Eostra’s Dream of Spring

Eostra's Dream of Spring

You might wonder about the poetic name for this latest Quilt around the World creation using fabric beads. With fabric beads, we always seem to tend towards romantic names (the previous projects being named “Summer Baubles” and “Winter Valuables” respectively), but well, now and then, we just deserve a little romanticism in our lives, don’t we?

Eostra is derived from Ostara, Eostre or Eostrae, the teutonic goddess of dawn, fertility and spring. The name is derived from the old English name Eosturmonath for the month of April. In one of the more colourful stories about this goddess, she is said to have been the bride of the young earl of May. There are, admittedly, sources telling other tales, but we prefer this one and find it most suitable for our necklace which was made from a piece of Bali fabric in pinks and only the slightest hints of grey and purple – in short, the colours of dawn.

Necklace

We added a slight touch of silver glitter liner at the beads’ edges which makes the fabric beads more durable and, at the same time, adds a very elegant touch. The pink fabric beads were complemented by shop bought glass beads in white, silver and pink. We also added small metal beads with an antique silver look. The necklace doesn’t have a formal closure which makes it a very easy and quite quick to make once your fabric has been rolled into beads.

Finished Size:

Ca. 35” or 90 cm long

Difficulty:

Easy

Technique:

Making fabric beads

Note: 

Read all the instructions carefully before starting the project. If you have never worked with fabric beads before, we suggest that you read “How to make Fabric Beads” first.

Material needed:

  • 2 fat quarter cuts of Bali fabrics (one will not show)
  • A fat quarter size piece of double sided fusible interfacing
  • An assortment of glass beads (coordinating with your fabric beads)

Material

Other tools and notions needed:

  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A piece of baking parchment
  • Toothpicks or kebab picks
  • Fabric glue
  • A beading needle
  • A pair of pliers
  • A length of felt yarn or similar thick knitting yarn

Optional:

  • Glitter Liner
  • Acrylic varnish, brush, a piece of Styrofoam

Making the Necklace

  • Make 18 fabric beads as described in “How to make Fabric Beads”. Please also consult the article “How to make Fabric Beads more durable” to learn about the application of glitter liner and varnish.
  • Lay out your fabric beads and other embellishments on your worktable.
  • Cut a length of ca. 50” or 125 cm from the felt or knitting yarn. Thread your beading needle with the yarn.

Beading

  • Start with one fabric bead and thread it to the middle of the yarn.

Beading

  • Add two more fabric beads to one side of the central bead.
  • Add a group of shop bought beads.

Beading

  • Continue with six fabric beads.
  • Add another group of shop bought beads.
  • Add three fabric beads.
  • Turn everything around and continue beading from the other side of the yarn.
  • Add three fabric beads, another group of shop bought beads and three more fabric beads.

Beading

  • Close the necklace making a double knot pulled tight.

Knotting

  • Thread the ends of the yarn and go back one or two fabric beads to secure the end.

Beading

  • If this proves difficult, use a pair of pliers to pull the beading needle through the beads:

Beading

  • Cut the thread ends close to the necklace.

Your Eostra’s Dream of Spring is finished!

Necklace


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