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
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?
Posted in Boston, exhibits, shops, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Cats, Dogs, Etsy, Facebook, New England, Pet Shop, Prudential, Shopping
Finally something for cat lovers! This week, I worked on a new item – a beaded Blue Persian Cat pin!
For this project, I tried something new – Nicole’s BeadBacking. I discovered this product on Etsy, and decided to give it a shot. It is a little less expensive and it comes in every color of the rainbow. This material is similar to Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but it seems much stiffer. It was easy to cut out the shape of my cat, but when I started beading, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. After working for awhile, it became softer, but still offered the support my beadwork needed. Overall, I think it is much stronger/ tougher than Lacy’s. I really like it a lot!
For my cat, I stitched together several layers of bead backing, then used a combination of size 15 & size 11 glass seed beads in several different shades of blue & gray. I don’t make cats very often, so it was quite a challenge!
After my first layer of beadwork was complete, I layered quite a bit of fringe to accentuate this cat’s long beautiful hair. The fringe actually moves when you touch it, revealing more beadwork beneath. How do you think he looks?
This pin is currently listed for sale on Etsy – you can see more photos there. I really like how this cat turned out – It looks great as a pin, but it really makes a unique pendant! I plan to make him in all different colors!
This week, I began working on a new custom order for my Etsy shop – my first bead embroidered purse! This will be a Victorian-style heart-shaped purse featuring a beaded cat & Scottie dog inspired by a vintage Valentine. ♥
After working on the purse design, I cut out many layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and stitched them altogether. Using 1mm & 2mm glass eyes, I stitched on their noses and eyes. For those who are wondering, I get these at GlassEyesOnline.com. I use the ones which are attached to a long wire. The wire must be cut & poked through the felt then stitched to the back.
Next, I used Japanese size 15/0 seed beads for the heart and the cat. Its not easy to stitch through all the layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but after I completed the cat’s head, it got easier. Once I completed the entire body, I then lazy stitched some tiny crystal 13/0 charlottes over top of the other seed beads to add a little sparkle. This cat is very small – only 3cm x 3cm. The dog is only slightly larger.. I will be beading him next! :O