Category Archives: necklaces

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!

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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.

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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 Thanks for looking!

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



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

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:)

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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!


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

>New Jewelry, New Book Giveaway


Aside from my beaded Radio City Music Hall, I have a few other other small projects to work on, and even more swirling around in my mind! Over the weekend, I worked on my Etsy shop. I completed a new pair of dangly earrings which feature real carob leaves that have been plated in copper. These match the Falling Leaves copper freeform beaded necklace & bracelet also listed for sale in my Etsy shop. How do they look? 

You’ll also notice that I listed a beaded Snowflake Lace choker in my shop. This piece is actually one of my early works. Each snowflake was woven one at a time,  then woven together to create the finished piece. This was created entirely from tiny glass seed beads & nylon thread. The snowflakes are soft & pliable, but very elegant nonetheless. Perfect for any Ice Queen or beautiful young Snow Princess! Click the pic to view the listing. I also listed my beaded Boston trolley painting, Gasoline District. You can view that listing HEREDon’t forget, there is 10%-off coupon code (posted on the sidebar of my blog) which can be used at my Etsy shop through the end of the year. In addition, layaway plans will be accepted for items priced over $200. Thanks for looking! 

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Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for, I have a new Lark Books giveaway to announce. This week, one lucky reader will win a brand new copy of 500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art (500 Series) by Ray Hemachandra. This beautiful softcover book features a diverse collection of handmade Jewish ritual art pieces which reflect a wide range of materials, object types, and techniques, including beadwork! If you are interested in contemporary Judaica, this book is a must-have! 

To enter to win:

*Please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, December 18, 2010.

*Please leave your email address in your comment, or make sure your email address is posted on your Blogger profile so that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner. Entries without email addresses will not be eligible.

*To enter more than once:

Please post the news about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your own blog by clicking the Share button at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to let me know where you have posted the news in your comment on this blog post!

*One winner will be randomly chosen & notified on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Thanks for your interest, and good luck! :)

*Please note: I have received the above book free of charge from Lark Books. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Falling Leaves Freeform Beaded Necklace


My latest freeform beaded necklace is finally finished! Inspired by the colors of fall!

falling leaves colors of autumn beaded necklace peyote thelonebeader copper

 I have been working on this piece off and on for the past few weeks. This necklace features green & amber Toho seed bead mixes & copper leaf links from The leaves are actually real carob leaves that have been plated in copper! Each leaf is completely unique! 

falling leaves colors of autumn beaded necklace peyote thelonebeader copper

This necklace is very elegant and comfortable to wear! You can see more photos at my Etsy shop where this necklace is available for sale. I do have a few of these copper leaves left, so I think I’ll make a matching bracelet and earrings next! :D

falling leaves colors of autumn beaded necklace peyote thelonebeader copper

*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Fall Freeform Peyote Stitch


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I’m still trying to figure out how I want to finish my beaded self portrait. While I think about that, I think I’ll spend the rest of the long weekend working on my freeform beaded necklace. Now that the fall season is in full swing, real copper leaves are falling! What will you be working on? :D