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!
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded cuff bracelet, Poodle in Public Garden, won an award in the Fire Mountain Gems 2015 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest! :O
Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!
I am always surprised on the rare occasions that I do win an award because I don’t create pieces with contests in mind. I simply create what I love! You can view more photos of this piece in my Etsy shop HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
I have been busy the past few weeks. I am preparing for a week long Newbury Handmade Market next month, so I started restocking some of my most popular Etsy items, such as beaded Pugs and Poodles.. Then, inspiration hit and I made my first beaded Poodle cuff bracelet! 😀
This 2″ bracelet was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads and vintage German glass flowers and leaves to felt. Beadwork was mounted onto a blank metal cuff and lined with Ultrasuede. If you would like to view the progress of my bead embroidery, please see this album on Facebook.
I decided to call this piece ‘Poodle in Public Garden‘ because it reminds me of all the adorable dogs I always see walking in the Boston Public Garden. It is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop.
This piece can also be customized to include the beaded dog breed of your choice. If you would like to order your own custom ‘Public Garden’ beaded bracelet, please see my Etsy shop for more details.. or use the Contact form above:) Thanks for looking! 😀
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to a much warmer climate – I went to Mexico! This was my first time visiting the country and it is just beautiful. It is very much like the paradise I imagined!!
I stayed in Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun. Of course, I went to the beach and did a few touristy excursions (Tulum, Xel-Ha, and snorkeling in Cozumel), but I also did a little shopping on 5th Avenue. Anyone who has already been there knows this is not easy. Bargaining is the name of the game, and everyone is trying to sell you something whether you need it or not. I was shopping for local handmade goods. I found quite a few shops selling many beaded jewelry items! I asked permission to take this photo of some beaded bracelets I saw:
Women who live in the tiny villages of Mexico make this beaded jewelry to support themselves and their families. Any purchase you make helps support the local economy, and is greatly appreciated. So, of course I picked up a few bracelets to take home. Which one do you like best?
On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)
This week, I am busy preparing for next week’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to show you my latest freeform beaded bracelet! 🙂
Remember my first lampwork beads I made at Diablo Glass School recently? Well, I experimented by weaving them into one of my freeform peyote stitched cuffs. This piece is well-balanced with one lampwork cylinder bead at the center and two lampwork beads on either side of it. I used a mix of pink, white, blue and gold seed beads. I stitched through the lampwork beads many, many times to ensure that the thread will hold the weight of the piece. And, it does! Click the pic to see more photos. This bracelet measures 7″ so it will fit anyone with a 6″ wrist. It also features a sterling silver slide clasp which makes it easy to put on & take off!
Also, just a quick reminder, you can save 10% off any order in my Etsy shop by using coupon code OCT200. Valid through October 31, 2012! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀