Activity 32 : African Beading and Fabric Necklace

If you like statement jewellery, these two tutorials will be perfect for you. Vanessa will show you how to create African beaded earrings and a fabric necklace.




​African Beaded Earrings:

  • Small Beads

  • Blank Earring Hoops

Fabric Necklace:

  • Needle and thread

  • Up to 7 beads, max 3cm big. They will be used in the fabric and not be visible, therefore any old beads will do.

  • Scissors

  • Measuring tape or ruler

  • Pins

  • Safety pin

  • Fabric (7.5 cm x 110 cm)



African Beading

There are lots of different ways to create beautiful African beaded jewellery. If you are looking for a project to last you a couple of weeks- this is the one!

The typical African beads are the tiny ones, they are sold on every corner street in South Africa and highly popular with their bright and inviting colours.

On the same street as Gallery 966, there is an African shop which actually sells the beaded necklaces too.

I made a very simple beaded pair of earrings, which simple needed a few beads and a hoop earring.

In two weeks time the collection packs will offer a simplified version of making beaded stud earrings and if you are looking for a challenge; a beaded brooche. So, pop round to Gallery 966 in 2 weeks time to collect your own African beaded art! 


Fabric Necklace


If you attended our digital class a few weeks ago, you will have seen Vanessa create this beautiful necklace. 


The 7.5 cm strip of fabric needs to be folded over, and sewn on one side - you will be left with a tube that is open on the bottom and the top. If it is one sided fabric, use a safety pin to turn it inside out so that the pattern is facing out.

Pop your beads into the tube. Tie each one into place. You can use different sizes beads to create a varied pattern.

You can sew the tube closed to secure the beads and so that you can wear it. If you want a tighter fit, tie the fabric into a bow to secure it to your neck, or add ribbon as a way of closing the sides together. 


If you make one of these, please send us a photo - we would love to see!