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Beads Choices for the Eleventh Century Overdress

I went through my stash of glass beads, looking for some that will work with the sort of bog-scum-green color I picked for the Eleventh Century schmata. From what I understand, I should be using less shiny glass beads, coral beads, seed pearls, and little gold flatty-bits. I don’t have gold flatty-bits, so I’m using gold trim. Beadlandia, however, is just full of opportunities for me…

selection of beads
I kinda like all these, in terms of color, with the green.
two colors of dark brown bead
I probably only need one dark brown. I love the root-beer shade (top), but it tones down my red beads so I'm using the other one.
final bead selections
I finally narrowed it down to these guys. I really like the baby pearls, but they'd be better in a different era....


  1. Janell
    Janell February 24, 2011

    It looks like you’re using a lot of 11/0 seed beads or larger. Given the scale of your project, why did you choose to avoid smaller beads like 15/0?

  2. missa
    missa February 24, 2011

    Hi, Janell,
    It’s not so much that I’m choosing to avoid them – I just grabbed from my stash of beads, and those are the sizes I have. (I’m not a really great beader, and I’m not too comfortable with the tinier ones, so I don’t really buy them.)
    Le sigh. Now I have to rethink things again!

  3. Janell
    Janell February 25, 2011

    I’m sorry my curiosity caused you to rethink things! I think not being comfortable with the really small beads is a reason enough.

  4. missa
    missa February 25, 2011

    *laugh* It’s ok! Actually, I cleaned the garage (aka, sewing room) this afternoon and stumbled across some more beads – little green and lilac ones. So maybe my plans were destined to change. ;)

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