The Beaded Bug

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Beads  add so much flair to a needlepoint piece.  They provide texture and pizzaz to pillows, ornaments, you name it. Now… imagine for a minute  beading an entire Volkswagen Beetle!  I’m talking about an actual car, not a needlepoint design of one. beedle This fantastic feat was accomplished by 8 artisans from two families of Huichol Indians of West Central Mexico. It took 2 years and more than 2 million beads to produce this stunning work of art. The, dare I say, “Beadle” has been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Popular in  Mexico City and other world-wide venues.

Here’s a video explaining the symbolism of some of the Huichol designs that are depicted on this amazing car.

And here’s a Flickr gallery from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian where the “Vochol” (this is the real Beetle’s name) was exhibited in 2012.

 

Beadle Interior

 

As you can see, even the interior is beaded! Now I’m left hoping that some enterprising needlepoint designer will create a needlepoint adaptation from this idea so that I can beadle away to my heart’s content!

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Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Oops! Editor’s Correction

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Remember that beautiful stocking that Maria stitched for Patrick?

Well, it is a Rebecca Wood design. Sometimes you just get it wrong and so now I am making it right.

Here’s that stocking again.

Maria's Awesome Xmas Stocking

Maria’s Awesome Xmas Stocking

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Purple Craze

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Delray Beach artist Suzanne Overstreet is the founder of Purple Palm Designs.

Recently, Suzanne teamed up with West Palm artist Ellen Negley.

Primarily a water colorist, Ellen was delighted her art work could be adapted to needlepoint.

With exciting needlepoint designs that evoke the French Riviera and Key West, as well as other South Florida locales, Purple Palm Designs certainly appears to be poised to make waves in the needlepoint world.

By the way, Suzanne just became a member of the TNNA.

She’ll be attending her first show as an exhibitor, next month, in Indianapolis.

If you happen to be there, drop by booth #1307.

Tell her Erin sent you!

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Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

You only finish once?

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Unlike life, in needlepoint there are do-overs.

Sometimes twice is the ticket  to get a job done just right.  As a result, it does happen that I get asked to refinish a canvas that has already been finished.

No problem.

For example, Cole’s grandmother needlepointed this charming Snow Dude stocking. As you can see from the closeups in the gallery above, it is beautifully stitched.

However, my customer wasn’t entirely thrilled with the finishing that someone else (from “up North” as we say in Fla) had done for it.

So she asked me to give it a makeover.

I had my finisher add a welt around the sides and top, re-line it, and give it a more substantial hanger.

Much, much better!

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Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016