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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fabric Beads

Some bloggers had recounted their results making fabric beads, and I was intrigued. Hmmmm, maybe I could do that.

I had signed up for a Christmas swap of white and bling, and decided to make key rings with fabric beads.

So I gathered together strips of cotton, white yarns, white and clear beady things, glue, and shishkabob sticks, and proceeded to wrap the cotton strips onto the sticks, sealing with some glue. ( note to self: use less glue next time)

Once dry, I wrapped the cotton with yarn.

Looking kind of ....cute, don't you think? All fuzzy and stuff........

Then I stitched beads into the wrappings on the sticks to secure and firm up the bead.

After a fair bit of yanking and twisting, (note to self: use less glue next time!) I removed two of the beaded beads, and added a bit of tatting done in a white and metallic thread.

What do you think?

Well, I thought they looked like some crazy space amoeba. ..........Cute, but a little weird.

Maybe it would work.

I sought another opinion.

DH said they were okay, but.....all those little tat loops would catch on everything, wouldn't they? Catch and pull.  Snag and tug.

Maybe not the best design having three of those beads dangling on a key chain.
Well, another great plan shot down.
Back to the 'drawing board'.

Here's hoping all your plans are good ones.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. Suztats,
    They are cool & alot of work. But maybe you could use them like for a brooche or on a hat or something like that. You could use them on your postcards or one of the other neat things you make. Even with the tatting with them. Well, you asked & the one who thinks outside the box, is saying there is alot of other things they could be used for! Endless,,endless ways! Just like the rusty things you do magic with! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day! Hugs,

  2. Your beads are pretty, I think they will look lovely in your Christmastree! I didn't use glue in my fabric beads, I just sewed everything together while addding beads.

  3. Hey Bsotf, they certainly are 'different', aren't they? But don't worry, I won't be tossing them out.....all 16 of them.....ahem...I'm sure they'll be used somehow. They're just not right for my original idea. Thanks for the encouragement! Hugs

  4. That sounds like a much better idea, Annet! On the tree, and no glue. Two better ideas, thanks! Hugs

  5. I could see them dangling from an Art Quilt.I like their "quirkiness".Sometimes these sorts of projects lurk in our cupboards for years, then something will turn up later, and they will be Perfect for it!!

  6. That just might happen, Judy. I hope so. I think quirky is a perfect word to describe my beads! Hugs

  7. Well, I for one, really like them and applaud your awesome creativity! Perhaps you could pair them with felt beads and use them for stitch markers or wine charms?

    They will fit nicely the "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland" theme for next year's Tat Days. Let those ideas keep percolating!

  8. You're right: cute but VERY weird!
    Fox : ))

  9. I quite like them, with all their little quirks. The way it all unfolded for you is exactly the way many things do for me - do and learn for next time!

  10. Thanks Isdihara! That's a few good ideas for using the beads! Hugs

  11. No, no, Fox, I said a little weird! But, you're probably right! Very! lol Hugs

  12. They have a certain appeal, I think, Jillayne. But that's what happens when I play sometimes....quirks and messes, fodder for the recycling bin, stash bits of questionable purpose. Ahh, but sometimes, something a little magical happens, and the wow factor appears, and that makes up for all the 'quirky' bits, I think. Don't you? Sometimes the learning curve hits a big burp, but it's all good information. Hugs

  13. YOur beads are fun. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  14. Thank you so much for popping over to my blog and commenting on my " hearties!" Lovley post

  15. Weird but definately wonderful! What in life doesn't get tangled?

    Love your rusted lace/tatted pc's too.

    Glad you could join my giveaway :)

  16. Could they be made into earrings? They look very intricate and clever, anyway!

  17. Thank you, Ladies, for all the encouragement and interesting suggestions for using these beads. How nice of you to visit and leave such positive messages! Hugs

  18. Hi,After visiting your blog for the first time I decided to become a follower.I enjoy your art work and can learn alot from you.Please if you like drop by and visit with me anytime.

  19. Welcome Denise: I'm glad you like my art, and I hope we can learn from each other! I'm off to visit you. Hugs


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