Back in January, before I left for Mexico, I received a custom order request for a beaded pink corded poodle similar to the ones featured in my ‘Pretty in Poodles‘ choker necklace.. This wasn’t the first time I received this request, so after creating it, I decided to list this item in my Etsy shop as Made to Order. This piece can be made as a pin or a pin pendant, and it’s available in several different colors. Please note that colors may vary depending on what I have on hand.
Since then, I have been keeping busy with various Etsy and Amazon orders which I am extremely grateful for in this uncertain time. Beadwork gives me something to focus on which is positive, and I find that helps with overall mental health. Its also a great activity if you happened to be self-quarantined.. Here is a pic of my most recent beadwork, a custom beaded ‘Champion Standard Poodle’. For this piece, I worked from a photo that my customer sent me. I used a mix of 15/o Japanese seed beads, as well as 1x4mm micro bugle beads. The dog’s hair actually moves when you touch it! What do you think? I like this design so much – I think it would look great in different colors!
Currently, residents of Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts have been ordered to ‘Stay at Home’ for the next couple of weeks. So, I will be busy working on beadwork orders, as usual! If you are living in a city or country which is currently in lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and you are looking for something new to try, check out my bead embroidery patterns, beading kits, and beading supplies on Etsy. All ready-to ship items will be on sale for the next few weeks. If you are interested in learning bead embroidery and have never had the time until now, sign up for my email list to gain FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial.
Also, if you are working from home and need something positive to listen to other than the news, I recommend the James Altucher Show. He’s my favorite podcaster these days. I also listen to Rich Roll for overall health news, This American Life, and The Minimalists, among others… And if you are interested in having some positive news delivered to your inbox regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, check out https://futureloop.com/c19… It is good to stay informed but whatever you do, don’t panic.. The grocery stores will remain open.
Stay healthy and safe, my friends!
Dear friends, just a quick update ahead of Cyber Monday.. Check out my latest beaded dog pin – a Chinese Chow Chow!! This piece was listed for sale on Etsy and SOLD in just a matter of days! Its unique texture was created by layering tiny glass seed beads using a needle and thread. And the tail was created by sewing beads onto a thin sterling silver wire – the tail actually moves when you touch it. Scroll through my Facebook page to view the progress of this piece.
I am also experimenting with a new product line – minimalist beaded cuff bracelets featuring your favorite dog or animal. This piece was created by stitching a tiny bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier to a sterling silver split cuff bracelet. This bracelet is lightweight and adjustable, perfect for those who work typing at a keyboard all day! I think I will have to make this design in other breeds. What do you think?
Check out this item and more at: thelonebeader.etsy.com. Get 20% off any purchase of $135 or more this weekend only! Thanks for looking!
Recently, I received a rather challenging and exciting custom order request for a pair of beaded Turquoise-Browed Motmot earrings! It was a nice surprise to receive a request for a beaded bird. Before I began beading dogs, I started out making beaded birds – both pins & paintings! I have always been interested in birdwatching, so last year I went on my first birding excursion in the Yucatán Peninsula. It was there where I viewed a motmot for the first time in the wild. He was perched in an orange tree as happy as can be!
To properly depict the Motmot in beads, I had to make the earrings in a large size. My customer wanted long statement earrings. These earrings consist of 4 separate pieces of bead embroidery which were linked together using sterling silver components. I beaded the bird’s body, tail, and feathers first, then I added a second layer of beaded fringe to accentuate the bird’s colors.
Once all the beadwork was complete, I stitched sterling silver eye pins, links, and sterling silver posts to the back. Now, the tail and feathers dangle freely. These were a little bit of a challenge to create as the construction of them was fairly time-consuming. Its never easy for me to duplicate one of my own pieces, so for that reason, earrings always take me a little longer to create.
As you can see, the finished earrings are quite long – approx. 4″ x 1″! They definitely attract attention! What do you think?
I liked how these turned out so much that I made a (slightly different) second pair for myself which I plan to wear this month! If you are interested in custom beaded bird jewelry of a different species, please let me know! Currently my Amazon shop is in vacation mode, and I would like to note that any Ready to Ship items purchased in my Etsy shop between Feb. 3 and Feb. 16 will not ship out until the week of February 18. Also, during this time, made to order items have been temporarily deactivated. I will be making my annual journey South of the Border in search of nature, adventure, inspiration. Perhaps I will see another motmot! 😀
Happy New Year! Due to the high volume of orders which I have experienced recently, I have temporarily put my Amazon Handmade shop on vacation. However, my Etsy shop is still open for business. There you will find only ready to ship items, beading patterns and bead embroidery kits.
It seems to be the season of custom orders, as I have completed many of them lately. Some of my favorite items from 2018 are shown above, a few of which are still available for sale on Etsy.. Receive 10% off any order w/ coupon code YAPPYHOUR18! Please check out my Facebook and/or Instagram pages to see the progress of my latest custom work. I appreciate your interest in my beadwork!! Have a happy & healthy 2019!!
Dear friends, I have received several orders for custom beaded pet pins recently. One was a request for a bead- embroidered Havanese dog pin. After receiving a few photos of my customer’s dog, I worked on a quick sketch which I converted into a felt foundation. And here is the design I came up with:
I began beading the dog’s cute little face by using a small glass drop bead for the nose and two tiny glass doll eyes. The rest was done in Japanese size size 15 seed beads.
Once I finished the first layer of beadwork, I added a second layer of tiny beaded fringe all over the dog’s body. This layer adds texture and movement to the dog’s hair and almost looks ‘real’! What do you think?
If you are interested in adopting your own beaded Havanese pin pendant, earrings, or even framed pet portrait, please use the Contact form above or check out my Etsy shop. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, I am back to working on my Russian bead painting. Here is the latest progress – I have finished beading a large tree. The tree was created by first sewing together a felt foundation with several holes in it. I used a combination of bead embroidery and freeform peyote stitch to create a leafy texture which can be seen through when you move them around. Below is a sneak peak of what it might look like in the finished piece. This portion of the beadwork (tree + cathedral) measures approx. 12″x 15″. If you would like to see more photos of the progress of this piece, please visit this Facebook photo album.
Also, I am running a Christmas in July Sale Event on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Save 25% on every purchase in my shop now thru July 23, 2017. This sale is my biggest sale ever as it also includes made-order-items and custom orders, as well! No coupon code needed! Please click the image above to visit my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking and have a safe and happy Fourth of July! 🙂
Dear friends, a new bead- embroidered pet portrait is now available for sale on Etsy – a pink Pomeranian! Or perhaps it looks like an American Eskimo dog to you?
A customer suggested this color to me awhile back and I liked the idea because I’m sure there is someone out there who has dyed their Pomeranian’s hair pink.. Whether you like that idea or not, I think it looks great in beads! I used tiny Japanese glass seed beads and layered beaded fringe to create this dog’s texture. I like it so much that I have added this color option for anyone who would like a pink Pomeranian pin pendant or earrings! It would definitely be a conversation piece! Please check my Etsy and Amazon shops for more details. Thanks for looking!