After a long hiatus, I am finally getting back to working on my Russian bead-painting…
I stitched custom sterling silver crosses to the top of the onion domes (10 in all). Then, I wire-wrapped each spire to complete the look. I also cut out a few more layers of felt to help build up a few of the chapels… It took me several hours to stitch everything together.. Now, my beaded St. Basil’s Cathedral is complete! What do you think? I think its time to begin the next phase! :O
10″ x 13″
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Posted in bead embroidery, beadwork, fiber art, Moscow, Russia
Tagged Bead embroidery, beaded, Beadwork, Etsy, Facebook, Fiber Art, Moscow, Russia, Seed Beads, Sterling silver
I am really into making tiny beaded earrings these days! Here are my latest pair of beaded Scottie Dog earrings. These are very lightweight – only 8 grams! Beadwork hangs from small sterling silver ear wires. These Scottie Dogs are wearing pink beaded collars, but I can make them in any color you wish.. These can also be made as tiny post earrings.. Please click the pic for more details.
Also, just a quick note to let you know that I am running a 2-Day Sale in my Etsy shop – this weekend only! All ready-to-ship beaded dog pins and pendants are 10% off, and all beading kits and patterns are 15% off.. Save an additional 10% off at checkout with coupon code HOLIDAY13. Please keep in mind, all orders (within the USA) must ship out via USPS Priority Mail no later than December 21 to guarantee Christmas delivery. I can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery for international orders. Thank you for your understanding, and thanks for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy, holiday
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Christmas, craft, Earring, Etsy, SALE, Scottish Terrier, Shopping, Sterling silver
There are just 19 shopping days left until Christmas! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are looking for a unique gift, check out these new beaded Airedale Terrier earrings:
These dangly dogs were made by stitching tiny Japanese size 15 seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Teeny tiny sterling silver heart charms hang just below the beadwork. This design can also be made as post earrings upon request. Please view my Etsy shop for more details. Please place orders early to ensure holiday delivery. Also, don’t forget to follow the progress of my beadwork on Instagram or Facebook! Back to beading! :)
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy, jewelry
Tagged Airedale Terrier, Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Christmas, Dogs, Earring, Etsy, Sterling silver
There is a major sale event happening in my Etsy shop this week! Now through Monday, December 2, all ready-to-ship beaded dog pins and pendants are 10% off! All beading kits & patterns are 15% off, and all SALE items are 15% off. Also, for your shopping pleasure, save an additional 10% off with coupon code HOLIDAY13 at checkout.
Celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday with this SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase any beading kit & get a printed copy of my ‘Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery’ tutorial FREE (while supplies last).
Also, check out my new ‘Yorkie Love’ tiny beaded Yorkshire Terrier earrings! These were inspired by my popular beaded pin/pendant. These dangly earrings feature tiny sterling silver heart charms. They are sure to make a statement. Perfect for any Yorkie lover! This design is also available as post earrings.. Please click the pic for more details. That’s the news for now. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Beading!
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy, tutorials
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Earring, Etsy, Shopping, Small Business Saturday, Sterling silver
Lately, I have been busy gearing up for a busy holiday season. I have stocked my Etsy shop with more bead embroidery kits, cut out felt doggie shapes for beading, organized my work space, stocked up on shipping supplies and promotional items.. AND, I have also had some time to make new items!
Check out these cute Pug Love dangly dog earrings! These were made by hand-stitching tiny glass seed beads to tiny piece of felt. They feature sterling silver/onyx ear wires, and tiny sterling silver heart charms:) Also available is a new doggie pin – a brown and white beaded Greyhound pin! This piece is very small – so small that the pin just barely fit onto the back of the piece! Please click the pics for more photos & details..
Also, I would like to announce that I have recently opened up a pattern shop on Craftsy! Please check out new low prices on beading supplies, patterns, and bead kits.. and make your own beaded pin or pendant this holiday season! :D
Posted in animals, bead embroidery, dogs, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Christmas and holiday season, Craftsy, Etsy, Greyhound, Pug, Seed bead, Sterling silver
Just a quick note today announcing my Veteran’s Day Sale on Etsy. For a very limited time, all bead embroidery kits and patterns are 15% off the original price now through Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 11PM EST. Click HERE to view the sale section.. Get a head start on your holiday beading projects today!
Also, check out my latest custom order! Bead embroidered Oakland Athletics sterling silver earrings! These were a bit of a challenge to make due to the size and shape – they measure approx. 1″ x 1″… If you are interested in custom beaded Boston Red Sox earrings made in the same manner, I would be happy to make them on custom order, but I might have to make a pair for myself, first! ;)
Posted in Boston, earrings, etsy
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beads, Beadwork, Boston Red Sox, Earring, Etsy, Oakland Athletics, SALE, Sterling silver
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
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? :D
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
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, painting, sketches
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dogs, painting, Seed Beads, Semi-trailer truck, Sterling silver, Swarovski
This week, I am busy preparing for next week’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to show you my latest freeform beaded bracelet! :)
Remember my first lampwork beads I made at Diablo Glass School recently? Well, I experimented by weaving them into one of my freeform peyote stitched cuffs. This piece is well-balanced with one lampwork cylinder bead at the center and two lampwork beads on either side of it. I used a mix of pink, white, blue and gold seed beads. I stitched through the lampwork beads many, many times to ensure that the thread will hold the weight of the piece. And, it does! Click the pic to see more photos. This bracelet measures 7″ so it will fit anyone with a 6″ wrist. It also features a sterling silver slide clasp which makes it easy to put on & take off!
Also, just a quick reminder, you can save 10% off any order in my Etsy shop by using coupon code OCT200. Valid through October 31, 2012! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D
Posted in beadweaving, Boston, bracelets, etsy, jewelry, lampwork
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, beadweaving, Beadwork, Boston, Etsy, Jewelry, Lampwork, Sterling silver
Over the long holiday weekend, I got a chance to work on a small project for Artbeads.com‘s blogging challenge entitled ‘What’s Old is New Again‘. Artbeads was kind enough to send me a piece of 16g sterling silver half hard wire and some new Toho seed beads! My challenge was to incorporate something old into the design. So, I chose an antique watch face! A few years ago, I picked up a bag full of old watch parts at an antique market in London. I love to use these because, to me, they add a bit of mystery. I always wonder what the watch might have looked like, who wore it, and where they had to be at any given time…
Fairy Tale Flower Pendant (detail). 2.75" (7cm)
For this piece, first I formed a flower shape out of the wire. I stitched the watch face onto a piece of Ultrasuede, and began beading around it. I then used a freeform peyote stitch technique to fill in the flowers’ petals with seed beads. I stitched white beads onto the front of the flower, and a green seed bead mix onto the reverse side. This really adds visual depth to the piece! After I completed the beadwork, I added a brown leather cord. This is definitely one of the more unique art pieces I have ever created. It almost looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland, but not quite.. So, I decided to call it a Fairy Tale Flower Pendant, and I listed it in my Etsy shop. What does it remind you of? :D
Fairy Tale Flower Pedant on Leather Cord
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