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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
My Mom's Beaded Jewelery
Topic: Art

My Mom has been on a kick, for over a year, of making beaded jewelry. She used to knit like crazy and do counted cross stitch and petitpoint embroidery in between her knitting projects. She even had a fabric and yarn store in Freeport, Maine, for several years. Now she's fallen in love with beads. She loves the feel of them in her hands as the object grows under her fingertips. She loves the beautiful colors. She works hours on each piece. And at age 82 she doesn't need glasses for this close-up work.

My brother recently sent me photos of some of her jewelry. See beaded jewelry by Kirsten Deaver There are bookmarks, bracelets, and necklaces with crucifixes. This beaded work is the intricate kind that becomes a material of its own kind as it develops - like wampum. It is not just strings of beads, or beads sewn onto fabric in decoration. To create a consistent piece, one must sort the tiny beads to make sure the sizes are right. If a bead is just a little off in size it doesn't work. 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2006 2:34 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 30 August 2006 - 7:38 AM EDT

Name: "Kathy"

Your mother is really something and her bead work is incredible! To be able to do such fine bead work at 82 is remarkable.  My mom is also always busy and the same age, although her thing is her garden - down on her knees, pulling weeds and planting. It's as if she were half her age.

Is your mother an Aquarius soul? I ask because you mention her love for color. Not that we Aquarius' have the market on that, but it made me think of how I love color too. When I sewed a lot I'd go through all the trouble of making an item of clothing just to have a certain color. I'd make necklaces to match too - but they were far from that detailed bead work. 

I'm impressed that your mom used to own a store as well. It is my dream to own a little shop. 

If my sister Colleen stops by from her place at Looseleafnotes.com she'll have a thing or two to say about making jewerly. She made it for years and sold it at Grateful Dead concerts.

Thursday, 31 August 2006 - 8:47 AM EDT

Name: "di"





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