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“Thankful Generations" - WWII Project - Part 8

Chester Aloysious Kenney WWII 001

My grandfather, Chester Aloysious Kenney, was an Engineer in the Corps of Engineers in WWII.  There he is, in the middle of this group photo, looking dapper with his serious sideways glance. He’s the latest subject for my Thankful Generations bead tapestry project.

CAK WWII 001


Here’s my enormous new 32” loom, a recent gift from my wonderful husband. This is my new work station, complete with the usual color palette of beads, rulers, scissors, thread, journal, pencil, and bristle brush, along with the photo of my subject in the top left corner of the loom, and replicated below. 

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CAK on the Docks


With 17 rows complete, I’ve only laid down 2,142 beads, with 197 rows and 24,822 beads to go!  Doesn’t look like much right now, but I’ll keep you posted as this progresses. 

Did you know that in 1999 the month of May was designated as National Military Appreciation Month? Established by Congress, this gesture was instituted to ensure that the citizenry can publically and formally demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers - both past and present. What a fitting moment to re-start my “Thankful Generations” tapestry project! Sorry for the hiatus, but selling our house and moving our  household has been no small endeavor, and quite frankly knocked the stuffing out  of my creativity. Stress does that, right?

So here’s to Grampa Kenney, and the amazing Corps of Engineers! 

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