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|12-11-2013, 12:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
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Hi all ... A couple years ago I joined the local bead group as a 'secondary' hobby. While I love to scroll, I also needed something to do when I couldn't get into the shop due to treatments and operations for breast cancer. It has been a wonderful outlet and I have met some lifelong friends.
This past October, the group held a 2 day 'retreat' at which the 25 women learned bead embroidery. While working on my piece, I decided I would not make a necklace from it but rather design and cut a box and then add the embroidered piece to the lid. The photos show the final box.
The box is cherry finished with an oil. I used cherry rather than any exotic wood to allow the beaded piece standout. The 4 compartments in the box match the presence of 4 rhodonite focal stones on the top. Each compartment is flocked. In order to attach the beaded piece I drilled holes around its perimeter (metric size 71 bit) as marked on the top. Both sides of the top were covered with masking tape so I had a surface onto which I could outline the completed bead embroidered piece. Once the holes were drilled, I threaded line up and down thru each hole and the beaded piece, adding a line of beads above. The mauve beads just before the fringe are the beads attaching the piece to the wood. Once the piece was attached I added the fringe. The fringe took about 8 hours to attach. As a reference. the finished box is about 8 inches by 5.5 inches (at its widest point).
My beading colleagues were astonished with the combination. I learned a lot from the first box that I will use for future boxes.
I hope you like this different box.
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|12-11-2013, 12:54 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hamilton, Montana
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Now that is thinking outside the box. Wonderful job.
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|12-11-2013, 01:00 PM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: st,neots uk
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
thats really pretty, i make bead boxes so i can appreciate how much work has gone into that. well done you, its lovely
|12-11-2013, 01:53 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
Thanked 98 Times in 90 Posts
It is so pretty. I'll have to try some thing like this with my tatting. So once I master the bowls, I'll have to give this a try. I'm so sorry to hear about the breast cancer, Our sister had it too. Take care and God Bless..... Fay
P.S. I was just thinking of making a box shaped like a big tatting shuttle and put my shuttles in it....
|12-11-2013, 02:29 PM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seabeck, WA
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
That is a wonderful combination of two hobbies. Very unique and makes for one of a kind items.
|12-11-2013, 02:52 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Allyn WA/Palm Desert CA
Thanked 37 Times in 29 Posts
I really enjoy seeing original creative work.
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing
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|12-11-2013, 03:10 PM||#7|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Bellport, LI New York
Thanked 364 Times in 324 Posts
You have the patience of a ____________ Striking work, beautiful colors!
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|12-11-2013, 04:02 PM||#8|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Mentor, Ohio
Thanked 115 Times in 92 Posts
That is a unique and interesting melding of the two hobbies. They go great together. Thanks for sharing this with us.