Dear friends, long time no post! I have been off exploring the Yucatán and I have so much to share with you. This was my 4th trip to Mexico which officially makes it the country I have traveled the most. After visiting Mérida for a few nights (an amazing city!), my compañero and I took a bus to Valladolid. This is a small city in the center of the Yucatán, but it is very important to Mexico’s history. It is also very warm there as it is completely surrounded by jungle.
We arrived in Valladolid just in time to visit Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer). This is a private home which contains the largest museum quality collection of Mexican folk art in the country. There are more than 3,000+ pieces in this collection. The owners are kind enough to open their home every morning for a free tour (donations welcome!).
I had read a lot about this collection of folk art and I was very happy to have the opportunity to visit! This 18,000 square foot home is really a palace complete with beautiful open spaces, fountains, gardens, and a swimming pool.
I was amazed at the amount of art which was displayed in every room (there is even an entire room dedicated to Frida Kahlo). It is really a grand example of how one can make art appreciation a part of their daily lives. Of course, I was on the lookout for beadwork and I did find several pieces of Huichol bead art. Last year, I wrote a blog post about this art form which you can read HERE.
Folk art acknowledges the importance of what is sacred as a unique expression of a people’s perception of the universe. These works of art are primarily handcrafted for utilitarian or decorative purposes. A folk artist might be self-taught, or learn from other folk artists to create their own authentic works of art. This is different from ‘fine art’ which is generally taught and legitimized in academies.
At Casa de los Venados, the goal is to share with the community and teach that folk art is indeed something which the Mexican people should view with pride. They now conduct organized school tours to teach children about the art and handicrafts of their country. This is wonderful because in many cases the local children might never make it to a big city to view fine artworks. They now have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the art that is all around them.
If you take a trip to Valladolid, definitely make time to visit Casa de los Venados as well as other historical sites around the city. Take lots of photos and keep an eye out for the Catrinas! :O
Dear friends, these days, I am working on a special commission – a bead-embroidered house portrait!
First, I completed a sketch which I used to create a paper template. I used the template to create several different felt shapes of the house. I layered the felt cutouts and stitched them together.
I began beading the garage and windows using size 15 seed beads and Miyuki Tila beads. I am using several browns and grays so far.
Above, you can see that I finished beading the rest of the house. And, below, I have layered some seed beads over the house to create visual interest (although I don’t think the camera can pick up this detail).
I have also begun to work on the yard. I stitched half-Tila beads along the wall next to the driveway, as well as up the stairs. How do you think it looks so far? Please check my Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, I am thrilled to announce that I will now be offering custom framed beaded pet portraits in my Etsy shop!
Here is the first piece I have created – a bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier portrait. This little dog was created with tiny Japanese glass seed beads. It was hand-stitched using needle & thread. Beadwork was then sewn to an Ultrasuede background which was mounted in an 8″ x 8″ white shadowbox frame.
This piece is currently available and ready to ship. Please click the photos for more details. Truly a unique keepsake which will be passed down for generations to come!
If you are interested in a custom framed dog, cat, bird or horse portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message through my Etsy shop. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
This week, I had a chance to work on my bead-embroidered Russian painting.. I am working on a small section which will be the door just below the Kremlin clock tower.
I have used all kinds of beads: cubes, bugle beads, hex cuts, Tilas, and 11/o and 8/o seed beads so far.. If I had known about Half-Tila beads, I probably would have used some… Oh well, maybe next time.. 😦
This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.
I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think? :O
16″ x 17″
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This week, I finished a new commissioned painting featuring a beaded Wyandotte chicken! This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery stitched to a painted canvas. I used Czech & Japanese glass seed beads of all sizes. I also used Magatamas and Czech dagger beads. This bird’s feathers really move when you touch them! This piece is a small work measuring just 8″ x 8″.. My next project will be a custom beaded chicken pin.. Who knew chickens were so popular? 🙂
It’s that time of year again.. Time to celebrate the end of 2013 with a major sale on Etsy! Everything in my shop – all beading patterns, kits, beaded jewelry, pet pins, bead paintings and art – will be 15% off now through January 1, 2014. (Made-to-Order items are also included in the sale.) PLUS, save an additional 10% with coupon code HOLIDAY2013.
If you need a new project to occupy these cold winter months, this is the best time to purchase a beading kit or pattern. I found a few printed versions of my beaded Jack Russell Terrier pattern, so am now offering those in the shop. These printed versions will include a pre-cut felt doggie shape so you can start beading right away! Supplies are limited, so please stop by The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop and take a peek. Thank you for your interest and support. Happy beading and best wishes for a sparkly 2014! 😀
It seems the holiday season is upon us now – at least here in the retail world. Last December, my Etsy shop was VERY busy, especially the week before Christmas. So, this year, I have posted new holiday ordering deadlines to help customers place their gift orders in a timely fashion.
Beaded Jack Russell Terrier sterling silver post earrings.
For shipping within the USA:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: December 7, 2013. This includes all made-to-order items.
For shipping overseas:
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE for CUSTOM BEADED DOG & CAT JEWELRY: November 30, 2013.
Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship. There are no deadlines on Ready-to-Ship items at this time – my advice is to order early to ensure holiday delivery. If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks for looking!