The Lone Beader @ Newbury Handmade Market

Dear friends, mark your calendars! I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating at Newbury Handmade Market this summer. I will be selling beaded doggie pins, pendants, bead embroidery kits, and art for one week at Newbury Handmade Market in Boston, MA. Newbury Handmade Market is an independently-organized showcase of local Etsy artists, returning to Newbury Street for its second year running!

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Stop by and say hello July 11-17, 2014!

Please stop by 301 Newbury Street to say hello July 11-17, 2014. The shop will be open daily from 11am- 7pm. Please click the pic for more details. Until then, I will be busy creating new items for the event. Check out my Facebook page to see what I’m beading! Also, please  join this event on Facebook to help spread the word! I hope to see you there! :D

Make a Beaded Maltese Pin or Pendant

A new beading pattern is now available for sale in my Etsy shop!

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Make your own beaded Maltese dog pin or pendant. This 14-page PDF file includes a printable pattern, 34 color photos, and step-by-step instructions. This piece is suitable for Intermediate beaders. Please click the photo above for more details. You know you want to make one! ;)

If you would like to learn basic bead embroidery stitches before you make your beaded Maltese, please check out my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial. Happy beading from Boston! :D

Beginning to Bead a Felt Kremlin

This week, I had a chance to work on my bead-embroidered Russian painting.. I am working on a small section which will be the door just below the Kremlin clock tower.

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I have used all kinds of beads: cubes, bugle beads, hex cuts, Tilas, and 11/o and 8/o seed beads so far.. If I had known about Half-Tila beads, I probably would have used some… Oh well, maybe next time.. :(

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This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.

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I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think?  :O

beadwork Kremlin Moscow Russia felt bead embroidery beading painting art16″ x 17″

Please find me on Facebook for all the latest updates!

Custom Beaded Rooster Jewelry

Check out my latest custom order – a beaded rooster brooch! :)

Kauai Hawaii Moa Beaded Rooster Pin Pendant Bird Jewelry beadwork bead embroidery

This one is called a Moa (Hawaiian for chicken) and he lives on the island of Kauai. I created him by stitching tiny Japanese seize 15 seed beads to a felt foundation. I used more than 10 different colors, including blue 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads. I also layered beaded fringe for his feathers to create realism. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.

Beaded rooster chicken Kauai Hawaii state bird beadwork bead embroidery jewelry

6.5cm x 5cm

Something tells me this won’t be the last beaded chicken pin I create..

What do you think? :D

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″

Please check my Facebook page for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

New Purple Poodle Beading Kit

Make your own purple beaded Toy Poodle pin or pendant with my new extreme bead embroidery kit. Now available for sale on Etsy!

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This kit includes:

Printed instruction booklet (8 pages, 24 color photos).
Cut-out template.
Japanese seed beads in 4 different colors.
Pin/ pendant finding.
Gray Felt.
Purple stiff beading foundation.
Purple Ultrasuede.
(1) size 12 English beading needle.
Purple Size B Nymo beading thread.

You will also need embroidery scissors, a fine point marker, and E-6000 glue. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders:)

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Please click the pics to view this listing on Etsy. Supplies are limited, so get one while you can. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern only, you will find it HERE. Make one for yourself or as a gift for a friend. Happy beading! :)

Beaded Spring Chicken

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This week, I finished a new commissioned painting featuring  a beaded Wyandotte chicken! This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery stitched to a painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass seed beads of all sizes. I also used Magatamas and Czech dagger beads. This bird’s feathers really move when you touch them! This piece is a small work measuring just 8″ x 8″..  My next project will be a custom beaded chicken pin.. Who knew chickens were so popular? :)

Mexican Beaded Bracelets

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!

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I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:

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Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?

Mexican beaded bracelets beadwork Playa del Carmen jewelry shopping Cancun Mexico

 On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)

The Making of a Beaded Rooster..

During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!

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I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red &  yellow.

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Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!

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Alternating between Magatamas and size 15’s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think? :D

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After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..

Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the  Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek! 

Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! :D

Beaded Cat Pin & Small Business Grant Contest

This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads  and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)

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Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest 2014 The Lone Beader Boston Artist Etsy

If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration! :D