Beading Projects

Are you about to start on your first bead project? Or maybe you’ve already nailed down the beading basics but you’re ready to learn new beading techniques? Everyone needs a place to start and every beader is always searching for new beading ideas. Enjoy a multitude of beading patterns, projects, tutorials, and resources ranging from beginner to advanced, from beadweaving to embroidery, to working with wire. We have something every beader will be sure to enjoy.

Noble Leafwing beaded butterfly, by Karen Parker

Beads, Brick Stitch, Butterflies, and Bees

Karen Parker has taken her love of science to her beads! A scientist and bead artist living in upstate New York, Karen has had a long career as a molecular biologist. An amazing and fulfilling career, but not satisfying on the artistic front, Karen turned to her love of fiber arts for a creative and colorful…

Corona necklace design by Jean Cox. Tubular right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, and a touch of circular peyote

Beaded Bezels with Right-Angle Weave and More

Jean Cox dazzles and delights, always. This time, she is dazzling us through her latest design, “Corona.” This beaded necklace is striking and elegant (in design and color). And like Jean, every bead has a place, every stitch is perfect, there’s a glint and sparkle no matter which way you look at it, and it’s…

Quatrefoil Earring design by Lisa Kan

Right-Angle Weave and Square Stitch Unite in Style

Right-angle weave is such a versatile stitch. You can use good ol’ regular right-angle weave to create beadwoven designs as flexible as fabric. By changing the beads, this same stitch takes on a whole different look, yet retains that same luxurious flexible-cloth feel. Right-angle weave can take on dimension when you stack the units on…

Kassie Shaw's latest video, Shape Shifter - Vintage Lace design.

Shape Shift Your Beadwork with Kassie Shaw

Kassie Shaw has been busy stitching beads! And she’s a shape shifter…well, she’s shape-shifting within her beadwork, that is. In her latest video, Shape Shifter, Kassie covers a lot of techniques and options so you have a bevy of ways to take your designs. A quote from her that summarizes the video and her “Vintage Lace” design succinctly: “My…

"For the Love of Black & White," by Tammy Honaman, 2016, waxed linen, pewter, silver-plated clasp, lampworked glass beads

Free Bracelet Project with Clever Magnetic Clasp

A clasp can easily be integrated into a design so you don’t know where the design begins or ends. As reviewed in a recent post, polymer is a great medium for hiding a clasp into, as is beadweaving, like we see in this illustration of a magnetic clasp being stitched into a beaded tube. While…

"Frost Blossom," by Erin Prais-Hintz - perfect for the bride

Trending Now – Romance, Beaded Designs, and Spring!

Here in North America, spring has arrived! Our temps are getting warmer, the days longer, the flowers beginning to bloom, the grass greener and the trees bursting with blossoms. This is also a season of love and a time of great happiness for so many. From junior proms to bridal showers to weddings – this…

Fun Felted Fiber" bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. Wool, silk, quartz crystal, FireLine, steel

Free and Fun, Felted Fiber Jewelry Project

Make felted beads following instructions in “Created Felted Beads and Jewelry.” Follow along to transform the beads into a finished piece of FUN felted fiber jewelry that really makes a statement! Embellish your finished felted beads. Add more fiber to the felted beads in the form of silk ribbon (shown is a piece of shibori silk…

needle felted wool pendant by Tammy Honaman. Needle felted bead is built on sterling silver spool bead; embellished with additional wool roving; strung onto an enameled headpin finished with a wrapped loop

Create Felted Beads and Jewelry

Does fiber call your name and draw you in? Make you want to stop everything and knit, or weave, or felt the minute you see a new skein of beautiful yarn, a newly dyed piece of silk, or after watching wool being spun at the Saturday farmer’s market. I know that’s what happens to me.…