I am so excited to announce the completion of my latest beaded painting on canvas entitled ‘Red Square‘.
This piece consists of extreme bead embroidery which was stitched to an acrylic painted gallery wrapped 30″ x 40″ canvas. It was inspired by my travels to Russia, just days after a blanket of smog covered the city of Moscow in August of 2010. On my final day of visiting Red Square, I sat outside of the Kremlin thinking about how much history took place there and how much change had occurred since then, when a young boy ran by flying a kite. A symbol of freedom. Hope that one day we will all be free to fly where the wind may carry us..
This piece has been a true labor of love as it has taken me several years to complete. Materials used in this piece include tiny glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver (for the crosses), silver wire, felt, and acrylic paint.
For those interested in viewing the progress of this piece, please check my Facebook photo album. St. Basil’s Cathedral is very textural as are the trees. In fact, I have sewn armature wire to the back of the trees to help them stand out a bit more.
The dog in the painting was inspired by an actual dog that I photographed while I was visiting the Cathedral. He had a thick leather collar on, but no leash or chain. He was laying down under the tree watching people walk by. Perhaps he lives near there and went there everyday..
When I decided to create this piece, I immediately thought to work in grayscale because I really wanted the boy’s red kite to be the main focus.
What does its symbolism mean to you?
If you would like to view more photos of ‘Red Square’, please visit my Etsy shop! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
My latest custom beaded pet portrait is complete! This piece was inspired by a dear cat named Tux.
She was created by stitching tiny glass 15/o seed beads to layered felt. I used several different shades of black, gray, and white to create her. After she was completed, I stitched her to a bright turquoise blue Ultrasuede background. And finally, I stitched tiny glass leaves and Czech glass flowers all around her as if she were laying in a spring garden. This beadwork was mounted in an 8″ x 8″ shadowbox frame.
Tux was a special companion to a man who recently passed away as a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. May they both be remembered forever. ❤
If you are interested in a custom beaded pin, pendant, or pet portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message through my Etsy shop. Also, please find me on Facebook or follow @thelonebeader on Instagram. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! I have been so busy beading holiday orders for my Etsy shop this month, that I haven’t had much time for anything else. Today, I would like to share with you one of my recent custom orders. This dog pin was inspired by an adorable Havanese named Nacho.
My customer sent me a photo which I used to create the sketch below:
Here is the finished product. It is not an exact replica, but I feel it is a pretty good likeness. Beadwork always makes the piece seem a bit larger, especially when I add layered beaded fringe as I did on the dog’s face. I think this effect adds to the whimsy of the piece.. Here, I used several different shades of black, gray, and white 15/o seed beads. I also used gray 13/o Charlottes on the dog’s front legs to add a bit more dimension. The dog’s owner was pleased with the outcome. What do you think?
I still have a few more beadwork orders to catch up on this week. Please stop by my Facebook or Instagram pages to view any updates. Also, I would like to mention that my New Year Sale is now happening on Etsy! All ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art will be 20% off now through January 5, 2018! No coupon needed! Thanks for looking and have a safe and Happy 2018!!
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! 🙂
Dear friends, I had a wonderful time visiting the San Diego Bead Society! I was only there for a few days, but the weather was gorgeous. I was happy to take a walk on the beach and go hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve! Please see more photos on the San Diego Bead Society’s Facebook page.
While I was there, I taught my Toy Poodle bead embroidery class. One of the students brought her adorable miniature Pomeranian named Emily. Emily is the official mascot of the San Diego Bead Society! 🙂
And, here is the custom beaded miniature Pomeranian pin I made to look like her.. This design is now available as made to order on Etsy. What do you think? 🙂
And, since I’ve returned, I have also created a new custom beaded pet portrait, Dachshund in Flower Garden. This piece was inspired by a little dog named Frankie. It features tiny bead-embroidered multi-color flowers and butterflies. Framed in an 8×8″ shadowbox frame. Click to view it in the frame.
If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait, please use the Contact Form or find me on Etsy! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, check out the April/May 2016 issue of Beadwork Magazine! My beaded Poodle cuff bracelet has been featured on Fire Mountain Gems‘ back cover ad! This piece is available for sale in my Etsy shop. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!