by Joybelle Malcolm.
A type of jewelry I enjoy making are waist beads which originated in Africa.
They were worn under women’s clothing and not to show to anyone but their husbands.
However, over the years, fashion has taken over and many women wear them for show.
Please know that wearing waist beads have nothing to do with body structure; they are for all sizes/ages.
I use stretch cording like Stretch Magic, to string on the beads/charms.
I make sure to take into consideration it stretches from putting/taking them off and changes in weight.
Therefore, I make it at least 5″ less than the measurement requested.