How to Bead

All you need to learn how to bead are some beads, a needle and beading thread (that will fit through the beads), and the ability to see the hole in the bead. Therefore, anywhere you arrange your bead projects and materials becomes your studio. Learning how to bead can be made easier when you borrow from a practice that professional chefs use: mise en place, French for “put in place”. To chefs, it means never burning the chocolate while fetching eggs from the cooler. Though beadwork doesn’t entail these particular dangers, adapting this practice makes you more efficient and simplifies how you bead. It requires that at the onset of each your bead projects, your work area is arranged so that necessities are at hand and ready to use, rather than interrupting the process to retrieve them one by one.

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Odd-Count Peyote Stitch with SuperDuos

It’s the New Year! Have you made your resolutions yet? Me, either! Instead, I’m going to forego resolutions I can’t keep this year (“don’t eat potato chips”) and just concentrate on bettering myself through learning. One area I know I can always learn new things is with beading! I have quite a beading technique arsenal,…

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Tips for Beading on a Loom

There’s an old technique that’s making a big comeback these days–loomwork. Not relegated to hat bands, belts, and wall hangings made of seed beads anymore, today’s loomwork is bold, trend-focused, and incorporates all sorts of beads, including the two-hole variety. There are many versions of looms you can try. The horizontal kind might be the…

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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…

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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…

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How Has Your Jewelry Making Style Evolved?

Of all the things I’ve learned during my career as an artist, the most important factor to being a successful artist is that you have to be willing to let yourself grow and change and discover new things. For a while, I did off-loom bead-weaving almost exclusively. I started learning how to bead with seed…

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How Did You Learn How to Bead?

I still remember what inspired me to really learn how to bead. After years of failed attempts at learning how to make wire jewelry and do wire wrapping, my mother gave me a pair of bead embroidered and brick stitch earrings. They were made in a Native American style with leather and tiny seed beads…