The top design shows a chain of two sizes of a beautiful amethyst bead, with small seed pearls between. These amethyst beads, like the Cat's Eyes, have two holes 011 each side, and therefore are always used with two rows of small beads. This fact, and the flat character of the beads, -makes them very suitable for hair bandeaux, especially as this shape can be obtained in other colours. For instance, the kind known as Fire Opals look very lovely in the hair, also the Moonstone Jewels.
While on the subject of hair ornaments, the tiara shown is worth attention. It is made of Baroque Pearls (gold coloured long beads) with gold glass beads between. A point about these Baroque Pearls which makes them so useful for wearing in the hair is that they are exceedingly light in weight.
A BRACELET OF CATS' EYES AND ALUMINIUM BEADS.
Hair bands can also be made with two sizes of pearl beads, a rather large size for the edges and smaller for the trellis-work between - the favourite mode. Stri ng the pearls on very fine wire, to be obtained at any large drapery shop (used for binding the stems of millinery flowers, principally). This wire is very fine and pliable, and can readily be "threaded" through the beads without the use of a needle. Make the 2 edges of the band first and secure both ends. Fasten the wire to the first bead and commence the trellis-work by threading as many beads as will go diagonally through what would be a square between the 2 edges, get the first line right and the rest cannot go wrong, for you simply thread the same number of beads each time and fasten by twining the wire around that in the outside rows between the 2 beads where the lines cross, going from one side to the other alternately, in right angles. According to the closeness of the lines, the number of beads between each diagonal line must be even, or divisible by 3. When the first row is finished, fasten the wire to the edge, after the second or third bead, and thread the same number as before and fasten after the second or third bead at the other side. Fill all the angles in this way, winding the wire once around each line that it crosses, keeping the number of beads at each side of the trellis equal. The ends of the band are generally finished with a large "cabachon" made with pearls or contrasting beads.
Net blouses for evening wear, spangled with beads, are also very easy to make. In Brussels net the meshes run in straight lines and in angles to each other, and it is an easy thing to form geometrical designs by simply following the lines in any way selected. The beads are fastened in place with a knot stitch for each, so that in the event of one getting pulled off, others near it may not fall off too, as is the case with the bought beaded net. Beaded fringes for edging draperies are so easily made that there is no need to describe them.
Then for belts, bags, etc., there is the apache bead work that any girl can easily make on the little loom made and sold for the purpose. This can be obtained from Mr. F. E. Rogier, 14, High Street, Kensington, London, W., with all the materials requisite. Here, too, can be had very large and varied selection of beads of every kind. He will send price lists, sample cards, etc., on approval.