I am concluding that it’s not sewing the spangles down that takes time, it’s picking the little beggars up that’s difficult. And woe betide you should drop one because the little blighters jump about like fleas!


I get a bit paranoid when I’m sewing spangles, I’m terrified I’m going to spill the tin everywhere.

~ by opusanglicanum on July 12, 2016.

12 Responses to “Progress”

  1. Goodness, I recognise that feeling. You’re quite right, the blighters bounce like jumping beans!

  2. I so enjoy reading your creative posts and the works you’ve imagined! Just curious as to where you obtained your spangles, though I wouldn’t be surprised if you made your own.

  3. Is one of your little Luttrell demons a spangle jumping devilet?

  4. The time I used them I found it easier to put a bunch on a thin wire, thick enough not to bend under the weight, but thin enough to fit alongside the needle through the spangle’s hole. I stuck one end of my 2.5″ wire into a wine cork, so that it became a little Spangle Stand, and made a small kink/loop in the wire about a half inch from the bottom so that the spangles didn’t fall all the way down the wire to the cork. I loaded up a couple dozen onto the wire, then I used my needle tip to pluck the top spangle off the stand’s stack. Yes, I had to stop and reload my stand, but I found this much quicker than fishing for single spangles in a dish.

    • I think you must have had bigger spangles- my superfine beading needles are the only ones that fit mine. The only wire I have that would go through won’t take any sort of wieght

      • Must be. The holes in mine were about the size of the tapestry needles I use to finish off fingering weight wool socks, and the spangles themselves were just under 1/8 of an inch. They were machine made (stamped as solid circles), and sold as “mini-paillettes” – about 12 years ago. Yours do sound much tinier.

      • yes, these are handmade ones, as close as you can get to the originals. A tube of metal is bent round, then thin slices are taken off and stamped flat. This means that they’re not quite round like modern sequins, but rather a squashy sort of c shape where you can see the join, and you do get the odd one that hasn’t quite joined up so you have to discard it because it won’t sew down right. hideously expensive, hence the fact I\m a bag of nerves every time I open the tin!

  5. Just love what the stitching does to the fabric on this piece – it makes it feel rich and opulent.

    • I think it was a serendipitous idea to use my bargain satin this way, it does look pretty. It’s even prettier in reality because the spangles are really hard to photograph

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