Dear friends, these days, I am working on a special commission – a bead-embroidered house portrait!
First, I completed a sketch which I used to create a paper template. I used the template to create several different felt shapes of the house. I layered the felt cutouts and stitched them together.
I began beading the garage and windows using size 15 seed beads and Miyuki Tila beads. I am using several browns and grays so far.
Above, you can see that I finished beading the rest of the house. And, below, I have layered some seed beads over the house to create visual interest (although I don’t think the camera can pick up this detail).
I have also begun to work on the yard. I stitched half-Tila beads along the wall next to the driveway, as well as up the stairs. How do you think it looks so far? Please check my Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :)
Dear friends, just a quick post today to announce that I am running a Memorial Day Sale on Etsy all weekend! Enter coupon code MEMORIAL15 to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, bead embroidery patterns, and beadwork now through May 25, 2015. Happy beading!
You’re invited to Cambridge Art Association‘s 14th National Prize Show! May 15th – June 25, 2015.. My largest beaded painting, Radio City, will be shown at University Place Gallery in Harvard Square. Reception is this Friday, May 15 from 6-8pm. Hope to see you there! :)
Dear friends, check out my latest custom order – a beaded Miniature Schnauzer pin pendant. This piece was inspired by photos of my customer’s dog named Savy.
First, I cut out some felt shapes and stitched them to a piece of stiff beading foundation. Then, I stitched on eyes and a nose. These are special glass doll eyes which are attached to a wire. The eyes measure 1-mm, and the nose is 2-mm. Yes, I could also use a drop bead for the nose and seed beads for the eyes, but I really like the glass doll eyes because they are more round.
Next, I began stitching tiny Japanese size 15 seed beads to create the dog’s face. The face is always a challenge because it convey’s the dog’s personality. It is also a very small piece of felt – just 3/4″ tall x 1/2″ wide!
Once, I complete the face, the rest of the dog’s body seems easy to bead.. Until I add a second layer of beaded fringe..
Beaded Miniature Schnauzer pin pendant. 1.5″ tall x 1.25″.
To learn how to do layered beaded fringe, check out my Yorkshire Terrier beading pattern on Etsy.. It takes precise stitching, and a LOT of patience, but I think the results are worth it.. What do you think? :)
Dear friends, check out my latest custom order! A beaded Pomeranian pin pendant and earrings set in brindle brown colors! I used tiny Japanese size 15 seed beads in many different colors to create these pieces. Do you like them? You can view the Etsy listing for my made-to-order Pomeranian HERE. I may also list the earrings in my shop as made to order in the near future..please stay tuned! :)
Also, just a quick reminder. I am currently running my annual 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! First time customers save an additional 10% with coupon code TAKETEN2015 at checkout:) Please find me on Facebook, Instagram, or in the iTunes App Store to view the progress of my latest works. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork. Happy New Year!
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! :)