There is a new beaded poodle available for sale in my Etsy shop! This is a tiny black bead-embroidered poodle which was made with size 11 and size 15 seed beads. This piece can be worn as a pin or a pendant. This design can also be made in your favourite color upon request:)
I have also created new beaded Pug earrings! These are very tiny. They were made with size 15 seed beads and sterling silver fish hooks. These earrings were made in a freeform peyote stitch technique – they actually move when you touch them. This pair of earrings sold VERY quickly. Currently, they are listed on Etsy as made-to-order. Please click the pics for more details.
These items will make the perfect gifts for the dog lover in your life. Order early and beat the holiday rush.. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, pendants
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, Dogs, Earring, Etsy, Jewelry, Poodle, Pug, Seed bead, Shopping
This has been a long time coming, but I am finally beginning to venture into the world of Youtube. For my first presentation, I created a slideshow which takes a quick look at my beading patterns and kits. Please like, share, or comment if you have a moment.. Thanks for watching!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, Etsy, Seed Beads, Supplies, Video, Youtube
Beading has been keeping me busy! Last week, I received a custom order for a very special beaded dog pin – an American Eskimo Angel.
I created this unique Eskie brooch using 11/o and 15/o seed beads, as well as tiny 13/o charlottes in several different whites. I created the dog’s head first, then the wings. I stitched both pieces of beadwork together once everything was complete. The most difficult part was stitching the tiny fringe on the dog’s mane – I had to use pliers to pull the needle through the beads! I think the results are worth the effort.. It sort of looks like Native American bead embroidery to me. What do you think? I believe the spirit of this beautiful dog will now live on forever:)
Please check out more progress photos on my Facebook page. If you are interested in a custom beaded angel pin in memory of your favourite dog, please contact me through my Etsy shop. Custom orders will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy
Tagged akc, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, dog jewelry, eskie, Etsy, Jewelry, Native American
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!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, beadweaving, Beadwork, Boston artist, Cambridge Massachusetts, craft, Jewelry, Peyote stitch, Seed bead, workshop
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!
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Tagged Arts, Bead embroidery, beading, Beading Daily, Beadwork, Beadwork Magazine, craft, Etsy, Interview, Seed Beads
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!
Posted in bead embroidery, bead shops, beading class, Boston, dogs
Tagged Arts, Bead, Beadwork, Boston, craft, Jewelry, Salem Massachusetts, Seed bead
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:)
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Catholic, Christmas and holiday season, Church, craft, Etsy, Italian, Murano, New Year, Religion, Venice
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:)
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Tagged Arts, Bead, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Cambridge Massachusetts, craft, Harvard Square, Seed bead
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?
Posted in bead embroidery, cars, fiber art, trucks
Tagged American, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, Etsy, Fiber Art, Peterbilt, Seed bead, truck
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
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, fiber art, pop art
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, burger king, craft, Etsy, fast food, food, kitchen, pop art