Majestic Bead Painting Finished!!

Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..

Beaded Peterbilt truck American bulldog painting Colonial Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre Boston city scene art

Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.

This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)

This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!! 😀

Semi-Beaded Truck, Turkey Day, & Black Friday Sale!

Here’s an update on the progress of my beaded Peterbilt semi- truck. After beading the American flag grill, headlights, and cab, I created two beaded lights using 12-gauge precious metal wire. I stitched a ball of felt to the ends of them, and bead embroidered orange Delicas around the felt. I wasn’t sure this would work at first, but it turned out kinda cool!

semi truck lights peterbilt bead embroidery on wire experiment etsy art

And, even though working with wire is not my forté, somehow I managed to create 2 side view mirrors by stitching liquid silver bugle beads to precious metal wire.

semi beaded peterbilt side view truck mirrors sterling silver wirework experiment

Currently, the truck  consists of 4 pieces of beadwork + 2 wire lights. Nothing will be stitched together until all of the pieces have been created.

semi truck beaded peterbilt usa bead embroidery etsy beadwork sale

semi beaded peterbilt truck beadwork bead embroidery etsy coupon sale

I still need to add some lights on top of the cab, as well as a beaded doggie passenger:) How does it look so far?

semi beaded peterbilt truck usa etsy bead embroidery beadwork coupon sale

27cm x 27cm x 5cm

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on holiday orders for my Etsy shop. Please note: ALL CHRISTMAS ORDERS for custom beaded dog pins or made-to-order items MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 14 to guarantee delivery, though I will make every attempt to ship orders placed after this date in a timely fashion.

To kick off the holiday shopping season,  I will be running a special sale on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday. All items in the Clearance Section of my shop will be an additional 25% off the marked price for 2 days only beginning on Thursday, November 22, 2012 beginning at 12am EST. Please watch my Facebook page for an additional coupon code to receive Free Shipping all weekend long! Remember, November 24 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small & local businesses! Thank you for your support. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

Rhinestone Squaredelle Headlights & Coupon Code

For the past few days, I’ve been busy beading my semi- truck. I used Preciosa rhinestone squaredelles for the head lights. I stitched them on end which really helps to create dimension! I also beaded several layers of metallic Delicas around them to keep them together. How do you think it looks so far? Next, I will start working more detailed parts, like side-view mirrors and exhaust stacks.. :O

semi beaded peterbilt tractor trailer art bead embroidery seed beads beadwork etsy

Besides this project, I have been preparing for my first bead embroidery workshop. I am also currently celebrating 200 sales in my Etsy shop! FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS use coupon code OCT200 to receive 10% off any order now through October 31, 2012. Thank you so much for your interest in my beadwork! 😀

Semi-Beaded Semi

I have finally found some time to start working on a larger piece – a beaded semi-truck! This one is inspired by a friend’s photo of a Peterbilt truck spotted at work one day.

felt semi Peterbilt tractor trailer beadwork bead embroidery seed beads beaded painting

I enlarged the photo and used it to cut out many layers of felt in several shapes. The felt foundation measures approx. 10″ x 10″.. I stitched the layers of felt together and began beading an American flag grille using a mix of red, white, & blue seed beads.

beadwork bead embroidery American Flag grille beaded Peterbilt tractor trailer

Once I finished the flag, I beaded a silver frame around it. I used 11/o Czech glass charlottes, and larger fire-polished beads. It is very sparkly, much like the real truck:)

semi beaded Peterbilt tractor trailor felt bead embroidery beadwork car bead painting relief

Now, I am working on the bumper. This area is quite large, so I stitched a variety of metal beads onto the felt. I plan to fill in the spaces with more seed beads. How does it look so far? 😀

>After Christmas Truck Sale


You may have noticed that I’ve been making a few changes around here, with my new avatars, banners, Facebook, and Twitter backgrounds. I have also created 2 new banners for you and I updated my CafePress shop. I reissued a couple of designs to help promote my beadwork and Etsy shop, including Rudy’s Dream & Engine Co. 6. I also added a new design – my beaded Datsun King Cab pickup truck! 🙂

The Lone Beader thelonebeader CafePress Orange Datsun pickup truck beaded pop art Warhol print(Click image to enter shop.)

If you have some extra Christmas money to spend and didn’t get any toys to play with, you have come to the right place. I am offering some cool new items, such as a framed pop art print, wall clock, calendar, and a high tech Flip Mino Mini Digital Camcorder. Please stop by The Lone Beader’s Boutique, then tell me what your favourite items are! Have fun shopping! 😀

>Pop Art Banner


beaded pop art car painting bead embroidery Boston artist Etsy banner
(click to shop)

Just a quick post today. I wanted to show you my new Etsy shop banner! I was kind of stressed about it for awhile, but I finally came up with something that I like. I wanted it to represent my current style, as well as what I can do on commission. I plan to add beaded pop art to the shop in the future, so I needed something that really grabs people. I also noticed that The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop comes up on the same page as Roy Lichtenstein when you Google search ‘pop art car‘! Sweet! 🙂

>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!