Making Fabric Beads

The first day of classes for Heart Space Studios –  making beads in the morning and jewellry from them in the afternoon. The first tutor  Patricia Brownen gave us all a demonstration using pipe cleaners, strips of fabrics, threads, wires and tiny beads. Above are several of the first beads we made, still on the skewers, waiting to be threaded.

We were given a wooden skewer to wrap the materials around (pencils can also be used) and Patricia demonstrated  how the beads were made using several fabrics, threads and wires and secured by stitching. Then she let us loose on a variety of sumptuous fabrics and threads she had brought along – the pipe cleaners determine the size of the bead

To get us started she supplied some postcards with beautiful coloured images that she had collected, several people developed their colours using these. I thought it was useful if you then made a whole series of beads just using different variations of the chosen colours, then all the beads would co-ordinate for a necklace – once a designer……

Some of the students were as interesting to look at as the beads we were making and several people stood up to make, as I do when in my own studio.

I had brought in my ravel of silk ends, which looks like a bower bird’s nest but is the leftovers of 30 years stitching in silk, people swooped on it for single threads of shining colour

By the end of the morning we had all made about 3 or 4 beads and here are a selection, some of the students stayed on to make jewellery from them at the afternoon class

Even I managed to make 3 beads between serving teas, checking phone calls, ordering food for lunch and everything else that goes into an enjoyable day’s making for the students at Heart Space.

The afternoon’s jewellry making will be posted on my next blog…….

6 thoughts on “Making Fabric Beads

  1. the pipe cleaners are the base for wrapping the threads around prior to being rolled around a knitting needle or other space making former threading – strangely though this post is years old it is the most visited post of all on this blog …..I must do some more making fabric beads, there are ribbon beads to make as well


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