I finally finished working on my little beaded heart-shaped purse just in time for Valentine’s Day! 😀
This purse was a custom order through my Etsy shop. It’s the first purse I have ever made! 😀
The design was inspired by a vintage Valentine & features a beaded white cat & Scottie dog. They were created using Japanese size 15 seed beads, size 13 charlottes & micro-bugle beads. The dog’s collar features Preciosa’s genuine Czech crystal rosemontees.
The front panel of the purse is completely beaded & the back panel is personalized:)
The purse is completed with a glass beaded chain and an Ultrasuede lining.
This one-of-a-kind purse measures 14cm x 14cm & took nearly 40 hours to create from start to finish. Soon it will be making the flight to London, England – a city I absolutely love! Wish I could go too! 😀
Last week, I beaded the entire front panel of my heart-shaped purse -ironically while suffering from my own broken heart:( It is so difficult to do beadwork when all you can see are tears 😥
First, I stitched my beaded cat & Scottie dog to the Ultrasuede. Then, I stitched on a few different shades of 11/0 Czech glass seed beads slowly working my way around the heart. To add even more depth to the piece, I then stitched on red Japanese Delicas (with aurora borealis finish) over top of the Czech seed beads.
This took quite a bit of time to bead, but I love the results. My heart, however, will require quite a bit more time.. 😦
Finally I finished working on my bead-embroidered Scottie dog. He is very small, measuring just 3.5cm x 4cm. First, I used 13/0 charlottes, then I layered 1x4mm micro bugle beads over top. Then, I stitched on some Genuine Czech Crystal – Preciosa Viva Rosemontees for the dogs collar. This little dog really sparkles now! Next, I will begin beading the front panel of my custom heart-shaped purse. How does it look so far? 😀
Semi-beaded 5.5" heart-shaped purse. Work in progress..
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This week, I began working on a new custom order for my Etsy shop – my first bead embroidered purse! This will be a Victorian-style heart-shaped purse featuring a beaded cat & Scottie dog inspired by a vintage Valentine. ♥
After working on the purse design, I cut out many layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and stitched them altogether. Using 1mm & 2mm glass eyes, I stitched on their noses and eyes. For those who are wondering, I get these at GlassEyesOnline.com. I use the ones which are attached to a long wire. The wire must be cut & poked through the felt then stitched to the back.
Next, I used Japanese size 15/0 seed beads for the heart and the cat. Its not easy to stitch through all the layers of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but after I completed the cat’s head, it got easier. Once I completed the entire body, I then lazy stitched some tiny crystal 13/0 charlottes over top of the other seed beads to add a little sparkle. This cat is very small – only 3cm x 3cm. The dog is only slightly larger.. I will be beading him next! :O
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I must have been good because I got everything I wanted this year! Here’s one gift from my sister that I’d like to share with you – a vintage beaded handbag to add to my collection! The beaded snowflake pattern on this bag is coming apart from the metal frame a bit, but almost all beads are intact! It’s difficult for me to tell the age of this bag, but the tag inside says it was made in Hong Kong. I don’t think it’s very old, but it is very pretty! Perfect for the holiday season! What did you get for Christmas?? 🙂
Also today, Talisman Studios
selected my beaded owl painting, The Messenger
, to be in an Etsy Treasury! It’s entitled ‘Owl Be There’
! I am so thrilled because I love
owls! I think this is my favourite Treasury, yet! Please stop by to check it out, then let me know.. which owl is your
favourite, and what kind of beaded bird painting should I make next?? 😀
Thanks for your comments on my last post! I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I had a wonderful time visiting my family in Pennsylvania. I also had a good time shopping! Most people probably went shopping for holiday gifts on Black Friday
, or even on Cyber Monday
, but not me! I went thrift store shopping! 😀
There is a little known secret about Erie, PA, that I haven’t mentioned yet – Marian’s Next to New. Marian’s is a second hand shop with very quick turn-over of merchandise. Marian’s offers gently worn/used items at great prices! There is pretty much everything you can think of – jewelry, clothes, shoes, housewares, childrens’ items, vintage electronics, and books. There is something for everyone, and for me there is usually a beaded handbag or two! Here are the bags I’ve found there so far.
The first one is actually a bag I found at Marian’s last year. This handbag was made in Japan. It is rather modern, but I loved it’s bead-embroidered design. It is also in very good shape! 😀
I found the second two bags while shopping on Black Friday of this year. The first one does not have a tag inside, so I am not exactly sure where it was made. I think it was made in either the Czech Republic or Japan. It was made on a loom, and it closes with a zipper. I am not exactly sure of it’s age, but I’m guessing it was made around the middle of last century. It will need a bit of cleaning, but otherwise it is in very good condition, with almost all of the beads intact. You can see the designs on the front and back below:
The third bag is my favourite! It is just a small bead-embroidered coin purse, but it has a very modern artistic design! It has a tag inside which says ‘Made in Czechoslovakia‘ so I am guessing it was made in the 1920’s or 30’s… It is very beautiful, and it is almost like new! No beads are missing! 😀
It looks like I’m slowly building up a small collection of these antique beaded handbags! How old do you think they are? What do you think is the best method to safely clean them without damaging the threads? And, what did you buy over the weekend? Hope you found something as fabulous as I did! 😀