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! :)
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:
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:
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? ;)
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! :)
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, I have made some progress on my latest commission – a beaded house portrait.
First, I stitched in some beaded greenery around the yard light. Then, I began to bead the tree..
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!
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.
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! :)
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! :)
Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..
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!
Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!
In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.
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! :)
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, 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! :)