The Lone Beader at Newbury Handmade Market

Beaded Dog Jewelry Bead Embroidery Kits Newbury Street Boston Handmade Market

Dear friends, just a quick reminder. This week, I am selling my beaded dog jewelry, bead art, and beading kits at Newbury Handmade Market featuring Etsy artists every day through  Thursday, July 17, 2014. The shop is located at 301 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Open daily 11am-7pm. Please stop by and say hello! 😀

Holiday Pet Shoppes Show @ Sheraton Boston Hotel

I am excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in the Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 show! The show takes place this Saturday, December 8 at the  Sheraton Boston Hotel (at Prudential Center) from 12pm-6pm. This show is sponsored by Cityside Subaru and will feature over a dozen carefully selected pet vendors from throughout New England. You will be able to view my beaded doggie designs as well as a select number of my beaded artworks, all of which will be available for sale. Please check the event page to learn about all of the vendors, as well as special guest, Lilly the Hero Pit Bull🙂

pin pendant brooch display felt-covered canvas on table top easel

This will be my first show on rather short notice, so I have been running around like crazy trying to prepare. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I  used what I had around the house to create a display for my beaded pet pins. I simply covered a canvas with felt and displayed it on a tabletop easel. I can now attach my pins and pendants to the felt using U-pins. It’s a simple idea, but I think it will serve its purpose for a one-day show. What do you think?

beaded Labradoodle pin pendant Golden Retriever, Golden Doodle, Cockapoo, etsy bead embroidery beadwork

I will also be offering one of my latest designs at next week’s show – a new beaded Labradoodle pin! I used size 11 & 15 seed beads to created this piece. Beadwork is layered on the dog’s head & ears to create more dimension. I posted a photo of this on my Facebook page, and learned that this piece could actually pass for several different dog breeds. What kind of dog does it look like to you? 😀

>It’s Not About the Canvas


Everyone is probably wondering how I am going to finish my beaded White House when it is finally finished. For those of you who are new readers, I usually finish my bead paintings by stitching the beadwork to a painted stretched canvas. Since my White House is quite large (16″ wide) and will be even larger when I am finished, I will need a good sized canvas, but not just any canvas. I want a large oval canvas.

Utrecht boston mass ave MA artist thelonebeader oval canvas art supply store
For the past month or so, I have been searching online and emailing art supply stores to see if I can get a 36″ oval stretched canvas. I even went to Utrecht, a local art supply shop in Boston, to see what they had.

Utrecht boston mass ave MA artist thelonebeader oval canvas art supply store

Utrecht has many canvases in all different shapes and sizes, but they only had a 9″ x 12″ oval canvas available in the store. I asked if they could special order one for me, but largest oval they make is 20″. Someone from the store told me that “The bigger sizes are very difficult to manufacture since the frame is cut from particle board on a jig and larger sizes require more cut outs in order to create a braced frame. These frames can be made specially for us, but it is not possible to do special orders on this particular product group (ovals and circles) since they don’t use standard frames that we can adjust or cut on a lathe in the canvas factory, and we can’t order individual pieces- it is just too expensive…” I appreciate Utrecht’s honesty. I also appreciate the 30% off coupon code they gave me to make up for it! Now, I will definitely have to try their acrylic paints! 😀

Rex Art MA artist thelonebeader oval canvas art supply store
So, after some more internet searching, I finally found Rex Art. They carry 24″ x 36″ Fredrix Oval Convexo stretched canvases by the box of 4! A box of 4 of these canvases is pricey and they will have to be shipped to me. At first, I was trying not to go this route because I only need one, but I don’t think I have any other choice at this point. I know that art is not about canvas and it’s not about the beads – it’s about ideas, but my idea is to represent the Oval Office, and I feel this can only be done on an oval canvas. Looks like I will have to place an order… What do you think I should do with the other three canvases?? 😮

>My Gallery Shop on Etsy!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
Today is the day! I am announcing the Grand Opening of my Etsy store! This is where I will offer some of my beaded paintings for sale. This is also where I will accept requests for custom bead art! So, if you’re looking for someone to create a beaded portrait of your pet or classic car, you’ve come to the right place! And, who knows… in the future, I might even have an idea for a bead embroidery kit or two… We will see!! 😀

To celebrate the Grand Opening, USPS First Class shipping is FREE on everything in the shop from now through October 31, 2008! (Shipping to the USA only). Please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop for more details. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 😀

>Beaded Fire Prevention Week


Summer is really flying by! This is the last week of the Bead International 2008 exhibit already! And that means this is also the last week my beaded fire truck image will be available at my CafePress shop. If you love Chevy fire trucks, check out The Lone Beader’s Boutique for limited edition merchandise featuring Engine Co. 6.

beaded Chevy fire truck Engine Co. 6 Bead International CafePress shop Lone Beader's Boutique
And, if you happen to be in Southeastern Ohio this week, take a ride over to the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens to check out my piece in person. It will be on display through September 1st only. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!