Packing Up My Beads to Move..

Writing a blog post during a tropical storm seems as good a time as any.. It’s also a great day for packing up all my seed beads! Later this week, I’m moving from Quincy back to the city of Boston.

Packing Moving Beads Relocating Etsy Quincy Boston MA The Lone Beader

For the past 6 years I have been living in a tiny one-room studio apartment. I desperately need a bigger work space to create my beaded paintings, as well as more wall space to hang them! So, I found a new place in Brighton, MA – I’ll be moving there at the end of the week! I have decided to keep my Etsy shop open while moving, but I have temporarily deactivated all made-to-order items until sometime in September when my new beading work space is all set up.. Please check my Facebook page for any news updates during the transition. Thanks for your patience, and I appreciate your interest in my beadwork! 😀

>Drowning in Freeform Peyote Stitch


Believe it or not, I’ve actually been busy beading during the past week. Working in freeform peyote stitch, I’m creating small strips of beadwork measuring 4-6″ long. These will be the ripples in the water which floods St. Mark’s Square (during acqua alta season) in my painting. I think I am about halfway through making these. They are quite time consuming and right now I feel they are an exercise in futility! You can see how I plan to use these pieces in the photo below. Eventually, they will be stitched directly to the canvas. How do you think it will look when it is finished? (If it will ever be finished!)

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.

>Beaded Portrait in Progress


Today, I want to show you my beading work space! There are shell pink coloured seed beads everywhere! Is your beading table neater or messier than mine? 😮

bead embroidery portrait Abigail Adams Samuel John Quincy MA historical society beaded art
Anyways, I am working on the second felt piece for my beaded Abigail Adams portrait. At this point, I am still not sure I like it, or if it even looks like Abigail! It always amazes me how adding beads to an idea really transforms it into something almost completely different… How do you think she looks so far? 😮

bead embroidery portrait Abigail Adams Samuel John Quincy MA historical society beaded art
Semi-beaded Abigail Adams portrait. 7.5″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

Regardless, I plan to keep working on this over the weekend. I may also be getting some last minute entry materials together for an upcoming contemporary art exhibition. And, I will be listing new items in my Etsy shop, including my ‘Bluebird in New Hampshire‘ painting! In case you hadn’t noticed, I have added a new section for books & magazines in my shop. If there are any old Bead & Button or Beadwork magazines you are looking for, please stop by & take a peek! 🙂

What will you be working on this weekend? 🙂