Category Archives: fiber art

Assembling a Beaded Cathedral

After a long hiatus, I am finally getting back to working on my Russian bead-painting

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I stitched custom sterling silver crosses to the top of the onion domes (10 in all). Then, I wire-wrapped each spire to complete the look. I also cut out a few more layers of felt to help build up a few of the chapels… It took me several hours to stitch everything together.. Now, my beaded St. Basil’s Cathedral is complete! What do you think? I think its time to begin the next phase! :O

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10″ x 13″

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Busy Beading a Russian Cathedral..

Here is the latest progress on my bead painting. Yesterday, I finished beading the 6th small chapel which surrounds my felt Russian cathedral. I am using all different sorts of glass seed beads as well as tanzanite Swarovski crystal bicones. (Can you see them?) Beads are stitched to the felt using needle and thread.

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Bead embroidery in progress. 10″ x 13″.

Currently, the chapels are still independent pieces of beadwork which will eventually be stitched to the bottom layer of felt. I also just ordered custom sterling silver crosses to stitch to the top of the onion domes. Can’t wait to receive them.. How does it look so far? Please check Facebook or Twitter for my next update:) Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

Bead Netted Chapel

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Beadwork in progress. (10″ x 13″)

Finally, I had some time to work on my latest bead painting! I just finished beading the 3rd small chapel on the right of my Russian cathedral. The onion dome is covered in bead-netting which has also been stitched to the felt. The beaded chapels are still separate pieces of beadwork which will eventually be sewn to the larger piece of felt behind them. How does it look so far? :D

P.S. There are currently 3 new beaded Pug pins listed in my Etsy shop, as well as a beaded Yorkie.. They are all ready to ship! Back to beading:)

New Bead Painting in Progress!

I have been very busy lately! Recently, I started working on a new bead painting. This piece will be a city scene inspired by a photo I took while visiting Moscow.

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First, I enlarged one of the photos I took and cut out the image of St. Basil’s Cathedral. I used it as a template to create felt shapes which outline the architecture of the building. Then, I cut out more shapes, and stitched them together, creating a felt foundation for my subject (shown below).

felt St Basils Cathedral Moscow Red Square painting beadwork bead embroidery etsy

Next, I began stitching beads to the felt.. So far, I am using mostly gray and white beads for this piece. Some are Czech or Japanese seed beads, some are vintage beads, and some are gemstones (such as Ocean Jasper)..

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I plan to use many different types of beads for visual interest and to represent the beauty of the cathedral itself.

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So far, I have completed 2 sections of this piece, with the exception of the spires which I will work on at a later date. How does it look? :D

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Due to the size and complexity of this subject, I think its safe to say I will be beading for awhile.. Please follow my Facebook page for the latest updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

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..

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‘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

Semi-Beaded Truck, Turkey Day, & Black Friday Sale!

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!

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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.

semi beaded peterbilt side view truck mirrors sterling silver wirework experiment

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.

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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?

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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! :D

Semi-Beaded Semi

I have finally found some time to start working on a larger piece – a beaded semi-truck! This one is inspired by a friend’s photo of a Peterbilt truck spotted at work one day.

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I enlarged the photo and used it to cut out many layers of felt in several shapes. The felt foundation measures approx. 10″ x 10″.. I stitched the layers of felt together and began beading an American flag grille using a mix of red, white, & blue seed beads.

beadwork bead embroidery American Flag grille beaded Peterbilt tractor trailer

Once I finished the flag, I beaded a silver frame around it. I used 11/o Czech glass charlottes, and larger fire-polished beads. It is very sparkly, much like the real truck:)

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Now, I am working on the bumper. This area is quite large, so I stitched a variety of metal beads onto the felt. I plan to fill in the spaces with more seed beads. How does it look so far? :D

All Beaded Patty on a Sesame Bead Bun

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on fun side project – a beaded cheeseburger! :p

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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

Beaded Hair & Eyeglass Frames

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Today, I think I finally finished the beadwork for the portrait (of my friend, the optometrist)  I’ve been working on! I stitched silver bugle beads around my recycled eyeglass lenses to create frames. Then, I stitched gray, brown, and gold twisted bugle beads for hair. So far, it measures  9″ x 7.5″. I think its a pretty close rendition of my original sketch!  Now, the next step is to mount it to a canvas somehow… How do you think it looks? 8)

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>Vertical Blue Beaded Radio City Sign

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beaded Radio City Music Hall painting beadwork mixed media NYC theatre street scene

Finally, I have finished beading the tallest vertical sign in my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting! This took me quite awhile to do! I used size 11 seed beads in several different blues. I don’t know if I like how the lines are stitched, because, well – the colours don’t line up! Oh well. I’m kind of committed to it at this point. I might try to layer beads on top of the blue for more sparkle. We’ll see… How do you think it looks so far? :D

beaded Radio City Music Hall painting beadwork mixed media NYC theatre street scene





Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall (NYC). Bead embroidery on felt. 
Beadwork  15″ x 20″. (38cm x 51cm) Work in progress.