Queen Bee and Swarm, beaded sculpture. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Queen Bee and Swarm

Not only is the newly minted Museum of Beadwork putting together over 500 beaded squares for their first installation but they are hosting an inaugural exhibition – “Wings and Stings”.

How fortuitous. Some time ago I made a tiny bee hive with a queen bee, accompanying drones, and flowers to sip from. It never really went anywhere and it was put aside to languish in my studio.

Along comes this theme and my busy brain goes into action. The beehive etc. was dismantled, 2 more hives were woven, a fantastically decorative base stitched, all pieces were reassembled into a Queen Bee diorama.

Photos sent to the Museum by the appropriate posting date and astonishingly the piece was accepted into the exhibition.

This is the base before it was overshadowed by madam bee and her cohorts.

Bead embroidered base for Queen Bee by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Queen Bee bead embroidered base

Here is a close up of Madam Bee herself. She’s a cutie.

Queen Bee, beaded sculpture front view.
Queen Bee front view.
Close up of Queen Bee and Swarm, beaded sculpture. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Close up of Queen Bee and Swarm
Queen Bee and Swarm, beaded sculpture. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
More Queen Bee and Swarm
Top view of Queen Bee and Swarm, beaded sculpture. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Overhead view of Queen Bee and Swarm