Dear friends, recently I finished beading my first house portrait. This piece was a special commission.
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..
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.
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! :)
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
Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!
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! :)
Dear friends and dog lovers, if you haven’t received your latest copy of AKC Family Dog Magazine yet, check this out:
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!
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! :)
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!
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! :)