Dear friends, I have been busy working on yet another custom order! Here is my latest – a large beaded Leopard brooch.. This is my first wild cat pin!
After working on a sketch, I transferred the image to a piece of stiff beading foundation and cut it out. Then, I cut out several more pieces of felt which would make the body of the cat appear to be in relief. After stitching these felt pieces together, I began beading the cat’s face. This piece is larger than usual, so it was a bit easier to get some detail in the cat’s face and nose. I used at least 8 different color seed beads as well as tiny glass eyes for the face.
By the time I started the body, I was using just 5 colors of seed beads. Two different shades of gold, black, transparent black, and a transparent cream color. When the Leopard’s body was beaded, I layered some matte brown beads to mimic the spots on the animal’s back.
I stitched wire to the back of the Leopard to stiffen his legs and tail, then I stitched Ultrasuede and a pin back to reverse side of the piece..
This piece is oversized. It measures approx. 3.5″ wide x 2.25″ tall… What do you think? 😀
Dear friends, Happy Halloween! I am pleased to announce that my Yorkshire Terrier beading pattern is now available in Spanish language! Please click the photo below to download on Etsy.
Patrón en español! ¡Crea un hermoso broche o pendiente bordado de un Yorkshire Terrier! Atención: este no es un kit de bordado, tampoco un molde de cuenta por cuenta. Es un tutorial fotográfico que explica paso a paso el proceso para que usted pueda crear sus propias piezas. Aprenda cómo realizar este broche de perro bordado para usted mismo o para ese amigo que ama a los perros Yorkies 🙂 Visite por favor mi tienda de Etsy para más detalles.
Also, check out my latest custom order – a beaded Norwegian Forest Cat pin. This keepsake pendant was created by stitching several shades of size 15 seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. Then, I layered tiny 1x4mm Czech glass maco tube beads to create realism. I also used a tiny freshwater pearl for the nose. Below you can see how this pin looks when worn as a pendant!
The holidays are fast approaching! If you are interested in ordering a custom beaded pet pin, please see my Etsy shop for more details. These can be made as pins & pendants. Earring designs and framed miniature pet portraits can be created as well. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
Yesterday, I received an email stating that my bead embroidery has been featured on the Pawesome Cats website! I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek, comment, or share. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀
This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)
Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.
If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration! 😀
Finally, I made a new beaded cat pin!
This cat was inspired by my friend’s cat named JoJo who lives in London. He is a bicolor cat who looks a lot like Sylvester! I used size Japanese seed beads for the entire piece, layering 15/o charlottes for extra sparkle. This cat’s long hair is beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it. I haven’t made a lot of cats because their nose and eyes are difficult to bead at this scale, but I am really happy with how this one turned out. This piece is now available for sale in my Etsy shop – please click the pic for more photos. How does he look? 😀
I am excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in the Holiday Pet Shoppes 2012 show! The show takes place this Saturday, December 8 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (at Prudential Center) from 12pm-6pm. This show is sponsored by Cityside Subaru and will feature over a dozen carefully selected pet vendors from throughout New England. You will be able to view my beaded doggie designs as well as a select number of my beaded artworks, all of which will be available for sale. Please check the event page to learn about all of the vendors, as well as special guest, Lilly the Hero Pit Bull. 🙂
This will be my first show on rather short notice, so I have been running around like crazy trying to prepare. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I used what I had around the house to create a display for my beaded pet pins. I simply covered a canvas with felt and displayed it on a tabletop easel. I can now attach my pins and pendants to the felt using U-pins. It’s a simple idea, but I think it will serve its purpose for a one-day show. What do you think?
I will also be offering one of my latest designs at next week’s show – a new beaded Labradoodle pin! I used size 11 & 15 seed beads to created this piece. Beadwork is layered on the dog’s head & ears to create more dimension. I posted a photo of this on my Facebook page, and learned that this piece could actually pass for several different dog breeds. What kind of dog does it look like to you? 😀
Finally something for cat lovers! This week, I worked on a new item – a beaded Blue Persian Cat pin!
For this project, I tried something new – Nicole’s BeadBacking. I discovered this product on Etsy, and decided to give it a shot. It is a little less expensive and it comes in every color of the rainbow. This material is similar to Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but it seems much stiffer. It was easy to cut out the shape of my cat, but when I started beading, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. After working for awhile, it became softer, but still offered the support my beadwork needed. Overall, I think it is much stronger/ tougher than Lacy’s. I really like it a lot!
For my cat, I stitched together several layers of bead backing, then used a combination of size 15 & size 11 glass seed beads in several different shades of blue & gray. I don’t make cats very often, so it was quite a challenge!
After my first layer of beadwork was complete, I layered quite a bit of fringe to accentuate this cat’s long beautiful hair. The fringe actually moves when you touch it, revealing more beadwork beneath. How do you think he looks?
This pin is currently listed for sale on Etsy – you can see more photos there. I really like how this cat turned out – It looks great as a pin, but it really makes a unique pendant! I plan to make him in all different colors! 😀