Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!
This cat was inspired by my friend’s cat named JoJo who lives in London. He is a bicolor cat who looks a lot like Sylvester! I used size Japanese seed beads for the entire piece, layering 15/o charlottes for extra sparkle. This cat’s long hair is beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it. I haven’t made a lot of cats because their nose and eyes are difficult to bead at this scale, but I am really happy with how this one turned out. This piece is now available for sale in my Etsy shop – please click the pic for more photos. How does he look? :D
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Cat Jewelry, Cats, Etsy, Jewelry, Kittens, London, Pets, Sylvester
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!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Sheraton Hotel, crafts, Etsy, Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012, Pets, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
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
Finally something for cat lovers! This week, I worked on a new item – a beaded Blue Persian Cat pin!
For this project, I tried something new – Nicole’s BeadBacking. I discovered this product on Etsy, and decided to give it a shot. It is a little less expensive and it comes in every color of the rainbow. This material is similar to Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but it seems much stiffer. It was easy to cut out the shape of my cat, but when I started beading, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. After working for awhile, it became softer, but still offered the support my beadwork needed. Overall, I think it is much stronger/ tougher than Lacy’s. I really like it a lot!
For my cat, I stitched together several layers of bead backing, then used a combination of size 15 & size 11 glass seed beads in several different shades of blue & gray. I don’t make cats very often, so it was quite a challenge!
After my first layer of beadwork was complete, I layered quite a bit of fringe to accentuate this cat’s long beautiful hair. The fringe actually moves when you touch it, revealing more beadwork beneath. How do you think he looks?
This pin is currently listed for sale on Etsy – you can see more photos there. I really like how this cat turned out – It looks great as a pin, but it really makes a unique pendant! I plan to make him in all different colors!
I finally finished working on my little beaded heart-shaped purse just in time for Valentine’s Day!
This purse was a custom order through my Etsy shop. It’s the first purse I have ever made!
The design was inspired by a vintage Valentine & features a beaded white cat & Scottie dog. They were created using Japanese size 15 seed beads, size 13 charlottes & micro-bugle beads. The dog’s collar features Preciosa’s genuine Czech crystal rosemontees.
The front panel of the purse is completely beaded & the back panel is personalized:)
The purse is completed with a glass beaded chain and an Ultrasuede lining.
This one-of-a-kind purse measures 14cm x 14cm & took nearly 40 hours to create from start to finish. Soon it will be making the flight to London, England – a city I absolutely love! Wish I could go too!
Last week, I beaded the entire front panel of my heart-shaped purse -ironically while suffering from my own broken heart:( It is so difficult to do beadwork when all you can see are tears :’(
First, I stitched my beaded cat & Scottie dog to the Ultrasuede. Then, I stitched on a few different shades of 11/0 Czech glass seed beads slowly working my way around the heart. To add even more depth to the piece, I then stitched on red Japanese Delicas (with aurora borealis finish) over top of the Czech seed beads.
This took quite a bit of time to bead, but I love the results. My heart, however, will require quite a bit more time..
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?
Semi-beaded 5.5" heart-shaped purse. Work in progress..
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This week, I began working on a new custom order for my Etsy shop – my first bead embroidered purse! This will be a Victorian-style heart-shaped purse featuring a beaded cat & Scottie dog inspired by a vintage Valentine. ♥
After working on the purse design, I cut out many layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and stitched them altogether. Using 1mm & 2mm glass eyes, I stitched on their noses and eyes. For those who are wondering, I get these at GlassEyesOnline.com. I use the ones which are attached to a long wire. The wire must be cut & poked through the felt then stitched to the back.
Next, I used Japanese size 15/0 seed beads for the heart and the cat. Its not easy to stitch through all the layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but after I completed the cat’s head, it got easier. Once I completed the entire body, I then lazy stitched some tiny crystal 13/0 charlottes over top of the other seed beads to add a little sparkle. This cat is very small – only 3cm x 3cm. The dog is only slightly larger.. I will be beading him next! :O
I’ve been busy! Yesterday, I spend half of the day working on my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting
. (I want to complete a little more before I show you..) Then, in the evening, I worked on my Etsy shop
. I cut out new felt shapes for future beaded doggie pins. Guess what kind of dogs they’ll be!
Cutting out the felt can take awhile, then I must stitch them all together. But, once that’s complete, I can start beading! Which one will I make first? Check my Facebook page
This is long overdue, but I finally converted my basic bead embroidery tutorial to a PDF file
which is now available for sale in my Etsy shop
. (Please click the pic to view my listing.)
This tutorial is an ‘intro’ class which shares with students my step-by-step beading process. I also mention extreme techniques including layering beaded fringe. Some beading knowledge is helpful, but not necessary – if you can sew a button with needle & thread, you can do bead embroidery. This is not a kit, nor is it a bead-by-bead pattern, but the file does include a sketch of the above cat which you may use to practice beading. I hope this tutorial inspires you to try the art of bead embroidery. I also hope to publish more patterns in the future! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!