Now Accepting Bitcoin on Etsy!

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Dear friends, just a quick announcement to let you know that I now accept Bitcoin as payment on Etsy and for customer orders via my website. I have been doing some research on this subject and I feel that cryptocurrency is here to stay and may eventually become the way of the future. Also there seems to be little risk for sellers to accept this form of payment. So, if you are a Bitcoin enthusiast looking for a custom hand- beaded animal pin pendant, dog jewelry, or bead-embroidered pet portrait, you have come to the right place. If you would like to purchase from my Etsy store, please use ‘Other’ as your payment method when checking out, and write that you’d like to pay with Bitcoin in the “Note to Seller” field. Once the order has been placed, I will send an invoice to your Etsy email address. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL FEES WHEN PAYING WITH BITCOIN. NO RETURNS or REFUNDS WHEN PAYING WITH BITCOIN, however I would be happy to work out an exchange if needed. 🙂 If you have any other questions, please ask. Thanks for looking! 🙂

Upcycle a Vintage Filigree Locket

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with an old filigree locket or other jewelry piece, here is a little inspiration! Recently, one of my customers wrote to ask if I had ever made a beaded locket before. I had not, but was intrigued by the idea. My customer wanted a ‘mourning’ locket which featured a beaded portrait of her beloved pet Papillon named Star. Star had passed away as a result of bladder surgery. The locket was meant to hold a lock of her dog’s hair.

At the time, my customer did not have a locket in hand, but after an lengthy search (and a bit of trial and error) we found a vintage one which would work on Etsy. So, I cut out a piece of beading foundation roughly the same diameter as the locket. Then, I created a felt foundation in the shape of the dog’s head which I stitched to the beading foundation. Using size 15 Japanese seed beads, I carefully beaded a tiny portrait in black, gray, and white. I also stitched on a tiny star-shaped stone bead just below her nose. After I completed the first layer of beadwork (above), I added a second layer of beaded fringe to accentuate her beautiful hair (below).

After I completed the portrait, I peyote- stitched a silver and gray frame around the beadwork. This extended beyond the edge of the beading foundation and added some visual interest to the piece.


Once everything was complete, I opened the locket and carefully stitched my beadwork to the front of the piece. This took a bit of time and very tiny stitches in between the rows off beads. I stitched around the inside of the locket a few times to ensure that the piece was secure. Below, you can see – the stitches are barely visible!


I hope this unique bead embroidery piece will provide some comfort to my customer as she remembers her dog for many years to come. I think it will also be quite a conversation piece! What do you think? 🙂


Custom orders are always fun and challenging. If you have an idea for a custom bead- embroidered piece, please send me an email using the Contact form above or message me via Etsy. Due to another travel adventure, all Ready-to-Ship items purchased in my Etsy shop between Feb. 2 – Feb. 14, 2018 will ship out no later than Feb. 16, 2018. Most Made to Order items will ship according to production time stated in listing. All PDF beading patterns (English & Spanish language) will be 15% off Feb. 3 – Feb. 18, 2018 only. Thanks for looking! 🙂

Stay Warm and Do Beadwork

Dear friends, I hope your New Year is off to a great start! We received quite a lot of snow here in Boston so I have been staying in and doing beadwork! I have also added a few new items in  The Lone Beader’s Boutique on Zazzle. Check out my new Lone Beader Definition slouchy t-shirt and hoodie dress! I have had this ‘definition’ posted on my website for over 10 years now. After reading many comments and emails, I have realized that many of you can relate..

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Lone Beader Definition Hoodie Dress Zazzle shop beading beadwork beads yoga top introvert

Now, you can express yourself and tell the world that you love to do beadwork without saying a word. Wear (alone or with leggings) to bead shows, bead retreats, and definitely while beading! Also, please check my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more items coming soon! Thanks for looking! 🙂

Beading a Rainbow Poodle Pin Pendant

Dear friends, I have created a new doggie – a beaded Rainbow Poodle pin pendant! Here is a peek at how it was created:

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I have layered several felt shapes and stitched them together. Then, I stitched on a tiny glass nose. For the dog’s hair, I beaded short 2-bead stacks on its head and tail.

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The dog’s body is made up of short 3-bead lazy-stitches which are very close together. This gives the piece the desired texture. I had wanted to make a rainbow poodle for awhile. I hope it makes you smile:) Please click the pic to view this item on Etsy..

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If you are interested in a custom beaded rainbow poodle of a different color, I would be happy to make it for you. Don’t forget, I am offering a 10%-off coupon code in my Etsy shop. Enter SAVE2016 at checkout now through October 31. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!