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Uploader comment: Since Pavot requested I post this picture, I guess I will! This is a pendant and necklace I made this winter for a show. It's hand embroidered using a bezel technique on felt, and backed with leather. It's peyote stitched (it's a type of needle stitch not a psychedelic mushroom!! lol) The center stone is a very high quality synthetic turquoise called a Sleeping Beauty. Each bead in the pendant was sewn off-loom, one by frickin' one. there are thousands of beads in this piece.


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Comment icon #9 Posted by DrawingPics on 11 February, 2009, 5:55
I like the beads and the way you place it. But the sleeping beauty you mentioned had some brown lines across it. But I cannot tell if the piece will be better or not without it so..But a nice piece overall.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MissMelsWell on 11 February, 2009, 6:18
Ya, unfortunately what this picture doesn't show very well is that the silver beads on the bezel aren't totally silver. They're clear, with a sterling silver lined hole, and the outside of the bead has a 24K gold wash on it (it's a very pretty little bead, but doesn't photograph well) The light is just bad in this photo, but those silver looking beads actually match the gold colored veins in the stone. Probably doesnt' help that all the walls in my house are painted gold as well. LOL. I can sew, but a photographer I am not. LOL.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters on 11 February, 2009, 15:30
That looks lovely with all the tiny beads.....you must have a lot of patience
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sherapy on 14 February, 2009, 3:56
wow that is a work of love and it shows....I have not seen such craftmanship in ages....
Comment icon #5 Posted by evancj on 15 February, 2009, 14:36
This is beautiful MissMelsWell my wife would love something like this. Excellent craftswoman ship, what else do you make?
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissMelsWell on 15 February, 2009, 18:46
Awww, thanks Evencj, I pretty much do any kind of bead work; embroidery, off loom stitches like RAW, peyote, ndebele, dutch spiral, russian spiral, african net, peyote spiral, cree weave, brick, ladder, wire work, metal fusing. I've also been known to make special commisioned rosaries... it's been a passion of mine for 20 years. I really like making bracelets; for all that I'm patient for this kind of work, often, necklaces like the one above try even my abilities. LOL. I also used to be on contract with a shop called American Music in Seattle where I made a handcrafted precussion ...
Comment icon #3 Posted by DrawingPics on 24 February, 2009, 13:50
Have you ever thought of e-bay?
Comment icon #2 Posted by MissMelsWell on 25 February, 2009, 7:25
Not really, unless it's a low labor, low cost piece. Mostly, I just like keeping them local supporting the local shop owners in my area. And, having to mail something on time, like you have to do with Ebay, doesn't always work out for me really very well... I always forget. LOL.
Comment icon #1 Posted by CausticGnostic on 1 March, 2009, 10:59
I agree with the Member about your craftsmanship--craftpersonship? These kinds of intensely personal labors of love are what true art is all about--making beautiful objects that a person can wear or have near at hand, enhancing one's life. We've all be deceived into thinking that great art belongs in a museum somewhere, behind glass. We forget that those very same works of art once graced temples or churches and even private homes and that people lived with them. As long as there are people like you making lovely things like these for people to enjoy, there's still hope for our spe...

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