I recently went to a bead show in the Boston area and saw some of my favorite venders, like Funky Stuff (sorry, no website). They describe what they sell as an international selection of beads, jewelry, artifacts & oddities. I’ve bought interesting things from them over the past few years, including some bone beads and pendants. These bone filigree shapes show up in several illustrations from Pocketful of Posies.
They add an accent, without overwhelming the picture. This is a detail from the rhyme One, two, buckle my shoe.
And this is from The cock crows in the morn, to tell us to rise….
They had a strings of these bone beads hanging on the wall.
I used some 1 inch long bone tube beads in this clock from Hickory, Dickory Dock. The fabric covered rectangle is a belt buckle and the round clock is a curtain ring.
It’s tempting to buy all kinds of wonderful beads and objects, not really knowing how they will be used, if ever.
I bought these glass beads from a Czech couple who import from home. I’m always on the lookout for leaves, but don’t have any immediate plans for these. The polka dot red ones look like they would make a perfect necktie for some extroverted little character.