Past Projects: Beaded Pony

Before I made my Sorrow Angel, I made this little beaded pony.

Beaded pony by Kit Dunsmore
Beaded pony by Kit Dunsmore

I love the pony’s chunky shape and stubborn feel of her stance. I made the body with machine-quilted fabric, then hand-stitched beads on over the quilting lines to get the flower design.

Beaded pony, detail, by Kit Dunsmore
Beaded pony, detail, by Kit Dunsmore

To give the static pose more energy, I used wire for the mane and tail.

Beaded pony, detail, by Kit Dunsmore
Beaded pony, detail, by Kit Dunsmore

The pipe cleaner armature was stiff enough to make my pony stand, but in the future I’ll use stiffer wire just to be sure. Beading can add a lot of weight to a piece.

Beaded pony by Kit Dunsmore
Beaded pony by Kit Dunsmore
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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Past Projects: Beaded Pony”

    1. Thanks. Oddly, it doesn’t have a name. A lot of my projects have names before I even start, but this one never has. I think of it as a stubborn, feisty pony. Maybe I should call it Clarice.

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    1. Wow am I flattered! To have anything I have made remind anyone even vaguely of Miyazaki’s work is just astonishing to me. Thanks so much!

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