Dear friends, I have been thinking about the subject of gratitude lately. I often stay up late doing bead embroidery feeling incredibly grateful that I have discovered a craft which brings me so much joy. I am also grateful for all of the amazing friends I have met along my creative journey, all of the places I have traveled, and for each and every opportunity that has come my way.
So, to express gratitude, I have decided to provide FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial when you sign up for my e-newsletter. Shortly after sign-up, you will receive a link to view the PDF file in the Final Welcome Email. I hope this tutorial will inspire you to try the art of bead embroidery!
I have also decided to lower prices on all beading patterns and kits on Etsy, Amazon, and Google Books. Beading patterns are now priced at $0.99 and $1.99 across the board, in English and Spanish. Now you can learn how to create some of my most popular beaded dog pins and pendants for a fraction of the original price!
If you have just stumbled upon this post and would like to learn more about me, please check out this recent feature on the Caravan Beads blog. Someday I will make it up to Maine to check out their shop..
What are you grateful for and what are some ways you express gratitude? 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick post to show you my latest design – beaded American Eskimo earrings! I just love how these turned out! These dangly Eskie dog earrings were created by stitching layers of tiny glass seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Beadwork was backed with Ultrasuede. Earrings hang from sterling silver ear wires fearing a tiny black Onyx bead.
This item was originally a custom order request, but since they match my beaded American Eskimo pin pendant, I have decided to list them as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. Also, if you’d like to see beadwork progress photos or a photo of me trying on this pair, please check my Facebook or Instagram pages and/or the product listing. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, I am back to working on my Russian bead painting. Here is the latest progress – I have finished beading a large tree. The tree was created by first sewing together a felt foundation with several holes in it. I used a combination of bead embroidery and freeform peyote stitch to create a leafy texture which can be seen through when you move them around. Below is a sneak peak of what it might look like in the finished piece. This portion of the beadwork (tree + cathedral) measures approx. 12″x 15″. If you would like to see more photos of the progress of this piece, please visit this Facebook photo album.
Also, I am running a Christmas in July Sale Event on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Save 25% on every purchase in my shop now thru July 23, 2017. This sale is my biggest sale ever as it also includes made-order-items and custom orders, as well! No coupon code needed! Please click the image above to visit my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking and have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 🙂
Dear friends, I would like to share with you the progress of my latest custom order. This is a new animal pin for me, one of which has been on my list for awhile now.. A beaded horse – in this case a majestic Anheuser-Busch bred Clydesdale horse:) This animal is much larger than the usual dogs & cats that I create, so the size of the pin must be larger as well, otherwise the details will be lost. So, I worked on a drawing based on the photo below and resized it to about 3″ x 3″.. This is usually a good size for a large brooch.
Next, I created a paper template which I used to cut out several layers of felt. The first layer is a stiff beading foundation, and the top layers or shapes were cut from felt. I can use any felt that I have on hand, either acrylic or wool. I stitched the layers of felt to the stiff stuff to create my overall foundation.
Next, I began by stitching a special 2mm glass eye onto the horse’s face, then I began beading. I always start with the animal’s face and work from there. In this case, I worked on the face, then legs as I outlined the horse’s body with Japanese size 15 seed beads.
Following those lines, I continued doing bead embroidery by simply filling in the rest of the legs and body. I used several different colors of seed beads to achieve the shading I wanted. Once the first layer of beadwork was complete, I began the second layer. I added tiny beaded fringe on the horse’s mane and legs. I also added some more lines to accentuate the animal’s features. Lastly, I stitched many long beaded fringes for the tail. I sort of stitched these together at the top so they sit right, but that was easier said than done.
This piece required a bit more time and patience than usual, but I think the results are worth the effort. I am really proud of how this piece turned out! What do you think? If you are an equestrian and are interested in a custom beaded horse pin or framed mini pet portrait, please use the Contact form above or message me through Etsy! I appreciate your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. I took a few days off, but now I’m back to working on new ideas for 2017.. Here is the latest – tiny beaded doggie pendants hanging from a dainty Italian sterling silver chain!
So far, I have created a couple of tiny Yorkie pendants, and a new Westie pendant. These feature a tiny sterling silver heart charm. They hang from a sterling silver bail and 18″ sterling silver 1.3mm diamond cut bead chain with lobster claw clasp. This is the perfect Valentine gift for yourself or for a friend who enjoys wearing sterling as well as one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.
If you are interested in a tiny beaded dog pendant of a different breed, please message me using the Contact form above, or contact me via Etsy. Also, check out my New Year Sale. Nearly ALL Ready-to-Ship items will be 15% off, no coupon code needed. Sale runs Now – January 15, 2017 on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Enjoy and Happy New Year! 🙂
Dear friends, ‘Tis the season for beaded holiday gifts! During the past couple of weeks, I have been super busy beading Etsy orders! Here is the latest custom order I have created – a chocolate Cocker Spaniel pin pendant.
This piece was created by stitching tiny Japanese glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. Once I beaded the entire piece of felt, I did some layering on the dogs ears and legs. I basically just added long beaded loops which really add movement to the piece! The dog’s ‘hair’ really moves when you touch it, too! Do you like it?
I also created a fawn-colored English Bulldog pin.. This one is a bit more sparkly than usual. I used a mix of Japanese size 15 seed beads and size 11 Delicas. I also used special tiny brown doll eyes. Don’t you just think he’s the cutest? 😀
Besides that, I have been trying to prepare for the holidays: shopping, shipping, cooking, jotting down ideas and goals for the New Year… Until then, I will be running a HUGE Year End Sale on both Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Nearly ALL Ready-to-Ship items will be 15% off, no coupon code needed. Sale runs December 25 – January 15, 2017. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!
Dear friends, two new items have been listed in my Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops. The first, a bead-embroidered German Shepherd police dog! I have been wanting to make one of these for awhile, because I feel we owe so much to these amazing dogs. They put their lives on the line every single day. If you are interested in a custom beaded Police Dog pin or framed portrait in a different breed, please use the Contact form to send photos of your dog.
If you would like to help buy a police dog a bulletproof vest, consider donating to Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog this holiday season. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support Massachusetts police dogs, by helping provide bulletproof vests, essential equipment, training, & dogs. Vests cost over $1000 each, but they are worth every penny considering how many lives these dogs save.
Also, check out my latest customized Miniature Schnauzer pin pendant. This dog is Black and Silver. I used at least 6 different colors of seed beads for this piece as well as a drop bead for the nose. This design is currently available for sale on Etsy and Amazon.. Enter coupon code HOLIDAY16 to save 15% on any purchase of $10 or more in my Etsy shop. Coupon expires December 15, 2016.. Perhaps I should make matching earrings next?