Saturday, December 05, 2009

How do you make beaded fruit?

Lillianna was just looking through some scrap books that I made over the past few years. She happened to find some pictures from the 70s and asked, "How do you make beaded fruit?" That just made me laugh as it brought back so many memories of my childhood.

When I was Lillianna's age, beaded fruit was all the rage. Everyone I knew had a bowl of beaded fruit in their house. That's just the way it was.My mother was always beading fruit and it looked like fun so I begged her to teach me how to do it.

I taped a dime to my thumb, put a pin through a bead and pushed it in to the fuzzy fake pear. Ouch! That was a bit painful and not as easy as it looked. I tried again. After about 10 beads I was tired, sore and bored. I told my mother I was done. She just shrugged and continued beading a banana.

I'll never know what the fascination with beaded fruit was all about in the 70s but I hope that's one of the fads that doesn't return in the future.