Scarves and beads make for a very nice accessory. Of course, a beaded scarf can serve two purposes--they're warm and pretty!
When I designed these scarves, I really wanted to be able to use them as jewelry and clothing.
The fabric is quite unusual, it has a stripe of variegated thread that adds a little sparkle, so when I choose beads, I try to keep in mind that there's already some color. Couple that with the monochromatic colors of hand-dyed fabric, and we have lots going on.
It was easy enough to find the beads, however. Most are beads in my stash, but a few are some I picked up especially for this design.
The red fabric doesn't have a deep a range of colors in the dye, so I felt comfortable using a bigger variety of glass beads.
I like the added weight that the beads give to the scarves. I've made a few scarves with beading on the edge so that they hang well because of the weight. But I really like the look of the beads connecting the sections of the scarves.
This final scarf is a sheer fabric with French words written in a beautiful script. I've had the fabric for a long time and ran across it while looking for fabric for a different project.
When I saw it, I just had to make a few scarves. I ended up with three and decided to add beads to this one. It has a loop at the opposite end so that the beaded edge can be slipped into the loop for closing.
No tying, no loose flapping ends (well, only one, anyway) and a nice false knot that never unties. I have a couple of scarves like this and love the look. Generally I wear them with the loop a bit high so that the opposite end drapes down comfortably.