Inspired by Susan, I followed her tutorial and here are the results:
Apparently great minds think alike because Leigh just published her beaded fringe, except she followed Lynnette's tutorial. Interesting enough, Leigh's project was also somewhat of a disappointment at first, not so after the beads.
I am quite happy with the results, it was not a lost cause after all. The shawl is long enough that I can wrap it around almost twice....or maybe it needs a different owner.