Bead embroidery uses textile techniques to create detailed pieces that cannot be replicated by metalwork alone. I use a special fused silk backing to sew on that produces a strong and flexible piece. Then I back it with Ultrasuede to produces a soft and sturdy finished piece. I use extremely strong threads (Fireline mostly) to sew the beads.
I love to use natural elements and semi precious gemstones in combinations that are unique and very complementary to the wearer. Many people who have tried on my more elaborate necklaces are surprised at how light they are and that they do not overwhelm the wearer. Rather, they work with many types of people and outfits from dressy to suits to jeans and tops. My prices range from $160 to $2300.
Colorado Sunset $2150 Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stitch band.
Klimt Colorado Sunset $350 (Sold) Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads. I plan to make more of these smaller necklaces and since they remind me of a Klimt painting, that will be the name of this series.
Aqua Garden $2255 Aqua aura druzy and rough crystals, amethyst faceted and rough crystals, peridot, freshwater and keshi pearls, 24K gold plated Delica seed beeds, Peyote stitch band. This piece won two awards at the 2010 League of New Hampshire Craftsmen CraftWear Exhibition at Lake Sunapee, NH.
Klimt Aqua Garden $260 Vintage Swarovsky jewel, peridot, amethyst, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads. I plan to make several of these and each will be slightly different.
Night At The Opera $795(Sold) Titanium quartz druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stitch band. This necklace is part of a collection that uses these incredible blue with gold flashes vintage Swarovsky oval jewels. I have several pieces using this crystal. I have only 2 of these fabulous crystals left.
Melanie $1100 (NFS) Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stich band. I made this for my daughter and she wears this to work with a simple top and a green linen jacket. I am amazed that these elaborate pieces look so great with simple daytime clothes. They add a little sparkle without being flashy. She is always getting comments and compliments.
Sunflower with Citrine and Amethyst $900. Chalcedenony rosette, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, citrine and amethyst nuggets. The citrine and amethyst is outsanding and clear on this piece. This piece has special meaning to me in that I that I think of myself as a sunflower, always "turning to" the Universal House of Justice.
Imperial Renaissance $1100 Carved opal flower, geode slice, freshwater and keshi pearls, amethyst, ametrine, Oregon opal, green garnet, tiny tiny 18/0 seed beeds surround the geode. This piece may seem elaborate, but it is remarkably subtle when worn.
Coral Fantasy $850 (Sold) Coral, quartz, freshwater and keshi pearls, vintage Swarovski jewel. While this one has sold, I have made another one very similar that is available.
Coral Fantasy Brooch/Pendant $250 (Sold) Coral, quartz, freshwater and keshi pearls, vintage Swarovski jewel. This piece has a hook on back that enables you to hook it on a necklace, like a string of pearls or chain, and also wear it as a pin.
Antiquity Uncovered $1335 Pyritized ammonite fossil, lapis, vintage Swarovski jewel, amethyst, vintage button, iron pyrite, freshwater pearls, Czech glass,vintage seed beeds. This amonite is rare, over 230 million years old. It looks like cast metal but is entirely filled with pyrite crystals. It is flexible and light and I have seen petite women wear it without being overwhelmed.
Citrine Springtime $850 (Sold) I have another one with a green Peyote stitch band instead of the yellow pearls at $1200. Citrine druzy, freshwater and keshi pearls, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals.
Hidden Treasures $850 Chalcedenony rosette, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, branch coral, faceted coral, ammonite fossil, green garnet, geode, Oregon opal, faceted tourmaline.
Mystic Sea $800 Keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, branch coral, turtella fossil, ammonite fossil, Czech glass, vermeil.
Grey Gardens $450 Cerrusite on barite, branch coral, freshwater pearls, moonstone, antique nailhead beads. This one looks great with casual clothes.
Tsu Shih's Memory $475 (Sold) Sponge coral, turquoise, carved carnelian. carnelian beads, faceted tourmaline, antique Chinese brass toothpics, cloisonne, vintage gold iris beads. I still have some of those toothpics to make something interesting.
Asian Crescent Collar gold $695 (Sold) Pyrite and quartz cabochon, cut rutilated quartz, rough quartz crystals, vintage gold iris seed beads, Swarovski crystals. Earrings available for $99. I like this design so much I plan to make a series of these. I have another just made with same color scheme with the crescent reversed (like a mirror image).
Asian Crescent Brooch Gold $345 Rough quartz crystals, vintage gold iris seed beads, Swarovski crystals.
Asian Crescent Collar Pink $900 Gold infused rough quartz crystals, carved pink shell flowers, Swarovski crystals. Earrings available for $150.
Amethyst Sunflower Brooch $350 Amethyst druzy, keshi pearls, Swarovski crystal, carved jade leaves.
Aqua Aura Pendant $430 Aqua aura crystal, freshwater and keshi pearls, peridot, high quality faceted aquamarine, sterling silver. This would look nice hooked onto a strand of pearls or a heavy chain. It has a sterling hook in the back and could be used as a pin if you pin a large safety pin from the back ofyour garment and then hook the pendant on it.
Grey Chrysanthemum Brooch $350 Stick pearls, vintage Swarovski crystal and beads, vintage seed beads.
Amethyst Fantasy Brooch $350 Amethyst stalagtite slice, vintage Swarovski jewel, Swarovski beads, freshwater pearls.
Amonite Tiger Brooch $224 Large amonite fossil, tigereye, freshwater pearls, Swarovsky beads, Czech glass beads.
Spessartine Smoky Quartz Brooch $300 Spessartine garnet and smoky quartz crystals in matrix. copper baroque and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals. God did most of the work on this one. I just made it so you could wear it!
Python Cuff $350 (sold) Peyote stitch Delica beads, some 24K gold plated. This is the first of series of snake themed cuffs and necklaces. They are lightweight, smooth, strong and flexible. The clasp disappears to make a seamless continuous cuff. It takes about 7 hours to make one.