Some Other Things You Can Do with Freshwater Pearls
by Nata Shubin.
(Nevada City, California)
Jewelry for your home or altar.
I recently came across a fantastic old-stock (from the 80s!) find: a lady was selling her jewelry making supplies, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I left her place with bags of freshwater pearls in my hands! Soon after I found an authentic vintage Limoges porcelain cabochon in a French antiques shop online.
I immediately knew what the project was going to be, and whom it was meant for: a friend of mine recently lost her precious old Schnauzer dog and felt heartbroken.
I scattered a handful of pearls around the cab to see if they would “play nicely” together, and the pearls formed a very pretty outline around the cab, which I first traced with a pencil, and then embroidered with those pearls. Added some lace ruffles, and a separately embroidered with antique seed beads feather, hand-stitched a beaded pouch with a tassel to go with it, and this is how a memorial ornament “You Are That Star In The Night Sky Now” was born. My friend was very moved by it. She says there hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t look at it and remembers her sweet dog.
I think this was one of the most inspired projects I’ve done lately.
Nata Shubin Designs