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.

Beadweaving Beyond the Basics Cover

Beadweaving Beyond the Basics

Looking for some handmade holiday gifts to create for your friends and family? In Beadweaving Beyond the Basics, Kassie Shaw’s latest book, Kassie explores several of her favorite stitches. Some are classics such as herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, and St. Petersburg chain, while others are Kassie’s own innovative variations on Right Angle Weave. The clearly illustrated…


48 Projects to Refresh Your Love of Seed Beads

For something that can be as small as 1.5mm, seed beads sure have mighty potential. I’m always amazed when a pile of seed beads is transformed into a stunning piece of jewelry. While sometimes I can barely contain my creative ideas, other times I look at the beads in front of me and, no matter…

Beaded Ornaments with New Free eBook

The leaves have fallen, the sky is gray, and the snow is threatening to fly where I live, so thoughts of hunkering down, lighting a fire in the fireplace, and decking the halls are definitely on my mind! Of course, beaded ornaments are my preferred way to deck the halls. I’ll definitely be stitching up some of the projects that are in our latest free eBook, Beaded Ornaments. It’s a collection of 5 projects that I know I’ll have fun using to festoon Chez Cox. Here’s what’s included:

Fleur Russe by Dustin Wedekind | This pretty little flower is easy to stitch, so easy that I’ll make a few, place them on sticks, and pop them into my potted plants to brighten them up for the holidays. I think I’ll also make some to add to the packaging of those extra-special gifts I’m giving over the holidays.


Double Mint Spirals by Dustin Wedekind | That Dustin…he’s so clever! Here he’s created spiral ropes and turned them into these sweet candy canes. A few of these on the tree will look very nice.

mint spirals

Snowflake Earrings by Jean Cox (Campbell) |Since I designed these, I won’t be making more…especially since I have a TON of them around my house during the holidays! I wear them as earrings, but I also stitched up a bunch and wove them together to form a little garland that looks great on the tree.

snowflake earring

Snowflake Ornament by Robin Cowart | There’s never too many ways to make a snowflake, right? Especially since no two snowflakes are the same… This one by Robin Cowart is a bit bigger than the one I made (above) and would look striking as a traditional tree ornament.

snowflake ornament

Star Topped Magic Wand by Sylvia Becker | If you’d like a bit of a challenge, these 2-sided stars designed by Sylvia Becker are the ticket! You could top a little tree with one, but really, doesn’t everyone need a fairy wand, especially during the holidays?

star wands

Download your free Beaded Ornaments eBook and get started decking the halls today!

Happy beading-


Jean Cox, Beading editorial director


shaped vintage beads

Vintage Beads Inspire New Shaped Beads

A few weeks ago, I delved into my bead stash to find some Silky beads so I could stitch out a few units of a pattern I was editing. After digging for longer than I care to admit, I began to ponder my dragon’s lair of vintage beads, remembering that it included some two-holed beads…

palisades bracelet kassie shaw

Stumped By Right Angle Weave? Try Diamond Chain!

One of my favorite off-loom beadweaving techniques is called diamond chain. I can’t remember where I first learned this bead stitching technique, but I learned it using 4mm Czech fire polished beads and seed beads, and I’m positively convinced that mastering the thread path is what made learning right-angle weave so easy for me later…

2hole beaded beads cindy holsclaw

4 Tips For Making Beaded Beads

Beaded beads are one of my favorite things to make when I have a few free moments and a pile of beads on my mat. Whether I just feel like noodling around with a quick peyote stitch tube, or if I’m in the mood for something a little more complex like a beaded dodecahedron bead,…


How Do We Love Beaded Flowers? Let’s Count The Ways!

Floral designs and beaded flowers have always been a popular theme for bead artists, and it’s easy to understand why. Who can resist the colors and shapes of these natural beauties? Flowers translate to beautiful beaded jewelry designs so easily using your favorite bead-weaving stitches, so it’s no wonder that some of my favorite beading…


Take Your Beadweaving Beyond The Basics

Sometimes, I think that my favorite part of a beadweaving project isn’t just the final, finished piece of beaded jewelry. It’s the story behind the jewelry that I love: how the design was first conceived, how the artist brought it to life, all the little steps along the way and the little bits of coincidence…