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, 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, I have been busy working on yet another custom order! Here is my latest – a large beaded Leopard brooch.. This is my first wild cat pin!
After working on a sketch, I transferred the image to a piece of stiff beading foundation and cut it out. Then, I cut out several more pieces of felt which would make the body of the cat appear to be in relief. After stitching these felt pieces together, I began beading the cat’s face. This piece is larger than usual, so it was a bit easier to get some detail in the cat’s face and nose. I used at least 8 different color seed beads as well as tiny glass eyes for the face.
By the time I started the body, I was using just 5 colors of seed beads. Two different shades of gold, black, transparent black, and a transparent cream color. When the Leopard’s body was beaded, I layered some matte brown beads to mimic the spots on the animal’s back.
I stitched wire to the back of the Leopard to stiffen his legs and tail, then I stitched Ultrasuede and a pin back to reverse side of the piece..
This piece is oversized. It measures approx. 3.5″ wide x 2.25″ tall… What do you think? 😀
Dear friends, lately I have been obsessed with the Borzoi aka. Russian Wolfhound, so I decided to make a framed portrait of one..
I started by cutting out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I chose my seed beads – 15/o matte brown seed beads and tiny 13/o gold charlottes and started beading!
After I finished beading the entire piece of felt, I layered even more seed beads and beaded fringe to create the dogs flowing hair. And lastly, I stitched the beadwork to a dark blue piece of Ultrasuede.
How does this dog breed look in a shadowbox frame?
This piece is currently available and ready to ship! Please click the pics to view more photos on Etsy. Also, for a limited time only, enter coupon code SAVE2016 to save 10% on any order now through October 31, 2016. Thanks for looking! 🙂
Dear friends, happy summer! I hope you are surviving the heat. I am keeping busy beading in the A/C and thought I would show you my latest work. Recently a customer sent me a photo of her Borzoi named Zhivoy and she asked me to create a custom beaded brooch for her.
Here is the finished piece. This is the same design as the first Borzoi brooch I made. Do you like it? 🙂
This design is now available as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. A mini-pet portrait can also be mounted in a shadowbox frame upon request. Please send me a photo of your dog if you are interested in a custom piece. Also, check my Facebook page and/or Instagram feed for all the latest updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, last week a customer sent me a photo of her beautiful Borzoi named Duma. She asked me to create a custom beaded pin which looks like her dog.
First, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I added a tiny glass nose and eyes.
Then, I began stitching tiny Japanese size 15 glass seed beads to the felt 2-3 at a time. When the majority of the bead embroidery was complete, I added beaded fringe and a leather collar with sterling silver heart charm. A pin finding is sewn to the back and beadwork is backed with Ultrasuede.
6.5cm x 6cm
Now this beaded dog brooch is complete and on its way to my customer! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, jewelry or pet portrait, please use the Contact form, or check out my Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops online. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, I have some exciting news! I have been invited to be this month’s guest speaker at the Bead Society of Greater New York & you are invited to attend!
Meeting takes place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at:
Church of the Holy Apostles.
296 9th Avenue @ 28th Street.
New York City.
Doors open at 6pm; program begins at 6:30pm. The public is invited! I hope to see you there! 🙂