I meet with a group of friends once a month to try out different techniques (and try to actually use some of the things I acquire over time). Last month, we made beads, using fabric, paper, Tyvek and even a painted baby wipe. They were easy enough to make but I didn't really get into it. I can now cross it off my list of things to try - I don't think I'll be making lots of beads in the future.
Some are made with long triangles of fabric, while the baby wipe one and one of the painted paper beads started off as long rectangles. I blasted the Tyvek beads with a heat gun to give them more texture: