For this project, a mix of ethnic patterns and bold colors inspired me. John Robshaw comes to mind when I think of the perfect pattern mix; his block-printed linens and patterned textiles display a fantastic combination of intricate and bold shapes and forms. My abundance of saved magazines constantly call me to reuse them for something creative. And their glossy pages certainly deserve to be repurposed. So the project: ethnic-inspired beads created from leftover magazines. I made decorative tassels from the glazed, patterned pages, adding chunky wooden beads to push the theme. Enjoy! — Brenna
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- magazine clippings
- embroidery thread or twine
- large wooden bead
- small beads
- sewing needle
1. Cut magazine pieces for the beads. The size of the piece should be about 1 1/2 inches wide and about 3 inches long.
3. To make the tassel, cut 16 to 20 pieces of embroidery thread, each about 18 inches long. Gather all of the string together and fold in half. Slip a piece of scrap string through the loop at the end.
4. Use the small piece of string to help pull the bundle of threads through the hole of the wooden bead. Once the bundle of string is through, tie a knot at the top of the bundle, and push the bead against it.
5. Begin threading each loose string below the wooden bead with the magazine beads. I used 2 or 3 beads on each string. At the end of the string, add a small bead and a knot to keep the magazine beads from falling off.
6. To attach the tassel, thread the scrap thread that runs through the top of the tassel through the needle. Thread through and knot. Use the needle to thread the loose threads back through the knot, making a clean end.