Bead craft of my aunt

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

While my grandmother and mother were crafty in other things - I shared in separate threads - my spinster paternal aunt (passed on in 1989) had her own talent, despite a poor eyesight. I think talent is also handed down generations. She lived with us -as you would expect in joint families, spent her time learning the musical stringed instrument Veena and also teaching to other young girls at home till she died in '89, aged 54. She was our favourite, and to others also. My mother and she had set a great example of harmony among SILs and some known families even quote it! Her loss was great to my mother as they went together to most places. She had skills of her own doing many things, but not cooking much. She used to make bags, do crafts like with the beads, different objects. Here is a hand purse with a lovely design, my favourite. It must be about 30 years old. It is in the showcase. I'll post a few more of her works as this thread goes on. I still picture how she did with such a poor eyesight. She would hold the bead with the left hand to as close as 3-4 inches from the eye (it was that poor!) and put the needle in the little hole. The purse here is about 8 inches wide. And the end quality was so good. I have seen other ladies' work in exhibitions (where they compete), but the works were so very loosely strung compared to my aunt's. She did not compete.

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(Zone 1)

Very nice, Dinu! I bet you will treasure that work of art by your Aunt!

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)



Exquisite Dinu!! I too think it should be treasured. Something like that will last for many years and probably end up in a museum display cabinet for other people to marvel at.
I wish I had a lady like your Aunt to teach me how to do this beadwork. I have seen similar work done on a loom. I may be wrong (because beadwork is still very new to me).
If you google for 'contemporary beadwork' and look at the images you will see lots of examples of beautiful beadwork...and yes, even a book featuring those pencils, LOL
Thank you for sharing your Aunts work with us Dinu.


Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks for the appreciation and information, Terri. I think I vaguely remember her using it occasionally. Some other pieces of her work are in my mother's home showcase and I'll lay my hands on a few for posting pictures here. I'll also post pictures of her other work - plastic wire bags. We are using one even today.


Victoria Harbour, ON

Thank you Dinu for sharing....what sure you posses much yourself..
Certainly is a family treasure..

Glenview, IL

How Beautiful. Look to me, like Loomless beading wich is very hard to do.
Love the pattern.

(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN(Zone 6b)

You should put it up on the Artisan's forum - there are some women on there that do beading and I'm sure they'd enjoy seeing her work.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks. I'll post the same in Artisan's forum.

(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN(Zone 6b)

Thank *you*!

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

I've done it Pagancat - just now - have a look.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

That is very lovely.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

There is more in the Artisans forum. Began a thread with more pictures when Pagancat suggested me to post there. I invite you to visit.


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