Beaded Bichon in Progress

Beadwork has been keeping me busy! Over the weekend, I received another custom order for my Etsy shop – a request for a beaded Bichon dog pin!😀

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Working from a photo that my customer sent to me, I cut out 5 felt shapes and stitched them together. Then, I stitched on a 2 glass eyes and a nose. 
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Then, beginning with the dog’s face, I stitched on tiny size 15 Japanese seed beads. I used 4 different shades of white. At first I worked in beaded backstitch, but as I moved on to the dog’s body, I got lazy and lazy-stitched most of the beads 2 or 3 at time. 
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Semi-beaded Bichon pin. 2.5″ x 1.5″ (6.5 x 4cm). 
Bead embroidery on felt. 
After a few hours, I finally completed the first layer of beadwork. Next, I need to add some type of fringe for ears and a tail. How do you think it looks so far?😀

8 thoughts on “Beaded Bichon in Progress

  1. >I can't believe how you capture the exact look of the dog. The pin looks exactly like my sister's bichon. Great work, I'm sure your customer will be thrilled.

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