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May 2024
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The Beadworkers Guild Challenge

I’ve been a member of the Beadworkers Guild for about 8 years now, and when I can I really enjoy entering their Challenge.  Each year they set a theme and invite their members to submit work inspired by it.  This year the theme was ‘Music Matters’, and I made this doll, Brunnhilde.

A picture of Brunhilde

It ain't over till....

I wanted to do a comic piece based on the quote ‘It ain’t over till the fat lady sings’, so she had to be a valkyrie from Wagner’s Ring Cycle.  I adapted this fabulous pattern for a singing doll, altering the face a bit and making her shorter and stockier.  She’s got a chain maille skirt with a beaded bustle, a beadwoven bodice with fringing, a bead embroidered shield, carries a spear and has a winged crown on her head.

Side view of Brunnhilde

Side view of Brunnhilde

A shot of the whole doll

A shot of the whole doll

I had a lovely time making her, and then sent her off to be judged.  The Judging is held at the AGM, which I wasn’t able to attend this year (the first time in 8 years I’ve not made it!).  But I got a call last Sunday to let me know I’d won my category!!!  I’m so chuffed about this, and thrilled that others like her as much as I do.  You can see her, and all the other brilliant entries, on the Guild website.