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
Before I went to Venice
& the island of Murano
, I was warned that real Murano glass
beads are hard to find. I also read that many shops were selling imported beads from China which were labeled as Venetian or Murano-style
glass beads. But, I wanted to go see for myself. After about a day or so, I located a bead shop which was not far from my hotel on the main island of Venice.
The above shop, Perle e Dintorni
, is not far from Campo San Stefano
. I spoke with the store clerk who pointed out which beads were Murano glass and which beads weren’t. Beads in jars along the back of the store were Venetian or Murano glass, and strands in the windows came from Czech Republic, France, Germany, or Africa. Materials included glass, paper, stone, or wood. Most prices were per bead, but there was also a mixed selection of beads which were sold by weight. This shop was lovely. I bought a few beads there, but I really wanted to wait until I went to Murano.
Bead shopping on Murano was tough at first. Most shops on the island only sell artist-made Murano glass beaded jewelry, but I wanted to find loose beads! I asked around on the island, but I found it best to just look in every shop. I quickly learned that many jewelry shops also had a drawer or two filled with loose pendants & beads. Many of these shops also had signs up which stated that they did not
sell Chinese beads. Then, finally, just around the corner from the Glass Museum, I found a shop which was lined from top to bottom with containers full of Murano glass beads!
Large & small, beads are priced per piece. Given the exchange rate, many of these beads are quite expensive, but they are genuinely beautiful. Here, I marveled at all of the large beads, but I bought mostly small ones that I could use in my bead embroidery projects.
Back on the main island, I noticed the same thing. Many small jewelry shops also sold a few loose beads and pendants. I also found one shop near the Accademia Bridge
which sold jewelry made from antique mille fiori
glass beads, but these pieces were quite pricey! And then there were shops which showed off their collection of antique Murano glass beads, but stated that they were not for sale. :(
Since I spent almost 2 weeks in Venice, I had time to shop. Here are some of the beads I brought home. Do they look like Venetian or Murano glass beads to you
Bead shopping in Venice is a bit like going on a treasure hunt. It’s fun & exciting to wander the skinny streets along the canals looking for beads. When you do
find a bead shop, buy the beads you like then, because you may never find your way back! I may not find my
way back to the same shops, but I will
find my way back to Venice, because the bead shopping experience there is like none other! =:D
On my third day in Venice, Italy, I finally took the vaporetto
to the Glass Island of Murano
. Murano is actually a group of islands adjoined by bridges. It is about 30 minutes away from the main island of Venice.
Murano is known for the beautiful glass objects & beads that have been made there for centuries. I went there to see demonstrations of glass being made and to learn a little more about the history of Venetian glassmaking, so the first place I went was to the Murano Glass Museum
. Since photography was not really allowed, here is just a sneak peek inside the museum.
Please click the pics to enlarge…