Dear friends, I am currently running a big New Year Sale on Etsy! All ready-to-ship beaded dog pins, jewelry, bead art, beading kits and patterns will be 15%-off now through January 4, 2015! No coupon code needed! Click the screenshot below to shop:
Tag Archives: Pets
My Etsy shop has been very busy lately! Last week, I received an order for two beaded Black & Tan Dachshund pins. Here is a photo of my design:
I used Japanese size 15 Charlottes, so this piece really sparkles! It’s difficult to photograph, but the dog’s ear is floppy and really moves when you touch it. I also strung seed beads onto a thin sterling silver wire for the tail! This design is now available for sale in my Etsy shop :)
Also, this week, I finished a new custom order – a beaded Australian Cattle Dog pin pendant! My customer emailed me a photo which I used to create a template. I then cut out a felt foundation which I used to stitch seed beads to.. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads for the entire piece except the eyes. For those, I used size 11 seed beads and tiny 1mm glass doll eyes. To finish the piece, I added a thin sterling silver chain for the collar. Do you like it?
This Australian Cattle Dog design will not be available for sale in my shop, however, I would be more than happy to create a custom beaded pin, pendant, or framed portrait of your pet based on one of your favorite photos! These items make great holiday gifts; they are cherished keepsakes which will be treasured for many years to come. Please visit my Etsy shop for more details regarding custom orders. Thank you for your interest!
Dear friends, this week I received a new delivery of seed beads, so I put together ‘Beads Only’ packages for use with my Yorkshire Terrier beading pattern. Each package contains all 10 colors of Japanese size 15 seed beads needed to complete a beaded Yorkie pin or pendant. Please view this Etsy listing to order.
Also this week, I finished making a custom beaded Tibetan Terrier pin pendant. This piece is a one-of a-kind work of art! You can view progress photos of this piece on my Facebook page. If you are interested in a custom beaded pet pin or pendant, please contact me through my website or my Etsy shop.
And to anyone who is interested in custom framed beaded pet portraits, I will be offering this option in my shop very soon. Please contact me for details. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading:)
In the past week, I have noticed a significant increase in traffic at my Etsy shop when I remembered that my beadwork was due to be printed in a new magazine! My beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin has just been featured in the Canine Art Gallery in this month’s AKC Family Dog Magazine! Please view page 8 of the Digital Edition of this issue on Facebook. If you would like to subscribe to this popular magazine, click the pic above.. To view more beaded canine pins and jewelry, please visit my Etsy shop. Thank you so much for your interest! Back to beading:)
The Lone Beader has gone global! My first bead embroidery kit for the Jack Russell Terrier brooch has been translated to Russian language. A limited number of these beading kits are now available for sale at Greenbird.ru. Please click the photo above to view the product page. For beading kits and patterns printed in English language, please visit my Etsy shop. Thank you for your interest! Happy beading from Boston! :)
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? :D
There is a new pair of earrings for sale in my Etsy shop!
Beaded Bichon-Frise doggie face earrings. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and tiny glass doll eyes. They hang on sterling silver fish hooks, but they could also be made as studs..
How do they look? :D
Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!
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
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! :D
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? :D
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? :D