Big Beaded Mooney Airplane Brooch

Dear friends, I hope you have been enjoying the summer! I have been keeping busy working on my Russian bead painting mostly, but recently, I received a new custom order which I would like to share with you. My customer asked for a beaded Mooney airplane pin!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

My father was a private pilot – he flew a Stinson Voyager. When I was young, I spent many weekends hanging out in the hangar and going for airplane rides with my Dad. We even took a couple of long distance trips that I remember, and one time he actually let me ‘fly’ the plane. Flying with Dad was always an adventure. So, I was more than happy to make a bead-embroidered airplane!

First, I sent my customer a sketch. Once a design was agreed upon, I made several paper templates which I used to create felt shapes. I stitched the shapes to a larger piece of stiff beading foundation. I started out by beading several details, such as the windows, the stripe, and the nose. The windows are covered with tiny pieces of clear vinyl. I also embroidered the aircraft number with blue thread.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

I started beading the body of the plane with 1x4mm Czech maco tube beads. These are extremely tiny and fragile, so I had to use my size 15 beading needle. Good thing I had a whole package of these needles because I ended up breaking several of them during this project. As you can see below, this piece required many tiny stitches!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

And here is the finished piece. I created the propellor by wrapping pieces of sterling silver solder strips with silver plated wire. Then, I stitched each piece to the back.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

It may not be an exact replica, but its pretty close!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

This piece is a bit larger than most of my other pins, about 3.5″ x 3.5″. I stitched a pin and handmade bail to the back. This will definitely be a conversation piece. What do you think?

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

If you are interested in a special beaded gift or framed portrait, please use the Contact form above or message me through Etsy! 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:)

the lone beader bead embroidery beading class poodle pin San Diego Bead Society monthly meeting

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.

Tierra Huichol Mexican Bead Art Souvenirs Travel Playa del Carmen Mexico Riviera Maya

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!🙂

Bead Embroidery Artist of the Week!

Cambridge Art Association Artist of the Week Small Group Show beaded paintings beadwork artist the lone beaded

Dear friends, I am thrilled to be Cambridge Art Association‘s Artist of the Week! Read this interview to learn more about me! Also, you are cordially invited to attend Between Abstraction and Reality, a small group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association! I will be exhibiting 14 of my beaded paintings and artwork at this show – for 3 weeks only!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery…124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm.

Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

“The exhibit will have a refreshing range o diversity in techniques, as well as a strong common denominator: playful, colorful imagery that falls in a mid-point between abstraction and reality, often touching on fantasy while retaining a grounding in reality. All of the artists use – and alter-  life imagery as a springboard to express their views.”

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Take the T to Harvard Square..
Free and Open to the Public. Hope to see you there!

Between Abstraction and Reality

Dear friends, Happy New Year! I am thrilled to announce that in February, I will be participating in a Small Group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association –  Between Abstraction and Reality. I will be showing all of my large beaded artworks on canvas in one place for the first time ever!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016. Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm. Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

Featuring artwork by Michael BogdanowThe Lone BeaderYoungsheen A. JheJeff MelzackNancy Morgan and Dan Trajman.

Presented at 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
Click here for a list of businesses that validate, if you park at University Place Garage. Or Take the T to Harvard Square..Free and Open to the Public!

Hope to see you there!

15%-off Veteran’s Day Sale! One Day Only!

Dear friends, Celebrate Veteran’s Day with a Flash Sale! All ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, bead art, beading patterns, and kits will be 15%- off on Etsy  & Amazon Handmade TODAY ONLY 9/11/15! No coupon code needed. (Add item to your Amazon shopping cart to view promotion.)

Tiny Beaded Beagle Jewelry Bead Embroidery Veteran's Day Sale Etsy Amazon Handmade

Currently I am offering Free Shipping on the purchase of 2 beaded dog pins, pendants, or earrings now through December 1, 2015 on Amazon. Also, get FREE SHIPPING on any beaded painting or artwork on Amazon for a limited time only. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Thanks for looking! 

Custom Beaded Choodle Pendant

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:

Custom Beaded Choodle Chihuahua Poodle Dog Pin Pendant Jewelry Etsy AKC Family Dog

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:

Custom Beaded Choodle Dog Jewelry Bead Embroidery Pendant Etsy AKC Family Dog Magazine

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?😉

Custom Choodle Pet Portrait Jewelry Etsy Bead Embroidery Artist AKC Family Dog

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!🙂