Back in January, before I left for Mexico, I received a custom order request for a beaded pink corded poodle similar to the ones featured in my ‘Pretty in Poodles‘ choker necklace.. This wasn’t the first time I received this request, so after creating it, I decided to list this item in my Etsy shop as Made to Order. This piece can be made as a pin or a pin pendant, and it’s available in several different colors. Please note that colors may vary depending on what I have on hand.
Since then, I have been keeping busy with various Etsy and Amazon orders which I am extremely grateful for in this uncertain time. Beadwork gives me something to focus on which is positive, and I find that helps with overall mental health. Its also a great activity if you happened to be self-quarantined.. Here is a pic of my most recent beadwork, a custom beaded ‘Champion Standard Poodle’. For this piece, I worked from a photo that my customer sent me. I used a mix of 15/o Japanese seed beads, as well as 1x4mm micro bugle beads. The dog’s hair actually moves when you touch it! What do you think? I like this design so much – I think it would look great in different colors!
Currently, residents of Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts have been ordered to ‘Stay at Home’ for the next couple of weeks. So, I will be busy working on beadwork orders, as usual! If you are living in a city or country which is currently in lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and you are looking for something new to try, check out my bead embroidery patterns, beading kits, and beading supplies on Etsy. All ready-to ship items will be on sale for the next few weeks. If you are interested in learning bead embroidery and have never had the time until now, sign up for my email list to gain FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial.
Also, if you are working from home and need something positive to listen to other than the news, I recommend the James Altucher Show. He’s my favorite podcaster these days. I also listen to Rich Roll for overall health news, This American Life, and The Minimalists, among others… And if you are interested in having some positive news delivered to your inbox regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, check out https://futureloop.com/c19… It is good to stay informed but whatever you do, don’t panic.. The grocery stores will remain open.
Stay healthy and safe, my friends!
Sold a new ‘custom’ beaded pet portrait – a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Complete with a little beaded grass in between his toes..
Pembroke Welsh Corgi. (sold)
This piece was framed in an 8″ x 8″ shadowbox. If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait of a different breed, please use the Contact form above, or contact me via Etsy. I love creating new beaded dog breeds!
Also, check out my latest dog pin on Facebook – a new pink poodle!! This will be the last piece I create for some time as I am headed south for vacation! My Etsy shop will remain open with limited items available. Please note the extended shipping times when purchasing ready to ship items… Beading patterns are available to download, as always!
Gracias por tu interes en mi trabajo. ¡Nos vemos pronto! 🙂
I have recently completed a new custom order this season – a pair of bead-embroidered Pekingese dogs!
This is an oversized pin which features two little dogs, and yes, they are wearing sparkly hats! The inspiration for this pin came from a Christmas card showing the two dogs dressed in cute outfits. I simply modified the sketch a bit.. Then, I cut out several tiny felt pieces and stitched them together to build a beading foundation. Once that was complete, I started beading using size 15 Japanese seed beads! You can view a couple of progress photos on my Facebook page here and here. My customer was so happy with this piece that he left me a very kind review on Etsy!!
I love doing custom orders and I love hearing ideas from customers! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, pendant, bracelet, earrings or pet portrait, please message me through Etsy or use the Contact form on this page. I am so grateful for your interest in my beadwork! Happy Holidays from Boston!! 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick update ahead of Cyber Monday.. Check out my latest beaded dog pin – a Chinese Chow Chow!! This piece was listed for sale on Etsy and SOLD in just a matter of days! Its unique texture was created by layering tiny glass seed beads using a needle and thread. And the tail was created by sewing beads onto a thin sterling silver wire – the tail actually moves when you touch it. Scroll through my Facebook page to view the progress of this piece.
I am also experimenting with a new product line – minimalist beaded cuff bracelets featuring your favorite dog or animal. This piece was created by stitching a tiny bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier to a sterling silver split cuff bracelet. This bracelet is lightweight and adjustable, perfect for those who work typing at a keyboard all day! I think I will have to make this design in other breeds. What do you think?
Check out this item and more at: thelonebeader.etsy.com. Get 20% off any purchase of $135 or more this weekend only! Thanks for looking!
I am having fun creating mini beaded dog portraits, and here is my latest: a beaded Shih Tzu!
This little bead-embroidered dog is surrounded in a bed of green beaded grass, and was sewn to a royal purple Ultrasuede backing. Beadwork measures approx. 5.5cm x 8cm and it is framed in an 8×8″ black shadowbox frame.
Royal Shih Tzu
This piece is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. The perfect gift for any Shih Tzu Mom!!
If you are interested in a custom beaded pin, pendant, or pet portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message via Etsy. Also, please find me on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
My latest custom beaded pet portrait is complete! This piece was inspired by a dear cat named Tux.
She was created by stitching tiny glass 15/o seed beads to layered felt. I used several different shades of black, gray, and white to create her. After she was completed, I stitched her to a bright turquoise blue Ultrasuede background. And finally, I stitched tiny glass leaves and Czech glass flowers all around her as if she were laying in a spring garden. This beadwork was mounted in an 8″ x 8″ shadowbox frame.
Tux was a special companion to a man who recently passed away as a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. May they both be remembered forever. ❤
If you are interested in a custom beaded pin, pendant, or pet portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message through my Etsy shop. Also, please find me on Facebook or follow @thelonebeader on Instagram. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Recently, I received a rather challenging and exciting custom order request for a pair of beaded Turquoise-Browed Motmot earrings! It was a nice surprise to receive a request for a beaded bird. Before I began beading dogs, I started out making beaded birds – both pins & paintings! I have always been interested in birdwatching, so last year I went on my first birding excursion in the Yucatán Peninsula. It was there where I viewed a motmot for the first time in the wild. He was perched in an orange tree as happy as can be!
To properly depict the Motmot in beads, I had to make the earrings in a large size. My customer wanted long statement earrings. These earrings consist of 4 separate pieces of bead embroidery which were linked together using sterling silver components. I beaded the bird’s body, tail, and feathers first, then I added a second layer of beaded fringe to accentuate the bird’s colors.
Once all the beadwork was complete, I stitched sterling silver eye pins, links, and sterling silver posts to the back. Now, the tail and feathers dangle freely. These were a little bit of a challenge to create as the construction of them was fairly time-consuming. Its never easy for me to duplicate one of my own pieces, so for that reason, earrings always take me a little longer to create.
As you can see, the finished earrings are quite long – approx. 4″ x 1″! They definitely attract attention! What do you think?
I liked how these turned out so much that I made a (slightly different) second pair for myself which I plan to wear this month! If you are interested in custom beaded bird jewelry of a different species, please let me know! Currently my Amazon shop is in vacation mode, and I would like to note that any Ready to Ship items purchased in my Etsy shop between Feb. 3 and Feb. 16 will not ship out until the week of February 18. Also, during this time, made to order items have been temporarily deactivated. I will be making my annual journey South of the Border in search of nature, adventure, inspiration. Perhaps I will see another motmot! 😀