Monday, April 25, 2011

Aquarium, Garden Bracelet, English Cottage Needle Case, and Embroidered Parakeet

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The "Aquarium" is worked in double-sided right-angle weave. It measures 2" wide x 1 1/2" high x 1 1/4" deep. It is made with size 15/0 seed beads. The inspiration for this piece was from my childhood. My parents took me to a Home Show where they sell items for home repair. One of the booths was selling miniature fish tanks with real living miniature fish in them. My parents wouldn't buy one for me. So now, I finally have my own miniature fish tank, and I don't have to feed the fish.
A three dimensional beaded fish sits on the top of the tank. It is worked in Peyote stitch. The fish is trying to jump out of the tank, because as the lid is opened, the first beaded panel that spills out, is a black cat. There are seven double-sided right-angle weave panels including the black cat reaching into the tank, whale, fish, sunken ship, treasure chest, mermaid and shark.

My Garden bracelet is worked in bead embroidery in shades of green and pink. It is backed with beige Ultra Suede. It has a ceramic bunny button as the closure. It is 2" wide.

The English Cottage Needlecase is worked in size 11/0 seed beads and small glass flowers. It is backed with brown Ultra Suede. The case has a scissors holder, and a wool fabric insert for needles. There are colored pearl headed pins along the edge. It measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

My embroidered parakeet measures 4 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high. It is worked in long and short stitch with embroidery floss on cotton fabric. I started stitching this piece quite a few years ago, but had not finished it. I drew this portrait of my bird, Casey when he was young. I am happy to have finally finished it as a tribute to my favorite bird.