Beautiful Beaded Borzoi Brooch

Dear friends, happy summer! I hope you are surviving the heat. I am keeping busy beading in the A/C and thought I would show you my latest work. Recently a customer sent me a photo of her Borzoi named Zhivoy and she asked me to create a custom beaded brooch for her.

Borzoi Russian Wolfhound AKC show dog beaded pet portrait Etsy art Boston beadwork artist

Here is the finished piece. This is the same design as the first Borzoi brooch I made. Do you like it?🙂

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This design is now available as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. A mini-pet portrait can also be mounted in a shadowbox frame upon request. Please send me a photo of your dog if you are interested in a custom piece. Also, check my Facebook page and/or Instagram feed for all the latest updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂

Custom Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound Brooch

Dear friends, last week a customer sent me a photo of her beautiful Borzoi named Duma. She asked me to create a custom beaded pin which looks like her dog.

Borzoi Russian Wolfhound portrait jewelry

First, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I added a tiny glass nose and eyes.

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Then, I began stitching tiny Japanese size 15 glass seed beads to the felt 2-3 at a time. When the majority of the bead embroidery was complete, I added beaded fringe and a leather collar with sterling silver heart charm. A pin finding is sewn to the back and beadwork is backed with Ultrasuede.

Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound dog pin bead embroidery beadwork jewelry Etsy Amazon Handmade pets

6.5cm x 6cm

Now this beaded dog brooch is complete and on its way to my customer! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, jewelry or pet portrait, please use the Contact form, or check out my Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops online. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂

Upcoming Event in New York City!

Dear friends, I have some exciting news! I have been invited to be this month’s guest speaker at the Bead Society of Greater New York & you are invited to attend!

Meeting takes place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at:

Church of the Holy Apostles.

296 9th Avenue @ 28th Street.

New York City.

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Doors  open at 6pm; program begins at 6:30pm. The public is invited! I hope to see you there!🙂

 

 

New Beaded Pomeranian Pin & Doxie Pet Portrait

Dear friends, I had a wonderful time visiting the San Diego Bead Society! I was only there for a few days, but the weather was gorgeous. I was happy to take a walk on the beach and go hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve! Please see more photos on the San Diego Bead Society’s Facebook page.

San Diego Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

While I was there, I taught my Toy Poodle bead embroidery class. One of the students brought her adorable miniature Pomeranian named Emily. Emily is the official mascot of the San Diego Bead Society!🙂

Emily Miniature Pomeranian

And, here is the custom beaded miniature Pomeranian pin I made to look like her.. This design is now available as made to order on Etsy. What do you think?🙂

Custom Beaded Miniature Teacup Pomeranian pin pendant bead embroidery pet portrait beadwork beads art the lone beader

And, since I’ve returned, I have also created a new custom beaded pet portrait, Dachshund in Flower Garden. This piece was inspired by a little dog named Frankie. It features tiny bead-embroidered multi-color flowers and butterflies. Framed in an 8×8″ shadowbox frame. Click to view it in the frame.

Doxie Dachshund Beaded Pet Portrait Shadowbox Frame Beadwork Bead Embroidery Bead Art the Lone Beader

If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait, please use the Contact Form or find me on Etsy! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! Back to beading!🙂

Featured on Beadwork Magazine Cover!

Fire Mountain Gems Beading Contest Beadwork Magazine Back Cover Ad Poodle Cuff Bracelet

Dear friends, check out the April/May 2016 issue of ‪Beadwork Magazine! My ‪beaded‬ ‪Poodle‬ cuff bracelet has been featured on Fire Mountain Gems‘ back cover ad! This piece is available for sale in my Etsy shop. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!

Upcoming Beading Class in San Diego!

Dear friends, I have some exciting news! I have been invited to be a guest speaker and beading teacher at the San Diego Bead Society & you are invited to attend! Monthly meeting takes place at Mingei International Museum on April 16, 2016 at 10am. Please view the Events page for more details:)

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Beading class takes place Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Del Mar. You will make a beaded poodle pin, which can also be worn as a pendant! You will create a layered felt foundation, do bead embroidery using Delicas, as well as add texture by using the backstitch and stop stitch techniques. This class is suitable for beginning beaders and can be made in the color of your choice. Please see the San Diego‬ Bead Society website for more details, class registration, and directions. Hope to see you there!🙂

Huichol Bead Art of Mexico

Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.

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On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.

Tierra Huichol beaded art Mexican souvenirs Playa del Carmen Cancun Mexico beadwork Riviera Maya

The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.

Beaded torso Mexican Huichol bead art Playa del Carmen souvenirs Cancun Mexico Riviera Maya

I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a  drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.

Huichol symbols chart bead art beadwork Mexican souvenirs Playa del carmen Cancun Mexico

I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.

Mexican Huichol beaded gourd peyote deer beadwork Playa del Carmen Mexico souvenirs
The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!🙂