I have been invited to do an art festival in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA!! This will be my first festival and I will admit that I am a little nervous about it. There is so much to plan for, and I don’t really have much time or space to do it.. This week, I am revamping my booth design just a bit as well as figuring out the best way to windproof my displays all while doing it on a limited budget. It looks like the weather may cooperate, but in New England, anything could happen. If you have any tips or suggestions for a newbie, please leave them in the comments below..
Anyways, it sounds like it will be a fun event. There will be many artists and crafters showcasing their works, as well as locally grown products, concerts in the park, and a beer garden! If you happen to be north of Boston on Saturday, August 3, please stop by and say hello! (Click the pic above for more info:) I will do my best to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there!
Posted in Boston, exhibits, shows
Tagged art, Art exhibition, Arts festival, beading, Beadwork, Boston, crafts, Etsy, Event, Facebook, New England
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
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, Boston, dogs, etsy
Tagged akc, Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Strong, Dog, dog jewelry, Etsy, pet gifts, Seed Beads
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!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, Boston, dogs, etsy
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!
Posted in Boston, charity, dogs, ebay
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Marathon, charity, Dog, eBay, Golden Retriever, Seed Beads
Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.
This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)
This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!! :D
Posted in bead embroidery, Boston, dogs, fiber art, painting, trucks
Tagged American, Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Boston, Dogs, Fiber Art, Mixed media, Theatre, USA
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..
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
Posted in bead embroidery, bead shops, beading class, Boston, dogs
Tagged Arts, Bead, Beadwork, Boston, craft, Jewelry, Salem Massachusetts, Seed bead
Happy New Year! So far, 2013 brings shiny new beading opportunities! I will be teaching a special bead embroidery workshop later this month at Boston Bead Company in Salem, MA . We will be making a new beaded Corgi dog pin using Czech size 11 seed beads & Delicas.
The workshop will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Skill level is INTERMEDIATE, so any prior embroidery/ needlework experience you may have had will be helpful. Class size is limited to 6 – you may sign up HERE. Boston Bead Company is located at 10 Front Street, Salem, MA 01970. Hope to see you there! :)
Posted in bead embroidery, beading class, Boston, dogs
Tagged Bead embroidery, Bead Shop, Beadwork, Boston, Front Street, Jewelry, Salem, Seed Beads, workshop
Finally, some great photos of my first show to share with you, courtesy of Dog Breath Photography! These photos were taken on Saturday at Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.
I only had one table which measured 6′ x 30″ and since it was a pet related show, I chose to bring only my pet pins, jewelry, and a few small artworks. I also added extra lighting and a mirror for anyone interested in taking a closer look at my beaded doggie pins.
My pins were displayed on felt covered canvases which sat on tabletop easels. I really like how this elevated the display and made it easier for people to check out my beadwork. And, I got some great pendant displays to show their versatility.
I displayed my beaded fire truck on top of a fabric-covered shelf which stood about 1-foot higher than the rest of my items. This really added visual interest to my table.
And, my beaded motorcycle was a big hit with the kids! They couldn’t believe it was made out of beads!
Overall, this show was a great experience for me. It was small enough that I wasn’t stressed, and the audience was a very focused group, so they were interested in my items. Most attendees stopped by my table. I did sell a couple of pieces, but more importantly, many people asked about custom orders, and took my business card.
The best part was meeting a little girl who was very interested in learning how to make a beaded doggie pin. I hope she will be able to take a class with me someday! As for any future shows, well.. we’ll see what happens. It’s definitely a risk, and there is a lot of preparation involved, but it is a lot of fun to meet people who might not otherwise learn about my work! :D
Posted in beadwork, Boston, cats, dogs, etsy, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Sheraton Hotel, crafts, Etsy, Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012, Pets, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
I am excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in the Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 show! The show takes place this Saturday, December 8 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (at Prudential Center) from 12pm-6pm. This show is sponsored by Cityside Subaru and will feature over a dozen carefully selected pet vendors from throughout New England. You will be able to view my beaded doggie designs as well as a select number of my beaded artworks, all of which will be available for sale. Please check the event page to learn about all of the vendors, as well as special guest, Lilly the Hero Pit Bull. :)
This will be my first show on rather short notice, so I have been running around like crazy trying to prepare. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I used what I had around the house to create a display for my beaded pet pins. I simply covered a canvas with felt and displayed it on a tabletop easel. I can now attach my pins and pendants to the felt using U-pins. It’s a simple idea, but I think it will serve its purpose for a one-day show. What do you think?
I will also be offering one of my latest designs at next week’s show – a new beaded Labradoodle pin! I used size 11 & 15 seed beads to created this piece. Beadwork is layered on the dog’s head & ears to create more dimension. I posted a photo of this on my Facebook page, and learned that this piece could actually pass for several different dog breeds. What kind of dog does it look like to you? :D
Posted in Boston, exhibits, shops, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Cats, Dogs, Etsy, Facebook, New England, Pet Shop, Prudential, Shopping
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!
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:)
Posted in bead embroidery, bead shops, beading class, dogs
Tagged Arts, Bead, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Cambridge Massachusetts, craft, Harvard Square, Seed bead