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My daughter recently took a trip to Israel. I would have loved to have joined her and visited all of those wonderful historic sites, particularly the old city of Jerusalem. My daughter is Jewish, but as a Catholic, my thoughts automatically turn to Calvary. I have never been there, but this represents what I think of when I imagine traveling to Jerusalem.
This bead embroidered cuff has a red gemstone cross at its center. The rich gold and brown colors represent both the holiness of the site and the colors of the surrounding desert. These are accented by red and bits of green. Size 8 through size 16 beads are used, with the tiny size 16 being most prevalent.
"Cavalry" measures about 7 3/4 inches (20 cm) in length and 1 1/2 - 1 7/8 inches (4 - 7 cm) in height. Beads are sewn on individually and in small groups with nylon thread, an exacting and time-consuming process. Layers of stiff interfacing supports the piece, and it is backed with a lovely coffee brown Ultrasuede. With proper care, this piece should last for generations.
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