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« on: September 03, 2018 08:08:03 PM »


I like flea market shopping and recently while rummaging through a bin of old jewelry parts I found this little beaded figure. I see things like this occasionally and from what I can find out via Google, these little figures were a popular vintage (70s) Native American/Southwestern souvenir, usually as a pair of earrings or hung on a necklace.





Now, obviously she's seen better days, but I really liked her outfit and hat (plus, those adorable little pigtails!) so I decided to get her to see if it was possible to repair her.

First up was a quick clean with a damp paper towel just to get the grime off, and then to assess the damage.



Surprisingly, the skirt was the only part that was damaged.

To fix the skirt I tried to look at the broken bits to figure out how the original beading pattern had been constructed and connected together to form the skirt and then once I had the pattern figured out I pulled off all the loose beads that couldn't be reconnected and tied off any loose strings.



To repair the skirt I used a beading needle threaded with cotton sewing thread (doubled) and just regular seed beads. Once I got to adding beads and filling back in the skirt I realized just how many beads were missing so it took a bit longer than I thought it would to put it all back together.





I hadn't really worked with beading on thread before, I found it a bit harder to keep the tension in the project than when I bead on wire.

Overall though I'm really happy with how she turned out in the end. If anyone has any questions on how I did this I'd be happy to try and answer them. If anyone else tries something like this let me know Smiley

Bonus Pic! Her she is with another beaded friend that I also got at a flea market.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018 03:39:48 AM »

Wow!  You did a fantastic job repairing her.  Great beadwork!!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018 05:03:49 AM »

Ooh, I had this girl! & her male counter-part in fancy head-dress too. I loved her delicate dangly legs. Mine had a different skirt, more solid.
Nice repair work Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018 07:26:18 AM »

Fantastic work on the repair job!  It makes my heart happy to see old little treasures fixed up.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2018 08:38:11 AM »

I see these all over too!  How pretty it is to see fixed!  Imagine the possibilities with a whole group of them!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2018 04:07:17 PM »

I had one of these when I was a girl! She could have easily just been pitched. Thank you for rescuing her!  I've never seen her little friend. Great colors!

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018 12:55:01 PM »

Nice find and repair job.  I can't see her as anything else but Frieda Kahlo!

What anime is your avatar image from?  The character looks maddeningly familiar to me, but I can't place it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018 01:29:55 PM »

Hi Patraw!   I think it is from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018 07:17:18 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2018 09:13:50 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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