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Here is another mermaid focal that I fell in love with, made by my friend Sheri Mallery.  I decided that she would be the centerpiece of my next pendant.  I kept the back stitching fairly simple, just adding a few accent pearls and cup chain.  The bezel also has just a few small pearly embellishments.  But then I got to the fringe...!!

Pearls, dyed pearls, cup chain, fringe drops.  I feel like she's guarding her treasure!

My e-book Some Assembly Required covers many different styles of fringe and other beautiful finishing techniques.

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This new pendant combines a polymer clay focal by Shari Smith McDermott with a raku bead by Amy Mealey.  Shari's cabochons are black polymer clay that she paints.  The ones I bought have an iridescent sheen that is hard to appreciate in photos, while Amy's raku beads are the perfect accompaniments!

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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I love these polymer clay and resin cabochons by Mary Anne Williams Knapp.  I buy them from her in her online trunk shows.  They are not terribly deep, so it doesn't take many rows to bezel them and get down to the fun parts of embellishing!  I used edging brick stitch all around the piece and then added small drop beads along the top and short stack stitches and dagger beads for fringe along the rest.

If you want to learn how to make bead embroidered pieces, 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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Sold, and now living in its forever home!

I just can't get enough of these metal clay focals that my friend Jennifer West makes!  You can find beauties of your own by visiting Off the Grid Designs, or find Jennifer on facebook...she frequently sells through online trunk sales there. 

Anyway, I had exactly ONE of these cute little mother-of-pearl leaves left from another project, and when my client said she liked earthy green tones, it just seemed perfect.  She is also petite, so I had to restrain myself from over-embellishing :-) 


If you'd like to make one of these bead embroidered pieces, instruction can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.


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Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves

This is one of my favorite necklaces EV-AH, and I got to rock it out for Mother's Day!  It took a monstrously long time to make it, mostly because I wasn't sure what components I was going to need.  It was one of the bead embroidered necklace projects that moved me in the direction of working with components rather than as a solid collar style in the first place.  My e-book Some Assembly Required follows that journey, featuring another piece. If you've never tried making a large necklace without a solid foundation and a plan first, maybe it's time!

The original tutorial for Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves is at the link.




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I'm still obsessed with raku and metal together.  This time, the raku focal takes center stage, another beauty that I bought from Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  Amy does trunk shows online, which you can learn about at the link. 

For the beadwork, I tried to pick up the flash colors in the raku piece.  It's hard to get photographs that do justice to these colors, as they shift so much depending upon the angle and the light.  The edges are all finished with edging brick stitch, stack stitches on the upper 3/4s, and strands of seed beads and two raku beads, leading to a sweet little ant charm made by my hero, Jennifer West.

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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My newest bead embroidered pendant is heading for the gallery next month if it doesn't find its new home before then!  The centerpiece is a lovely porcelain dragon by Sheri Mallery, and the dangle is a white copper metal clay piece by Jennifer West

I wanted to mimic the look of dragon scales, both on the surface and in the edging.  I used a bead embroidered form of the chevron stitch to stitch around the cabochon.  This form of chevron is taught in my e-book, Bored By Back Stitch.  The edging was stitched off of the usual brick edging stitch border.  I'm extremely pleased with how the colors and shapes worked out. 



In Bored By Back Stitch, the first chapter contains 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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These focals are some more work by the fabulous Yvonne Irvin-Faus. You can find her work featured on online trunk shows, and she also has a couple of Etsy shops.  I love working with her fun, bright colors...they make me happy!



I was asked what the little bead on the back is for.  I guess I should explain...it doesn't have to be there, but I thought it was cute!  See the herringbone loop at the top? It starts from the edging beads and loops around to the front. There is a hole in the focal near the top, and I stitched through it and through the backing to anchor it with the little bead, then back through to the front to take another pass through the loop and end the thread.

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Don't ask how many times I had to do and redo the peacock feather fringe on this piece!  Actually, it wasn't really too bad, but I did have to change the spacing to make it cluster the way I wanted.  I'm very happy about the setting that the peacock focal now lives in.  Dorothy Supri of Skyline Beads made him.  Dorothy has trunk shows on facebook if you are interested in her work. 

This pendant will be available for sale.  Before it heads off to the gallery, leave me a comment here and I'll get right back to you.  Your comment won't be visible since all comments are moderated, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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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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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