Progress of a Beaded House Portrait

Dear friends, I have made some progress on my latest commission – a beaded house portrait.

Beaded House Portrait bead embroidery beadwork on canvas Etsy Boston artist

First, I stitched in some beaded greenery around the yard light. Then, I began to bead the tree..

Bead embroidery Bead embroidered tree size 15 seed beads Boston Etsy artist painting

In real life, this tree is very large, but my portrait is sort of limited by the size of the canvas, so this only represents a portion of the tree. Using size 15 seed beads in at least 6 shades of green, I stitched very small loops for leaves. There are many leaves, so this took quite a while to do!

bead embroidery house portrait commission beadwork in progress Boston etsy artist painting The Lone Beader

Next, I stitched the house to the larger 5″x 7″ piece of stiff stuff that is shown behind it.. (Yes, the house was a separate piece of beadwork, as is the tree!) Then, I continued stitching the grass to the edge of the stiff stuff.

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I also stitched size 11 black, gray, and brown seed beads for the street, and tiny size 15 Delica beads for the driveway. I thought I might run out of the color I was using, but turns out I had just enough! 🙂

commissioned beaded house portrait bead embroidery Miyuki Tila beads Etsy beading artist

Next, I will stitch in a bit more grass.. Please check my Facebook and/or Instagram pages for more updates. 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..

Bead embroidery house portrait Steubenville OH Etsy beadwork beads artist Boston Amazon

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!

Beaded House portrait Bead embroidery painting Boston artist tree seed beads

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

Beaded House Portrait Bead embroidery art Boston artist Steubenville OH Tila Beads tree

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

Beaded House portrait bead embroidery Etsy artist Boston Steubenville OH painting seed beads tree

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! 🙂

Custom Framed Beaded Pet Portraits on Etsy!

Dear friends, I am thrilled to announce that I will now be offering custom framed beaded pet portraits in my Etsy shop!

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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.

custom framed beaded embroidery pet portrait Yorkie dog etsy beadwork art white shadowbox

 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!

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 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! 😀

Beadwork on Display at Central Square Eye Care!

beaded portrait beadwork bead embroidery central square eye care optical shop

The other day, I dropped off my beaded portrait of Dr. Geoff White at Central Square Eye Care. This portrait was created using tiny glass seed beads, felt, and recycled eyeglass lenses. My beadwork will be on display at 3 Central Square, Cambridge, MA, indefinitely. If  you happen to be in the neighborhood, do stop by and take a peek! This is also a very cool place to get a new pair of specs. I just ordered a pair of purple Lafonts. Can’t wait to receive them! 8)

beaded portrait Dr. Geoff White Central Square Eye Care Boston Cambridge MA bead embroidery beadwork

Beaded Hair & Eyeglass Frames

Beaded portrait fiber art bead embroidery eyeglasses lenses frames beads optical shop

Today, I think I finally finished the beadwork for the portrait (of my friend, the optometrist)  I’ve been working on! I stitched silver bugle beads around my recycled eyeglass lenses to create frames. Then, I stitched gray, brown, and gold twisted bugle beads for hair. So far, it measures  9″ x 7.5″. I think its a pretty close rendition of my original sketch!  Now, the next step is to mount it to a canvas somehow… How do you think it looks? 8)

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Beaded Portrait Progress

This week, I’ve been busy working on my beaded portrait. This piece is slowly coming together. I am lazy-stitching size 11 Czech glass seed beads to felt using Nymo thread. I am using a lot of red beads, but I plan to layer orange, blue, green, and yellows over each other. I also plan to make beaded eyeglass frames around the recycled eyeglass lenses. I’m looking forward to that challenge! Also, take note of how curvy my beading needle is.. How much longer do you think it will last? :O

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In addition to doing beadwork, I have also begun writing a new bead embroidery tutorial which will contain step-by-step instructions on how to make one of my beaded dog pins. I hope to release it later this month! And, to those who may be interested, my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop. That’s the news for now. Back to beading!

Lazy Stitch Forehead

Lazy Stitch beadwork beaded portrait face seed beads eyeglass lenses pop relief

This week, I’ve been busy beading. I worked on my beaded portrait a little more. Using the lazy-stitch technique, I stitched red, orange, and blue seed beads onto the forehead, nose, and lips. I’m not sure it looks like my original drawing yet, but I do plan to layer more colors over each other as I continue to bead.. How do you think it looks so far?

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In addition to beading my portrait, I also made 3 new pairs of beaded ‘Washer Blossom’ earrings which I listed in the Jewelry section of my Etsy shop. I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek! 😀