Thursday, April 25, 2019

New set of pendants heading to the gallery



Here is the next set of my bead embroidered pendants that is heading downtown to the gallery for sale.  Lee Muir-Haman is the gallery owner, and she will ship them, so don't let your location be an issue.  But please come visit if you're in Massachusetts!

You can contact Lee directly at her facebook page, or through her website Lee Muir-Haman for those not on fb.  Or you can always leave me a comment here if you'd like me to set one aside for you and arrange the sale with Lee.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Book review: Beadwoven Glamour



Do you like crystals?  Do you like shaped beads?  Do you like stitching components that you can use to make matching earrings or bracelets?  Isabella Lam's latest book, Beadwoven Glamour, may be just what you're looking for!  You may remember Isabella's work from a few years ago when Kalmbach published Beautiful Beadweaving.  Everyone was talking about it.  Everyone wanted a copy.  And it was soooo worthwhile!

The instructions and illustrations make it a snap to follow along with the projects, and there is a complete and specific materials list for those who want it.  The Empera Necklace, shown above on the cover, is one of the more complicated pieces.  There are also several that are much simpler to stitch, although even those look luxe and expensive.  There are some simple pendants that are similar to the ones shown below.  They might be a great way to get your feet wet! 



The projects are challenging, but because of the excellent instructions, I feel that a determined advanced beginner could have success here.  And what glorious designs to make for yourself or for a friend!


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bead embroidered pendants at our local gallery


Lee Muir-Haman's Tumblers Bottom Gallery is the newest brick and mortar gallery in Massachusetts to carry my bead embroidered pendants.  But guess what?  Lee will ship them, so you're not limited by location!  The set shown above were the first ones to go to the gallery, and as you can see, one has already found its forever home :-)

You can contact Lee directly at the facebook page above, or through her website Lee Muir Haman for those not on fb.  Or you can always leave me a comment here if you'd like me to set one aside for you and arrange the sale with Lee.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Bird-in-Tree: a bead embroidered pendant



It's hard to capture the beautiful shine and flash of a piece of raku.  I bought several amazing pieces from Amy Mealey's trunk show last month, and this is the second focal I've gotten to.  You can see the first here at Moon bead embroidered pendant.  The color differences are part art and part magic!




This pendant had a hole at the top, so I filled it with a little antique swallow button that I had.  And of course the swallow needs something to sleep in...  The tree was added after the bezel was complete, which allows some trial and error with easy removal if you don't like the first results.  And I didn't!  I think I redid most of it at least twice.  Now I have a better idea of how to do it, and I hope the next one (if there is a next one) will come together more easily.

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Seahorse bead embroidered pendant

Ocean Bliss
$149

My most recent pendant features a seashore-themed focal piece by Sheri Mallery, pearls, rhinestone cup chain, and some raku beads by Amy Mealey.  This one will be heading for the local gallery unless someone reading here wants to reserve it.  Leave me a comment...it will stay private.

I wanted some more texture with this piece, so I added some branching fringe to a few areas along with some pearls, and some tendrils at the bottom done in spiral square stitch. 

There are step-by-step instructions for spiral square stitch in Chapter 3 ("Dimensional Beading") of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story



Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter, with all the basic stitches, is free to download.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A floral woman - a bead embroidered pendant


I love the long shape of the focal cabochon in this piece.  I paired it with the smaller one in a way that to me is reminiscent of a woman.  (If it were hanging the other way round, it would be an exclamation point!! 


Anyway, I love the colors and patterns in this polymer clay cab set, which I bought from Mary Anne Williams Knapp in an online trunk show.  I had to be --fast-- to get it!  I used back stitched edging along the top and short stack stitches for fringe along the rest. 

If you want to learn how to add this type of fringe to your pieces, it's really easy.  I show you how to do it with over-sized beads and lots of pictures in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  There are also free instructions there for back stitch, edging brick stitch, and more.

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Monday, April 01, 2019

Winged Giraffe - a bead embroidered pendant


Isn't he cute??  I got this special center piece, created on a domino, from Dorothy Supri of Skyline Beads


Since the domino focal piece is so deep and took so many rows to bezel, I kept it pretty simple. The bezel was done in multiples of four beads, which allowed me to add the first row of Russian spiral around the outside without having to fudge the numbers at all.  The edges are all finished with edging brick stitch, stack stitches on the upper portion, and back stitched strands of seed beads leading to a dangling raku bead across the bottom.  The back has the usual square stitch bail for hanging. 


If you are interested in using stitches other than back stitch to decorate around your cabochons, Bored By Back Stitch, has step-by-step instructions on how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads, and to fill any open spaces in your bead embroidery designs.  Later chapters add more stitches and textured surfaces like shibori pleated silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, and soutache braid to the mix.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Flora + Pearl - a bead embroidered pendant


This may be my favorite piece yet!  I wore it over the weekend and received many compliments, especially on the beauty of the focal piece that Jennifer West made. 


One little trick that I'll point out to you is how I back stitch around a fresh water pearl when I want the flow of beads to continue as smoothly as possible.  When I add the last row of back stitching and the pearls are jutting into that row, I switch from size 11/0 to size 15/0 seed beads.  That means having a pretty big stash of beads, but I learned long ago that it's good to have a color you like in every size possible!  The color palette led me to use one of Amy Mealey's raku beads as a dangle at the bottom.


Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.  The book as a whole covers all the different stitches I use, the methods for attaching the backing, bezel and bail construction, and much more.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Eyes of March - a bead embroidered pendant


Yvonne Irvin-Faus makes these really fun focal pieces, and I just had to scoop up a few of them at her last online trunk show.  I wanted to add a few more dimensional elements in order to keep with the playful vibe of the focal, so I added some size 6/0 seed beads in short stacks, a few cute little asterisk beads that Yvonne included in my package just for fun, and some areas of drop beads around the edges.  With so many colors to choose from in the focal, it was a delight to stitch this one up!


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Flowers - a bead embroidered pendant


Just finished!  My newest pendant combines a polymer clay focal by Shari Smith McDermott with some raku beads by Amy Mealey.  I may have a hard time selling this one!  Shari makes these crazy-pretty focals from black polymer clay that she then paints.  The ones I bought have an iridescent sheen that is hard to appreciate in photos.  Amy's raku beads are the perfect things to acccompany it!

Since the whole thing got a little crazy to begin with, I decided to spice up the edges a bit with some drop beads as well as the usual stack stitched. 


Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Moon: a bead embroidered raku pendant


I have been interested in raku work for quite some time, but only recently found a maker of beads and cabochons that I could really envision in my bead embroidered pieces.  The focal and the two large beads in Moonlight were made by Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  I was blessed to be able to scoop up quite a few of Amy's pieces during a recent online trunk show.   

The gold and coppery flashes of raku along with the purple and teal glazes are the colors that I love the best.  I made sure that I bought pieces in other color combos too, though!  It wasn't hard...all of Amy's work is great. 


Since the beads are so eye-catching on their own, I kept the embroidery very simple, with a slightly decorated peyote bezel, lots of back stitch, and some double bead stacks.  The edges are all finished with edging brick stitch, stack stitches on the upper 3/4s, and strands of seed beads leading to a dangling raku bead on the bottom 1/4.  The back has the usual square stitch bail for hanging.  This is a heavy pendant, so I stitched right through all the layers to anchor the bail, hiding the stitches on top in the beadwork. 

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Monday, March 04, 2019

Moonlight - a bead embroidered metal clay cabochon


And yet more pendants!  When will it stop?  No time soon, I hope :-)

The center is another of the beautiful designs I bought from Jennifer West during her trunk show.  I just love her work so much, and each unique piece is inspiring me to think of a different bead design to show it off.  I really enjoyed stitching up the bezel for this one...do you see the little beaded "mountain peaks" at the bottom of the cabochon?  The piece had a hole in it, which was just begging to be filled by a pearl "moon". 

Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.

Copyright 2019 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mermaid bead embroidered pendant


I fell in love with this mermaid that my friend Sheri Mallery made, and I decided that she would be the centerpiece of my next pendant.  Along with back stitch, I used some varied lengths of stack stitch (similar to fringe, but on the surface rather than the edges) and pearls to go with the seashore theme.  The bezel uses a right angle weave edging, and some "corner" accents that are both taught in my e-book Some Assembly Required

SAR covers making different types of bezels to enhance both regularly shaped and irregularly shaped cabochons, connecting your bead embroidered components with various techniques, unifying your piece with texture, and creating beautiful finishing styles.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

A bead embroidery pendant featuring a polymer clay cabochon


I recently bought some of these polymer clay cabochons from Mary Anne Williams Knapp at her online trunk show.  The colors are wonderful and there's a lot of depth to the designs, even though they are flat rather than domed.  I didn't mind the lack of doming at all...in fact, it allowed me to add fewer rows of peyote in order to get to the top of the cab.  Once there, I decided to fool around a bit with a decorative flourish.  Do you like it?  It's simply some additional peyote done with size 15/0 seed beads.  I'm planning on playing with this idea more and getting more elaborate, but on a plainer cabochon!


If you've never added fringe to your pieces, it's really easy.  I show you how to do it with over-sized beads and lots of pictures in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Copper tusk bead embroidered pendant


The centerpiece of this pendant is a copper clay beauty that I bought from Jennifer West.  I have FIVE more of her pieces, so the metallic fun will continue! I'm planning on doing some more elaborate bezeling on some of the other pieces. 


Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Turquoise bead embroidered pendant


This is the second painted glass cabochon that I bought from my friend Lea Avroch.  I highly recommend her work if you are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces to use in your bead embroidery, and no, she didn't pay me to say that :-)  I have some leather and leather-look necklaces on the way to use as neck straps for some of these pendants that I've been making.  I think I'm going to look into selling some of them, because they are starting to pile up!


Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.  Additional chapters focus on altered surfaces, dimensional beading, found objects and unusual materials, and integrating bead embroidery with other fiber arts.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Blue bead embroidered pendant


I bought a couple of beautiful art glass cabochons from my friend Lea Avroch right before Christmas.  Now that the dust has settled from my retirement, I've had a chance to sit down and stitch up a bead embroidery setting for one of them.  Here's the back:

 

I used Russian spiral stitch around the cabochon, which is taught in my e-book Bored By Back Stitch.

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