This has been a long time coming, but I am finally beginning to venture into the world of Youtube. For my first presentation, I created a slideshow which takes a quick look at my beading patterns and kits. Please like, share, or comment if you have a moment.. Thanks for watching!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, craft, Etsy, Seed Beads, Supplies, Video, Youtube
I’ve recently started to expand my line of beaded Yorkshire Terrier jewelry. Here is my first pair of tiny bead-embroidered Yorkie earrings w/ sterling silver posts:
These earrings were inspired my popular beaded Yorkie pin/pendant. I made them by stitching tiny Japanese glass seed beads to small pieces of felt. The beads are layered to create dimension and realism. The dog ‘hair’ is tiny beaded fringe that actually moves when you touch it. Earrings measure 22mm x 15mm and weigh just 1.5 grams each. The beadwork is extremely detailed for its size. This pair is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the photo above for more details:)
I am also running a Labor Day Sale. Now through September 2, 2013, all animal beading patterns and bead embroidery kits are 10%-off the original price. If you are thinking of making holiday gifts for friends and family, this is a great time to start:) Please visit the Beading Kits & Patterns section in my shop for more details. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork & have a wonderful weekend!
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, crafts, dog jewelry, Earring, Etsy, Seed Beads, Shopping, Sterling silver, Yorkshire Terrier
There is a new doggie beading kit available for sale on Etsy. Make your own beaded fawn Pug pin or pendant with my latest bead embroidery pattern! Kit includes printed pattern, step by step instructions, size 15 seed beads, beading needle, thread, felt, Ultrasuede, and pin back. Quantities are limited. Please click the photo above to purchase. More beading patterns & kits are coming soon.. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork:)
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, crafts, Dog, dog jewelry, Etsy, Pug, Seed Beads
Since I sold my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ pin so quickly, I decided to bead another Golden Retriever..My family had one of these dogs when I was small. His name was Moosie. He was my best friend and my protector, but that didn’t stop him from eating the ice cream cone right out of my hand! :p
This item was made using tiny size 15 seed beads. I layered beaded fringe to create his long flowing hair, and his beadwoven ear actually moves when you touch it! This item is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Please click the pic to view more photos. What kind of dog or animal shall I bead next? :D
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Tagged akc, Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Strong, Dog, dog jewelry, Etsy, pet gifts, Seed Beads
Several months ago, a package of Tagua beads came in the mail from Ecuador! Tagua beads are made from the nut of a palm tree in South America. They can be carved or cut into many different shapes. The Tagua nut’s best known quality is that in its natural state, it looks very much like Ivory, but can be dyed any color of the rainbow. Tagua beads are light weight and eco-friendly!
My favourite Tagua beads are called potato chip beads or slices. They are very thin with one hole on the top. I wanted to try using them as a cabochon, so I glued 3 of them to small pieces of Ultrasuede. Then, I beaded around them using peyote-stitch. I used orange and turquoise blue glass seed beads in size 11 and 15.
After I finished beading my bezels, I decided to utilize the holes at the top of the beads by making my own bails. I did this by peyote-stitching a few rows of beads through the hole and the Ultrasuede at the back of the piece. After creating a second beaded link, I was able to attach sterling silver ear wires. For the third pendant, I stitched an 18″ blue spiral rope chain to match.
These pieces are very lightweight in comparison to a beaded stone or glass cabachon. If you like big earrings, but don’t like them weighing your ear down, these are perfect! This set is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. You can also find a fabulous selection of Tagua Beads at EcuadorianHands.com. Thanks for looking!
*Please note: I have received the Tagua Beads used in these pieces free of charge from EcuadorianHands.com. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Posted in beadweaving, earrings, etsy, jewelry, necklaces
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Ecuador, Etsy, Peyote stitch, Phytelephas, Seed Beads, South America, Ultrasuede
Last week, I made a new beaded dog pin pendant- a Wire Fox Terrier! I have always loved these dogs! This bead embroidery brooch was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. This piece is now available for sale. Please click the pic to view more photos at my Etsy shop:
4cm x 4cm
Also, I am happy to announce that my beaded ‘Boston Strong’ Golden Retriever pin has sold today! A portion of the sale price of this item will be donated to The One Fund aiding the people most affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. I think I will make a new beaded Comfort Dog pin soon!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Boston, Dogs, Etsy, Fox Terrier, Golden Retriever, Seed Beads, Wire Fox Terrier
This week, I created a new dog pin to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon Bombings..a beaded Golden Retriever pin. This dog is a comfort dog wearing a blue & yellow ‘Boston Strong‘ vest.
This piece was created by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o glass seed beads to felt. Beads were stitched 2-3 at time using a needle and strong nylon thread. Beadwork was layered to create a unique texture. The dog’s ear was beadwoven, and actually moves when you touch it. The dog’s hair is layered beaded fringe which also adds to the texture & dimension. This wearable art brooch is a one-of-a-kind handmade item and will not be duplicated.
50% of the sale price will be donated to The One Fund Boston - onefundboston.org. We are One Boston. Thanks for looking!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Boston, Boston Marathon, charity, Dog, eBay, Golden Retriever, Seed Beads
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
Today, I am thrilled to announce that I am the featured Bead Artist in the Feb/March issue of Beadwork Magazine! I am very grateful for this opportunity! If you do not have a subscription, the digital edition is also available for purchase at the Interweave Store. Here’s a peek at the article:
Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
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Tagged Arts, Bead embroidery, beading, Beading Daily, Beadwork, Beadwork Magazine, craft, Etsy, Interview, Seed Beads
Finally, I can get back to working on my current bead painting – my beaded semi truck! I had mostly finished beading all of the parts for my truck, so the next step was to create a passenger – a beaded American Bulldog!
Inspired by my friend’s Bulldog named Diezel, I cut out a small piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I layered a few pieces of felt on top of the stiff stuff to add dimension. Then, I stitched tiny size 15 seed beads to the felt. The finished piece measures 2 x 2.5cm. After I finished beading Diezel, I stitched him to the inside of my beaded truck.. I also stitched lights to the top of the cab. These are Swarovski crystal rhinestones which I glued to eye pins – an experiment which seems to have worked well! How does it look?
For awhile, I was debating on whether this piece should stand alone or not, but my gut feeling tells me it should be part of a larger painting. So, the other day, I dug out a 20″ x 24″ canvas and spent some time sketching an extended environment for the truck. This sketch is inspired by the original photograph.. Truthfully, I am a little nervous and excited about this one… So…
In the meantime, Diezel has also inspired me to make a pair of Bulldog earrings. These are the same size as the bulldog in the truck. The measure 27mm x 23mm. They are sterling silver post earrings and they are currently available for sale at my Etsy shop. I really like how they turned out, but I think I will also make a dangly pair to compare:) Please see this listing for more photos & details..
This year, I plan to expand my product line just a bit by creating variations on this idea for other breeds.. one bead at a time!
Now, back to my painting.. :O
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Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dogs, painting, Seed Beads, Semi-trailer truck, Sterling silver, Swarovski