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!
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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
Here’s an update on the progress of my beaded Peterbilt semi- truck. After beading the American flag grill, headlights, and cab, I created two beaded lights using 12-gauge precious metal wire. I stitched a ball of felt to the ends of them, and bead embroidered orange Delicas around the felt. I wasn’t sure this would work at first, but it turned out kinda cool!
And, even though working with wire is not my forté, somehow I managed to create 2 side view mirrors by stitching liquid silver bugle beads to precious metal wire.
Currently, the truck consists of 4 pieces of beadwork + 2 wire lights. Nothing will be stitched together until all of the pieces have been created.
I still need to add some lights on top of the cab, as well as a beaded doggie passenger:) How does it look so far?
27cm x 27cm x 5cm
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on holiday orders for my Etsy shop. Please note: ALL CHRISTMAS ORDERS for custom beaded dog pins or made-to-order items MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 14 to guarantee delivery, though I will make every attempt to ship orders placed after this date in a timely fashion.
To kick off the holiday shopping season, I will be running a special sale on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday. All items in the Clearance Section of my shop will be an additional 25% off the marked price for 2 days only beginning on Thursday, November 22, 2012 beginning at 12am EST. Please watch my Facebook page for an additional coupon code to receive Free Shipping all weekend long! Remember, November 24 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small & local businesses! Thank you for your support. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, business, etsy, fiber art, holiday, trucks
Tagged beading, Beadwork, coupon code, Etsy, Facebook, Peterbilt, SALE, Semi-trailer truck, Thanksgiving, USA
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on fun side project – a beaded cheeseburger! :p
This burger was created by stitching size 15/o & 11/o glass seed beads to a felt foundation. I also used bugle beads for the onion, and tiny micro bugle beads for the tomato & pickles! It measures approx. 14cm x 13cm. After all the beadwork was complete, I stitched Ultrasuede to the back as well as 2 Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets. Now its an oversized fridge magnet – the perfect gift for a friend! Perhaps I should make beaded spicy fries and a vanilla shake as well! :p
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, fiber art, pop art
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, burger king, craft, Etsy, fast food, food, kitchen, pop art
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded military tank entitled Imminence of War has been accepted into Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize show. Juried by Clara Kim of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The National Prize Show will feature artists working in all media and styles.
Exhibition runs May 31st – July 5th, 2012.
Reception: Friday, June 8th, 5:30-7:30pm at both CAA Gallery locations:
Kathryn Schultz gallery:
25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA, 02138
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
University Place Gallery:
124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA, 02138
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm • Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Awards given at 6:30pm at University Place Gallery.
Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for more info.
Hope to see you there!
Posted in beadwork, Boston, CAA, current exhibition, galleries, military
Tagged art, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge Massachusetts, Harvard Square, Walker Art Center
Today, I’d like to show you a quick pic of my latest custom order, a little beaded dog pin named Fluffy:)
A friend of mine sent me a few pics of Fluffy. Not knowing the breed, I worked from photos only. I came up with a sketch, cut out some felt and started beading. I used several different white, cream, and brown size 15 glass seed beads. The first layer of beadwork (above) is rather sparse, but the second layer more than makes up for it (below). I also added some beaded loops and fringe on the dog’s ears to add dimension. Complete, this piece measures approx. 3cm x 4.5cm.
How do you think Fluffy looks, and more importantly, what kind of dog do you think she is?
I am proud to say that I am currently finished with all my custom orders. Here’s my latest- three bead- embroidered Keeshond pins! This was my most challenging dog yet. It measures approx. 4cm x 4.5cm. I used at least 10 different colors of size 15 seed beads and 13/0 charlottes. I also stitched tiny wire spectacles and a glass eye for the nose. Quite a bit of beaded fringe is required for this dog. Creating this dog 3 times was quite a challenge, too. I found that its not very easy to duplicate my own beadwork. I think the dog’s faces all look a little different, but I suppose they would in real life.. How do you think they look? I have listed this pet pin as made-to-order in my Etsy shop for anyone who may be interested… Wait til you see what kind of dog I make next!
Today, I finally finished my beaded red Chinese Shar Pei
pin! This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to a layered felt foundation using a needle and strong nylon thread. I used several different shades of brown size 15 seed beads for the entire piece. Reddish-brown seed beads were layered to accentuate the dog’s wrinkles. Then, I stitched on a piece of black leather strung with hex nuts for his collar. This piece is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop
. You can see more photos HERE
… Who says you can’t convey personality with beads?
First, I beaded around the outer edge of the large letters using a yellow seed bead mix. Then, I filled them in using size 11 seed beads.
For the small ‘Radio City’ words, I used smaller size 15 seed beads because this part of the marquee should appear farther away from the viewer.
Beadwork 16″ x 2.75″. Work in progress.
How do you think it looks? So far, I think it looks bold & bright, just like New York City
lights! This bead painting is actually starting to remind me of the Macy’s Day parade
, which brings me to the subject of Thanksgiving. This year, I will be spending Turkey Day with my family in Pennsylvania. Please check my Facebook page
to stay updated on all of my latest beading news while I’m away. And, if you happen to be shopping on Black Friday
, don’t forget to check my Etsy shop
for original beadwork, as well as my Zazzle shop
for NEW ‘beaded’ merchandise! Happy Thanksgiving!