Recently, I acquired a mannequin dress form to use for displaying my beaded pins & pendants. So, I have started taking some new photos of my work to post in my Etsy shop. Here are some pics of pet pins which are currently ready to ship. Hopefully now you will have a better idea of how big they are. How do they look? (Please click the pics to view listing.)
Blue Persian Cat
Red Shar Pei
In the last photo, you will see my latest custom order, a beaded Puli dog pin! This one was quite a challenge to make, as I used tiny 1x4mm Czech micro bugle beads! On Facebook, I noted that I broke at least one bead, one beading needle, and one thread while working on this, but it was worth it. Click the pic for a closer look:) Hope I have better luck beading my Poodle Collar Necklace! :O
This week has been busy! First, I have begun working with a local jewelry designer helping her construct a few custom pieces. More details on that when the timing is appropriate.. I have also completed a beaded Bichon-Frise pin for my Etsy shop (You can see the finished dog on my Facebook page.) And, last night I finished my beaded Song Sparrow!
- Beaded Song Sparrow. Bead embroidery on felt. 4″ x 8″ (10cm x 20cm).
At first, I had planned to stitch this little bird to a painted canvas, but it didn’t turn out that way! Instead, I wired the sparrow to a twig that I collected on one of my beach walks. I stitched on the backing and added hanging hardware. Now, my beadwork can hang on the wall as is, not confined by a canvas or frame. I think this concept adds realism & freedom to the finished piece. It almost looks as if the bird will fly away at any moment! :O
I think I’ll submit this small work to Cambridge Art Association‘s upcoming summer art fair. What kind of bird should I make next?
Also, just a quick reminder to those in Massachusetts. This weekend is the South Shore Art Center‘s 56th annual Arts Festival on the Cohasset Common! If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and check out my beaded Boston Trolley! Please check the event page for more details. Hope to see you there!
Today, I want to show you a new bird I started beading – a Song Sparrow!
Sparrows are very common birds, and they seem to follow me everywhere. I see them every morning when I go walking at the beach:) So, I cut out some felt & stitched on Japanese size 15 seed beads. I am using several shades of brown, gray, and cream. Next I need to add wire legs! How does he look?
Also this weekend, I will be working on an order for my Etsy shop – another beaded Bichon-Frise pin. I’d better get back to doing beadwork! :O
Today, just a quick announcement. I have submitted my beaded Great Blue Heron
painting into the Cambridge Art Association’s 66th Annual Fall Salon
. The Fall Salon is an unjuried art exhibition featuring artists working in all media. Many works will be available for sale. If you happen to be in Boston, Cambridge, or Harvard Square this month, please stop by and take a peek!
The Fall Salon runs Sept. 10- 30, 2010
and will be shown in both CAA galleries. Please see the CAA’s website
for hours and directions.
Reception is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6-8pm. Mary Schein awards presented at both locations at 7pm. Hope to see you there!
The other day, I posted the progress of my beaded Blue Jay on my Facebook page. Since my Blue Jay was hungry, I dug through my bead stash and found him some seeds! Most of these beads are recycled beads – or beads I had collected from antique stores & old broken jewelry pieces, etc… I stitched them one by one to a piece of felt. Then, I stitched the beadwork to a piece of wire screen & wired my Blue Jay to the front! The bird is backed with bright blue Ultrasuede & signed by me. Here’s a quick pic:
This was one of my beading experiments that actually turned out well – so well, that I think I will make more birds like this! I like it because the piece is heavy, sturdy, and balanced enough to stand on its own, and once I add a piece of chain at the top, it can also be hung on a wall or in a tree! As soon as I take some better photos, I will list this in my Etsy shop – hopefully within the next couple of days!
I also have new details of an upcoming event for those who are in the Boston area. This Sunday, May 30, 2010 from 7-11pm, I will be showing a handful of my beaded paintings at Wonder Bar in Allston, MA as part of this month’s Visual Enlightenment Art Showcase. Visual Enlightenment is a monthly group art show presented by Music Ecology and Wonder Bar. Each month Wonder Bar is transformed under the hands of talented local artists whose work is available for show and sale. Other artists participating this month include:
Clara Angelina Diaz
Nic Tharpa Cartier
The evening will include musical entertainment as well by a live band and a DJ. This event is 21+ and is free to attend. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by for dinner and drinks or just a quick stroll through to show your support for local art! Admission is FREE, so bring a friend or two. Hope to see you there!
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Those of you who follow me on Facebook
might remember when I posted the beginnings of a beaded Blue Jay
. I began working on this a couple of weekends ago when I was in Pittsburgh
, and I continued working on it this past weekend. Here is a photo of my first layer of beadwork:
Since this bird is quite large in real life, my beaded bird is larger than usual as well. My beadwork measures 1.5″ wide x 3.75″ tall. I have used mostly Czech size 11 seed beads in many shades of blue, white, & black. I will probably do a little more beadwork, but other than that, I’m not exactly sure how I will finish this piece. I think it’s the beginning of another beaded wildlife painting
This morning, I finished packing up some seed beads to travel with me on a weekend getaway! I’m off to Pittsburgh, PA to visit family for a few days. I hope to visit the Andy Warhol Museum and maybe hang out on the Strip. I’m also going to see my favourite band, Porcupine Tree, play at Mr. Smalls Theatre! And, maybe if there is time, I will work on my beadwork…
I packed mostly black, blue, and white seed beads, as well as needles, thread, scissors, and felt into a small pencil box. On the left side, there are beads to use for the Campanile in my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting, and on the right side, there are beads to make a new beaded bird for my Etsy shop! (Can you tell what kind of bird it is?) I figure this should be enough to keep me busy on nights I suffer from insomnia!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! I stayed pretty busy, as usual. I spent most of the weekend working on another one of my beaded sheepdog pins
, but I also worked on my Zazzle shop just for fun. I added my beaded Flamingos
to the list of beaded bird designs
! There are coffee mugs, postcards, postage stamps, magnets, and more! Also, my beaded fire truck postage stamps
have also been approved for sale, and I have added a few other new items, as well! More items coming soon! Please click the photo collage above & take a peek, Also, if you’re on Zazzle, you’re welcome to join my Fan Club
! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Here is my finished beaded Eastern Bluebird
on a tree branch. This was a custom order request for my Etsy shop
. The entire piece consists of bead embroidery on felt and measures about 2.5″ x 1.25″ (6.5 x 4cm). This little bird is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. How do you think he turned out, and what other kinds of birds would like to see beaded?
Last night, I got a lot more beading done on my little beaded Eastern Bluebird
! I have used 6 different colour seed beads in both size 15 and 11. I also layered the beads on the bird’s wing & head just a bit to add dimension. Now, all I have to do is add the twig that he will be perched on, an Ultrasuede backing, and a pinback! I really like how this one is turning out. I hope my customer does, too!