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Q: I'm fairly new to beading - but have a question for more experienced folks. I'm interested in making a bead curtain for my bathroom window, which is tall and narrow (about 30" X 16"). My dream is to weave images into the curtain, but I'm afraid that the small seed beads that would make an image most lovely, don't have the 'heft' required to make a swingy bead curtain. Has anyone ever tried this? I've searched the web to no avail, and all I've seen have been the 60's style 'love beads' curtains, which don't have much of a pattern.
A: Your statement sort of contradicts itself. The 60's style curtains were
mostly long strings of beads - more like a very long, very wide fringe.
It is certainly possible
to do this with seed beads. I still remember a piece that was exhibited
'Torpedo Factory' in conjunction with the '1995 International Bead
Symposium' in DC.
It was at least 48 inch wide, by about 8-10 feet tall.
Before we get too far, YES I do sell the products I am mentioning, but
the products I routinely sell, it is because I USE them myself all the
and find them to be the best for my style of work, include woven pieces
you seem to have just described.
Your biggest challenge (and it was, on close inspection a problem in
this one) is the
weight is going to cause stretching of just about any stringing medium
You also referenced weaving. For a bead weaving of this size, you will
have several challenges. First, will be adequate tension during the
weaving, second will be how to keep the finished work from stretching
out of shape when done.
I've never beaded anything, but I too had
a project in mind for a beaded window "drape/curtain". Now, being a
novice... is there something that I should read? I have a local bead
seller, but I'm not certain that this is in their scope. They have
done a marvelous job of helping me with my first necklaces