back to beading! :D
*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from Preciosa Ornela. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Finally I finished working on my bead-embroidered Scottie dog. He is very small, measuring just 3.5cm x 4cm. First, I used 13/0 charlottes, then I layered 1x4mm micro bugle beads over top. Then, I stitched on some Genuine Czech Crystal – Preciosa Viva Rosemontees for the dogs collar. This little dog really sparkles now! Next, I will begin beading the front panel of my custom heart-shaped purse. How does it look so far? :D
Please check my Facebook page for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D