Summer Baubles

Summer Baubles

Summer is an interesting time of the year. As soon as the sun comes out and temperatures rise, people start smiling again. The dress code also changes - dark and drab winter clothes  are exchanged for a more flamboyant and colourful attire. Women especially reduce the amount of fabric covering up arms, legs, shoulders, necks, and cleavage. In the case of exposed cleavage, some minor part of the exposed flesh is often covered up again with necklaces of all kinds. Lately, costume jewellery made from glass beads has become quite popular, and has not surprisingly invaded the craft scene.

Jutta is usually not at all the (costume) jewellery type, has stubbornly worn the same ring and the same necklace for years, and impressed on Johann very early in their relationship not to waste a single penny on precious stones and metal as these would not be appreciated. So it came as quite a surprise for everybody at Quilt around the World when Jutta suddenly became hooked on the whole beading business. Necklaces such as "Summer Baubles" are the result - a combination of conventional glass beads of assorted sizes and fabric beads made from small pieces of rolled up fabric...

Difficulty

Intermediate (requires some dexterity)

Techniques

  • Making fabric beads
  • Beading

Materials needed

  • 2 pieces of fabric at least 4" by 12" (one fabric will show and the other is backing): We used a piece of variegated fabric in blue, green, turquoise and purple.

Note:

Densely woven fabrics that don't unravel easily are most suitable for fabric beads. Batiks have turned out to be an ideal choice: they don't disintegrate and they come in interesting, marbled colour variations.

  • double sided fusible interface
  • fabric glue
  • Perle cotton
  • an assortment of beads matching or contrasting the selected fabric: We used 10 larger beads approximately 1/4" in diameter in light blue, purple and see-through rocailles (seed beads), and turquoise glass grinding beads.
  • 2-piece toggle fastener
  • crimp beads

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Note:

Any material touching skin can cause allergic reactions. Please be especially careful when purchasing metal parts for jewellery!

Other tools and notions needed

  • rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler
  • iron, ironing board
  • baking parchment or teflon sheet
  • tooth picks
  • scissors
  • beading needle: You will need a very thin beading needle that allows you to thread through the crimp beads.
  • flat  long nosed pliers

Assembly

  • Make 10 symmetrical fabric beads (isosceles triangle: base 1", height 4"). If you are not familiar with the making of fabric beads, please refer to How to Make Fabric Beads (see link below).
  • Measure two 30" (ca. 75 cm) strands of bead yarn. We added a third length of silver quilting thread, but found the effect minimal and therefore not worth the extra effort.
  • Thread one length of Perle cotton first through a crimp bead, then through the eye of the fastener, and finally back through the crimp bead. Using the pliers, flatten the crimp bead so that the two threads are firmly secured. Repeat for the second length of Perle cotton. Now come the beads.

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  • Start with a fabric bead. Thread both lengths of yarn through the fabric bead and push the bead close to the fastener so that both the crimp beads are covered.

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  • Separate the lengths of yarn. If you like, follow our beading pattern as shown in the picture below:

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  • Repeat until all 10 fabric beads have been used up. End beading with a fabric bead.
  • Attach the 2nd part of the fastener the same way as the 1st: Thread each strand through a crimp bead, then through the eye of the fastener, and then back through the crimp bead. Pull the fastener as close to the last fabric bead as possible, and flatten the crimp beads to secure the yarn. Thread the ends of the yarn through the fabric bead and carefully cut them as short as possible.

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Your Summer Baulbes necklace is now completed:

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