"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." -- Claude Monet
I've been meaning to post a few images taken of work by Thelma Schweizer. These miniature beaded blossom are just so sweet. I love the iris and the rose!
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Schweizer. Her daughter contacted me after seeing my Glass Prairie collection. Her mom had passed away and she had a huge stash of beads for sale. Needless to say, I bought the stash. They were still labeld as from Czechloslavakia. It's an honor to work with the materials that someone so obviously treasured.
Each of her floral sculptures is under 3 inches. I'd never been interested in making miniatures, but after seeing this collection, I am tempted. Tempted enough that I also bought many of her small vases! I think a collection of these little treasures would make a very attractive addition to my collection of pewter miniatures. Imagine them also gracing a dining table set for Easter dinner or the cheer they would bring to the kitchen window on a cold winter day.
(This post is a repost from my older blog on Typepad and dates back 7 years ago. )