4th Beaded Taxi Cab & New Website!

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

A couple of days ago, I completed the bead embroidery for my 4th beaded NYC taxi cab. I used a number of larger seed beads for this one, including Magatamas, and Czech crystal rounds. This car really sparkles in traffic! Finally, I think all the beaded components for my Radio City Music Hall painting are complete. Next, I need to stitch them altogether, and start working on a painted canvas! I still have quite a bit of work to do! :O

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

Also, I am thrilled to announce that I now have a new website! I feel very accomplished because I redesigned this site myself using iWeb. I think this one shares a  little more information about me, as well as more photos of my beadwork! I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek:  https://thelonebeader.com/ 

Thank you for your interest! 🙂

Beaded Thunder at Coos Art Museum

Beaded Buell X-1 Lightning beadwork bead embroidery motorcycle Coos Art Museum

This week, I went to First Class Pack & Ship in Weymouth, MA to send my beaded motorcycle to Oregon! My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning entitled Free Parking Spot was juried into a large exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art at Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR.

Coos Art Museum Coos Bay Oregon Motorcycle Harley exhibition beaded bike beadwork 2011

This exhibition is  so big that the museum will be closing its doors beginning June 1st until the opening day.  Taken from the museum’s website: “Since their invention, motorcycles have become a focus for popular interest and expression. This exhibition explores the public’s fascination with motorcycles and motorcycle culture. On display will be over 25 classic motorcycles from all eras and 62 examples of motorcycle related art works. Motorcycles on exhibition will include many models with an historical review of Harley-Davidsons from 1911 through 2011. The display will also be accompanied by many motorcycle related artifacts. This dual display will occupy both floors of the Museum and promises to be a major motorcycle and art event.”

You’re invited to attend:

An exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art!


Coos Art Museum

235 Anderson Avenue

Coos Bay, OR 97420 

EXHIBITION DATES: June 10, 2011 – July 23, 2011.

RECEPTION: June 10, 2011: 5 -7pm

MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday- Friday, 10am- 4pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm.       Closed: Sunday & Monday holidays.

ADMISSION: $5 ($2 for Seniors & Students)
Free to Members of Coos Art Museum:)

Coos Bay is located at 235 Anderson Avenue, just 1.5 blocks west of US Hwy 101, in downtown Coos Bay. Coos Bay is located on the southern Oregon Coast, along US Hwy 101. It is a 4-hr. drive south/ southwest of Portland, OR; a 2-hr. drive south/southwest of Eugene, OR; & a 9-hr. drive due north of San Francisco, CA.

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast living on the West Coast, you should definitely check out this show. I wish I could attend myself, but it’s just too far away. If you happen to go, please remember to take photos for me! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Larger Taxi, Larger Beads

Beaded Yellow NYC taxi cab fiber art New York City mixed media painting

Here’s a quick pic of the 4th beaded taxi cab I’ve been working on. This one is only slightly larger than the last, but it seems much larger! I am using larger beads, too! Magatamas, size 8’s, size 6’s, bugles, and some bigger black & gold Czech glass beads. (Currently, there are over 30 different types of seed beads out on my beading mat!) Because these large beads are heavier, I am stitching through them several times. This process takes a bit longer, but it ensures that the beads will be held in place properly. How do you think this taxi cab will look speeding down a beaded NYC street? 😀

Glimpse of a Beader’s Work Table

Today, UPS delivered my new digital camera! It’s a pink  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 with 14.1 megapixels. I got it for free with my Sony Rewards points! I would actually like a much better camera – I’m slowly working my up to one, I guess. The camera I had been using for the past 4 years is another Sony Cyber-shot with only 7.2MP. I’m hoping my new one will help me take slightly better photos for my blog and Etsy shop. Here is the first photo I took:

beading work table bead embroidery NYC yellow taxi cab beadwork

Current state of my work table.. :O

As you can see, it’s my messy kitchen beading table! I’m currently working on my 4th beaded taxi cab which will be part of my Radio City Music Hall bead-painting. This one measures 17″ long by 5″ tall – just a bit bigger than the last. It is also made from 11 layers of felt – a lot to stitch through! I will take a close-up shot when I get a little more beadwork done…  😀

Also, just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday, May 20, 2011, is the opening reception for Cambridge Art Association’s Northeast Prize Show. This event takes place in both CAA galleries from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in Cambridge, MA – just over the bridge from Boston and a short walk from Harvard Square. If you plan to attend, look for my bead-painting at University Place Gallery! Please CLICK HERE for more details. Hope to see you there! 😀

Three Beaded NYC Taxi Cabs

Beaded NYC yellow taxi cabs New York City beadwork bead embroidery

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

This week, I’ve been busy designing a few custom orders for my Etsy shop. I also   finished beading the 3rd speeding taxi cab for my Radio City Music Hall painting. (Well, it’s almost finished.. I can see where I forgot to add some red seed beads!) Aside from that, I tried to make it stand out a little more than the other two cabs. I used darker yellows, different metal hubcaps, twisted bugle beads, and Magatamas… What do you think? Is it starting to look like a New York City street scene? And, how many more beaded taxi cabs should I make? :O

Beaded Radio City Music Hall mixed media NYC street scene beadwork painting

Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Yellow Magatama Taxi Cab

Beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery Magatama see beads

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

I’ve been busy the past couple of days. I spent mostly all of Tuesday redesigning my official website using iWeb. It’s almost complete, and I hope to have it up and running soon! I am also still working on my third beaded NYC taxi cab. Above, you can see that I have used several different yellow seed beads in size 11/o, as well as Miyuki Magatama seed beads. Magatamas are similar to a drop bead but they are more round than they are teardrop shaped. I think they will help to add a new texture to the larger taxi cabs in my beaded Radio City Music Hall scene! Next I must finish the windows as well as the sign on top of the car. Back to beading! 🙂

>Beaded Vehicles for Sale!


I’ve been working on my Etsy shop more and more & I have begun to add some of my more significant works of art. Currently, 3 of my beaded vehicles are available for sale:

beaded beadwork Buell x-1 Lightning motorcycle bead embroidery fiber art replica vehicle etsy thelonebeader

Free Parking Spot, my beaded Buell X-1 Lightning motorcycle…

beaded beadwork psychedelic blue British bus replica The Doors Jim Morrison bead embroidery for sale etsy thelonebeader fiber art sculpture

The End, my psychedelic blue beaded bus…

beaded beadwork 1943 Chevy fire truck for sale Dalmatian bead embroidery fiber art replica etsy thelonebeader red

and Engine Co. 6, my beaded 1943 Chevy fire truck. Just click the pics to view listings. I have also posted a link to view current sale items in my shop announcement. To view more of my beadwork, please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop or become a fan on Facebook! Thanks for looking and have a great weekend! 🙂