Big Beaded Mooney Airplane Brooch

Dear friends, I hope you have been enjoying the summer! I have been keeping busy working on my Russian bead painting mostly, but recently, I received a new custom order which I would like to share with you. My customer asked for a beaded Mooney airplane pin!

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My father was a private pilot – he flew a Stinson Voyager. When I was young, I spent many weekends hanging out in the hangar and going for airplane rides with my Dad. We even took a couple of long distance trips that I remember, and one time he actually let me ‘fly’ the plane. Flying with Dad was always an adventure. So, I was more than happy to make a bead-embroidered airplane!

First, I sent my customer a sketch. Once a design was agreed upon, I made several paper templates which I used to create felt shapes. I stitched the shapes to a larger piece of stiff beading foundation. I started out by beading several details, such as the windows, the stripe, and the nose. The windows are covered with tiny pieces of clear vinyl. I also embroidered the aircraft number with blue thread.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

I started beading the body of the plane with 1x4mm Czech maco tube beads. These are extremely tiny and fragile, so I had to use my size 15 beading needle. Good thing I had a whole package of these needles because I ended up breaking several of them during this project. As you can see below, this piece required many tiny stitches!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

And here is the finished piece. I created the propellor by wrapping pieces of sterling silver solder strips with silver plated wire. Then, I stitched each piece to the back.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

It may not be an exact replica, but its pretty close!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

This piece is a bit larger than most of my other pins, about 3.5″ x 3.5″. I stitched a pin and handmade bail to the back. This will definitely be a conversation piece. What do you think?

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

If you are interested in a special beaded gift or framed portrait, please use the Contact form above or message me through Etsy! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂

Opening Reception @ University Place Gallery

Dear friends, here are a few pics from Thursday night’s opening reception for Cambridge Art Association‘s small group show, Between Abstraction and Reality.

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February 18March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery. 124 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA  02138.

Cambridge Art Association Small Group Show Between Abstraction and Reality The Lone Beader beadwork on canvas Harvard Square Boston fiber artists

Featuring artwork by Michael Bogdanow, The Lone Beader, Youngsheen A. Jhe, Jeff Melzack, Nancy Morgan..

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Stop by and check out my beaded Radio City painting in the flesh!

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Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm • Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Park at University Place Garage or Take the T to Harvard Square:) 

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Closing Reception:  March 10, 6-8pm

This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there:)

 

Bead Embroidery Artist of the Week!

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Dear friends, I am thrilled to be Cambridge Art Association‘s Artist of the Week! Read this interview to learn more about me! Also, you are cordially invited to attend Between Abstraction and Reality, a small group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association! I will be exhibiting 14 of my beaded paintings and artwork at this show – for 3 weeks only!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery…124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm.

Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

“The exhibit will have a refreshing range o diversity in techniques, as well as a strong common denominator: playful, colorful imagery that falls in a mid-point between abstraction and reality, often touching on fantasy while retaining a grounding in reality. All of the artists use – and alter-  life imagery as a springboard to express their views.”

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Take the T to Harvard Square..
Free and Open to the Public. Hope to see you there!

Between Abstraction and Reality

Dear friends, Happy New Year! I am thrilled to announce that in February, I will be participating in a Small Group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association –  Between Abstraction and Reality. I will be showing all of my large beaded artworks on canvas in one place for the first time ever!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016. Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm. Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

Featuring artwork by Michael BogdanowThe Lone BeaderYoungsheen A. JheJeff MelzackNancy Morgan and Dan Trajman.

Presented at University Place Gallery… 124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Click here for a list of businesses that validate, if you park at University Place Garage. Or Take the T to Harvard Square..Free and Open to the Public!

Hope to see you there!

Etsy Artists of Boston Winter Bazaar 2015

Etsy Artists of Boston Winter Bazaar 2015 Arsenal Project Watertown MA The Lone Beader

Dear friends, I am excited to announce that I will be participating in Etsy Artists of Boston Winter Bazaar 2015!

A holiday pop-up market!

Where: Arsenal Project, 485 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA  02472

When: December 19 & 20, 2015

Hours: 10am – 6pm

I will be offering a selection of beaded dog pins, jewelry, beading kits, and beaded artworks. You will also find handmade ceramics, paintings, soaps & body products, illustrations/prints, jewelry, knit wearables, edibles, and more! Live entertainment, gift-wrapping service with proceeds going to charity, and surprise guests will make this an event not-to-be-missed! Hope to see you there!🙂

Search for The Lone Beader on Amazon Handmade!

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Dear friends, my Amazon Handmade shop is now open for business! I will slowly add more inventory here over the next few weeks. Many items listed will be Ready to ship, but some will be made to order. Beading kits and patterns will still be available for sale in my Etsy shop, but you can also find a handful of beading patterns available on Amazon for Kindle.

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For those who haven’t heard of Handmade at Amazon yet, this is a new marketplace which features strictly handmade items. Artisans must apply to sell before listing their items. Don’t expect quick production times or Free Shipping for every item, but do expect to find something you didn’t know you needed! Click the image above to view my Amazon profile. Thanks for looking:)

Award Winning Beadwork

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded cuff bracelet, Poodle in Public Garden, won an award in the Fire Mountain Gems 2015 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest! :O

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beading Jewelry Making Contest WInner Bead embroidery Poodle bracelet Diana Grygo The Lone Beader

Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beads Jewelry Making Contest Diana Grygo The Lone Beader Etsy Boston

I am always surprised on the rare occasions that I do win an award because I don’t create pieces with contests in mind. I simply create what I love! You can view more photos of this piece in my Etsy shop HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂