|Bead knitted parasol c. 1805 - Fashioning Fashion Exhibit LACMA|
Those were the days. You had the time on your hands to make a bead knitted parasol, and then the time to sashay down the boulevard with it on display.
Bead knitting, in which a bead is locked into the knitted stitches, and not just stranded between or in front of stitches, is the perfect technique for making pictures similar to needle point. The workmanship on this item was exquisite and the colors much more vibrant than what I was able to capture with my little point-and-shot camera.
The fiber is silk and the beads are glass and metal.