Here is the latest progress on my bead painting. Yesterday, I finished beading the 6th small chapel which surrounds my felt Russian cathedral. I am using all different sorts of glass seed beads as well as tanzanite Swarovski crystal bicones. (Can you see them?) Beads are stitched to the felt using needle and thread.
Bead embroidery in progress. 10″ x 13″.
Currently, the chapels are still independent pieces of beadwork which will eventually be stitched to the bottom layer of felt. I also just ordered custom sterling silver crosses to stitch to the top of the onion domes. Can’t wait to receive them.. How does it look so far? Please check Facebook or Twitter for my next update:) Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, fiber art, Moscow, Russia
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Chapel, Facebook, Fiber Art, Onion dome, Russian language, Seed bead, Swarovski
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
I have been very busy lately! Recently, I started working on a new bead painting. This piece will be a city scene inspired by a photo I took while visiting Moscow.
First, I enlarged one of the photos I took and cut out the image of St. Basil’s Cathedral. I used it as a template to create felt shapes which outline the architecture of the building. Then, I cut out more shapes, and stitched them together, creating a felt foundation for my subject (shown below).
Next, I began stitching beads to the felt.. So far, I am using mostly gray and white beads for this piece. Some are Czech or Japanese seed beads, some are vintage beads, and some are gemstones (such as Ocean Jasper)..
I plan to use many different types of beads for visual interest and to represent the beauty of the cathedral itself.
So far, I have completed 2 sections of this piece, with the exception of the spires which I will work on at a later date. How does it look?
Due to the size and complexity of this subject, I think its safe to say I will be beading for awhile.. Please follow my Facebook page for the latest updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead embroidery, fiber art, mixed media, Moscow
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Etsy, Facebook, Mixed media, Moscow, Russia, Travel
Last week, I beaded a new doggie pin – a Basset Hound – inspired by a Facebook friend’s dog named Bunjy!
This beaded dog was made by stitching several felt layers onto a piece of stiff beading foundation. I used size 15 seed beads for the entire dog, layering them to accentuate his wrinkles. His ears were made using a freeform peyote stitch technique. They are 2cm long and floppy! Finished piece measures 4cm x 4cm.
This piece can be worn as a pin and a pendant. Click the pics to view more photos in my Etsy shop. What kind of dog should I bead next?
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy
Tagged Basset Hound, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Facebook, Pets, Peyote stitch, Seed bead
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
Here’s an update on the progress of my beaded Peterbilt semi- truck. After beading the American flag grill, headlights, and cab, I created two beaded lights using 12-gauge precious metal wire. I stitched a ball of felt to the ends of them, and bead embroidered orange Delicas around the felt. I wasn’t sure this would work at first, but it turned out kinda cool!
And, even though working with wire is not my forté, somehow I managed to create 2 side view mirrors by stitching liquid silver bugle beads to precious metal wire.
Currently, the truck consists of 4 pieces of beadwork + 2 wire lights. Nothing will be stitched together until all of the pieces have been created.
I still need to add some lights on top of the cab, as well as a beaded doggie passenger:) How does it look so far?
27cm x 27cm x 5cm
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on holiday orders for my Etsy shop. Please note: ALL CHRISTMAS ORDERS for custom beaded dog pins or made-to-order items MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 14 to guarantee delivery, though I will make every attempt to ship orders placed after this date in a timely fashion.
To kick off the holiday shopping season, I will be running a special sale on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday. All items in the Clearance Section of my shop will be an additional 25% off the marked price for 2 days only beginning on Thursday, November 22, 2012 beginning at 12am EST. Please watch my Facebook page for an additional coupon code to receive Free Shipping all weekend long! Remember, November 24 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small & local businesses! Thank you for your support. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, business, etsy, fiber art, holiday, trucks
Tagged beading, Beadwork, coupon code, Etsy, Facebook, Peterbilt, SALE, Semi-trailer truck, Thanksgiving, USA
Long time, no post! For those who haven’t been following my beadwork on Facebook, here is my latest creation. A micro-beaded dog collar (or choker necklace) featuring 7 corded poodles in all different colors!
Each poodle was created individually by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 beads at a time. The poodles’ hair was made using Czech 1x4mm micro-bugle beads and 13/o charlottes. The hair is long beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it, feeling silky soft!
After the poodles were beaded, they were then stitched together into the shape of the necklace. Closure is a sterling silver chain & lobster claw clasp. Beadwork measures approx. 10″ x 3″ (25cm wide x 7.7cm tall). Necklace fits 14″ – 16″ (35 – 40cm). Please view the Etsy listing for more details.
This is a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece which will not be duplicated. If you are interested in a custom beaded dog collar of a different breed, please contact me through my Etsy shop. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in dogs, etsy, jewelry, necklaces
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Facebook, Jewelry, Pink, Poodle, Purple, Seed Beads
This week, a Facebook friend suggested that I make a beaded American Eskimo Dog pin and I was up for the challenge!
First, I traced my sketch onto a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I don’t usually use Lacy’s, but I have begun to use it for the first layer of my beading foundation when working on something very small & detailed. I actually prefer to use felt because it’s easier to manipulate, but for details, such as the tiny legs on this dog, Lacy’s is easier to cut to shape. Then, I cut a few more layers of felt and stitched them altogether.
Next, I stitched a tiny glass taxidermy eye for the nose. Then, I stitched tiny size 15 Japanese glass seed beads to the foundation. I always start with the face, as that is the most difficult part. It gets easier from there, but still time-consuming!
As you can see, this requires quite a lot of stitches using needle and thread in a very small space (3cm x 4cm)! After I completed the first layer of beadwork, I stitched on a layer of beaded fringe (over the other seed beads) to add movement and realism to this tiny canine. Then, I stitched eye pins to the backs of the legs for added support. When the process was complete, I added an Ultrasuede backing.
This piece is now listed for sale on Etsy. You can see detailed photos by clicking the photo above. How do you think it looks? What kind of dog should I bead next?
This week, I am running a big holiday sale on Etsy (powered by Etsy on Sale). All ready-to-ship beaded dog pins & pendants are now 10% off regular price now through December 24. Also, get FREE SHIPPING this week only by entering coupon code SHIP2ME at checkout. I don’t run sales like this very often, so take advantage while you can!
To check out the current progress of the beaded portrait I’m working on, please stop by my Facebook page. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork:)