Tag Archives: Jewelry

Custom Beaded Rooster Jewelry

Check out my latest custom order – a beaded rooster brooch! :)

Kauai Hawaii Moa Beaded Rooster Pin Pendant Bird Jewelry beadwork bead embroidery

This one is called a Moa (Hawaiian for chicken) and he lives on the island of Kauai. I created him by stitching tiny Japanese seize 15 seed beads to a felt foundation. I used more than 10 different colors, including blue 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads. I also layered beaded fringe for his feathers to create realism. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.

Beaded rooster chicken Kauai Hawaii state bird beadwork bead embroidery jewelry

6.5cm x 5cm

Something tells me this won’t be the last beaded chicken pin I create..

What do you think? :D

Mexican Beaded Bracelets

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!

Playa del Carmen Royal Haciendas Mexico Yucatan Peninsula Cancun vacation palm tree

I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:

beaded Mexican bracelets beadwork Mexico Playa del Carmen jewelry shopping beads Cancun

Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?

Mexican beaded bracelets beadwork Playa del Carmen jewelry shopping Cancun Mexico

 On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)

Beaded Cat Pin & Small Business Grant Contest

This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads  and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)

beaded ginger orange white cat pin etsy bead embroidery beadwork pin brooch

Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest 2014 The Lone Beader Boston Artist Etsy

If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration! :D

Holiday Deadlines for Custom Beaded Gifts on Etsy

It seems the holiday season is upon us now – at least here in the retail world. Last December, my Etsy shop was VERY busy, especially the week before Christmas. So, this year, I have posted new holiday ordering deadlines to help customers place their gift orders in a timely fashion.

Beaded Jack Russell Terrier sterling silver earrings etsy beadwork beading beads

Beaded Jack Russell Terrier sterling silver post earrings.

For shipping within the USA:

HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: December 7, 2013. This includes all made-to-order items.

For shipping overseas:

HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: November 30, 2013.

Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship. There are no deadlines on Ready-to-Ship items at this time – my advice is to order early to ensure holiday delivery. If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks for looking!

Oodles of Beaded Poodles & Pugs!

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:)

Black beaded poodle pin etsy bead embroidery beadwork seed beads

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.

Beaded Pug dog jewelry earrings etsy beadwork bead embroidery beads

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

 

Custom Beaded American Eskimo Angel Pin

Beading has been keeping me busy! Last week, I received a custom order for a very special beaded dog pin – an American Eskimo Angel.

beaded Native American Eskimo Angel Eskie dog spirit pin etsy beadwork bead embroidery

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!

The Making of a Beaded Maltese

Here’s a sneak peak at how I make my beaded dog pins & pendants:

bead embroidery artist felt dog Maltese shape Shih Tzu etsy beading beadwork

First, I sketch out my design. Then, I cut out Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and a few layers of felt in different shapes. I try to envision my sketch in relief, and I decide on the shapes of felt based on that vision..

bead embroidery Maltese dog pin pendant beadwork beading etsy dog jewelry

Next, I stitch on a little glass nose – for this piece, I used special 2mm glass doll eyes. Then, using tiny Japanese glass seed beads in size 15, I bead the entire piece, following the lines in my sketch.

bead embroidery dog jewelry Maltese pin pendant etsy beadwork beading akc family dog

When the first layer of beadwork is complete, I start another layer of beaded fringe. Long beaded fringe is stitched in between the rows of the first layer of beadwork. This layering adds dimension, realism, and movement to the piece. I also add any additional detailing (such as the beaded pink bow this Maltese is wearing:) and I finish by stitching on an Ultrasuede backing.

beaded Maltese pin pendant necklace akc custom dog jewelry etsy bead embroidery

Bead embroidered Maltese pin/pendant. 3.5cm x 4cm.

The finished Maltese is a unique brooch which can also be worn as a pendant. How do you think it looks? Please click the pic to view more photos of this piece at my Etsy shop.. I think some beaded Maltese earrings are in order next! Please check my Facebook page for all the latest updates. Thanks for looking! :D

Make Your Own Beaded Westie Dog Pin

My latest beading kit is now available for sale on Etsy!

Westie beading kit bead embroidery dog pin etsy beadwork 15 seed beads pattern

Make your own beaded Westie dog pin following my step-by-step instructions. Kit includes: instruction booklet & pattern, size 15 seed beads, swarovski crystal beads, leather cord, felt, stiff stuff, Ultrasuede, needle, and thread. Please click the pics for more details or to purchase on Etsy. Quantities are limited!

Westie bead embroidery kit animal beading pattern seed beads etsy craft

Also, now through Sept. 30, 2013, purchase any beading kit at my Etsy shop, and receive the corresponding PDF pattern for FREE. Happy beading!

 

Vote for your Favourite Bead Dreams Piece!

If you are not able to attend this year’s Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you can still check out the Bead Dreams exhibition online!

Bead Dreams People Choice Award 2013 Bead & Button Show Bead embroidery poodle collar necklace

All this week, you can vote for your favourite Bead Dreams piece.  The piece with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Choice Award ribbon and a $500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems. Please click HERE to view all of the finalists! Scroll down to view my micro-beaded dog collar necklace entitled ‘Pretty in Poodles‘. Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on my latest bead painting in progress. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!

 

New Beaded Black & White Cat Pin

Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!

beaded longhaired sylvester bicolor tuxedo cat bead embroidery etsy brooch pendant

This cat was inspired by my friend’s cat named JoJo who lives in London. He is a bicolor cat who looks a lot like Sylvester! I used size Japanese seed beads for the entire piece, layering 15/o charlottes for extra sparkle. This cat’s long hair is   beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it. I haven’t made a lot of cats because their nose and eyes are difficult to bead at this scale, but I am really happy with how this one turned out. This piece is now available for sale in my Etsy shop – please click the pic for more photos. How does he look? :D