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
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?
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, beading, Beadwork, Bichon-Frise, Dogs, earrings, Etsy, Lucille Ball, Pets, Seed Beads
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
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Cat Jewelry, Cats, Etsy, Jewelry, Kittens, London, Pets, Sylvester
Finally, some great photos of my first show to share with you, courtesy of Dog Breath Photography! These photos were taken on Saturday at Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.
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!
Posted in beadwork, Boston, cats, dogs, etsy, shows
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Sheraton Hotel, crafts, Etsy, Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012, Pets, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
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?
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?
Posted in dogs, etsy, pendants
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Dog, Etsy, Pets, Pitbull, Seed bead
My Etsy shop has been busy these days! Most recently, I have made a new beaded Papillon pin. Since these dogs are small, they often stand on their hind legs to get closer to their human friends or just to see what’s going on.
For this pin, I first created a sketch based on a photo sent by my customer. My drawing served as template which I used to cut out the felt foundation seen in the photo above. I beaded the entire piece using Japanese size 15 seed beads, 13/o charlottes, and a tiny glass eye for a nose. After the first layer of bead embroidery was complete, I layered beaded fringe on the dog’s ears, tail, and stomach. Finished, this piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. My customer was quite happy with how it turned out. How do you think it looks?
Time to start beading my next order! :O
This week, I began working on something that has been sitting on my worktable for quite awhile – more felt poodles! :D
At some point, I realized that beaded poodle possibilities are endless. My plan for this project is to create a ‘dog collar’ (so to speak) featuring 7 beaded poodles.
I started working on the first one, which measures 6cm x 6cm. So far, I have used 4 different shades of gray seed beads in size 11 and 15.
Next I will add some beaded fringe.. Just wait ’til you see!
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, necklaces
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Dog collar, Etsy, NonSporting-Utility Group, Pets, Poodle, Seed Beads
My Etsy shop has been keeping me busy these days! I have been working on some new designs as well as taking custom orders. Here is my latest: a beaded Skye Terrier. This breed of dogs originated in Scotland, but one thing that makes them different than the Scottish Terrier is they have a lot more hair on their face and ears! So, I layered beaded loops on the dog’s face, ears and front legs. I used several different shades of gray & black beads, including Czech 13/0 charlottes. This pin really sparkles! Please click the pic to view more photos:)
I have quite a few new dogs on my list to create, as well as a few cats. If you are interested in a particular breed that I haven’t created yet, please contact me for more information. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!