Recently, I have been gravitating towards beaded bags, hats, belts. Beaded everything. Maybe it’s the painstaking amount of time and attention to detail that went into hand-making each piece. Maybe it’s the way the tiny, colored specs come together to create a unique, one-of-a-kind pattern. Either way, or probably because of both, this trend is hard to pass up. Here are some great beaded beauties I came across this past week.
1. Beaded Belt – Belts are a simple way to add flare to an old dress. They can also punch up a solid color like stark white, slate gray or black. This beaded belt has a one-button snap-closure and the band is elastic, so it offers a flexible fit.
2. Matonyok Clutch – A beautifully crafted and roomy beaded and leather clutch that is part of a whole line of accessories made by the women of the Maasai community provides them with a sustainable income. Each object is constructed with love and 10% of the proceeds are donated towards girls’ secondary education and women’s healthcare in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
3. Sparkly Pouch – This slouchy bag from Anthropolgie has a zip-closure and is adorned with tons of beads in different shapes and sizes. The peach and green hues are fun for summer and a flattering mix of colors.
4. Bead Embroidered Bracelet – I stumbled upon this jewelery designer when I was in Maui with family this fall. She hand-crafts each item and carefully sews every bead into place. The colors combinations are stunning and each creation is one-of-a-kind, mixing vintage stones, beveled glass and steel cut beads. This artist also has an Etsy shop, so it is easy to check out her latest treasure.