Custom Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound Brooch

Dear friends, last week a customer sent me a photo of her beautiful Borzoi named Duma. She asked me to create a custom beaded pin which looks like her dog.

Borzoi Russian Wolfhound portrait jewelry

First, I cut out several layers of felt and stitched them together. Then, I added a tiny glass nose and eyes.

Bead your own dog pin pendant thelonebeader Etsy Amazon Handmade felt bead embroidery beadwork

Then, I began stitching tiny Japanese size 15 glass seed beads to the felt 2-3 at a time. When the majority of the bead embroidery was complete, I added beaded fringe and a leather collar with sterling silver heart charm. A pin finding is sewn to the back and beadwork is backed with Ultrasuede.

Beaded Borzoi Russian Wolfhound dog pin bead embroidery beadwork jewelry Etsy Amazon Handmade pets

6.5cm x 6cm

Now this beaded dog brooch is complete and on its way to my customer! If you are interested in a custom beaded dog pin, jewelry or pet portrait, please use the Contact form, or check out my Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops online. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!🙂

New Beaded Pomeranian Pin & Doxie Pet Portrait

Dear friends, I had a wonderful time visiting the San Diego Bead Society! I was only there for a few days, but the weather was gorgeous. I was happy to take a walk on the beach and go hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve! Please see more photos on the San Diego Bead Society’s Facebook page.

San Diego Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

While I was there, I taught my Toy Poodle bead embroidery class. One of the students brought her adorable miniature Pomeranian named Emily. Emily is the official mascot of the San Diego Bead Society!🙂

Emily Miniature Pomeranian

And, here is the custom beaded miniature Pomeranian pin I made to look like her.. This design is now available as made to order on Etsy. What do you think?🙂

Custom Beaded Miniature Teacup Pomeranian pin pendant bead embroidery pet portrait beadwork beads art the lone beader

And, since I’ve returned, I have also created a new custom beaded pet portrait, Dachshund in Flower Garden. This piece was inspired by a little dog named Frankie. It features tiny bead-embroidered multi-color flowers and butterflies. Framed in an 8×8″ shadowbox frame. Click to view it in the frame.

Doxie Dachshund Beaded Pet Portrait Shadowbox Frame Beadwork Bead Embroidery Bead Art the Lone Beader

If you are interested in a custom beaded mini pet portrait, please use the Contact Form or find me on Etsy! Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! Back to beading!🙂

Huichol Bead Art of Mexico

Dear friends, last month I traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This was my 3rd visit to the country. For those who have never had the opportunity to go to Mexico, I highly recommend visiting the Yucatan peninsula. This area is full of nature, handcrafted art, adventure, fish tacos, relaxation, and fun in the sun. For those who haven’t been there, I thought I would share a few photos of some beautiful beaded artwork I discovered along the way.

Tierra Huichol Mexican Bead Art Souvenirs Travel Playa del Carmen Mexico Riviera Maya

On my last night in Mexico, I visited Tierra Huichol, a gorgeous shop on 5th Avenue. This shop carries colorful hand beaded artwork made by indigenous Huichol (pronounced Wee-Chol) artists from the Pacific coast states of Jalisco and Nayarit. I had the opportunity to speak with the shop owner, Carlos, and he told me a little about the craft.

Tierra Huichol beaded art Mexican souvenirs Playa del Carmen Cancun Mexico beadwork Riviera Maya

The Huichol people use mainly Czech glass seed beads because Japanese seed beads are just too perfect. First, an animal figure is covered with beeswax, then tiny glass beads are imbedded into the wax one by one to create these amazing designs. One of the main concerns is that over time, the wax may harden and some beads may fall off. I was told they are in search of a manmade material (similar to beeswax) which they can use to help reduce bead loss.

Beaded torso Mexican Huichol bead art Playa del Carmen souvenirs Cancun Mexico Riviera Maya

I think the most impressive thing about this art form is that the artist does not use a  drawing or outline to follow. They simply use their incredible artistic vision and creativity to create one of a kind pieces.

Huichol symbols chart bead art beadwork Mexican souvenirs Playa del carmen Cancun Mexico

I was given the chart above to learn about all of the symbols which can be found in the artwork. Then I shopped around for awhile, and I found a small beaded gourd to purchase. This piece features images of the Peyote flower and the Deer.

Mexican Huichol beaded gourd peyote deer beadwork Playa del Carmen Mexico souvenirs
The next time you visit Mexico, look for Huichol bead art in small tourist shops and at the airport. These artworks are affordable and easy to pack in your suitcase, so find one you would like to bring home. Your purchase will help support the culture and livelihood of a very gifted group of artists!🙂

Beaded Labor Day Sale on Etsy!

Beaded Poodles Labor Day Sale on Etsy beadwork bead embroidery dog jewelry 15% off Amazon Handmade

Dear friends, celebrate Labor Day with a sale! Save 15% on all ready-to-ship ‪‎beaded‬ ‪dog‬ ‪jewelry‬, ‪‎beading‬ kits, ‪bead‬ patterns, and ‪‎art‬. No coupon code needed!

Please note: All items purchased between Sept. 3 & Sept. 8 will ship out on Sept. 9, 2015.

Enjoy what’s left of ‪summer‬ while you can!

Explosive 4th of July #Sale on #Etsy!

Dear friends, I am currently running a 4th of July sale on Etsy! Now through July 5, all READY-to-SHIP beaded dog jewelry, beadwork, bead embroidery kits, patterns, and felt shapes will be an extra 20% off the marked price. No coupon code needed! Please visit my Facebook or Instagram pages to check the progress of my latest piece. Thanks for looking.. Happy beading from Boston!🙂

Celebrating 600 sales on Etsy!

Dear friends, I am celebrating 600 sales in my Etsy shop! Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey so far.. one bead at a time!🙂

C'est La Vie En Perles Beaded French Lady Walking Pink Poodle 2-Part Freshwater Pearl Pin Brooch Etsy Bead Embroidery Beads

‘C’est La Vie En Perles’

Enter coupon code MOM2015 at checkout to save 15% on all beaded dog jewelry, beading patterns, bead kits, and art. Coupon is valid on May 9 & 10, 2015 – this weekend only! Thanks for looking and have a Happy Mother’s Day!🙂

Bead Embroidered Westie Pet Portrait + Spring Sale!

Happy Spring! There is a new beaded pet portrait available for sale in my Etsy shop. A West Highland White Terrier!

Beaded Westie West Highland White Terrier Framed Pet Portrait Etsy Beadwork Artist Boston Spring Sale

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!🙂