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Honeycomb and Bee Wall Clock by MasonBee Honeycomb and Bee Wall Clock by MasonBee
Since changing my branding over to Mason Bee, I have been determined to promote the worrying demise of the humble, and often overlooked bee. They are such a vital part of our ecosystem and need our protection, which is why I have become a supporter of the British Bee Keepers Association*, amongst over bee related charities to help.

This clock is the first in a line that will help me to support their good work, and by purchasing this clock a donation of 5 will be given to the BBKA on your behalf.

Now to the clock itself....

I have meticulously hand embroidered a version of the Honeycomb stitch, one of many patterns that go under the heading of Blackwork (a counted form of embroidery). To give the piece more depth I have shaded the pattern in two ways; firstly by utilising different shades of amber to burnt umber coloured thread and by fading out the pattern.

To give even more detail to the piece there are subtle stitches in gold metallic thread, and three tiny bees also adorn it.

Overall the piece just makes me want to have a cup of tea, and a slice of toast smothered in honey.

*For more information about the BBKA see their website - [link]

You can purchase my clock from my Etsy store - [link]
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starrley Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
How gorgeous! Beautiful idea! Now that's one clock I wouldn't mind having on my wall :D
MasonBee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you! Certainly honoured for that compliment!
CorterMoon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there!
First off, I would like to say that your pieces are amazing!
I would like to invite you to take part in my group,
Crafty Nation'sawareness and causes
challenge! This group is for all sorts of artisian crafters, and this contest
is about bringing awareness and change to the causes closest to your heart. Perhaps you've created
a piece and are giving your proceeds back from that to support an artist? That's awesome too!
We want all sorts of pieces!
The grand prize is 100 points and a feature on Crafty Nation's page, with whatever works and/or
you would like us to feature!
This is an opportunity to get your work, and a cause you care about seen by many!
If you would like to enter this, or any other piece of your work, please let me know, we would love
to have you in the contest!
Thank you!

~On behalf of Crafty-Nation
-Jennifer L. Corter
MasonBee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh thank you, by all means your welcome to add this piece. This the only bit I have showing at the moment that is raising money for the British Bee Keepers Association. But there will be other things in the near future.
CorterMoon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, awesome! Okay, I will add this piece to the contest then! :D
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I must take my hat off to your patience with a pattern like this one. It's gorgeous! I love how u used the metallic thread as well. The bees are such a cute addition and I think it would be really cool if they would be more 3D... emm... made in stump-work technique perhaps?

I have only one objection though :D The color of the clock's hands, maybe it's just the photo and they are well seen in real life but from the photo, it's kind of hard to tell the time, they blend too much with the background. I do hope you won't mind me telling you these things.

MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The stumpwork is a possibility I just can't have it too high as it will impede the clock hands.

Hmm, the hands yes its something I can see what it look like with other colour hands, I have a collection of silver, gold and black hands. I have a feeling the black might be a bit harsh. And I have no trouble with you telling me things :D
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I'm so glad to read your answer :)

The first color that popped in my head was indeed black but if that would be too harsh how about antiqued gold, you know, that pretty dark gold with black accents.
MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Somewhat limited to my options for the hands, I've found a supplier that does a much better range than were I used to get the mechanisms for but antique gold isn't one of them. At some point I may well experiment with spraying the hands to see if that works, but they are very delicate so it's a bit of a tricky one.

So at the moment its a case of using what I have, I've totally over done the spending this year on materials, and we've only just gone past the half way mark :/ oops.
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
heh, spending for materials... tell me about it... one almost never has the thing that is "crucial" for the work :D

I think spraying should work as it'll be such a thin layer of paint but I totally understand the need to use up the stashed stuff... I hope you'll sell a lot of these clocks so you'll be able to "get" that hive soon. If you "own" a hive like this, do they send you your honey?
MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can sponsor a hive for 35 a year, and the welcome pack you can have a jar of honey or honey mustard as well as other bits, you can also chose which area you want to sponsor the hive, which is pretty neat.
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
That's indeed neat! And it's not that much for a whole year I think.
pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My goodness @_@ You have done a super awesome job with this! And for a very worthy cause :) Epic
MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks hun, had a moment or two when I wasn't sure but the outcome is better than expected.
DawnMLC Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice! I keep bees here in my backyard in Canada!! :)
MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! I wish I could but sadly a flat with no garden doesn't lend yourself to many options. Though hope to get a window box soon! And I have done many a Bumble Bee rescue in my time.
DawnMLC Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have just over 5 acres. You should find a find that has a biggish garden to start a hobby one. The start up can be costly tho! We do sell honey and make Mead to drink. Right now the bees are finding it hard to find pollen to feed to the young -- we have had a very hot/dry summer here and things are not growing well. I do have bee photos in my folders :)
MasonBee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Pie in the sky dream for me, I doubt I'll ever be able to afford a place with a garden, let alone 5 acres. One the meantime I'll just sponsor a hive :D
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