>Beaded Yorkie Love

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Long time no blog, yet I have been busy beading! While I was in Tucson, I received a custom order request through my Etsy shop. A beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin/ pendant! This cute little dog is named Jetboy & he lives in Czech Republic. I received his photo via email and began beading. 

First I resized the photo and traced it. Then, I cut out 4 layers of felt: 2 layers for his entire body, and 2 layers for his head. Working from his photo, I used a drop bead & Japanese size 15 seed beads to bead his entire body. Beaded Jetboy is quite small (3cm x 4.5cm), and I used quite a few different colours, so this took awhile to complete! :O

I suppose I could have stopped beading there, but it’s really not in my nature. So, I bead-embroidered tiny fringes on his legs and nose. I believe this is the part which adds realism & personality. 

Then, I added even more fringe around his face, ears, & tail. And lastly, I added a red collar. 

Beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin/pendant.
Bead embroidery on felt. 1.25″ x 1.75″ (3cm x 4.5).

All I have left to do now, is add an Ultrasuede backing and pinback, then Jetboy will be ready to ship! Hope my customer likes it! What kind of dog should I make next? ๐Ÿ˜€

UPDATE: This piece has sold and is now listed in my Etsy shop as Made-to-Order. Please see item listing for more details. Thanks for your interest!

>Jake the Beaded Jack Russell Terrier

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Last weekend, I received another custom order through my Etsy shop! I was asked if I could create one of my beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin/pendants with different colouring. This pin was to look like Jake (in the photo below) and it would be a gift for someone special! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I posted a photo of this piece in progress on my Facebook page, but here is how my finished pin turned out. I used only size 15 Japanese glass seed beads for the entire piece. Beads are layered to make the ears and tail stand out just a bit. Given the small scale, I think it’s pretty close to the real dog… What do you think

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Beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin/ pendant. 
2- 1/8″ wide x 1″ tall (5.5 cm x 3cm).


I sent a photo of the finished pin to my customer before I shipped it out, and she can’t wait to get it! I hope the recipient likes it, too! If you are interested in a custom pet pin or pendant, please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy for more details. I think I will list this piece as an example of my work! ๐Ÿ™‚

>Return of the Divas

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Those who have been reading my blog for the past couple of years will remember my custom pet portrait called The Divas. It is a beaded portrait of 4 Old English Sheepdogs.

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This piece was pretty popular in the blogosphere while I was working on it, and it ended up being published in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine. It was also published in a Russian magazine last year! Well, I decided to bring the Divas back, and create my favourite dogs as beaded pins or pendants!

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Here is the first OES I created. Her name is Rachel. I used all size 15 seed beads, a button for her nose, and taxidermy eyes (although you probably can’t see those)! She is made from 2 layers of beadwork. I worked on her for approx. 2 days, and she is still not finished. She needs a backing, but I have decided to list her in my Etsy shop anyways. Customers can pick whether they would like her finished as a pin, a pendant, or a sew-on applique for use in one of their own handmade projects! Personally, I think she would look cool as a pendant on a silk ribbon! She will definitely attract attention wherever she goes! Please click the pic to see more more photos:

beaded Old English Sheepdog OES bead embroidery pet portrait dog pin brooch wearable art2.5″ x 1.25″w (6cm x 3cm)

Which Diva is your favourite, and which one do you think I’ll make next?? ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, if you have time, check out the new Easter Sale Section in my shop for unique beaded items available at 25-50% off! Thank you for your interest, and have a great day! ๐Ÿ˜€

>Dog People’s Choice

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Today, I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog to show you a very cool pet website – The Woof Report! If you have not heard of this site, and you love dogs, do stop by and sign up for their daily newsletter. Woof Report sniffs out top dog blogs, websites, newsletters, magazines and pet stores. This weekend, they are featuring me! Please stop by and take a peek:

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Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!! ๐Ÿ˜€

>Beaded Top Dog

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I hope everyone here in the States has been enjoying the long Presidents Day weekend. I have been keeping busy as usual. On Saturday, I listed a few items in my Etsy shop. These are some of my earliest works, including a beaded chickadee, a tufted titmouse bird, and a collectible baby sea turtle button (for sewing). I have been debating on whether I wanted to part with the turtle because he turned out so cute, but I figured that a button collector might really enjoy him… ๐Ÿ™‚ You can check out my new listings here:

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Yesterday, I started beading a new dog for my shop! This dog is inspired by the Sussex Spaniel named Stump who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If you haven’t seen Stump yet, check him out – he will make you smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ My beaded Sussex Spaniel is about halfway finished. I think I’m going to add another layer of bugle beads and some beaded fringe so that his legs appear to be short. He should be complete later this week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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And, the news of the day is that my beaded Irish Jack Russell Terrier pin was mentioned in a beady newsletter on Bead-Patterns.com. It is actually an interesting coincidence, because I was toying with the idea of creating a pattern for this pin to sell in my Etsy shop. I finally figured out how to create a PDF file, so all I have to do is start writing the instructions. But, before I start selling beading patterns and/or kits, I want to make sure they are protected by a copyright. I will need to do a little research about how to do that… One thing is for certain, this idea will definitely give me something to work toward! ๐Ÿ˜€

>The Deal With Rudy

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Jack Russell Terrier Pin/Pendant. 2- 1/8″ wide x 1-1/4″ tall (5.5 cm x 3.5cm)
Available at The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop. Click for more pics.

Okay, I decided that Rudy should be a regular item in my Etsy shop. He sold so quickly the last time, that I had to make another one. I made this brooch using mostly size 11 Czech glass seed beads, but there are some Japanese size15’s in there as well. It is a pin that can also be worn as a pendant. My previous Irish Jack Russell Terrier‘s have been brown & white, but this one is mostly black & white. If/when this piece sells, I will relist this item as a made-to-order piece – I think this is how I will list most of my beaded animal pin/pendants. Buyers must specify whether they want brown or black. Each Rudy will be unique, but they will all be the same basic shape.

I do plan to list a few new pieces to The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop each week, but I do not plan to post them all here unless they are completely new and exciting! (I really want to focus on my larger art pieces!) So, if you want to see all new listings in my shop, you will have to check back, or subscribe to its RSS feed in your Google Reader. I hope this helps explain the method to my madness! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, back to those earrings I was busy beading… ๐Ÿ˜€

>Beading a British Cat

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Bead embroidery on felt. 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm).
Beadwork in progress.

Thanks for all your comments on my last post! Here’s what I started working on last night. Hopefully, it will be a beaded likeness of Faz the Cat. Faz lives in the United Kingdom, and I have been reading her blog for at least a year and a half. I look forward to reading about Faz’s adventures everyday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Someday, I would love to do a larger portrait of a cat, but I will start out with a small brooch to see how it comes out. Looking at a photo of Faz, I came up with a sketch. Then, I traced the sketch and stitched it to a piece of felt and a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I am stitching right through the tracing paper for this piece so I don’t make any colour mistakes. (I did make one mistake that caused me to rip out half of the beads I stitched!) So far, I have used 6 different colours, and they are mostly size 15 Japanese seed beads. This piece of beadwork is very small- it measures approx. 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm). It will be hard to get a lot of detail, but I will try! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ