Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace and Box’, 2008, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Beaded Ball Necklace and Box’, 2008, Mingei International Museum

This Beaded Ball Necklace is made with five different types of glass Delica beads: bronze, tan, orange, and two different chocolates. The beads are individually hand-sewn with thread around a wooden bead until it is completely covered. These beaded balls, varying in size, are then sewn to each other to create a strand. This strand is sewn to a Double Beaded Ball Closure (DBBC) which is composed of two beaded balls and loops that interlock. The necklace is contained inside of a brown synthetic-suede box lined in brown silk charmeuse. Cross-stitched to the inside are three scrolls made of green wool, cream cotton, bronze raw silk, and green tent silk. On the outside of the box you see a stitch in hemp thread that we call a scar-stitch because it reminds us of a doctor’s stitch.

Necklace dimensions: 17 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches.

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

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