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Bead Netted Chapel

Bead embroidery St Basil's Cathedral Russian beadwork beaded contemporary art progress

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:)

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!


New Poodle Beading Pattern for Beginners

beaded pink gray miniature poodle bead embroidery pattern pdf file etsy

A new beading pattern is now available for download at my Etsy shop! Make a cute beaded poodle pin or pendant using size 8 and size 11 Delica seed beads. Learn to work with felt layers using the backstitch & stop stitch techniques. Eight-page PDF file includes: list of beading supplies, sketches which you can print out and use as a template, 24 color photos & step-by-step instructions. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders. Try making one in every color of the rainbow:) Please click the pic for more details. That’s the news for now. Back to beading:)

Featured Bead Artist in Beadwork Magazine: March 2013

Beadwork Magazine Feb. March 2013 Beadwork Bead Artist Page The Lone Beader

Today, I am thrilled to announce that I am the featured Bead Artist in the Feb/March issue of Beadwork Magazine!  I am very grateful for this opportunity! If you do not have a subscription, the digital edition is also available for purchase at the Interweave Store. Here’s a peek at the article:

Beading Daily Bead Artist Beadwork Magazine Feature Diana Grygo Interview The Lone Beader Boston Cambridge

Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Felt Corgi Dogs Ready to Bead!

This weekend, I prepared some felt Corgi shapes for an bead embroidery workshop. Cutting out the felt for my little dogs is a lot of work in itself! And, after cutting out the pieces, I stitch them all together & attach tiny glass eyes and noses. I think that preparing the felt foundations ahead of time will make it easier for beginning beaders..

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 If you are interested in making a beaded Corgi pin or pendant, there are still a few spots left. This one-time workshop is scheduled to take place on Sunday January 27 from 10am-3pm. Please check Boston Bead Company’s website  for details! Thanks for your interest! :D

My First Beading Class!

Yesterday’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company was great! I thought I would be nervous, (since the class sold out AND it was my first time teaching) but I really wasn’t nervous at all. I came prepared with felt poodle forms for everyone to bead, as well as several examples which were partially beaded to show each section as we worked. The shop manager (who also took the class) said my examples helped a lot!

boston bead company beading workshop beaded pink poodle pin pendant etsy

For me, it was interesting to see the differences in everyone’s skill level and their approach to learning. One student had already taken several classes from some of my fav. bead artists. One was taking notes as I explained things to her, and one was determined to finish her piece no matter what! Overall it was a very good experience. Two of my students actually finished their pieces within the allotted time, and the others left feeling inspired to keep beading! I have a feeling there will be more bead embroidery classes in the future:)

My Bead Embroidery Tutorial, Tried & True!

I am so thrilled – one of my customers in the UK made her own beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin by following my tutorial! Then, she blogged about her experience! I am very impressed with her perseverance in this project – she told me she had only tried bead embroidery once before.. Please click the pic below to take a peek. I think she did a wonderful job! :)

beaded Jack Russell pin brooch bead embroidery tutorial for sale on etsy

My Jack Russell bead embroidery tutorial is available for sale at my Etsy shop. I hope you’re inspired to try making your own little beaded Rudy:)

Lazy Stitch Forehead

Lazy Stitch beadwork beaded portrait face seed beads eyeglass lenses pop relief

This week, I’ve been busy beading. I worked on my beaded portrait a little more. Using the lazy-stitch technique, I stitched red, orange, and blue seed beads onto the forehead, nose, and lips. I’m not sure it looks like my original drawing yet, but I do plan to layer more colors over each other as I continue to bead.. How do you think it looks so far?

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In addition to beading my portrait, I also made 3 new pairs of beaded ‘Washer Blossom’ earrings which I listed in the Jewelry section of my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek! :D

South Shore Art Center’s 56th Arts Festival!

South Shore Arts Center 56th Arts Festival Cohasset Common South Shore Boston

Mark your calendars! I will be showing one of my largest bead -paintings, Gasoline District (featuring my beaded Boston Trolley), at the South Shore Art Center’s 56th Arts Festival! You are cordially invited to attend! :)

Beaded Boston Trolley. South Shore Arts Center. 56th Arts Festival. Cohasset Common Boston MA.

'Gasoline District' by The Lone Beader. Bead embroidery on canvas. 24" x 48".

The event takes place on Cohasset Common in Cohasset, MA from Friday, June 17, 2011 – Sunday, June 19, 2011. The festival features juried art exhibitions, fine art, crafts, music, and food. Hours are listed below. Click HERE to see this location on a map. Also see the official web page for more details. If you will be on Boston’s South Shore during Father’s Day Weekend, I hope you’ll stop by! :)  

South Shore Art Center 56th Arts Festival Cohasset Common South Shore Boston MA

>Too Pink or Not Too Pink


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Semi-beaded Abigail Adams portrait. 12″ x 12″. Beadwork in progress. 

Yesterday I was brave. Even though I’m not quite finished with the bead embroidery portion of this piece, I took out a brand new paintbrush, and a new tube of hot pink acrylic paint. I painted an entire 12″ square canvas pink! One thing I learned while doing this was that painting just one colour is almost as difficult as it is to paint with many colours!

But, why pink? The exhibition I am participating in is called Abigail in Perspective. I didn’t know much about Abigail Adams, so I began to do a little research. For a woman who lived in the late 1700’s, she was very ahead of her time. While she did learn domestic skills such as sewing, fine needlework, and cooking, she also spent much time in her father’s library reading subjects that women weren’t supposed to read (such as philosophy, history, and poetry). She also opposed slavery and she believed in equal education for boys and girls. By practicing these beliefs, it’s no wonder she was both wife and mother of two U.S. Presidents!

Knowing all of these things, I began to envision Abigail Adams in a more contemporary light. I chose this pink because it is bold, moderne, and feminine – all of which describes Abigail perfectly. What do you think about pink? :D