A Beaded House in Ohio..

Dear friends, recently I finished beading my first house portrait. This piece was a special commission.

Steubenville OH Beaded House Portrait Bead Embroidery Beadwork Etsy Artist Boston

The house still stands in Steubenville, Ohio – a former steel town where my father’s family lived and worked. My father’s uncle actually built this house many years ago..

Steubenville Ohio Beaded House Portrait Bead Embroidery Beadwork Etsy Artist Boston

This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time using strong nylon thread. Miyuki Tila beads were used for the sidewalk, Swarovski crystals were used for the yard light, and tiny seashells were sewn at the edge of the driveway.. The beadwork itself measures approx.  5″ x 7″.. It was carefully mounted and framed in an 8″ x 10″ shadowbox frame.

Steubenville OH Beaded House Portrait Bead Embroidery Beadwork Etsy Artist Boston

You can view an enlarged photo of this piece HERE. You may also view progress photos to see how this piece was made HERE as well as on my Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are interested in a commissioned beaded portrait, please Contact me for more details. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Custom Beaded Choodle Pendant

Dear friends, thanks to this month’s feature in AKC Family Dog Magazine, my Etsy shop has been keeping me busy! Check out the latest custom beaded dog pin I have created:

Custom Beaded Choodle Chihuahua Poodle Dog Pin Pendant Jewelry Etsy AKC Family Dog

It’s a beaded Choodle (Chi-Poo) – or Chihuahua Poodle mix in blonde and apricot colors. This designer dog brooch was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. I have also added a tiny sterling silver heart charm on his collar. Here you can see how this piece looks as a pendant:

Custom Beaded Choodle Dog Jewelry Bead Embroidery Pendant Etsy AKC Family Dog Magazine

And, here is the photo my customer sent for inspiration. Ozzy the Choodle looks just like my beaded pin.. or perhaps it it’s the other way around? What do you think? ;)

Custom Choodle Pet Portrait Jewelry Etsy Bead Embroidery Artist AKC Family Dog

If you are interested in custom beaded dog jewelry or framed pet portrait, please see my Etsy shop or Facebook page for more details, or use the Contact form above. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Award Winning Beadwork

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded cuff bracelet, Poodle in Public Garden, won an award in the Fire Mountain Gems 2015 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest! :O

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beading Jewelry Making Contest WInner Bead embroidery Poodle bracelet Diana Grygo The Lone Beader

Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beads Jewelry Making Contest Diana Grygo The Lone Beader Etsy Boston

I am always surprised on the rare occasions that I do win an award because I don’t create pieces with contests in mind. I simply create what I love! You can view more photos of this piece in my Etsy shop HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Featured in AKC Family Dog Magazine!

Dear friends and dog lovers, if you haven’t received your latest copy of AKC Family Dog Magazine yet, check this out:

AKC Family Dog Magazine Sept Oct 2015 Canine Art Galleries the Lone Beader

My beaded West Highland White Terrier has been featured in the Canine Art Galleries on page 13! There is a special coupon code printed in the magazine for anyone planning to order a mini pet portrait or keepsake beaded dog jewelry from my Etsy shop. Coupon is valid through December 31, 2015. Please place holiday orders early!

AKC Family Dog Magazine Sept Oct 2015 Canine Art Galleries Etsy Bead Embroidery Westie

Please check AKC Family Dog’s Facebook page for the digital edition of this publication.. to be posted soon! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Beaded Labor Day Sale on Etsy!

Beaded Poodles Labor Day Sale on Etsy beadwork bead embroidery dog jewelry 15% off Amazon Handmade

Dear friends, celebrate Labor Day with a sale! Save 15% on all ready-to-ship ‪‎beaded‬ ‪dog‬ ‪jewelry‬, ‪‎beading‬ kits, ‪bead‬ patterns, and ‪‎art‬. No coupon code needed!

Please note: All items purchased between Sept. 3 & Sept. 8 will ship out on Sept. 9, 2015.

Enjoy what’s left of ‪summer‬ while you can!

Progress of a Beaded House Portrait

Dear friends, I have made some progress on my latest commission – a beaded house portrait.

Beaded House Portrait bead embroidery beadwork on canvas Etsy Boston artist

First, I stitched in some beaded greenery around the yard light. Then, I began to bead the tree..

Bead embroidery Bead embroidered tree size 15 seed beads Boston Etsy artist painting

In real life, this tree is very large, but my portrait is sort of limited by the size of the canvas, so this only represents a portion of the tree. Using size 15 seed beads in at least 6 shades of green, I stitched very small loops for leaves. There are many leaves, so this took quite a while to do!

bead embroidery house portrait commission beadwork in progress Boston etsy artist painting The Lone Beader

Next, I stitched the house to the larger 5″x 7″ piece of stiff stuff that is shown behind it.. (Yes, the house was a separate piece of beadwork, as is the tree!) Then, I continued stitching the grass to the edge of the stiff stuff.

bead embroidery painting on canvas Etsy beadwork artist commissioned house portrait Ohio

I also stitched size 11 black, gray, and brown seed beads for the street, and tiny size 15 Delica beads for the driveway. I thought I might run out of the color I was using, but turns out I had just enough! :)

commissioned beaded house portrait bead embroidery Miyuki Tila beads Etsy beading artist

Next, I will stitch in a bit more grass.. Please check my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Progress of a Beaded House, Yard, and Tree

Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..

Bead embroidery house portrait Steubenville OH Etsy beadwork beads artist Boston Amazon

First, I have stitched Miyuki Tila and half-Tila beads for the sidewalk and the wall near the driveway. Then, I created a tiny mailbox and yard light by stringing beads onto eye pins and attaching them at the back of the piece. I used Preciosa rose montee rhinestones for the yard light. It really sparkles!

Beaded House portrait Bead embroidery painting Boston artist tree seed beads

Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!

Beaded House Portrait Bead embroidery art Boston artist Steubenville OH Tila Beads tree

In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.

Beaded House portrait bead embroidery Etsy artist Boston Steubenville OH painting seed beads tree

When I finished the lawn, I peyote-stitched tiny bits of greenery around the yard light. And, I added bead -embroidered shrubs or yews along the front of the house.. How do you think it looks so far?

For those who have just stumbled upon this post, this portrait has been commissioned as a gift for mother of the bride. This is her mother’s childhood home. This house still stands in Southeastern Ohio. Please check my Facebook or Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for looking! :)