Ever since I began creating custom beaded dog pins and pendants, I have learned about many dog breeds which I had never heard of before. One of them is the Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon. A customer had sent me a photo of her dog and I immediately began working on a sketch. Once we agreed on the design, I cut out a felt foundation and stitched on the dog’s tiny glass nose.
Then, I went back to the photo to observe all of the dog’s colors. I learned that one of the color names used to describe the Griffon is ‘liver’. Liver is a dark brown usually referring to the color of said organ. This particular dog has a whitish coat with a liver-brown head and patches throughout. Some of these dogs have larger brown patches, but this one just has a few small brown patches peaking through her white wiry coat.
Next, I looked through my bead stash and found the colors I needed. I used a mix of Japanese size 15 matte gray, transparent crystal, white, and a few different browns. I stitched short rows of beads in the direction of the dog’s hair until the entire piece of felt was covered. I alternated colors and remembered to include those brown spots.
For the second layer of beadwork, I alternated between clear and crystal lustre AB using a khaki colored thread. (Thread color makes all the difference here.) I carefully spaced out my tiny layered fringes so that you can still see some of the undercoat peaking through. I also used a couple of different browns for the fringe on the dogs head as well as the ear. After I finished the second layer of beadwork, I stitched on the Ultrasuede backing and my piece was complete. Now this dog has a glass bead embroidered coat! 🙂
If you have a Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon, please feel free to share a photo on my Facebook page! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, I have been thinking about the subject of gratitude lately. I often stay up late doing bead embroidery feeling incredibly grateful that I have discovered a craft which brings me so much joy. I am also grateful for all of the amazing friends I have met along my creative journey, all of the places I have traveled, and for each and every opportunity that has come my way.
So, to express gratitude, I have decided to provide FREE access to my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial when you sign up for my e-newsletter. Shortly after sign-up, you will receive a link to view the PDF file in the Final Welcome Email. I hope this tutorial will inspire you to try the art of bead embroidery!
I have also decided to lower prices on all beading patterns and kits on Etsy, Amazon, and Google Books. Beading patterns are now priced at $0.99 and $1.99 across the board, in English and Spanish. Now you can learn how to create some of my most popular beaded dog pins and pendants for a fraction of the original price!
If you have just stumbled upon this post and would like to learn more about me, please check out this recent feature on the Caravan Beads blog. Someday I will make it up to Maine to check out their shop..
What are you grateful for and what are some ways you express gratitude? 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick post to show you my latest design – beaded American Eskimo earrings! I just love how these turned out! These dangly Eskie dog earrings were created by stitching layers of tiny glass seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Beadwork was backed with Ultrasuede. Earrings hang from sterling silver ear wires fearing a tiny black Onyx bead.
This item was originally a custom order request, but since they match my beaded American Eskimo pin pendant, I have decided to list them as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. Also, if you’d like to see beadwork progress photos or a photo of me trying on this pair, please check my Facebook or Instagram pages and/or the product listing. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, a new beaded Basset Hound pin pendant is now available for sale in my Amazon Handmade store. This pin was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. The dog’s floppy ears were beaded in a peyote stitch to add movement and realism. Ears measure approx. 2cm long – they actually move when you touch them! Seed beads were also layered over the dog’s body to accentuate his wrinkles:) A 1″ pin is sewn to the back, as well as a custom made bail. Pins are backed with Ultrasuede & signed by The Lone Beader. This item is ready-to-ship.
And, for a limited time, I am offering FREE SHIPPING within the USA on the purchase of any beaded dog pin, pendant, or jewelry item on both Amazon and Etsy. If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin or portrait, please use the Contact form above. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Today, I am pleased to announce that my Westie bead embroidery pattern is now available for sale on Amazon for Kindle. Please click the photo below for more details or click HERE to view all items available on Amazon.
Beading patterns, bead kits, and supplies are also available for sale at my Etsy shop. Please stop by and take a peek. Also check out the progress of my latest custom beaded Pomeranian dog pin on Facebook or Instagram. Back to beading:)
Just a quick post today to announce that my Intro to Extreme Bead Embroidery tutorial is now available for sale on Amazon.com’s Kindle Store and with a new low price. Click HERE to see.. This is the same PDF file that I sell at my Etsy shop, just converted to the Kindle format. I checked out the conversion on my Kindle Previewer, and it looks great on the Kindle Fire! This is my first experiment with selling on Amazon so any feedback you can provide would be most appreciated. I hope this will encourage even more people to try the art of bead embroidery:)