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!

The Lone Beader on Amazon Handmade Bead Embroidery Dog Jewelry Pet Portraits Etsy Art

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! 🙂

Progress of a Beaded House Portrait

Dear friends, I have made some progress on my latest commission – a beaded house portrait.

Beaded House Portrait bead embroidery beadwork on canvas Etsy Boston artist

First, I stitched in some beaded greenery around the yard light. Then, I began to bead the tree..

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In real life, this tree is very large, but my portrait is sort of limited by the size of the canvas, so this only represents a portion of the tree. Using size 15 seed beads in at least 6 shades of green, I stitched very small loops for leaves. There are many leaves, so this took quite a while to do!

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Next, I stitched the house to the larger 5″x 7″ piece of stiff stuff that is shown behind it.. (Yes, the house was a separate piece of beadwork, as is the tree!) Then, I continued stitching the grass to the edge of the stiff stuff.

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I also stitched size 11 black, gray, and brown seed beads for the street, and tiny size 15 Delica beads for the driveway. I thought I might run out of the color I was using, but turns out I had just enough! 🙂

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Next, I will stitch in a bit more grass.. Please check my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Progress of a Beaded House, Yard, and Tree

Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..

Bead embroidery house portrait Steubenville OH Etsy beadwork beads artist Boston Amazon

First, I have stitched Miyuki Tila and half-Tila beads for the sidewalk and the wall near the driveway. Then, I created a tiny mailbox and yard light by stringing beads onto eye pins and attaching them at the back of the piece. I used Preciosa rose montee rhinestones for the yard light. It really sparkles!

Beaded House portrait Bead embroidery painting Boston artist tree seed beads

Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!

Beaded House Portrait Bead embroidery art Boston artist Steubenville OH Tila Beads tree

In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.

Beaded House portrait bead embroidery Etsy artist Boston Steubenville OH painting seed beads tree

When I finished the lawn, I peyote-stitched tiny bits of greenery around the yard light. And, I added bead -embroidered shrubs or yews along the front of the house.. How do you think it looks so far?

For those who have just stumbled upon this post, this portrait has been commissioned as a gift for mother of the bride. This is her mother’s childhood home. This house still stands in Southeastern Ohio. Please check my Facebook or Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for looking! 🙂

Celebrating 600 sales on Etsy!

Dear friends, I am celebrating 600 sales in my Etsy shop! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey so far.. one bead at a time! 🙂

C'est La Vie En Perles Beaded French Lady Walking Pink Poodle 2-Part Freshwater Pearl Pin Brooch Etsy Bead Embroidery Beads

‘C’est La Vie En Perles’

Enter coupon code MOM2015 at checkout to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art. Coupon is valid on May 9 & 10, 2015 – this weekend only! Thanks for looking and have a Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂