I don’t remember where I found this beaded glass fringe — it was years ago, when I first started painting and embellishing shoes — but I remember I simply HAD to have it. The combination of the iridescent but subtly colored round beads and the gloriously gold cylindrical beads, plus their zigzag shape entranced me. So I bought a yard. I can ALWAYS justify buying a yard of something…
It wasn’t until I came home from a thrift-store mission that I found the perfect place to use them. I had picked up a little black bag covered with slightly shimmery fabric and the slight curve of the top edge seemed a good place to dangle some beads.
Before attaching the top layer, I dug around in my ribbon stash and found some patterned velvet ribbon to cover the shiny black ribbon. I folded it over and stitched it together, then I stitched the velvet ribbon to the bag. Ta da! I thought.
Note: The red color of the ribbon in the photo at right is its true color.
Then I thought, Hey, I am always telling our students not to stop too soon when they are painting and embellishing shoes. What if that went double for handbags? That’s when I came up with the idea to wrap the velvet ribbon around the handles of the bag.
I admit, it was a bit tedious, but it ended up being worth it. Plus I did the whole thing while watching British TV shows on acorn.tv, so it was sort of a two-fer.
The only drawback to doing this was that it looked a little raw-edged at the point where the velvet-wrapped handles met the body of the handbag. Luckily, just at that point Destiny came over and suggested I put little bows to hide the problem. All that was needed was decent-quality black satin ribbon and a little fabric glue to secure the bow. It was the perfect solution!