February 1, 2019

Catch-up post on beading

Back in September, I posted about a beading workshop I'd taken, and my intention to use beads to embellish some hamsas; that post is here.  But then I never showed what I came up with. In the subsequent months, I made three hamsas with beads, two of which have beads as embellishment to stitching, and then one where the decoration is entirely in beads. The first one is finished; the other two are not yet sewn up into final form. I like all of these. I don't know if I'll do one with all beads again--I like how it looks, but it was much more time consuming than the ones that also have embroidery. I also don't find beading as relaxing as embroidery. You can click on any of these to enlarge the image.


  1. Really beautiful work. I am beading a heart for Valentines day!! With neuropathy after chemo, beading is actually easier for me than embroidery.

  2. Penny -

    Will you be using these in a quilt or doing something else with them? They are beautiful!

    1. These will all be worked up into more hamsas, like the royal blue one at the top. Some people use beads as embellishments on quilts, and it's possible I'll do that sometime, but nothing in mind at this point.