Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beaded bellydance belt

I finished beading this belt last year, but never got around to taking pictures. I'm working on the matching bra at the moment. Click on the pictures if you want to see them full-size (the details are clearer in the larger versions of the pictures).

The front of the belt

Detail of the central motif on the front of the belt. I sewed on every bead and sequin individually -- these are not appliques. The motifs are a mix of glass seed beads of various clear and silvery tones, Swarovski crystals, and Czech glass beads, edged in sequins and more glass beads. The top edge of the belt is edged in bugle beads and sequins.

Detail of the fringe. I designed the fringe and sewed all the beads on individually; it's a mix of silver-lined, glass seed beads and three types of Swarovski crystals.

The back of the belt.

The back of the belt; the angled shot gives a sense of the dimensionality of the beading.

Detail of the central motif on the back of the belt.

This beading takes an amazingly long time to complete and I can't even estimate the number of hours or the number of beads in the project. But I love the way it came out.


  1. Your work is beautiful. Well done.

  2. Thanks for the nice compliment, Beth, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wandered over from your link on the BJP. Your belly dance set is absolutely stunning! What extra joy that must add to your dancing to wear something you made with so much beauty.
    All the best to you in the New Year!

  4. Thanks, Whytefeather! What a nice compliment. I do love wearing this costume -- it sparkles so much and there is definitely an extra zing knowing that I made it.
    Happy New Year to you, too!

  5. Wow! Great work! That must be way fun to wear! Maybe I'd exercise more with a gorgeous swinging fringed beaded accessory to swish around!!

  6. Thanks, Vicki! I definitely encourage adding fringe to your exercise gear -- it makes it all much more fun. ;)