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. 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.
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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