Beading is one of my favorite methods of embellishing my art quilts and other sewing projects, and I like to use lots of bead dangles which are made using several strands of beads which are strung onto lengths of thread and allowed to hang and well … dangle. I just love the way that the hanging beads add movement and visual interest.
Bead dangles are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time. Just be sure to use strong beading thread.
What You Need
Thread a beading needle with a short length of beading thread approximately 18″ long.
If working on a quilt, run the needle through the batting for approximately 1″, bringing it up at the point where you want to add your dangle, and secure with a small knot into the fabric.
If working on a piece of fabric or other sewing project, tie a secure knot at the end of the thread and bring the needle up to the front of the fabric.
Add a small cluster of single beads to get started if desired. Then string some beads onto the thread for the required length; usually 1″-2″. Add an extra large decorative bead, or even a charm, at the end of the string. This helps to weigh the dangle.
Add one last very small bead. This will be used as a stop bead. Bypassing the stop bead, bring the needle up and travel back along the bead string to the beginning.
Tie off in a double knot to ensure the dangle is secured firmly. Now add some more dangles because one is never enough, varying the length of each for added interest.
And that’s how easy it is!