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.

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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! :)

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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! :)

Explosive 4th of July #Sale on #Etsy!

Dear friends, I am currently running a 4th of July sale on Etsy! Now through July 5, all READY-to-SHIP beaded dog jewelry, beadwork, bead embroidery kits, patterns, and felt shapes will be an extra 20% off the marked price. No coupon code needed! Please visit my Facebook or Instagram pages to check the progress of my latest piece. Thanks for looking.. Happy beading from Boston! :)

14th National Prize Show Artist Reception

Last night, I went to the Cambridge Art Association’s 14th National Prize Show reception. Works in all mediums were selected by Caitlin Doherty, Curator & Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University.

Cambridge Art Associaton 14th National Prize Show Artist Reception Boston Arts

Only 79 pieces out of 1200 entries were selected for this show. I am absolutely thrilled that my beaded painting, Radio City, is one of them! This piece consists of bead embroidery on canvas. You can view Radio City May 15- June 25, 2015 at University Place Gallery in Harvard Square.

University Place Gallery:

124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA, 02138 Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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The other half of the exhibition is installed at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery located at 25 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA. There you can also check out the Small Wall Project.

Cambridge Art Association Small Wall Project Bead embroidery Afghan Hound painting pet portraits

Every 4-6 weeks, original small works will be shown here. Of course, these pieces are available for sale. Many artists will donate 50% of the sale to the Cambridge Art Association so they can continue to expand their gallery space.

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My beaded Afghan Hound portrait will be shown here for the next few weeks. Go check it out if you happen to be in the area! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog portrait of a different breed, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me through Facebook. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Celebrating 600 sales on Etsy!

Dear friends, I am celebrating 600 sales in my Etsy shop! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey so far.. one bead at a time! :)

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‘C’est La Vie En Perles’

Enter coupon code MOM2015 at checkout to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art. Coupon is valid on May 9 & 10, 2015 – this weekend only! Thanks for looking and have a Happy Mother’s Day! :)

Semi-Beaded Kremlin

Dear friends, it has been awhile since I posted any progress on my Russian bead painting.. I guess I have been busy working on Etsy orders! :) Here are a handful of photos which I have previously posted on my Facebook page:

I am stitching tiny glass seed beads and vintage crystals to my gray felt Kremlin. So far, the beadwork measures 40cm wide x 24cm tall. How do you think it looks so far? Next, I will work on the Kremlin clock tower. Please follow me on Instagram for more updates! Thank you for your interest in my bead embroidery! :)

Bead Embroidered Westie Pet Portrait + Spring Sale!

Happy Spring! There is a new beaded pet portrait available for sale in my Etsy shop. A West Highland White Terrier!

Beaded Westie West Highland White Terrier Framed Pet Portrait Etsy Beadwork Artist Boston Spring Sale

This cute little dog was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt (2-3 beads at a time) using a strong nylon thread. White beaded fringe was layered using Japanese size 15 seed beads. The beaded fringe actually moves to reveal more seed beads beneath! Several different shades of white, gray, black & pink beads were used. This pooch is also wearing a tiny sterling silver heart charm on his collar! Beadwork was sewn to a piece of dark blue Ultrasuede, and mounted in an 8×8″ white shadowbox frame. Piece is signed on the matte and it is ready to hang! If you are interested in a custom beaded pet portrait of a different breed, please view my Etsy shop for more details.

Also, it’s time to celebrate Spring with a 15%-off sale in my Etsy shop! Now through April 5th!  All ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, bead art, pet portraits, beading kits & patterns will be on sale for a limited time  – now through Easter Sunday only. Thanks for looking! :)

Lhasa Apso Bead Embroidery Pattern

Dear friends, a new beading pattern is available for sale on Etsy! Download my latest bead embroidery instructions & create a sweet beaded Lhasa Apso (or Shih Tzu) pin or pendant. You will need Japanese size 15/0 seed beads in several different colors, felt, Ultrasuede, beading needles, Nymo thread, one pin back, glue, and a bit of patience to complete this piece. Make one for yourself or for a friend! Please click the photo below for more details:

Lhasa Apso beading pattern Shih Tzu bead embroidery dog jewelry PDF file etsy beadwork artist

Also, check out my latest beaded Poodle pendant! This one was created using vintage pink and purple Czech crystal beads. Looks like a fashion accessory from the 1950’s! Click the pic for more photos. This piece is ready to ship! :)

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Please check my Facebook or Instagram pages for all the latest beading updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!