Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!
I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:
Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?
On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)
Posted in beadwork, bracelets, travel
Tagged Bead Art, beaded, Beads, beadweaving, Beadwork, Jewelry, Mexico, Peyote stitch, Shopping, Travel
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
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!
Posted in bead embroidery, beads, beadwork, dogs, etsy, Kits
Tagged art, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Christmas, craft, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Jack Russell Terrier, New Year, SALE
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas from The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy! ♥
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Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, dogs, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, Christmas, Dogs, Etsy, Facebook, holiday, Instagram, Jack Russell Terrier
Here is the latest progress on my bead painting. Yesterday, I finished beading the 6th small chapel which surrounds my felt Russian cathedral. I am using all different sorts of glass seed beads as well as tanzanite Swarovski crystal bicones. (Can you see them?) Beads are stitched to the felt using needle and thread.
Bead embroidery in progress. 10″ x 13″.
Currently, the chapels are still independent pieces of beadwork which will eventually be stitched to the bottom layer of felt. I also just ordered custom sterling silver crosses to stitch to the top of the onion domes. Can’t wait to receive them.. How does it look so far? Please check Facebook or Twitter for my next update:) Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, fiber art, Moscow, Russia
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Chapel, Facebook, Fiber Art, Onion dome, Russian language, Seed bead, Swarovski
Beadwork in progress. (10″ x 13″)
Finally, I had some time to work on my latest bead painting! I just finished beading the 3rd small chapel on the right of my Russian cathedral. The onion dome is covered in bead-netting which has also been stitched to the felt. The beaded chapels are still separate pieces of beadwork which will eventually be sewn to the larger piece of felt behind them. How does it look so far?
P.S. There are currently 3 new beaded Pug pins listed in my Etsy shop, as well as a beaded Yorkie.. They are all ready to ship! Back to beading:)
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, building, fiber art, Moscow, Russia
Tagged Arts, Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, cathedral, Chapel, Etsy, Moscow, Russia, Seed bead
There is a new pair of earrings for sale in my Etsy shop!
Beaded Bichon-Frise doggie face earrings. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and tiny glass doll eyes. They hang on sterling silver fish hooks, but they could also be made as studs..
How do they look?
Posted in animals, beadwork, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beadwork, Bichon-Frise, Dogs, earrings, Etsy, Lucille Ball, Pets, Seed Beads
Today, I am thrilled to announce that I am the featured Bead Artist in the Feb/March issue of Beadwork Magazine! I am very grateful for this opportunity! If you do not have a subscription, the digital edition is also available for purchase at the Interweave Store. Here’s a peek at the article:
Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in beadwork, featured, publications
Tagged Arts, Bead embroidery, beading, Beading Daily, Beadwork, Beadwork Magazine, craft, Etsy, Interview, Seed Beads
Finally, some great photos of my first show to share with you, courtesy of Dog Breath Photography! These photos were taken on Saturday at Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.
I only had one table which measured 6′ x 30″ and since it was a pet related show, I chose to bring only my pet pins, jewelry, and a few small artworks. I also added extra lighting and a mirror for anyone interested in taking a closer look at my beaded doggie pins.
My pins were displayed on felt covered canvases which sat on tabletop easels. I really like how this elevated the display and made it easier for people to check out my beadwork. And, I got some great pendant displays to show their versatility.
I displayed my beaded fire truck on top of a fabric-covered shelf which stood about 1-foot higher than the rest of my items. This really added visual interest to my table.
And, my beaded motorcycle was a big hit with the kids! They couldn’t believe it was made out of beads!
Overall, this show was a great experience for me. It was small enough that I wasn’t stressed, and the audience was a very focused group, so they were interested in my items. Most attendees stopped by my table. I did sell a couple of pieces, but more importantly, many people asked about custom orders, and took my business card.
The best part was meeting a little girl who was very interested in learning how to make a beaded doggie pin. I hope she will be able to take a class with me someday! As for any future shows, well.. we’ll see what happens. It’s definitely a risk, and there is a lot of preparation involved, but it is a lot of fun to meet people who might not otherwise learn about my work!
Posted in beadwork, Boston, cats, dogs, etsy, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Sheraton Hotel, crafts, Etsy, Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012, Pets, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts