Beaded Labor Day Sale on Etsy & Amazon!

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Dear friends, just a quick post today to announce that I am running a Labor Day‬ ‪Sale‬ on Etsy & Amazon all week long! Save 15% on all ready to ship ‪‎beaded‬ ‪‎dog‬ jewelry, ‪bead embroidery‬ patterns, beading kits and ‪artwork now through Sept. 5, 2016. No coupon code needed! Thanks for looking & happy beading!🙂

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!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

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.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

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!

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

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.

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

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?

Micro-beaded Mooney airplane brooch bead embroidery etsy Amazon Handmade aviation art pilot

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!🙂

Beautiful Beaded Borzoi Brooch

Dear friends, happy summer! I hope you are surviving the heat. I am keeping busy beading in the A/C and thought I would show you my latest work. Recently a customer sent me a photo of her Borzoi named Zhivoy and she asked me to create a custom beaded brooch for her.

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Here is the finished piece. This is the same design as the first Borzoi brooch I made. Do you like it?🙂

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This design is now available as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. A mini-pet portrait can also be mounted in a shadowbox frame upon request. Please send me a photo of your dog if you are interested in a custom piece. Also, check my Facebook page and/or Instagram feed for all the latest updates. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂

Custom Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound Brooch

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.

Borzoi Russian Wolfhound portrait jewelry

First, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I added a tiny glass nose and eyes.

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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.

Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound dog pin bead embroidery beadwork jewelry Etsy Amazon Handmade pets

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!🙂

Upcoming Event in New York City!

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.

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Doors  open at 6pm; program begins at 6:30pm. The public is invited! I hope to see you there!🙂

 

 

New Beaded Pomeranian Pin & Doxie Pet Portrait

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.

San Diego Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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!🙂

Emily Miniature Pomeranian

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?🙂

Custom Beaded Miniature Teacup Pomeranian pin pendant bead embroidery pet portrait beadwork beads art the lone beader

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.

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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!🙂

Huichol Bead Art of Mexico

Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.

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On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.

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The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.

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I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a  drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.

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I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.

Mexican Huichol beaded gourd peyote deer beadwork Playa del Carmen Mexico souvenirs
The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!🙂