Category Archives: Boston

Veteran’s Day Sale: 15% Off Beading Kits & Patterns

Just a quick note today announcing my Veteran’s Day Sale on Etsy. For a very limited time, all bead embroidery kits and patterns are 15% off the original price now through Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 11PM EST. Click HERE to view the sale section.. Get a head start on your holiday beading projects today!

Custom beaded Oakland A's sterling silver MLB baseball earrings bead embroidery Red Sox etsy

Also, check out my latest custom order! Bead embroidered Oakland Athletics sterling silver earrings! These were a bit of a challenge to make due to the size and shape – they measure approx. 1″ x 1″… If you are interested in custom beaded Boston Red Sox earrings made in the same manner, I would be happy to make them on custom order, but I might have to make a pair for myself, first! ;)

 

My First Art Festival!

I survived my first art at festival! This weekend, I had a booth at Festival By The Sea in Manchester, MA. It was a wonderful experience. Special thanks to friends who helped set up my tent and hang a few paintings before the show started – there is no way I could have done everything myself! :O

Art Festival by the Sea Manchester MA Boston Etsy Artist Beadwork Beading Bead Embroidery Art

My set-up was pretty basic. I had a couple of tables for jewelry and small paintings, 2 hanging pegboards for larger paintings, a bust form to display my pet pins, a literature rack for beading kits, and 4 easels for more bead paintings. I was a bit nervous about having easels there because they take up quite a bit of space, and they can be a hazard in the wind. I came prepared with 20-lb sandbags & concrete blocks just in case..

Luckily, the weather cooperated. It turned out to be the perfect day for an art festival. I made a few sales, my tent was always full of people, and Cape Ann TV did an interview with me! Since this was my first show ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the response was very positive! Nearly everyone who visited my booth said they had never seen anything like my work before. One woman even said that this type of show is much too small for my work – she insisted that I need to show my work in a gallery in NYC (hopefully someday!).. Children of all ages seemed to enjoy my beadwork, too – they could relate to the subjects right away, and many asked me questions! Seeing people smile when they viewed my pieces made me very happy:)

Even though it was a lot of work, doing this festival was a positive experience. I think I may have to start doing more shows in the future! :D

Gearing up for an Art Festival by the Sea

Art Festival by the Sea Manchester MA 2013 Etsy Beadwork Craft Fair Beading Beads

I have been invited to do an art festival in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA!! This will be my first festival and I will admit that I am a little nervous about it. There is so much to plan for, and I don’t really have much time or space to do it.. This week, I am revamping my booth design just a bit as well as figuring out the best way to windproof my displays all while doing it on a limited budget. It looks like the weather may cooperate, but in New England, anything could happen. If you have any tips or suggestions for a newbie, please leave them in the comments below..

Anyways, it sounds like it will be a fun event. There will be many artists and crafters showcasing their works, as well as locally grown products, concerts in the park, and a beer garden! If you happen to be north of Boston on Saturday, August 3, please stop by and say hello! (Click the pic above for more info:) I will do my best to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there!

 

New Beaded Golden Retriever Dog Pin

Since I sold my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ pin so quickly, I decided to bead another Golden Retriever..My family had one of these dogs when I was small. His name was Moosie. He was my best friend and my protector, but that didn’t stop him from eating the ice cream cone right out of my hand! :p

Beaded bead embroidery golden retriever pin etsy beadwork 15 seed beads Japanese

This item was made using tiny size 15 seed beads. I layered beaded fringe to create his long flowing hair, and his beadwoven ear actually moves when you touch it! This item is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the pic to view more photos. What kind of dog or animal shall I bead next?  :D

New Beaded Wire Fox Terrier Pin

Last week, I made a new beaded dog pin pendant- a Wire Fox Terrier! I have always loved these dogs! This bead embroidery brooch was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. This piece is now available for sale. Please click the pic to view more photos at my Etsy shop:

beaded wire fox terrier pin pendant etsy bead embroidery beadwork beads

4cm x 4cm

Also, I am happy to announce that my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ Golden Retriever pin has sold today! A portion of the sale price of this item will be donated to The One Fund aiding the people most affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. I think I will make a new beaded Comfort Dog pin soon! 

‘Boston Strong’ Beaded Golden Retriever Pin

This week, I created a new dog pin to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon Bombings..a beaded Golden Retriever pin. This dog is a comfort dog wearing a blue & yellow ‘Boston Strong‘ vest.

Beaded Boston Strong Golden Retriever Comfort Dog pin Marathon Bombings Charity eBay auction

 This piece was created by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o glass seed beads to felt. Beads were stitched 2-3 at time using a needle and strong nylon thread. Beadwork was layered to create a  unique texture. The dog’s ear was beadwoven, and actually moves when you touch it. The dog’s hair is layered beaded fringe which also adds to the texture & dimension. This wearable art brooch is a one-of-a-kind handmade item and will not be duplicated.

50% of the sale price will be donated to The One Fund Bostononefundboston.org. We are One Boston. Thanks for looking!

Acceptance

Last week, I learned that my micro-beaded collar necklace, Pretty in Poodles, has been juried into the prestigious 2013 Bead Dreams competition!

micro beaded poodle dog collar necklace Boston bead dreams bead and button show

Pretty in Poodles

I am still pinching myself! :O

Majestic Bead Painting Finished!!

Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..

Beaded Peterbilt truck American bulldog painting Colonial Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre Boston city scene art

‘Majestic’
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.

This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)

This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!! :D

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

Make a Beaded Corgi Pin!

Happy New Year! So far, 2013 brings shiny new beading opportunities! I will be teaching a special bead embroidery workshop later this month at Boston Bead Company in Salem, MA . We will be making a new beaded Corgi dog pin using Czech size 11 seed beads & Delicas.

Beaded Corgi Pin Pendant Bead Embroidery Workshop Boston Bead Company Salem MA

The workshop will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Skill level is INTERMEDIATE, so any prior embroidery/ needlework experience you may have had will be helpful. Class size is limited to 6 – you may sign up HERE. Boston Bead Company is located at 10 Front Street, Salem, MA  01970. Hope to see you there! :)