Dear friends, I would like to share with you the progress of my latest custom order. This is a new animal pin for me, one of which has been on my list for awhile now.. A beaded horse – in this case a majestic Anheuser-Busch bred Clydesdale horse:) This animal is much larger than the usual dogs & cats that I create, so the size of the pin must be larger as well, otherwise the details will be lost. So, I worked on a drawing based on the photo below and resized it to about 3″ x 3″.. This is usually a good size for a large brooch.
Next, I created a paper template which I used to cut out several layers of felt. The first layer is a stiff beading foundation, and the top layers or shapes were cut from felt. I can use any felt that I have on hand, either acrylic or wool. I stitched the layers of felt to the stiff stuff to create my overall foundation.
Next, I began by stitching a special 2mm glass eye onto the horse’s face, then I began beading. I always start with the animal’s face and work from there. In this case, I worked on the face, then legs as I outlined the horse’s body with Japanese size 15 seed beads.
Following those lines, I continued doing bead embroidery by simply filling in the rest of the legs and body. I used several different colors of seed beads to achieve the shading I wanted. Once the first layer of beadwork was complete, I began the second layer. I added tiny beaded fringe on the horse’s mane and legs. I also added some more lines to accentuate the animal’s features. Lastly, I stitched many long beaded fringes for the tail. I sort of stitched these together at the top so they sit right, but that was easier said than done.
This piece required a bit more time and patience than usual, but I think the results are worth the effort. I am really proud of how this piece turned out! What do you think? If you are an equestrian and are interested in a custom beaded horse pin or framed mini pet portrait, please use the Contact form above or message me through Etsy! I appreciate your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, lately I have been obsessed with the Borzoi aka. Russian Wolfhound, so I decided to make a framed portrait of one..
I started by cutting out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I chose my seed beads – 15/o matte brown seed beads and tiny 13/o gold charlottes and started beading!
After I finished beading the entire piece of felt, I layered even more seed beads and beaded fringe to create the dogs flowing hair. And lastly, I stitched the beadwork to a dark blue piece of Ultrasuede.
How does this dog breed look in a shadowbox frame?
This piece is currently available and ready to ship! Please click the pics to view more photos on Etsy. Also, for a limited time only, enter coupon code SAVE2016 to save 10% on any order now through October 31, 2016. Thanks for looking! 🙂
Dear friends, thanks to everyone who took the time to visit me at Etsy Artists of Boston Winter Bazaar over the weekend. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to share some of my beadwork with you in person. I look forward to the next show!
To celebrate this wonderful season, I will be running a New Year Sale on Amazon and Etsy. All ready to ship beaded dog pins, jewelry, beading kits, and beaded artworks will be 15% off on Amazon and/or Etsy. Sale runs December 25 – Jan. 3, 2016. It’s the perfect time to get that beaded dog pin you were eyeing up at the show, and a great time to learn the art of bead embroidery with a beading kit or pattern! I will also be adding new inventory to both shops over the next week. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! Happy 2016, everyone:)
PS. Check out two of my latest custom orders below.. Enjoy!
Custom micro-beaded Poodle pin inspired by my ‘Pretty in Poodles’ dog collar necklace.
‘Gracie’, a custom beaded Husky pet portrait in 8×8″ shadowbox frame.
If you are interested in a custom beaded pet pin or portrait, please use the Contact form above, or send me a message through Etsy or Facebook. Thanks for looking! 🙂
Dear friends and dog lovers, if you haven’t received your latest copy of AKC Family Dog Magazine yet, check this out:
My beaded West Highland White Terrier has been featured in the Canine Art Galleries on page 13! There is a special coupon code printed in the magazine for anyone planning to order a mini pet portrait or keepsake beaded dog jewelry from my Etsy shop. Coupon is valid through December 31, 2015. Please place holiday orders early!
Please check AKC Family Dog’s Facebook page for the digital edition of this publication.. to be posted soon! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Happy Spring! There is a new beaded pet portrait available for sale in my Etsy shop. A West Highland White Terrier!
This cute little dog was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt (2-3 beads at a time) using a strong nylon thread. White beaded fringe was layered using Japanese size 15 seed beads. The beaded fringe actually moves to reveal more seed beads beneath! Several different shades of white, gray, black & pink beads were used. This pooch is also wearing a tiny sterling silver heart charm on his collar! Beadwork was sewn to a piece of dark blue Ultrasuede, and mounted in an 8×8″ white shadowbox frame. Piece is signed on the matte and it is ready to hang! If you are interested in a custom beaded pet portrait of a different breed, please view my Etsy shop for more details.
Also, it’s time to celebrate Spring with a 15%-off sale in my Etsy shop! Now through April 5th! All ready-to-ship beaded dog jewelry, bead art, pet portraits, beading kits & patterns will be on sale for a limited time – now through Easter Sunday only. Thanks for looking! 🙂
This weekend, I listed a brand new beaded dog pendant in my Etsy shop – a tiny Beagle! This piece was inspired by Miss P, the adorable little dog who won Best in Show at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!
This brooch was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 at a time. It measures 1″ wide x 1.5″ tall – the perfect pendant size! Please click the pics for more details…
Also, you may notice that I am in the process of redesigning my blog.. I will be updating the photo galleries on this blog over the next week or so.. Please stay tuned.. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂
Dear friends, I am thrilled to announce that I will now be offering custom framed beaded pet portraits in my Etsy shop!
Here is the first piece I have created – a bead-embroidered Yorkshire Terrier portrait. This little dog was created with tiny Japanese glass seed beads. It was hand-stitched using needle & thread. Beadwork was then sewn to an Ultrasuede background which was mounted in an 8″ x 8″ white shadowbox frame.
This piece is currently available and ready to ship. Please click the photos for more details. Truly a unique keepsake which will be passed down for generations to come!
If you are interested in a custom framed dog, cat, bird or horse portrait, please use the Contact Form above or send me a message through my Etsy shop. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀