Video is a great way to learn basic beadweaving techniques. Here's a directory of the beadweaving videos currently available on our site, along with a brief description of each.
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Learn about the tools and materials used most often in beadweaving, and see an example of how to set up your work space.
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Learn how to pre-stretch, thread a needle on, and condition a length of nylon beading thread. Nylon threads includes the brands Nymo and C-Lon.
This is a general overview of the types of beading needles used for beadweaving, and what each type is used for. It includes examples of off-loom beading and bead embroidery in action.
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Weaving-in is the technique you use to hide and secure a tail of beading thread within your beadwork. You can use it to both begin and end a strand of thread.
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- In this video, Melissa does not make any knots when weaving-in because her beadwork is dense enough to keep the thread secure without them. This is often the case when you use cylinder beads (such as Delicas or Treasures). For less dense beadwork, and when using round seed beads, you often need to make occasional half-hitch knots over existing thread.
Watch Melissa perform this basic stitch, a favorite of many beaders.
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- Here, Melissa holds the beadwork down against the beading mat while making stitches. Alternatively, you can hold the beadwork up between your fingers while you stitch.
This video covers beaded netting worked in vertical rows from a base of beadwork that's already been completed.
- The base material that the netting is worked off of in this video is a swatch of flat herringbone stitch. You can add vertical netting to beadwork made using other stitches, or even to a strand of beads (see the Art Deco Tila Necklace pattern for an example).
Speaking of herringbone stitch, here's a great tutorial showing you how to do it. It uses the "base row" method, where you begin with a row of ladder stitch.
Here's a nifty technique for making beaded bezels using cylinder beads and round seed beads.