Walkin’ the Beaded Dog..

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Last week, I started working on something completely new: a beaded lady walking her pink poodle! The poodle is VERY tiny – 1″ x 1″ (2.5cm x 2.5cm). I used Japanese size 15 seed beads & tiny pink freshwater pearls, as well as a 1mm glass eye for the dog’s nose.

The lady measures approx. 6cm tall x 4cm wide. Her arms are very skinny – only 3mm wide! I used a combination of size 15 seed beads and 13/o charlottes. I will say it wasn’t easy to bead these tiny pieces because there is no fabric to hold on to while beading. I agree that her face does look a bit strange (maybe because its beaded?), but I think that given her tiny size, she will look just fine from a distance.  How do you think she looks? I have one more tiny piece to bead, then I will connect everything together. Perhaps I should use a thimble this time! :O

>Too Pink or Not Too Pink

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bead embroidery portrait Abigail Adams Samuel John Quincy MA historical society beaded art
Semi-beaded Abigail Adams portrait. 12″ x 12″. Beadwork in progress. 

Yesterday I was brave. Even though I’m not quite finished with the bead embroidery portion of this piece, I took out a brand new paintbrush, and a new tube of hot pink acrylic paint. I painted an entire 12″ square canvas pink! One thing I learned while doing this was that painting just one colour is almost as difficult as it is to paint with many colours!

But, why pink? The exhibition I am participating in is called Abigail in Perspective. I didn’t know much about Abigail Adams, so I began to do a little research. For a woman who lived in the late 1700’s, she was very ahead of her time. While she did learn domestic skills such as sewing, fine needlework, and cooking, she also spent much time in her father’s library reading subjects that women weren’t supposed to read (such as philosophy, history, and poetry). She also opposed slavery and she believed in equal education for boys and girls. By practicing these beliefs, it’s no wonder she was both wife and mother of two U.S. Presidents!

Knowing all of these things, I began to envision Abigail Adams in a more contemporary light. I chose this pink because it is bold, moderne, and feminine – all of which describes Abigail perfectly. What do you think about pink? 😀