>All Beads go to Heaven


This morning, I looked through my box of old projects from when I first began beading. There, I found these two French-beaded roses. I think I made them about 4 or 5 years ago. Even though they took me a long time to make, I put them in the box because they weren’t really perfect in my eyes. I used Chinese seed beads, silver wire instead of red, and I wrapped the stems with sticky floral tape instead of embroidery floss. But, they are still beautiful, and should never be forgotten.

French Beaded Flowers Rose rosebud seed Beads go to Heaven memorial funeral

These flowers have finally found a purpose. Yesterday, my union brother George passed away unexpectedly. His heart failed at the young age of 51. I worked with George in the rock-n-roll business for a very long time. One thing I will always remember is that he was very supportive of music and the arts, and every time I saw him, he asked about my beadwork. He encouraged me to pursue it, and he told me to show my artwork whenever possible. George was also one of the first people to ever comment on this blog – on my very first post. He told me he’d love to see my beadwork someday. So, I’m going to leave these beaded flowers with him, and together, they will go to Heaven.

15 thoughts on “>All Beads go to Heaven

  1. >What a beautiful tribute. It just goes to prove that there is a reason for everything – even keeping something you were not happy with in the first place.

  2. >LB, sorry for your loss. Life is such a mix of filling the well and letting go. It’s so great that your friend inspired you to show your art. You are doing it beautifully.

  3. >I’m sorry to hear of George’s passing – sounds like he was a great guy, and I’m sure he’ll appreciate the rose. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make beaded flowers – it’s on my to-do list along with learning how to knit properly and read patterns.

  4. >Oh, Diana,I’m so sorry you’ve lost your friend and encourager. He was young, but we see more and more younger people passing suddenly like that. It is a shame for us and good for him, but I’m sure he will be missed terribly. I think the flowers are lovely to send with him. You are a good friend!

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