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:)
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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:)
Last week, I finished writing a new beading pattern! Learn how to create an adorable beaded Pug pin or pendant! This beading pattern is a photographic tutorial which explains the step-by-step process which I used to create this piece. You will need size 15/0 seed beads, felt, Ultrasuede, beading needles, thread, and one pin back to complete this piece. PDF file is 16 pages long and includes a 45 color photos, step-by-step instructions, a sketch which you can printed out and use as a template. The pattern is now available for sale on Etsy – you can now download the instructions immediately after purchase! Please visit my Etsy shop or click the pic for more details. Happy beading!
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my first bead embroidery kit is now available for sale on Etsy! Make your own beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin or pendant. Kit includes printed 10-page instruction booklet featuring 24 color photos, Japanese size 15 seed beads in 8 different colors, one pin back, felt, stiff stuff, Ultrasuede, and one size 13 beading needle. Click the photo above for more details. If you are interested in purchasing the PDF pattern only, you will find it HERE. This kit is currently available in a limited quantity. Look for more beading kits in the future!
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!
Last week, I received a new custom order for a beaded Pitbull pin. I was excited about making one since this one was a Blue Nose Pitbull.
After deciding on a photo to use, I worked on a drawing. As you can see the perspective of this dog is much different than my other beaded dogs..
Using my drawing as a template, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. First, I stitched gray 13/o charlottes and white 15/o seed beads. I really like this color, but I wanted to incorporate some blue. So, after finishing the first layer of beadwork, I layered transparent matte blue seed beads over the gray. This piece is heavily beaded now!
When looking at this piece up close on a computer screen, it may look like the dog is striped with blue & gray. BUT in real life, this pin is very small – just 5cm x 5cm- so the eye really blends these 2 colors together when viewing from a distance. It looks much more unique than just a plain gray Pitbull! How do you think he looks?
After much thought, I decided to list this item as Made-to Order in my Etsy shop. Please note color choices when ordering. This piece can be made in black, blue, brown, gray, or red. What kind of dog should I bead next?
Last week, I tried something new! Friends & I took a 4-hr. private lesson in beadmaking at Diablo Glass School here in Boston. We learned how to make lampwork (flame work) beads. What an awesome way to spend the day!
We had a great teacher named Peter who showed us some basic techniques. At first it seemed a bit tricky to melt the glass rod in the torch with one hand and turn the mandrel with the other hand at the same time, but this just takes lots of practice. You also have to remember to keep the glass in the flame to keep it hot, otherwise it can crack right on the mandrel! :/
Here are the first lampwork beads I made. I was bummed the bumpy bead on the right broke in the kiln, because it was perfect when I put it in. I am happy with how the others turned out for my first attempt at working with glass.
I do plan to go back and make more beads. There’s definitely something about working with an open flame that makes you forget all about life’s worries.. And, I now have a greater appreciation for those who choose to make lampwork beads for a living. Working with glass is not easy, as the final product is the result of bit of luck & and a lot of magic!
Also, just a reminder to those in the Boston area, you are invited to join me for an artist reception this Thursday at Boston Bead Company in Harvard Square from 6:30-8pm. Please click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there!
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my latest bead embroidery tutorial is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Learn how to make my cute little beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin/ pendant. You will need Japanese size 15/0 seed beads in 10 different colors, one black fringe (drop) bead for the nose, felt, Ultrasuede, beading needles, Nymo thread, one pin back or pendant finding, glue, and a lot of patience to complete this piece. This tutorial is available as a PDF file which will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase. This PDF file includes: a list of beading supplies needed, a sketch which you can print out and use as a template, 52 color photos & step-by-step instructions, and a list of resources. This piece is suitable for intermediate to advanced beaders. Please click the pic to purchase.
If you are new to the art of bead embroidery, and would like to learn the basic stitches, please check out my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial, also available on Etsy. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork. Happy beading from Boston!