To reiterate: Best. Catacombs. Ever.
The insomniac will now share with you some of the eBay auctions she has lost over the years, occasionally due to her rather limited eBay budget, but more frequently because she has quite simply forgotten to snipe the highest bidder at the last possible second.
|Gilded Shelf with Beaded Valance|
As much of the antique beadwork still in pristine condition seems to go for a relatively high price these days, one often has to resign oneself to right-clicking the nicer pieces in order to preserve a copy for posterity, in lieu of being able to actually own the original. The insomniac is quite a pushover for needlepoint roses on burgundy backgrounds, but never even attempts a bid on face screens or valances of any kind, as they inevitably end up well above one's comfort zone for frivolous purchases. In such cases, one must resort to the RightClick-SaveImage Feature on the computer in order to enjoy them in a more frugal manner. Although one grudgingly admits that one doesn't really need to own every piece of beadwork one runs across on the internet ... very grudgingly, mind you.
|Beadwork and Needlepoint Face Screen|
|Beadwork and Needlepoint Shelf Valance|
If one is able to trust one's memory (which, generally speaking, one cannot), the following two pieces were bid on but not won. The beautiful background colour is what first caught the insomniac's eye, but once the auction was lost, they were then preserved with the aforementioned RightClick-Save. One felt they were good candidates for a future “Crafting with the Insomniac Project” especially the tea cozy, being constructed with that simple beadwork stitch that works up relatively quickly and would make a perfect introductory project for someone wanting to learn basic beadwork. Let's plan for that sometime this winter, shall we? Start collecting your beads and velvets now, my pretties ...
|Beaded Tea Cozy|
One can justify not going over budget on this one
because one is inclined to be more of a coffee fiend ...
Another regrettable loss was this beaded tea tray, without it's wooden frame. It should have gone for much cheaper because of the absentee frame, but apparently everyone else in the world who was bidding on it liked the background colour just as much as the insomniac did, because it went for much higher than one's Highest Bid. Dammit.
|Beaded Tea Tray, Bereft of Frame|
The following piece should have also gone for a veritable song but, once again, apparently the insomniac is not the only one who collects antique beadwork in lousy condition with the hope of getting a Really Good Deal. And even though one is quite sure you will have a hard time believing this statement, the insomniac actually does have definite limits as to what she will pay for a piece of handwork that requires many, MANY hours of restoration work. Really, she does. Really.
|Needlework and Beaded Table Runner|
Love the design of the leaves ... and the colours.
The remainder of the pieces are actually in the insomniac's rather limited collection. One is not going to divulge the price paid for this next item, due to the spouse doing the proofreading and all, plus the fact that one hasn't managed to remain married for thirty glorious years by revealing every little purchase one has made during some misguided 2:00 a.m. eBay shopping spree; some things are better left unspoken.
But the beadwork was impeccable, the design and colours actually SPOKE to the insomniac on some subliminal level, and the size of the beads was so miniscule (around size 16, which is so teensy it makes one's eyes ache just thinking about it) that the budget was tossed aside for that month and the purse will now spend the remainder of its days hanging from the bedroom wall. Thoughts of an artful display on the dresser were entertained but were also tossed aside, because a purse displayed laying flat on a dresser would obviously collect substantially more dust than one displayed hanging on a wall.
|Antique Beaded Purse|
The following valance was purchased when there happened to be a little extra money left in the budget for a completely frivolous “investment”. The insomniac had every intention of repairing the black needlepoint trim at the top, which had worn away and left patches of bare canvas showing. But, as with many things on display in the Gothic Mansion, once the valance had been around for a while, the bare patches became slightly less irritating for some reason. Truth be told, ignoring the bare patches eventually becomes the much preferred alternative to dismantling the piece in order to repair it.
|Beadwork and Needlepoint Valance|
The following piece was a rare Etsy purchase. The insomniac is not sure why she isn't as big a fan of Etsy as eBay, considering one is able to purchase items immediately without the added pressure of having to remember to outbid a fellow eBayer at the last minute. And although one has no idea why the piece was purchased or what it will be used for, it is Burgundy and Black, and that is reason enough. Sometimes the Hunting and Gathering part of a potential project is much more enjoyable than the actual Getting Down to Work part, don't you agree?
|Velvet AND Beads Together|
This tattered piece also SPOKE to the insomniac,
well, more like whispered - a little like Gollum - yesssssss ...
Just this past month, a gryphon tea cozy was won on eBay UK, the insomniac actually remembering to snipe some poor soul during the last 30 seconds of the auction. (Sincerest regrets if that was you, but hopefully you remembered to RightClick-Save before deleting the auction info.) Both sides of the tea cozy are in quite bad shape, but it was purchased with the intent to create a needlepoint pattern for working a new copy. Having now received the two pieces, one feels that one side will eventually end up framed as some sort of collage piece, with bits of black velvet mourning trims covering the holes and worn bits. But that is a project for a cold winter weekend, as the real third-floor attic is too unbearably hot at the moment to even consider spending longer than five minutes up there. Possibly sometime in late September, after the bees and wasps have finally given up attempting to find somewhere in the attic to overwinter.
|Beadwork and Needlepoint Tea Cozy|
Those gryphons makes one's heart beat faster ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams ... and should anyone have any lovely pictures of antique beaded textiles they'd like to share with the insomniac, please feel free to email them to her. Because she has a lot of Virtual Storage available on her computer for pretty pictures, but not much Actual Storage left in the attic. Goodnight, my pretties.