Interesting solution, although I usually stab myself on the other end when using homemade loop end strings.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
I didn't think of your simple solutions. I think the beads are pretty. Maybe I'll get some rainbow beads and really dress up my headstock! 💐
Nothing wrong with that....it's all about having fun and making it your own. You may even start a trend in the dulcimer community.
Cute idea. I cut my string ends to about 1/8-1/4" which keeps them out of harms way. But, with (currently) 4 guitars, 7 dulcimers, and 3 other stringed instruments, I have had my share of string pokes while changing strings (since I started playing 49 years ago).