Vote for your Favourite Bead Dreams Piece!

If you are not able to attend this year’s Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you can still check out the Bead Dreams exhibition online!

Bead Dreams People Choice Award 2013 Bead & Button Show Bead embroidery poodle collar necklace

All this week, you can vote for your favourite Bead Dreams piece.  The piece with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Choice Award ribbon and a $500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems. Please click HERE to view all of the finalists! Scroll down to view my micro-beaded dog collar necklace entitled ‘Pretty in Poodles‘. Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on my latest bead painting in progress. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!

 

Playing with Tagua Beads

Several months ago, a package of Tagua beads came in the mail from Ecuador! Tagua beads are made from the nut of a palm tree in South America. They can be carved or cut into many different shapes. The Tagua nut’s best known quality is that in its natural state, it looks very much like Ivory, but can be dyed any color of the rainbow. Tagua beads are light weight and eco-friendly!

seed beads peyote stitch tagua nut potato chip bead embroidery etsy

My favourite Tagua beads are called potato chip beads or slices. They are very thin with one hole on the top. I wanted to try using them as a cabochon, so I glued   3 of them to small pieces of Ultrasuede. Then, I beaded around them using peyote-stitch. I used orange and turquoise blue glass seed beads in size 11 and 15.

peyote stitch tagua bead pendant bails cabachon earrings etsy bead embroidery

After I finished beading my bezels, I decided to utilize the holes at the top of the beads by making my own bails. I did this by peyote-stitching a few rows of beads through the hole and the Ultrasuede at the back of the piece. After creating a second beaded link, I was able to attach sterling silver ear wires. For the third pendant, I stitched an 18″ blue spiral rope chain to match.

Tagua potato chip beads necklace earrings set turquoise red etsy bead embroidery

These pieces are very lightweight in comparison to a beaded stone or glass cabachon. If you like big earrings, but don’t like them weighing your ear down, these are perfect! This set is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. You can also find a fabulous selection of Tagua Beads at EcuadorianHands.com. Thanks for looking!

*Please note: I have received the Tagua Beads used in these pieces free of charge from EcuadorianHands.com. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received. 

 

New Black Beaded Pug & Baby Pink Poodle Pins

Who love Pugs? My beaded Pug pins have recently become one of my best sellers on Etsy! My latest one is all black. I used 15/o charlotte seed beads for sparkle, as well as steel gray for contrast. How does he look?

black beaded pug dog pin bead embroidery pendant etsy akc art brooch

Now, this item is available in either black or fawn color. Please specify color when ordering HERE. For those who may be interesting in making your own beaded Pug pin, I am in the middle of writing the pattern & instructions, so please stay tuned:)

beaded black fawn sitting pug etsy bead embroidery pendant brooch beading akc

I have also finished making another baby pink beaded poodle pin. I started beading this miniature poodle at last week’s bead embroidery workshop. I used bubblegum pink 8/o seed beads, as well as ceylon white Delicas.

beaded baby miniature pink poodle pendant etsy bead embroidery brooch

Here’s how it looks as a pendant! Adorable, right? ;) Please click the pics to view more photos on Etsy:)

beaded baby pink poodle dog art pin pendant necklace etsy dog jewelry for humans

Also, if you’d like to check out the latest progress of my semi-beaded Peterbilt semi truck, check out my Facebook page. I will post an update on this blog soon. That’s the news for now. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!

 

‘Pretty in Poodles’ Micro-Beaded Dog Collar

Long time, no post! For those who haven’t been following my beadwork on Facebook, here is my latest creation. A micro-beaded dog collar (or choker necklace) featuring 7 corded poodles in all different colors!

micro beaded corded poodles dog collar necklace beadwork bead embroidery etsy jewelry

Each poodle was created individually by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 beads at a time. The poodles’ hair was made using Czech 1x4mm micro-bugle beads and 13/o charlottes. The hair is long beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it, feeling silky soft! :D

micro beaded corded poodles dog collar necklace bead embroidery beadwork etsy jewelry

After the poodles were beaded, they were then stitched together into the shape of the necklace. Closure is a sterling silver chain & lobster claw clasp. Beadwork measures approx. 10″ x 3″ (25cm wide x 7.7cm tall). Necklace fits 14″ – 16″ (35 – 40cm). Please view the Etsy listing for more details. 

micro beaded corded poodle dog collar necklace choker bead embroidery beadwork etsy jewelry

This is a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece which will not be duplicated. If you are interested in a custom beaded dog collar of a different breed, please contact me through my Etsy shop. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Oodles of Felt Poodles

This week, I began working on something that has been sitting on my worktable for quite awhile – more felt poodles!  :D

felt poodle bead embroidery dog collar beadwork beading etsy jewelry work in progress

 At some point, I realized that beaded poodle possibilities are endless. My plan for this project is to create a ‘dog collar’ (so to speak) featuring 7 beaded poodles.

felt poodle beadwork in progress dog collar etsy jewelry custom wearable art

I started working on the first one, which measures 6cm x 6cm. So far, I have used 4 different shades of gray seed beads in size 11 and 15.

felt poodle bead embroidery seed beads beadwork dog collar etsy jewelry work in progress

Next I will add some beaded fringe.. Just wait ’til you see! :D

>Home from Tucson. Ready for Spring!

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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:)

While I was away, I received a note from Jo at Beads Unlimited UK. Recently, she posted an article about my beadwork on her Bead Barmy blog. Click the screen shot above to check out my new Ceramic Flower choker necklace, now available for sale in my Etsy shop. If you’re like me – tired of the snow & freezing cold weather – think spring! According to Punxsutawney Phil, it’s right around the corner! :D