The illustration (taken from an advert in a vintage craft book c1910) shows a lady in a relaxed pose contemplating her divine embroidered cushion and delicately beaded top - very different to my usual frantic days spent running my little vintage & handmade business! Oh well - I thought she would make an elegant introduction. I am currently stitching a range of brooch designs using vintage textiles and (modern) felts, and I love using vintage beads to highlight my embroidery. So I was thrilled to find an old Sylko thread box full of vintage seed beads whilst out stock shopping this week. I think these must have come from a retailer and I would date them at c.1910-30 - some of the skeins of beads have tiny paper labels marked "L Dept" and stock reference numbers but no other clues. The colours are divine - old gold, vintage silver, bronze as well as some jazzy hot pink, ethereal amethyst and deep aqua:
And just to show how these beautiful beads would have been used, here is a photo of a lovely Deco beaded net dress trim from my collection
There are some lovely beading projects in the book from which I took the first illustration, all a bit too finicky even for me, and I was interested to discover instructions for making a beaded daisy chain as I have some daisy chain trim in my stock:
So if any brave soul out there fancies having a go at making some of this trim, I have scanned the instructions below:
Happy beading everyone!