This weekend the Milwaukee area will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wis. and maintains its headquarters and company museum in the city. The point of all the partying is to celebrate the company’s product — the internationally famous Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That means most of the visitors will arrive riding their own Harleys. And I know from past celebrations that many of them will be wearing beaded jewelry they created themselves featuring the Harley logo stitched in the company colors of black, orange and white. Bikers are beaders too.
We all know beading is a complementary hobby to other interests. Bead&Button editorial assistant Lora G. beaded a special purse for the 100th anniversary celebration. She created and stitched the design in size 11 cylinders.
Searching the Web, I found many creative examples of Harley-related beaded jewelry — necklaces, chokers, bracelets, armbands, and bead-embroidered jackets. Beaders have done themselves proud making beaded projects for the 95th, 100th, and now 105th celebrations.
I’m going to have fun this weekend watching the Harley parade in downtown Milwaukee, and checking out the bikes from foreign countries as they cruise the lakefront. At the 100th anniversary celebration, a group of Japanese Harley owners chartered an airplane and brought their bikes to Milwaukee from Japan. And I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for beaded Harley jewelry.
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