A new book arrived from the UK today!
Mastering the Art of Embroidery
by Sophie Long.
This is a gorgeous 288-page hardcover book outlining ‘traditional techniques and contemporary applications for hand and machine embroidery’. There are 8 chapters which cover Surface Embroidery, Counted Surface Embroidery, Embellishment, Stumpwork, Whitework, Three-dimensional Embroidery, Free-Motion Embroidery, and Digital Embroidery.
Each chapter covers a number of embroidery techniques including a brief history as well as vibrant photos, illustrations, patterns, and tutorials. I was pleased to see a number of pages about bead embroidery in the Embellishment chapter. I also enjoyed the sections about Canvas Work, Blackwork, and Figures.. I had no idea there were so many stitches to learn!
Each chapter also features a number of inspiring artist profiles which explain their tips and techniques – mine is on page 134! I am honoured that my beadwork is featured in such a beautiful and extensive book about the fine art of embroidery:)
If you are looking for a modern book which covers all aspects of hand and machine embroidery, this is definitely the one to get! You can order a signed hardcover copy directly from Sophie’s website. You will also find a softcover version at Amazon.com here in the USA. Enjoy!
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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Thursday night’s reception at Boston Bead Company was fun! What a wonderful opportunity to show some of my beadwork in Harvard Square. I also had the chance to talk about my creative process to those who were interested and perhaps new to bead embroidery. Here’s a quick pic of Carson Eddy, the shop owner, and I.. We had a great time checking out all of the gorgeous seed beads currently in stock for the Fall Seed Bead Trunk Show!
After the reception, I went out with friends sporting my latest micro-beaded poodle necklace. This piece is so much fun to wear & it really commands attention. Perhaps I should make more beaded dog collars!
If you are in the Boston area, and would like to learn how to do bead embroidery, Boston Bead Company has added a beading class with me to next month’s calendar! :O
Register now for this 5-hour workshop. I will be teaching some basic bead embroidery techniques, as well as how to make an adorable Pink Poodle pin. This workshop will be held at the Cambridge store one time only. Class will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-3pm. Six students maximum, so register early! H0pe to see you there!
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Yesterday, I received an email from Fire Mountain Gems. They informed me that my beaded Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Einstein, has been featured in their 2011-2012 Comprehensive Catalog! Check it out:
Featured in Fire Mountain Gems' 2011-2012 Comprehensive Catalog! (Page 314)
My bead embroidered dog pin is featured in the Seed Beads section. Click the photo above and jump to page 314 to see for yourself! You can also take a closer look at my pin in their Gallery of Designs. This is the first time my beadwork has been featured in this catalog – I am honored! Can’t wait to receive my copy in the mail! For those who may be interested, this pin is still available for sale in my Etsy shop. Also, don’t forget to check my Facebook page for updates on the progress of my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting.. Back to beading!
Featured Seller of the Week on E-Junkie.info!
This week, I am proud to be featured Seller of the Week on E-Junkie.info! I had never stumbled upon this website before they contacted me. E-Junkie.info is a blog that features small business owners with special focus on self-publishing and e-commerce. I have found this to be a fascinating site & I am honoured that they chose to feature my beadwork! I hope you will stop by to read my interview. Also, check past entries to view some amazing artwork!
Beaded Purple Poodle Pin/Pendant. Bead embroidery on felt.
Also, check out my latest beaded dog – a purple miniature poodle! This piece is a pin that can also be worn as a pendant measuring 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm). I created this diva dog by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o seed beads to felt. I really love how this one turned out. I plan to offer it in all colours of the rainbow! Please click the pic to view the listing in my Etsy shop. What kind of dog will I make next…
My interview on BeadCircle.com!
A few weeks ago, Mandi from BeadCircle.com called to ask me some questions about my life as a beader, my bead embroidery techniques, inspirations, and my beaded plans for the future. She recorded the interview and posted it on her website as a podcast! I will admit I was kind of nervous about doing this (I’m a little shy!), but Mandi made me feel very comfortable. She is such a sweetheart! We even stayed on the phone and talked for quite a long time after the interview, too! It was a fun experience, and what a great way to start off the week! Please click the above screen shot to listen to the podcast. Also, be sure to leave a comment on Mandi’s post for your chance to win a FREE copy of my Intro to
Basic Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial! Thanks so much for your interest in my beadwork! Back to beading!
After a 12-day visit and a 12-hour journey home, I finally returned from Tucson, AZ
late last night. This was my first visit to the Tucson Bead Shows, and I will say it was overwhelming! While I was there mainly to work, I did have a few chances to browse the scene, shop for beads, and enjoy the (somewhat) warmer weather. I can’t wait to show you all of the beads I found there. I’ve already posted a photo of some of them on my Facebook page
. I’ll be busy organizing my new treasures over the next couple of days:)
This week has been very busy for me, and this weekend will be even busier! Unfortunately, I don’t have much beadwork to show you, but I do have a magazine publication to show off…
They also published a few photos of my beadwork on the next page! Check it out:
I am super proud of this accomplishment. Never underestimate the power of the internet!