Farfalle beads are small glass beads shaped like stubby barbells with holes at the centers. When strung, they stack at right angles to one another, creating a dimensional, textural rope. Farfalles are interesting to use in bead weaving because they create texture on both sides of the beaded fabric.
Farfalle beads are also known as butterfly beads, bow tie beads, bow beads, berry beads, dumbbell beads, and peanut beads.
Farfalles were introduced by the Czech manufacturer Jablonex, which was acquired by Preciosa. A Japanese version (called Berry) is produced by the Miyuki company.
Czech farfalle beads are available two sizes: 2mm by 4mm, and 3.2mm by 6.5mm (sometimes labeled as 3mm by 7mm).
Miyuki Berry Beads are currently available in one size: 2.5mm by 4.5mm. A larger size, 3.3mm by 5.5mm, also is planned.