I have participated in the Battle of the Beadsmith since the start in 2012. The contest has grown from 80 participants in the first year, to about 250 extraordinary beaders from all over the world. We have two months to create something unique and wearable, before sending in photos and meeting in duells until only one remains. Read more about my different entries here.
Flower Power hippie beadle
This was my entry in a beading contest for the Swedish bead event Facett STHLM in 2012. The challenge was to cover something in beads, and I got the idea to cover up a 1967 VW Beetle. It turned out to be - a Beadle!
All in all the beading took about 125 hours over 3 months. I stitched smaller parts using peyote stitch with Miyuki Delica beads, before assembling them together. The beaded body is only attached around the side mirrors and at the wheel houses on the bottom of the car.
My necklace Serenity placed third in the Beadwork Jewellery category of the British Bead Awards 2013. The beautiful hand made ceramic fawn cabochon is madeby Laura Mears Designs.
The runestone was erected around 1000 A.D. by four children in order to honour their father Björn. According to lore, Björn is said to have built the local church and to have given name to Björnlunda. The runestone is still standing by the forest's edge where it was once raised.