closeups (wheels)

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Working in miniature, there are many objects available for wheels; buttons, washers, snaps, key rings, etc. This series of images are mostly from my earlier work, starting with a detail from a piece I made in 1986. The wire bicycle is less than 2 inches long. Looking at these, I’m amazed that I had time to do all of the stitching because I had a baby and a preschooler to take care of. I remember working every evening after they went to bed.

The button wheels in this detail (below) from “Fall”, 1987, are about 1/2″ in diameter.

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Skip ahead 10 years for this detail from the Sidewalks poem in my 1997 book, “You and Me: Poems of Friendship“. The car hub-caps are fancy coat buttons and the tires are made from black insulated wire. The stroller wheels are 1/2″ buttons.

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Here’s a detail from “The Hollyhock Wall”, 1999. The car hub-caps are made from regular sized snaps.HHWpinkhouse2WM

The bicycle wheels in this detail from “You and Me” are made from the smallest key rings I could find, about 1/2″. The bicycle spokes are metallic thread and the helmets are painted acorn caps.

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This is another detail from the same Fast Friends illustration in “You and Me”. That’s my husband Rob in the truck.

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16 years later and I’m still making ice cream trucks. This 2″ embroidered one is from a baby quilt I’m in the process of making for a friend. Stay tuned for more quilt images!

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12 thoughts on “closeups (wheels)

  1. I have five children and oddly enough I was way more productive in my stitching when they were all at home than now that I am an empty nester. Go figure!

  2. Salley, as always, thank you for sharing your work. Your pieces make me smile. I love looking at them.
    Happy stitching,
    Gita

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