Beaded Cat Pin & Small Business Grant Contest

This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads  and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)

beaded ginger orange white cat pin etsy bead embroidery beadwork pin brooch

Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest 2014 The Lone Beader Boston Artist Etsy

If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration! 😀

Vote for your Favourite Bead Dreams Piece!

If you are not able to attend this year’s Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you can still check out the Bead Dreams exhibition online!

Bead Dreams People Choice Award 2013 Bead & Button Show Bead embroidery poodle collar necklace

All this week, you can vote for your favourite Bead Dreams piece.  The piece with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Choice Award ribbon and a $500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems. Please click HERE to view all of the finalists! Scroll down to view my micro-beaded dog collar necklace entitled ‘Pretty in Poodles‘. Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on my latest bead painting in progress. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!


>Abigail Adams’ Birthday Party


Last night, I went to the artist reception for Abigail in Perspective at the Quincy Historical Society!

beaded face mask Abigail Adams bead embroidery portrait competition Quincy Art Association
It was fun meeting some of the artists, and I had a great time viewing all of the portraits and works of art inspired by First Lady Abigail Adams! There was also birthday cake to celebrate! 🙂

beaded face mask Abigail Adams bead embroidery Quincy Historical Society Art Association
And here is a quick peek at the winning piece, ‘Abigail’s Kitchen’ – an oil painting by Anet Paglierani. My beaded portrait, ‘21st Century Abby‘, is displayed right next to it! 🙂

beaded face Abigail Adams bead embroidery portrait Quincy Historical Society Art Association

Abigail in Perspective is the first of many art exhibits which will be presented by the Quincy Art Association & the Quincy Historical Society. If you would like to see more of the paintings at the show, please check the Abigail in Perspective event page listed on my Facebook page. And, if you happen to be in Quincy Center, this show runs now through January 8, 2010. Admission is free, so stop by and take a peek! Most works are available for sale. Enjoy! 🙂

>Home in Quincy


Yay! I’m finally back in Quincy! I spent a long weekend in Pittsburgh with family & had a great time! I also got some beading done! Before I show you the progress of my beaded White House painting, I want to show you the new project I started. No, it’s not a portrait of Michael Jackson, President Obama, David Bowie, or Bob Dylan.. It will be a beaded portrait of Abigail Adams.


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Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States of America, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the 6th. Her final resting place is just 2 blocks away from my home in the crypt at the United First Parish Church in Quincy Center. I recently paid a visit to the church and learned that it is one of only 2 churches in all of the U.S. that has an ‘occupied’ crypt. I also learned that the United First Parish Church was recently awarded a preservation grant of $80,000 to restore its clock tower and the public corridor which leads to the Adams crypt. 😮 

bead painting Abigail Adams quincy art association historical society competition beadwork bead embroiderySemi-beaded portrait of Abigail Adams. Bead embroidery on felt.
4.5″ x 2.5″. Work in progress.

So, why a beaded portrait of Abigail Adams? Because she is the focus of an upcoming visual arts competition called ‘Abigail in Perspective‘ presented by the Quincy Art Association & The Quincy Historical Society. Entries must be “original artwork & reflect a representation of or a sense of Abigail Adams.” Accepted mediums include, oil, acrylic, pastel, sculpture, & mixed media. Sounds like a great opportunity for me to participate in my local arts community once again! I’d better get beading! 😀

>Celebrating Beads in D.C.


Thanks for all your comments on my last post! I really appreciate all the encouragement! I had a nice time in Washington, D.C., and I accomplished a lot while I was there! I went to the National Gallery of Art‘s East Building to check out work by Andy Warhol, Picasso and Alexander Calder. Then, I went to the West Building to see the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Western Hemisphere. I checked to see if anyone was protesting anything in front of the White House (…and nothing! LOL). I debated politics at the pub until last call. I went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I checked out the Zenith Gallery because I had to take a closer look at Susan Klebanoff‘s tapestries. And, I did a little shopping at the International Spy Museum… 😀

Of course, in between all of that, I went to the Passion of Beads Gala hosted by the Bead Museum. This was my first visit to the museum, and it was lovely! They have a very large exhibit of beads from around the world, as well as the Bead Timeline of History. The museum is small, but there is a lot of information there!

Bead Museum D.C. Celebrating Beads journey the lone beader boston artist competition bead embroidery

Bead Museum D.C. Celebrating Beads journey the lone beader boston artist competition bead embroidery

After learning a little about the museum, I was happy to meet one of my readers – Zoya Gutina! Zoya and I talked a lot! We are like old friends now! 😀

Bead Museum D.C. Celebrating Beads Passion for Beads Gala journey the lone beader boston bead embroidery(Zoya won First Place in the Hobbyist Seed Beads category!:)

The gala was nice, too. There was lots of food, wine, a silent auction, a screening of Diana Friedberg’s ‘World on a String’, and a fine display of beadwork to look at! But, Zoya & I wondered, “Where are our pieces??” We were told that all of the Celebrating Beads finalists work would be on display at the event, but it seemed that almost half of the pieces were missing! After a little investigating, we learned that the museum did not carry the insurance for the large works that did not fit in the flat display tables. So they weren’t there! Many people were asking me where my piece was, and I really wanted to see all of the 109 finalists’ work! I was very disappointed about that… The reason many of us went was because we were told our pieces would be there! 😦
Ah well… I guess it doesn’t matter because my piece did not place into the exhibit anyways. But, I knew that it wouldn’t. We saw the Award Winner’s work in a slide show, and I would say that 95% of the winning pieces were jewelry, and mostly necklaces… A large bead painting like Gasoline District would not fit in with that, nor would it even fit on a wall at the museum! LOL. But, all was not lost. The jurors got to see my work, including Joyce Scott, and that makes me feel like a winner! 😀

All in all, I would say that the entire experience was necessary, fun, and interesting. I met many wonderful people. I learned a little more about beads. I realized that my work has probably outgrown the bead competitions, and is perhaps now entering the realm of contemporary art. But most importantly, this event taught me that if at first you don’t succeed, bead, bead again! 😀

>Artsfest Success

>Thanks for all you comments on my last post! I had a great time at the 11th Annual Quincy Artsfest this weekend. It rained a little on Friday night during the Awards Ceremony, and it rained today, but that didn’t seem to stop folks from coming out and seeing some local art. Saturday was the perfect day for an art festival. A lot of kids were there painting pumpkins & pottery. They also learned how to use a pottery wheel! I enjoyed looking at the artist-made jewelry that was for sale, as well as the young artists’ work. I also had the chance to talk to some people about my beadwork! Overall, it was a very nice time! Here are some pics so you can see… Can’t wait ’til next year! 😀

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