Regina Meisler with her creation
of beaded flowers.
Margaret Parker displays her floral embroidery.
t may be gloomy outside, but
inside the West Bloomfield
apartments of Margaret
Parker and Regina Meisler,
flowers are "blooming."
From a distance, the floral
arrangements in Meisler's home at
the Norma Jean and Edward
Meer Jewish Apartments may
look like they're growing out of
their colorful ceramic pots. But
up close, it's clear the blossoms,
stalks and foliage are actually
unusual, beaded creations.
"Regina is gifted with the unique
ability to create replicas of real flow-
ers, leaves and stems with beautiful
beads," said Esther Winer, Jewish
Apartments and Services community out-
reach coordinator. "Her apartment is
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filled with different varieties of flowers,
such as dogwood, geraniums, ferns,
Chinese lanterns, poppies, iris and carna-
tions in gorgeous arrangements."
Each of Meisler's more than 200
arrangements contains thOusands of small
beads arranged in intricate, delicate pat-
terns and can take up to 12 months to
"Regina uses no pictures of the flowers,
but uses her own imagination in creating
them," Winer said.
She recently created 120 miniature
arrangements as gifts for female guests at
her grandson's bar mitzvah party.
At the nearby Lillian and Samuel
Hechtman Jewish Apartments, bursts of
color radiate from embroidered designs in
Margaret Parker's home. Creating craft
projects for 85 years, she learned bargello,
embroidery and crocheting from her
mother and needlepoint and knitting
from her neighbor in Romania when she
was age 11.
When her great-granddaughter was
born 25 years ago in Israel, Parker learned
to quilt so shecould make an American
gift for the baby. She has re-created the
same quilt for each of her additional eight
Both Parker and Meisler's creations will
be exhibited at the Thursday, March 25,
"Art of Aging Successfully" conference
presented by the Wayne State University's
Institute of Gerontology and Elder
Advisors to Research at St. George's
Cultural Center in Bloomfield Hills. ❑
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