This weekend, I prepared some felt Corgi shapes for an bead embroidery workshop. Cutting out the felt for my little dogs is a lot of work in itself! And, after cutting out the pieces, I stitch them all together & attach tiny glass eyes and noses. I think that preparing the felt foundations ahead of time will make it easier for beginning beaders..
If you are interested in making a beaded Corgi pin or pendant, there are still a few spots left. This one-time workshop is scheduled to take place on Sunday January 27 from 10am-3pm. Please check Boston Bead Company’s website for details! Thanks for your interest! 😀
Finally, I can get back to working on my current bead painting – my beaded semi truck! I had mostly finished beading all of the parts for my truck, so the next step was to create a passenger – a beaded American Bulldog!
Inspired by my friend’s Bulldog named Diezel, I cut out a small piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I layered a few pieces of felt on top of the stiff stuff to add dimension. Then, I stitched tiny size 15 seed beads to the felt. The finished piece measures 2 x 2.5cm. After I finished beading Diezel, I stitched him to the inside of my beaded truck.. I also stitched lights to the top of the cab. These are Swarovski crystal rhinestones which I glued to eye pins – an experiment which seems to have worked well! How does it look? 😀
For awhile, I was debating on whether this piece should stand alone or not, but my gut feeling tells me it should be part of a larger painting. So, the other day, I dug out a 20″ x 24″ canvas and spent some time sketching an extended environment for the truck. This sketch is inspired by the original photograph.. Truthfully, I am a little nervous and excited about this one… So…
In the meantime, Diezel has also inspired me to make a pair of Bulldog earrings. These are the same size as the bulldog in the truck. The measure 27mm x 23mm. They are sterling silver post earrings and they are currently available for sale at my Etsy shop. I really like how they turned out, but I think I will also make a dangly pair to compare:) Please see this listing for more photos & details..
This year, I plan to expand my product line just a bit by creating variations on this idea for other breeds.. one bead at a time!
Now, back to my painting.. :O
Yesterday’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company was great! I thought I would be nervous, (since the class sold out AND it was my first time teaching) but I really wasn’t nervous at all. I came prepared with felt poodle forms for everyone to bead, as well as several examples which were partially beaded to show each section as we worked. The shop manager (who also took the class) said my examples helped a lot!
For me, it was interesting to see the differences in everyone’s skill level and their approach to learning. One student had already taken several classes from some of my fav. bead artists. One was taking notes as I explained things to her, and one was determined to finish her piece no matter what! Overall it was a very good experience. Two of my students actually finished their pieces within the allotted time, and the others left feeling inspired to keep beading! I have a feeling there will be more bead embroidery classes in the future:)
This week, I am busy preparing for next week’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to show you my latest freeform beaded bracelet! 🙂
Remember my first lampwork beads I made at Diablo Glass School recently? Well, I experimented by weaving them into one of my freeform peyote stitched cuffs. This piece is well-balanced with one lampwork cylinder bead at the center and two lampwork beads on either side of it. I used a mix of pink, white, blue and gold seed beads. I stitched through the lampwork beads many, many times to ensure that the thread will hold the weight of the piece. And, it does! Click the pic to see more photos. This bracelet measures 7″ so it will fit anyone with a 6″ wrist. It also features a sterling silver slide clasp which makes it easy to put on & take off!
Also, just a quick reminder, you can save 10% off any order in my Etsy shop by using coupon code OCT200. Valid through October 31, 2012! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Last week, I tried something new! Friends & I took a 4-hr. private lesson in beadmaking at Diablo Glass School here in Boston. We learned how to make lampwork (flame work) beads. What an awesome way to spend the day!
We had a great teacher named Peter who showed us some basic techniques. At first it seemed a bit tricky to melt the glass rod in the torch with one hand and turn the mandrel with the other hand at the same time, but this just takes lots of practice. You also have to remember to keep the glass in the flame to keep it hot, otherwise it can crack right on the mandrel!
Here are the first lampwork beads I made. I was bummed the bumpy bead on the right broke in the kiln, because it was perfect when I put it in. I am happy with how the others turned out for my first attempt at working with glass.
I do plan to go back and make more beads. There’s definitely something about working with an open flame that makes you forget all about life’s worries.. And, I now have a greater appreciation for those who choose to make lampwork beads for a living. Working with glass is not easy, as the final product is the result of bit of luck & and a lot of magic! 😀
Also, just a reminder to those in the Boston area, you are invited to join me for an artist reception this Thursday at Boston Bead Company in Harvard Square from 6:30-8pm. Please click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there! 🙂
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on fun side project – a beaded cheeseburger! :p
This burger was created by stitching size 15/o & 11/o glass seed beads to a felt foundation. I also used bugle beads for the onion, and tiny micro bugle beads for the tomato & pickles! It measures approx. 14cm x 13cm. After all the beadwork was complete, I stitched Ultrasuede to the back as well as 2 Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets. Now its an oversized fridge magnet – the perfect gift for a friend! Perhaps I should make beaded spicy fries and a vanilla shake as well! :p
This week, I finished beading my first Corded Poodle!
Bead embroidery on felt. 6cm x 6cm.
I used tiny 1.4mm Czech glass bugle beads or maco beads for this poodle’s long hair. This micro beadwork took quite awhile to accomplish, but I really love the look & feel of it. The beaded fringe almost feels soft like real hair! This poodle will be part of a larger wearable art piece and it is just the first – I have 6 more to complete! :O
Felt poodles waiting to be beaded:)
Looks like I’ll be busy this holiday weekend! Speaking of the holiday, I am running a happy Easter Sale in my Etsy shop this weekend ! 2 days only! Every item in my shop will be 10% -off now through Sunday night. This includes large art pieces, as well as made-to-order items. (Please note that made-to-order items will take some time to make & will be completed on a first come-first serve basis..one bead at a time:) I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀