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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Beaded Beauty ~ Part 1 ...

Hello my dear friends,

today I am sharing a new treasure that I found a few months ago. I had already share it on Instagram but didn't get around to sharing it here until today.

I was out and about not looking for anything really when I was very fortunate to come across a beautiful beaded flapper bag from the 1930's or 1940's. It was such a lovely piece, made with so very many beads and other neat parts but ...

...  I almost didn't buy it because when I first saw it, it was in a sorry state.

The lining, apart from a few torn and frayed little pieces, was none existent and some of the decorative strands of beads were also gone.

And  then there was this!

 A nasty and very visible dark stain but there was just something about this little beaded beauty. It just spoke to me and it had to come home with me and my rescue mission started.

First I had to tackle that stain. 

I tried all sorts of soaps and stain movers that would were safe enough for this vintage piece but nothing worked. All of my efforts trying to get the stain out were unfortunately unsuccessful. That stain was here to stay, so I had to come up with some way to hide it and I did.

I sat down and put a lot of thought into what to do with this lovely bag and then I had the idea I went with in the end. Thoughts of nature and Autumn came in my mind. The design had to be a "posh" enough but not then again not too over the top either. I chose vintage velvet to work with and then found something in one of my drawers that made me come up with the actual theme I was going to use which was oak leaves and acorns. That though is all I am going to tell you about it today. You will be able to see the finished piece in part 2 of my "A Beaded Beauty" post.

It was so nice of you to stop by here today and visit me here at Todolwen. Do come back some time again and see what I have been up too.

I hope you are well my dear friend and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Hi Karen, did you try tide stain stick? just a thought.
    I have a beaded bag with a couple of stain areas, the tide stick did take out some of the stain, I then realized the stain id maybe rust from the inside of the beads which are or maybe metal coated, some beads were metal coated to make the beads shine more.


  2. Karen: You could try lemon juice and place in the sun, I would use a Q-tip to apply.


  3. I sure like your eye for treasures Karen! Let me look forward now and see what you did with this lil beauty! : ) <3 Hugs, karen o

  4. You manage to find the most fascinating fodder for your creativity! Most people would have passed this by (although I wouldn't - I'd be harvesting the beads for use in other projects no doubt).