Boston Bead Company is offering an exclusive bead embroidery workshop with me on Saturday, February 9! Learn how to do basic bead embroidery and peyote stitch while making this hot pink cameo pendant. This project uses size 8 & size 11 Czech glass seed beads, so it is suitable for beginners, although any prior needlework experience you may have had will be helpful.. This 5-hour workshop will be held at the Cambridge, MA store. Please click the pic for more details or register HERE. Hope to see you there!
Tag Archives: craft
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:
Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
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!
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I have been very busy making items for my Etsy shop during the last couple of weeks, but I also found time to write up a quick beading pattern for my Venetian Angel Pin. This piece is quite different from my beaded dogs and city scenes. It was inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy. I saw so many beautiful angels there, and I thought each one should carry a millefiori glass bead!
This piece is suitable for beginning beaders however, I have not gone into depth as far as explaining basic stitches or how to stitch on the backing (for these, I have referred to my basic bead embroidery tutorial). It does include pattern pieces which you can print out, as well as step by step instructions. If you have done some bead embroidery before, and are looking for a fun project to brighten up the winter, this piece is for you. Please note that this item is a PDF file which will be delivered via email – click the pic for more details. I hope this pattern will inspire you to make a beaded angel for a loved one sending them messages of peace, love, and hope for the New Year:)
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:)
I have finally found some time to start working on a larger piece – a beaded semi-truck! This one is inspired by a friend’s photo of a Peterbilt truck spotted at work one day.
I enlarged the photo and used it to cut out many layers of felt in several shapes. The felt foundation measures approx. 10″ x 10″.. I stitched the layers of felt together and began beading an American flag grille using a mix of red, white, & blue seed beads.
Once I finished the flag, I beaded a silver frame around it. I used 11/o Czech glass charlottes, and larger fire-polished beads. It is very sparkly, much like the real truck:)
Now, I am working on the bumper. This area is quite large, so I stitched a variety of metal beads onto the felt. I plan to fill in the spaces with more seed beads. How does it look so far?
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on fun side project – a beaded cheeseburger! :p
This burger was created by stitching size 15/o & 11/o glass seed beads to a felt foundation. I also used bugle beads for the onion, and tiny micro bugle beads for the tomato & pickles! It measures approx. 14cm x 13cm. After all the beadwork was complete, I stitched Ultrasuede to the back as well as 2 Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets. Now its an oversized fridge magnet – the perfect gift for a friend! Perhaps I should make beaded spicy fries and a vanilla shake as well! :p
Just a quick post today to announce a new item in my Etsy shop – a purple beaded Dalmatian pin!
This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt (2-3 beads at a time) using a strong nylon thread. Beads are layered to make her legs & face look dimensional, and her ear actually moves! Several different shades of purple & white seed beads were used, as well as a tiny glass eye for her nose. It measures 2.25″ wide x 1.5″ tall (5.5cm x 3.5cm). This pin can also be created in black & white or brown & white. Please click the pic for more details. What kind of dog should I bead next?
Learn how to make a beaded West Highland White Terrier pin for yourself or for a friend. This is a photographic tutorial which explains the process I use to create my little beaded Westie pins. It is a PDF file which contains 21 pages, 54 color photos, and step-by-step instructions. Recommended for advanced beaders. For personal use only. Please click the pic for more details:)
If you are new to beading and would like to learn basic bead embroidery techniques before purchasing this tutorial, please check out my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial. PDF files are emailed within 24 hours of purchase. If you have any questions about the files, please feel free to ask! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork:)
My Etsy shop has been busy these days! Most recently, I have made a new beaded Papillon pin. Since these dogs are small, they often stand on their hind legs to get closer to their human friends or just to see what’s going on.
For this pin, I first created a sketch based on a photo sent by my customer. My drawing served as template which I used to cut out the felt foundation seen in the photo above. I beaded the entire piece using Japanese size 15 seed beads, 13/o charlottes, and a tiny glass eye for a nose. After the first layer of bead embroidery was complete, I layered beaded fringe on the dog’s ears, tail, and stomach. Finished, this piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. My customer was quite happy with how it turned out. How do you think it looks?
Time to start beading my next order! :O