During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!
I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red & yellow.
Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!
Alternating between Magatamas and size 15′s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think?
After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..
Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek!
And, just a reminder – there is still time to vote for my Etsy shop in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest! You can vote for your favorite business once per day until February 23.. Please view my profile HERE. Thank you for your support! Back to beading!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, beads, painting
Tagged animals, Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, birds, chicken, Etsy, Fiber Art, Small business, Street art
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
Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.
This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)
This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!!
Posted in bead embroidery, Boston, dogs, fiber art, painting, trucks
Tagged American, Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Boston, Dogs, Fiber Art, Mixed media, Theatre, USA
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
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!
Today, I think I finally finished the beadwork for the portrait (of my friend, the optometrist) I’ve been working on! I stitched silver bugle beads around my recycled eyeglass lenses to create frames. Then, I stitched gray, brown, and gold twisted bugle beads for hair. So far, it measures 9″ x 7.5″. I think its a pretty close rendition of my original sketch! Now, the next step is to mount it to a canvas somehow… How do you think it looks? 8)
This week, I’ve been busy working on my beaded portrait. This piece is slowly coming together. I am lazy-stitching size 11 Czech glass seed beads to felt using Nymo thread. I am using a lot of red beads, but I plan to layer orange, blue, green, and yellows over each other. I also plan to make beaded eyeglass frames around the recycled eyeglass lenses. I’m looking forward to that challenge! Also, take note of how curvy my beading needle is.. How much longer do you think it will last? :O
In addition to doing beadwork, I have also begun writing a new bead embroidery tutorial which will contain step-by-step instructions on how to make one of my beaded dog pins. I hope to release it later this month! And, to those who may be interested, my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. That’s the news for now. Back to beading!
A couple of days ago, I completed the bead embroidery for my 4th beaded NYC taxi cab. I used a number of larger seed beads for this one, including Magatamas, and Czech crystal rounds. This car really sparkles in traffic! Finally, I think all the beaded components for my Radio City Music Hall painting are complete. Next, I need to stitch them altogether, and start working on a painted canvas! I still have quite a bit of work to do! :O
Also, I am thrilled to announce that I now have a new website! I feel very accomplished because I redesigned this site myself using iWeb. I think this one shares a little more information about me, as well as more photos of my beadwork! I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek: http://thelonebeader.com/
Thank you for your interest!
Posted in NYC, Radio City, vehicles
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Fiber Art, New York City, Radio City Music Hall, Seed bead, Taxicab, Taxicabs of New York City, web design
Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).
Finally some more progress on my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. I started beading a 3rd yellow taxi cab. This one is slightly larger than the last. To make this car look a little different from the others, I used long black twisted bugle beads, red round faceted Czech glass beads, and a mix of pink & purple-ish seed beads on the tail end of the car. I have also begun to use some yellow Magatamas! Just wait ’til it’s finished!
Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt. 13" x 4" (33cm x 10cm).
As I was beading the 2nd taxi cab for my Radio City Music Hall painting, I realized that today, my blog has turned 5 years old! Those 5 years seem to have passed by in a New York Minute! (Check the archives to see for yourself..) Special thanks to anyone who has read my blog for that long! And, if you have just begun to follow my blog, it’s your lucky day! To celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away a free PDF copy of my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial. (This tutorial is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop.) Please leave a comment on this blog post, and I will randomly choose one lucky winner on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you! Again, thank you so much for your interest in my beadwork. Here’s to another 5 years.. Back to beading! :O