Since I sold my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ pin so quickly, I decided to bead another Golden Retriever..My family had one of these dogs when I was small. His name was Moosie. He was my best friend and my protector, but that didn’t stop him from eating the ice cream cone right out of my hand! :p
This item was made using tiny size 15 seed beads. I layered beaded fringe to create his long flowing hair, and his beadwoven ear actually moves when you touch it! This item is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the pic to view more photos. What kind of dog or animal shall I bead next? :D
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Tagged akc, Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Strong, Dog, dog jewelry, Etsy, pet gifts, Seed 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!
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.
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.
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.
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Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Ecuador, Etsy, Peyote stitch, Phytelephas, Seed Beads, South America, Ultrasuede
Last week, I made a new beaded dog pin pendant- a Wire Fox Terrier! I have always loved these dogs! This bead embroidery brooch was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. This piece is now available for sale. Please click the pic to view more photos at my Etsy shop:
4cm x 4cm
Also, I am happy to announce that my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ Golden Retriever pin has sold today! A portion of the sale price of this item will be donated to The One Fund aiding the people most affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. I think I will make a new beaded Comfort Dog pin soon!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Dogs, Etsy, Fox Terrier, Golden Retriever, Seed Beads, Wire Fox Terrier
This week, I created a new dog pin to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon Bombings..a beaded Golden Retriever pin. This dog is a comfort dog wearing a blue & yellow ‘Boston Strong‘ vest.
This piece was created by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o glass seed beads to felt. Beads were stitched 2-3 at time using a needle and strong nylon thread. Beadwork was layered to create a unique texture. The dog’s ear was beadwoven, and actually moves when you touch it. The dog’s hair is layered beaded fringe which also adds to the texture & dimension. This wearable art brooch is a one-of-a-kind handmade item and will not be duplicated.
50% of the sale price will be donated to The One Fund Boston - onefundboston.org. We are One Boston. Thanks for looking!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Marathon, charity, Dog, eBay, Golden Retriever, Seed Beads
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:)
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy, Patterns
Tagged Arts, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Delicas, Download, Etsy, Seed bead, Shopping
Last week, I beaded a new doggie pin – a Basset Hound – inspired by a Facebook friend’s dog named Bunjy!
This beaded dog was made by stitching several felt layers onto a piece of stiff beading foundation. I used size 15 seed beads for the entire dog, layering them to accentuate his wrinkles. His ears were made using a freeform peyote stitch technique. They are 2cm long and floppy! Finished piece measures 4cm x 4cm.
This piece can be worn as a pin and a pendant. Click the pics to view more photos in my Etsy shop. What kind of dog should I bead next?
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Tagged Basset Hound, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Facebook, Pets, Peyote stitch, Seed bead
There is a new pair of earrings for sale in my Etsy shop!
Beaded Bichon-Frise doggie face earrings. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and tiny glass doll eyes. They hang on sterling silver fish hooks, but they could also be made as studs..
How do they look?
Posted in animals, beadwork, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beadwork, Bichon-Frise, Dogs, earrings, Etsy, Lucille Ball, Pets, Seed Beads
A new bead embroidery kit is now available for sale on Etsy!
Learn how to make an adorable beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin or pendant! Kit includes a 20-page instruction booklet w/ 52 color photos, 10 packages of 15/o Japanese seed beads, pin pendant finding, felt, beading foundation, Ultrasuede, English beading needle and thread.
This beading kit is being offered for your personal use only. Make a beaded Yorkie for yourself or for a friend. Please visit my Etsy shop for more beading kits and PDF patterns. Happy beading:)
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Dogs, Etsy, handmade, Seed bead, Ultrasuede, Yorkshire Terrier
Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!
This cat was inspired by my friend’s cat named JoJo who lives in London. He is a bicolor cat who looks a lot like Sylvester! I used size Japanese seed beads for the entire piece, layering 15/o charlottes for extra sparkle. This cat’s long hair is beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it. I haven’t made a lot of cats because their nose and eyes are difficult to bead at this scale, but I am really happy with how this one turned out. This piece is now available for sale in my Etsy shop – please click the pic for more photos. How does he look? :D
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, cats, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Cat Jewelry, Cats, Etsy, Jewelry, Kittens, London, Pets, Sylvester