Designers Touch: Beading Basics

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

You've seen a lot of beaded lamps in stores lately, but did you know it's relatively simple to buy a shade and do your own beading? You start by picking the color and style of the beads, not an easy decision with so many to choose from.

The beads are sold in strands and will cost a minimum of $4 per yard and up to $15 a yard for really elaborate beads. Still, you won't find many store bought beaded lamps for less than the cost of making one.

First you'll measure the width around the shade and buy a slightly longer strand to overlap your trim. Get a little fabric glue and you're off.

"It's a good idea to start at a seam," says Decorator Betsy Trzebiatowski, "you lay a small bead of glue and press it down."

"The Fabric Tac doesn't take that long to grab hold of the ribbon and secure it on there," says Trzebiatowski.

She says depending on whether you want your trim to show or if you'd rather hide it inside, you can create very different looking lamps.

The bead look is big now with new options still arriving on a weekly basis. The newest style at Hancock Fabrics is beads made from different shells.

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