Ever since I began creating custom beaded dog pins and pendants, I have learned about many dog breeds which I had never heard of before. One of them is the Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon. A customer had sent me a photo of her dog and I immediately began working on a sketch. Once we agreed on the design, I cut out a felt foundation and stitched on the dog’s tiny glass nose.
Then, I went back to the photo to observe all of the dog’s colors. I learned that one of the color names used to describe the Griffon is ‘liver’. Liver is a dark brown usually referring to the color of said organ. This particular dog has a whitish coat with a liver-brown head and patches throughout. Some of these dogs have larger brown patches, but this one just has a few small brown patches peaking through her white wiry coat.
Next, I looked through my bead stash and found the colors I needed. I used a mix of Japanese size 15 matte gray, transparent crystal, white, and a few different browns. I stitched short rows of beads in the direction of the dog’s hair until the entire piece of felt was covered. I alternated colors and remembered to include those brown spots.
For the second layer of beadwork, I alternated between clear and crystal lustre AB using a khaki colored thread. (Thread color makes all the difference here.) I carefully spaced out my tiny layered fringes so that you can still see some of the undercoat peaking through. I also used a couple of different browns for the fringe on the dogs head as well as the ear. After I finished the second layer of beadwork, I stitched on the Ultrasuede backing and my piece was complete. Now this dog has a glass bead embroidered coat! 🙂
If you have a Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon, please feel free to share a photo on my Facebook page! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick post to show you my latest design – beaded American Eskimo earrings! I just love how these turned out! These dangly Eskie dog earrings were created by stitching layers of tiny glass seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Beadwork was backed with Ultrasuede. Earrings hang from sterling silver ear wires fearing a tiny black Onyx bead.
This item was originally a custom order request, but since they match my beaded American Eskimo pin pendant, I have decided to list them as made-to-order on Etsy and Amazon. Also, if you’d like to see beadwork progress photos or a photo of me trying on this pair, please check my Facebook or Instagram pages and/or the product listing. Thank you for your interest! Back to beading! 🙂
Dear friends, a new bead- embroidered pet portrait is now available for sale on Etsy – a pink Pomeranian! Or perhaps it looks like an American Eskimo dog to you?
A customer suggested this color to me awhile back and I liked the idea because I’m sure there is someone out there who has dyed their Pomeranian’s hair pink.. Whether you like that idea or not, I think it looks great in beads! I used tiny Japanese glass seed beads and layered beaded fringe to create this dog’s texture. I like it so much that I have added this color option for anyone who would like a pink Pomeranian pin pendant or earrings! It would definitely be a conversation piece! Please check my Etsy and Amazon shops for more details. Thanks for looking!
Dear friends, my Amazon Handmade shop is now open for business! I will slowly add more inventory here over the next few weeks. Many items listed will be Ready to ship, but some will be made to order. Beading kits and patterns will still be available for sale in my Etsy shop, but you can also find a handful of beading patterns available on Amazon for Kindle.
For those who haven’t heard of Handmade at Amazon yet, this is a new marketplace which features strictly handmade items. Artisans must apply to sell before listing their items. Don’t expect quick production times or Free Shipping for every item, but do expect to find something you didn’t know you needed! Click the image above to view my Amazon profile. Thanks for looking:)
Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..
First, I have stitched Miyuki Tila and half-Tila beads for the sidewalk and the wall near the driveway. Then, I created a tiny mailbox and yard light by stringing beads onto eye pins and attaching them at the back of the piece. I used Preciosa rose montee rhinestones for the yard light. It really sparkles!
Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!
In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.
When I finished the lawn, I peyote-stitched tiny bits of greenery around the yard light. And, I added bead -embroidered shrubs or yews along the front of the house.. How do you think it looks so far?
For those who have just stumbled upon this post, this portrait has been commissioned as a gift for mother of the bride. This is her mother’s childhood home. This house still stands in Southeastern Ohio. Please check my Facebook or Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for looking! 🙂
Dear friends, it has been a busy month! Here is the latest custom beadwork I have created – a black beaded Pomeranian dog pin pendant. This piece is now available as made-to-order on Etsy. Click the image blow to view the listing:
My beaded dog pins can also be worn as pendants. Each order includes a soft leather cord with sterling silver clasp. Matching earrings can also be made upon request! 🙂
Also, some exciting news. I will be starting a very special commissioned bead-painting very soon! Please check my Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates. Thank you for your interest in my bead embroidery! 🙂
Dear friends, just a quick post today to announce that I am running a Memorial Day Sale on Etsy all weekend! Enter coupon code MEMORIAL15 to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, bead embroidery patterns, and beadwork now through May 25, 2015. Happy beading!