There is a new doggie pin available for sale in my Etsy shop – a Spinone Italiano!
I had not heard of this rare breed until one of my Twitter friends suggested I make one, so here it is! This piece was created by stitching tiny size 15 glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. I used 7 different colors for the first layer of beadwork. Then, using brown thread, I layered clear-glass beaded fringe over top of the other beads to create the dog’s furry legs & ears..
I am really proud of how it turned out! It looks great as a pin, but it can also be worn as a pendant. Please click the pics to view the listing on Etsy. What kind of dog should I bead next?
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Tagged akc, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, dog jewelry, Dogs, Etsy, Italian Spinone, Seed bead, Spinone Italiano, Twitter
Last week, I received a new custom order for a beaded Pitbull pin. I was excited about making one since this one was a Blue Nose Pitbull.
After deciding on a photo to use, I worked on a drawing. As you can see the perspective of this dog is much different than my other beaded dogs..
Using my drawing as a template, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. First, I stitched gray 13/o charlottes and white 15/o seed beads. I really like this color, but I wanted to incorporate some blue. So, after finishing the first layer of beadwork, I layered transparent matte blue seed beads over the gray. This piece is heavily beaded now!
When looking at this piece up close on a computer screen, it may look like the dog is striped with blue & gray. BUT in real life, this pin is very small – just 5cm x 5cm- so the eye really blends these 2 colors together when viewing from a distance. It looks much more unique than just a plain gray Pitbull! How do you think he looks?
After much thought, I decided to list this item as Made-to Order in my Etsy shop. Please note color choices when ordering. This piece can be made in black, blue, brown, gray, or red. What kind of dog should I bead next?
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Dog, Etsy, Pets, Pitbull, Seed bead
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?
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:)
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.
Here’s how it looks as a pendant! Adorable, right? Please click the pics to view more photos on Etsy:)
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!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, dog jewelry, Etsy, Peterbilt, Poodle, Pug, Seed bead, Semi-trailer truck
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
I am proud to say that I am currently finished with all my custom orders. Here’s my latest- three bead- embroidered Keeshond pins! This was my most challenging dog yet. It measures approx. 4cm x 4.5cm. I used at least 10 different colors of size 15 seed beads and 13/0 charlottes. I also stitched tiny wire spectacles and a glass eye for the nose. Quite a bit of beaded fringe is required for this dog. Creating this dog 3 times was quite a challenge, too. I found that its not very easy to duplicate my own beadwork. I think the dog’s faces all look a little different, but I suppose they would in real life.. How do you think they look? I have listed this pet pin as made-to-order in my Etsy shop for anyone who may be interested… Wait til you see what kind of dog I make next!
My Etsy shop has been keeping me busy! Here is a photo of a custom piece I beaded last week – a sitting Papillon dog pin. Papillons are such cute little dogs- they are indeed happy:) This piece measures 2″ x 1.5″ wide (approx 5cm x 4cm). It was made by stitching tiny size 15 glass seed beads and 3 glass eyes (for the eyes and nose) to felt. Several different shades of brown & white seed beads were used, and beaded fringe was layered to add dimension & movement. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant on your favorite necklace chain. It is now listed as made-to-order for anyone who is interested. Back to finishing my 3 beaded Keeshond pins!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Keeshond, Papillon, Pendant, Seed Beads, Shopping
Last week was busy! I created 2 made-to-order dog pins that sold in my Etsy shop! First, I worked on this little Yorkshire Terrier:
Then, I created this beaded West Highland White Terrier (aka. Westie):
If you were to order a beaded doggie pin as a Christmas gift for someone else, which one would you ask me to create?
Over the long holiday weekend, I got a chance to work on a small project for Artbeads.com‘s blogging challenge entitled ‘What’s Old is New Again‘. Artbeads was kind enough to send me a piece of 16g sterling silver half hard wire and some new Toho seed beads! My challenge was to incorporate something old into the design. So, I chose an antique watch face! A few years ago, I picked up a bag full of old watch parts at an antique market in London. I love to use these because, to me, they add a bit of mystery. I always wonder what the watch might have looked like, who wore it, and where they had to be at any given time…
Fairy Tale Flower Pendant (detail). 2.75" (7cm)
For this piece, first I formed a flower shape out of the wire. I stitched the watch face onto a piece of Ultrasuede, and began beading around it. I then used a freeform peyote stitch technique to fill in the flowers’ petals with seed beads. I stitched white beads onto the front of the flower, and a green seed bead mix onto the reverse side. This really adds visual depth to the piece! After I completed the beadwork, I added a brown leather cord. This is definitely one of the more unique art pieces I have ever created. It almost looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland, but not quite.. So, I decided to call it a Fairy Tale Flower Pendant, and I listed it in my Etsy shop. What does it remind you of? :D
Fairy Tale Flower Pedant on Leather Cord
*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
This weekend, I took a break from my large NYC bead-painting to create a custom order for my neighbor. She asked me to create a heart-shaped pin with her name on it to present as a gift for her mother. I suggested a green heart with growing flowers, and this is how it turned out! I used mostly Japanese 15/o seed beads, Czech glass flowers, and some beautiful glass leaves from my bead stash. It measures 1.5″ wide x 2″ long (4cm x 5cm) including the branched fringe. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. I really like how it turned out. I also hope the recipient of the pin enjoys this, and I hope she wears it a lot.. I am now considering making more heart-shaped items for my Etsy shop! But, first, I must clean up all the beads on my work table.. :O
Last night, I was too tired to do bead embroidery, but still felt the need to be creative. So, I used some new Bali Beads
to make a fun, dangly Bali Silver Man
! I used a 12mm Lantern Bead
, a 12mm Circle Rows Bead
, two large fan beads
, small wheels with balls
, and small beads with a dotted center/fluted ends
. Maybe I was also inspired by my journey through the desert, because I felt the need to add some cowboy boots & hands from my bead stash. Now, he’s a robot cowboy! You can purchase this pendant in my Etsy shop
. What would you
have made with these Bali Silver beads?
*Please note: I have received the above items free of charge from Auntie’s Beads. This is my honest review of their products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.