Dear friends, Happy Halloween! I am pleased to announce that my Yorkshire Terrier beading pattern is now available in Spanish language! Please click the photo below to download on Etsy.
Patrón en español! ¡Crea un hermoso broche o pendiente bordado de un Yorkshire Terrier! Atención: este no es un kit de bordado, tampoco un molde de cuenta por cuenta. Es un tutorial fotográfico que explica paso a paso el proceso para que usted pueda crear sus propias piezas. Aprenda cómo realizar este broche de perro bordado para usted mismo o para ese amigo que ama a los perros Yorkies 🙂 Visite por favor mi tienda de Etsy para más detalles.
Also, check out my latest custom order – a beaded Norwegian Forest Cat pin. This keepsake pendant was created by stitching several shades of size 15 seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. Then, I layered tiny 1x4mm Czech glass maco tube beads to create realism. I also used a tiny freshwater pearl for the nose. Below you can see how this pin looks when worn as a pendant!
The holidays are fast approaching! If you are interested in ordering a custom beaded pet pin, please see my Etsy shop for more details. These can be made as pins & pendants. Earring designs and framed miniature pet portraits can be created as well. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Due to popular demand, I have decided to offer ‘Beads Only’ packages in my Etsy shop. These will contain the 15/0 seed beads needed to create some of my most popular doggie designs. Beads for the Westie and Pug patterns are currently available for sale in limited quantities. (Beads for the Yorkie pattern will be made available soon!) Complete beading kits containing all materials needed are also available. Please see my shop for more details.
I have also been listing some new items, with more on the way.. Here is my latest – a Blue Beaded British Police Box pendant, which bears a striking resemblance to a famous British TV time machine. 😉 The earrings were so popular, I decided I had to make a matching pendant, too:) Do you like it? 😀
I have also decided to have my beading patterns translated to Spanish language. I have been receiving so many requests for this, that it cannot be ignored. It may take a while to accomplish this, so please stay tuned! That’s the news for now. Happy beading! 😀
This week, I found the time to create a new beaded dog pin – a Lhasa Apso! These sweet dogs lend themselves well to beading because they have long beautiful flowing hair. For this pin, I used several different colors of Japanese size 15 seed beads as well as a glass eye for the nose. I layered some beaded fringe on the dog’s head & tail adding just the right amount of visual interest!
If you follow my Facebook page, you’ll know that I listed this piece for sale at my Etsy shop late last night. Much to my amazement, this pin sold in just a few hours, so I relisted it as made-to-order for anyone else who might like one:)
I worked on my Zazzle shop a bit more this week, as well! It seems that artsy iPhone & iPod Touch cases are big sellers these days, so I made these available in new designs. Check out my ‘Beaded’ Great Blue Heron iPod Touch Case, as well as my ‘Beaded’ Rudy’s Dream iPad Case! So, if Santa forgets to bring you a case for your new mobile device, now you’ll know where to get one:)
That’s the news for now. Happy holidays, everyone! 😀
Today is Small Business Saturday. Since the holidays (and Cyber Monday) are now upon us, I have decided to celebrate by offering free shipping on everything at The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop now through Monday, November 28, 2011 (within the US only). Enter coupon code SHIP2ME at checkout. Help support small businesses today & everyday by shopping for handmade gifts created by artists & crafters at Etsy.com. Just one purchase will help make a difference!
Today, I will be busy working on a made-to-order Yorkshire Terrier pin, but before I do that, I wanted to show you the recent progress of the beaded portrait I am working on. As you can see, I have filled in some reds, blues, and greens around the edges of the face. It is finally beginning to look more complete, but I still have more beading to do… I really like how the face is starting to evolve into something that looks human. I think that using felt instead of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff is what allows this to happen. And, I’m still using the same bent beading needle. Amazed it hasn’t broken yet! That’s the update for now… Back to beading! 😀
In the midst of all my business-related tasks, I discovered some old 35mm slides with images of my beadwork on them! I had these made years ago when I was entering an exhibition that called for these. I don’t think I’ll be needing them any longer. Digital images are much more popular now, and much better quality, too! But, these old slides may still have a purpose.. Are there any interesting ways to recycle/ upcycle them? What would you do with them?
Today, I was working on beading my DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. First I started using black Nymo (nylon) thread. When I ran out, I realized I had a bobbin of gray Conso #69 thread right there on my work table. I remembered I bought it at Beadworks in Boston, but I had never tried it before. (Below is a photo of both threads so you can see the difference.)
(Nymo- left. Conso- right.)
Conso is a bonded nylon industrial quilting/upholstery thread. It is pretty strong, so I thought I should try it out. After I did, I wondered why Beadworks would sell this. I guess you could use it for simple stringing. Or maybe a bead-knitting or beadweaving project, but I don’t think I would. It seems to be strong enough to withstand the sharp edges of my Czech glass bugle beads, but it is very twisted, and it’s hard to thread the needle with. Then, it seems hard to pull the thread through my many layers of felt!
Somehow I made the Conso thread work for a little while, but I think I’m a Nymo girl at heart:)
(Semi-beaded 2008 DeLorean. 19″ x 6.5″. Work in progress.)