Beading Techniques

Never worked on a bead project before? Don’t know where to start or how to finish? Wondering how to tie beading knots? For those who need to brush up on beading basics before diving into their first beading project, you’ll find a multitude of skill level tips and techniques ranging from peyote stitch, to herringbone, to embroidery techniques and more.

how to bead crochet, Barb Switzer, Beadwork

How to Bead Crochet, Step by Step with Barb Switzer

I have enjoyed getting to know how to bead crochet this year. It’s a technique I’ve wanted to learn since way back, but one of those things I put off. Crochet hook. Check. Thread. Check. Size 6 beads. Check. Hmmm…Maybe I should reorganize this box of beads first. This year, I’m pushing myself to stop…

bead weaving thread tension help

Peyote Stitch Tutorial Help and Thread Tension Tips, from Nancy Cain

Nancy Cain recently filmed new videos in our studio: Structural Peyote Stitch with Nancy Cain and Tubular Netting: Exploring Sculptural Techniques. Nancy also shared some great thread tension tips and peyote stitch help at BeadingDaily.com in “Peyote Stitch Instructions: Help From Nancy Cain,” Nancy is following up with answers to two questions which will help…

Bead Crochet with Judith Durant: Flirty Flower Necklace & Tunisian stitch bracelet blitz

Bead Crochet, Tunisian Bead Crochet, Beautiful Jewelry

I absolutely love the look of bead crochet. I am far from proficient in this bead weaving technique but I’m going to keep at it! And thanks to the help of Judith Durant’s Flirty Flower Necklace and Tunisian Stitch Bracelet videos I’m further along! Here are some things Judith shared that you might also find…

Sassy Silkies, swarovski crystals pendant, by Kristal Wick. Fabulous Fabric Beads eBook.

Kristal, Crystals, Fabric Beads, Sparkle, and Bling

I first met Kristal Wick in 2004. We were both teaching at a Swarovski Create Your Style, DIY event in Tucson, AZ. Kristal was teaching classes on making her signature fabric beads, Sassy Silkies, after releasing her best selling book, Fabulous Fabric Beads. She then embellished her fabric beads, using them in finished jewelry. Kristal…

Beaded scroll by Nancy Eha

Bead Embroidery, Beaded Fabric, Beaded Quilts, Beading Techniques

Nancy Eha – bead embroidery artist, beaded fabric quilter, beading technique expert, and all around amazing talent. Yes. I’m in awe of all she can do. And all she continues to share with us. Nancy’s next workshop, Japanese Scroll with Beaded Dragonfly and Beaded Sashiko explores bead embroidery like you’ve never seen before. She combines…

Marcia DeCoster Cubic right-angle weave earrings

Right-Angle Weave with the Masters

I’m a big fan of right-angle weave (RAW). This stitch weaves up easily and makes a fabric-like cloth of woven beads. The fabric can be used to make anything, even clothes and handbags! With the development of cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) and prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW) it’s clear we’re having fun taking RAW to a…

Caprice earrings, by Csilla Papp from Sensational Soutache

Bead Weaving Using Soutache, Crystals, Beads, and So Much More!

Have you soutached? Funny how we make our favorite materials into verbs, no? But really, have you soutached? It’s such a fun medium to work with. And talk about adding a punch of color! Check out these earrings from Csilla Papp’s book, Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, which is part of the new Sensational Soutache collection.…

Daisy pin by Maryann Patterson-Curls, French beaded flower technique

How to Make Beaded Flowers – the French Beaded Flower Way

One of the first projects I remember editing when I started at Lapidary Journal was a design by Arlene Baker, made using the French beaded flower techniques. I hadn’t learned how to make beaded flowers or how to wire wrap beads using the French beaded flower method. In order to do the project and beautiful…

Nancy Eha's feather stitch sampler; seed bead botany course

Seed Bead Patterns and Techniques for Creating Botany

Nancy Eha is back with us, and this time she’s teaching her Seed Bead Botany course. In all of Nancy’s courses she shares seed bead patterns, techniques, and design ideas ideal for use on fabric and within bead embroidery. In the Seed Bead Botany course, Nancy covers many techniques for making flowers, leaves, vines, berries,…