A Beaded House in Ohio..

Dear friends, recently I finished beading my first house portrait. This piece was a special commission.

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The house still stands in Steubenville, Ohio – a former steel town where my father’s family lived and worked. My father’s uncle actually built this house many years ago..

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This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time using strong nylon thread. Miyuki Tila beads were used for the sidewalk, Swarovski crystals were used for the yard light, and tiny seashells were sewn at the edge of the driveway.. The beadwork itself measures approx.  5″ x 7″.. It was carefully mounted and framed in an 8″ x 10″ shadowbox frame.

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You can view an enlarged photo of this piece HERE. You may also view progress photos to see how this piece was made HERE as well as on my Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are interested in a commissioned beaded portrait, please Contact me for more details. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Progress of a Beaded House, Yard, and Tree

Dear friends, I have been making a little progress on my beaded house portrait. Check it out..

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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!

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Next, I began working on the large tree. Tiny glass seed beads make it look larger than it really is!

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In the photo above, I began beading the grass. Stitching in several directions, I used 4 different shades of green for visual interest.

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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! 🙂

Constructing a Beaded House Portrait

Dear friends, these days, I am working on a special commission – a bead-embroidered house portrait!

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First, I completed a sketch which I used to create a paper template. I used the template to create several different felt shapes of the house. I layered the felt cutouts and stitched them together.

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I began beading the garage and windows using size 15 seed beads and Miyuki Tila beads. I am using several browns and grays so far.

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Above, you can see that I finished beading the rest of the house. And, below, I have layered some seed beads over the house to create visual interest (although I don’t think the camera can pick up this detail).

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I have also begun to work on the yard. I stitched half-Tila beads along the wall next to the driveway, as well as up the stairs. How do you think it looks so far? Please check my Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂