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

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About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

2 responses »

  1. It’s amazing!!! Hope the Easter Bunny hopped in for a nice visit!!! Off to NY for a short week… See you when I get back. Cheers!!! Mary Ellen

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