Bead-Weaving

When you work with these tiny seed beads to do bead weaving, you join a five-hundred-year tradition that spans most continents and even more cultures. By mixing and weaving a harmonious blend of beads in varying colors, finishes and shapes, you can create beautiful heirloom-quality jewelry. Time and attention to the details will also enhance the final result of your bead weaving. Be in the right mindset when you sit down to do bead weaving.

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Free Beading Projects With Pearls

Who among us can resist the lure of beautiful handmade pearl jewelry? The legacy of pearls throughout history is as fascinating as it is mysterious: pearls were once a luxury enjoyed only by kings and queens, retrieved from the depths of the oceans and seas. These days, pearls can be found in all kinds of…

The Best Beading Patterns for Any Occasion

Even after all these years spent working with tiny seed beads, I’m still amazed at how a random pile of beads, some thread, and a relatively simple bead weaving stitch can create a beautiful piece of finished beadwork. A universe of infinite possibilities stretches before us when we sit down to make a piece of…

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What’s New In the World of Bead Weaving? Diamond Weave!

From Jennifer: Along with innovations in shaped glass beads, it seems that bead artists are also creating new and exciting new bead weaving stitches. Just this week, a book about a new beading stitch, Diamond Weave, is available with detailed instructions and beautiful new beading projects. The two European beaders behind the new Diamond Weave…

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A Fancy Beaded Rope For a Lampwork Glass Pendant

My local farmer’s market is one of my favorite places to buy handmade glass beads and handmade jewelry. Last Sunday, I stopped over to see my good friend Annie who makes lampwork glass beads, and picked up a beautiful little glass leaf. Annie was one of my first lampworking friends back when I started learning…

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If You Want to Learn How to Bead…

When it comes to learning how to bead, your basic off-loom beadweaving stitches and jewelry stringing techniques are just the beginning. Once you have a solid grasp on the thread path for beading stitches like peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, right-angle weave, and beaded netting, you can take that knowledge and apply it to all kinds…

Bracelet Making Made Easy

Need a couple of quick ideas for some easy, fun bracelet making projects for the summer? Maybe you have the kids around and need a project to keep them occupied and ward off the classic summer mantra of, “I’m bored!” Or if you  just want a little creative downtime between big beading projects, try one…

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Learning Beadwork

I’ve always been intrigued by the different ways in which people learn. I’m a very visual and physical learner while others can teach themselves simply by reading from a book. For example, I’ve bought dozens of knitting books in the hopes of learning to make socks, but I know I’ll never figure it out until…

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Teach Others How to Bead with Beading Diagrams

You know how a picture speaks a thousand words? A good beading diagram, I would argue, speaks way more than that. Written instructions will only get you (and your students and customers) only so far without some kind of images to illustrate the concepts and thread paths that you’re trying to communicate with them, and…

The Only List of Herringbone Stitch Projects You’ll Need

The Only List of Herringbone Stitch Projects You’ll Need Herringbone stitch in beadwork is also known as Ndebele, drawing that name from the South African tribe that developed this beadweaving stitch. Herringbone stitch can be started using a ladder of seed beads in a manner similar to brick stitch, or it can be started using a…