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!
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!
February 18 – March 10, 2016. Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm. Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.
Featuring artwork by Michael Bogdanow, The Lone Beader, Youngsheen A. Jhe, Jeff Melzack, Nancy 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!
Dear friends, I am finishing out 2015 by working on some projects which have been on my work table for awhile. Here is the latest – a new gray beaded Puli brooch. This little dog was created by stitching beaded fringe over top a layer of size 15 seed beads. I used tiny clear micro bugle beads and black thread for the fringe. This piece is ready to ship and is currently listed in my Etsy shop. Click the pic for the link..
Also, just a quick reminder, all ready to ship beaded dog pins, jewelry, beading kits, and beaded artworks will be 15% off on Amazon Handmade and Etsy. Sale ends Jan. 3, 2016. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (hint hint)! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! Happy 2016, everyone! 😀