Beaded Pembroke Welsh Corgi Portrait

Sold a new ‘custom’ beaded pet portrait – a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Complete with a little beaded grass in between his toes..

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi. (sold)

This piece was framed in an 8″ x 8″ shadowbox. If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait of a different breed, please use the Contact form above, or contact me via Etsy. I love creating new beaded dog breeds!

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Also, check out my latest dog pin on Facebook – a new pink poodle!! This will be the last piece I create for some time as I am headed south for vacation! My Etsy shop will remain open with limited items available. Please note the extended shipping times when purchasing ready to ship items… Beading patterns are available to download, as always!

Gracias por tu interes en mi trabajo. ¡Nos vemos pronto! 🙂

Merry Pekingese Dog Pin

I have recently completed a new custom order this season – a pair of bead-embroidered Pekingese dogs!

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This is an oversized pin which features two little dogs, and yes, they are wearing sparkly hats! The inspiration for this pin came from a Christmas card showing the two dogs dressed in cute outfits. I simply modified the sketch a bit..  Then, I cut out several tiny felt pieces and stitched them together to build a beading foundation. Once that was complete, I started beading using size 15 Japanese seed beads! You can view a couple of progress photos on my Facebook page here and here. My customer was so happy with this piece that he left me a very kind review on Etsy!!

I love doing custom orders and I love hearing ideas from customers! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, pendant, bracelet, earrings or pet portrait, please message me through Etsy or use the Contact form on this page. I am so grateful for your interest in my beadwork! Happy Holidays from Boston!! 🙂

Beaded Chinese Chow Chow Pin + Cyber Monday!

Dear friends, just a quick update ahead of Cyber Monday.. Check out my latest beaded dog pin – a Chinese Chow Chow!! This piece was listed for sale on Etsy and SOLD in just a matter of days! Its unique texture was created by layering tiny glass seed beads using a needle and thread. And the tail was created by sewing beads onto a thin sterling silver wire – the tail actually moves when you touch it. Scroll through my Facebook page to view the progress of this piece.

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I am also experimenting with a new product line – minimalist beaded cuff bracelets featuring your favorite dog or animal. This piece was created by stitching a tiny bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier to a sterling silver split cuff bracelet. This bracelet is lightweight and adjustable, perfect for those who work typing at a keyboard all day! I think I will have to make this design in other breeds. What do you think?

Beaded Yorkie Sterling Silver Split Cuff Bracelet Bead Embroidery Etsy

Check out this item and more at: thelonebeader.etsy.com. Get 20% off any purchase of $135 or more this weekend only! Thanks for looking!

Red Square -Extreme Bead Embroidery on Canvas- Complete!

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! 🙂

Beaded Royal Shih Tzu Portrait

I am having fun creating mini beaded dog portraits, and here is my latest: a beaded Shih Tzu!

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This little bead-embroidered dog is surrounded in a bed of green beaded grass, and was sewn to a royal purple Ultrasuede backing. Beadwork measures approx. 5.5cm x 8cm and it is framed in an 8×8″ black shadowbox frame.

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Royal Shih Tzu

This piece is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop. The perfect gift for any Shih Tzu Mom!!

If you are interested in a custom beaded pin, pendant, or pet portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message via Etsy. Also, please find me on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

 

Tux in Spring Flowers

My latest custom beaded pet portrait is complete! This piece was inspired by a dear cat named Tux.

Bead embroidery Tuxedo Cat Czech Glass Beaded Spring Flowers by The Lone Beader

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.

Custom Beaded Tuxedo Cat Portrait for Facebook Etsy Shop Beadwork by The Lone Beader

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! 😀

Visit a Women’s Beading Cooperative in Mexico

Dear friends, I had such an exciting trip to Mexico this year. For two weeks, I traveled off the beaten path to do some swimming in a freshwater lagoon, birdwatching, kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring yet another Mayan ruin site deep in the Jungle. But I also visited some ‘touristy’ destinations. If you have never taken the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, you are in for a trip. Is is so much fun, and its a quick ride so there’s little chance of getting seasick. Most tourists probably never leave el Centro when they visit, or they are probably on a catamaran trip which also doesn’t allow for much exploration. But if you are a little more adventurous, jump in a taxi and explore the island. Yes, you can also rent a golf cart for the day, but I have found that a taxi is much cheaper and quicker if you are only headed to a few places.

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On this trip, I stopped in to visit the Women’s Beading Cooperative on the island. These women make beautiful beaded jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, and more. Most items are made by weaving tiny glass seed beads with nylon thread. Each piece is marked with the artisan’s name. When you purchase something, that artist receives 80% and the remainder is used for supplies. They also accept donations. I had brought over 1-lb. of Japanese size 15 seed beads as well as some Czech glass drop beads. Size 15 beads are rare in Mexico, so they were very happy to receive them! If you have the chance to visit this little shop, please do so, as you will be supporting the local community. These women work hard at creating some very unique jewelry!

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At the end of the day, my companion and I went to Punta Sur. It is the southernmost tip of the island and it was one of my favorite places to visit. It had been very hot inland, so it was nice to catch some seabreeze here! At first, we thought there wasn’t much to explore here except Ixchel Temple and a sculpture garden. But as we made our way toward the tip of the island, we noticed that there were cliffside walking paths near the water’s edge which went in both directions. These paths are amazing and a little adventurous!

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Once again, Mexico continues to surprise me. I already can’t wait to return! 🙂