Constructing a Beaded House Portrait

Dear friends, these days, I am working on a special commission – a bead-embroidered house portrait!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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! 🙂

Custom Framed Beaded Pet Portraits on Etsy!

Dear friends, I am thrilled to announce that I will now be offering custom framed beaded pet portraits in my Etsy shop!

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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.

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 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!

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 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! 😀

Beginning to Bead a Felt Kremlin

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.

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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.. 😦

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This small beaded section measures 10cm x 12cm.

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I still have a long way to go on this piece.. What do you think?  :O

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Beaded Spring Chicken

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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? 🙂

Year End Beadwork Sale on Etsy

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.

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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! 😀

Holiday Deadlines for Custom Beaded Gifts on Etsy

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.

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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!

My First Art Festival!

I survived my first art at festival! This weekend, I had a booth at Festival By The Sea in Manchester, MA. It was a wonderful experience. Special thanks to friends who helped set up my tent and hang a few paintings before the show started – there is no way I could have done everything myself! :O

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My set-up was pretty basic. I had a couple of tables for jewelry and small paintings, 2 hanging pegboards for larger paintings, a bust form to display my pet pins, a literature rack for beading kits, and 4 easels for more bead paintings. I was a bit nervous about having easels there because they take up quite a bit of space, and they can be a hazard in the wind. I came prepared with 20-lb sandbags & concrete blocks just in case..

Luckily, the weather cooperated. It turned out to be the perfect day for an art festival. I made a few sales, my tent was always full of people, and Cape Ann TV did an interview with me! Since this was my first show ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the response was very positive! Nearly everyone who visited my booth said they had never seen anything like my work before. One woman even said that this type of show is much too small for my work – she insisted that I need to show my work in a gallery in NYC (hopefully someday!).. Children of all ages seemed to enjoy my beadwork, too – they could relate to the subjects right away, and many asked me questions! Seeing people smile when they viewed my pieces made me very happy:)

Even though it was a lot of work, doing this festival was a positive experience. I think I may have to start doing more shows in the future! 😀