Beaded Chinese Chow Chow Pin + Cyber Monday!

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.

Chinese CHOW CHOW beaded dog pin pendant bead embroidery jewelry

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?

Beaded Yorkie Sterling Silver Split Cuff Bracelet Bead Embroidery Etsy

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!

Award Winning Beadwork

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

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beading Jewelry Making Contest WInner Bead embroidery Poodle bracelet Diana Grygo The Lone Beader

Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beads Jewelry Making Contest Diana Grygo The Lone Beader Etsy Boston

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! 🙂

‘Poodle in Public Garden’ Beaded Cuff Bracelet

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! 😀

brown beaded Poodle in boston public garden cuff bracelet bangle bead embroidery etsy

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.

brown beaded Poodle in public garden cuff bracelet etsy bead embroidery dog

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.

beaded poodle in public garden cuff bangle bracelet bead embroidery etsy

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! 😀

Mexican Beaded Bracelets

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!!

Playa del Carmen Royal Haciendas Mexico Yucatan Peninsula Cancun vacation palm tree

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:

beaded Mexican bracelets beadwork Mexico Playa del Carmen jewelry shopping beads Cancun

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?

Mexican beaded bracelets beadwork Playa del Carmen jewelry shopping Cancun Mexico

 On your next visit to Mexico, stop and look at the beadwork. Perhaps you will find something special to take home, too:)

Mixing Beadweaving with Lampwork Beads

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! 🙂

freeform beadwork peyote stitch beading etsy jewelry bracelet cuff lampwork beads

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! 😀

 

>New Bracelet, New Exhibition

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Yesterday, I made a new freeform beaded bracelet to match the ‘Falling Leaves‘ necklace that’s listed in my Etsy shop! I used the same seed bead mixes, copper leaf, and toggle clasp. I think it compliments the necklace very well and it is quite comfortable to wear. I’ll be listing this in my shop this afternoon, so please check back. Next, I need to make a matching pair of earrings! 😀

Also, I have a bit of exciting news. A few days ago, I was invited to participate in a big Contemporary Bead Art exhibition in Plattsburgh, NY! The show takes place at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and runs November 6 – 29, 2010. I will post more details about the show (and participating bead artists) as soon as I receive them. For now, I am getting ready to make the 5-hr. drive up there (tomorrow) to deliver my beadwork! I plan to show at least 10 of my largest paintings at this show, so if you live in Upstate New York, Vermont, or Montreal, Canada, please make a point to stop by and check it out! Thanks for your interest! 😀

>How to Make a Beaded Bracelet.. in Russian!

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Greenbird Moscow Russia Russian bead shop thelonebeader bead embroidery featured American pop artist Boston

Today, my friend Tanya informed me that she posted my instructions for how to make a Tiny Beaded Flowerbed Bracelet in Russian! This can be seen on Magic-Beads.ru – just click the screen shot above. I am honoured! I used Google Translate to read the page in English, and I think it is a great feature! I hope that I will inspire others to make their own beaded bracelets! If you are interested in seeing more photos of this bracelet, please visit my Etsy shop. Also, don’t forget to check out my new Featured blog page to see other websites that have mentioned my beadwork. Thanks for your interest! Happy beading! 🙂