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This is where you will find advice, tips and hints about beadwork.

Day of the Dead Beaded Skull Tutorial

Use circular peyote stitch to embellish a carved gemstone skull bead for El Dia de los Muertos.

Make a Vintage-Style Beaded Cagework Pendant

Learn how to create vintage-style, layered beaded pendants, pins, and focal pieces using the Miriam Haskell technique with beading thread instead of wire.

String Beads on Beading Wire

Learn how to string beads using beading wire and crimp tubes.

Selecting the Best Beading Wire for Your Project

How to select an appropriate size and strength of beading wire for stringing beads.

Do I Need to Pre-Stretch Power Pro?

Learn whether Power Pro beading thread needs to be pre-stretched.

How to Read a Peyote Stitch Pattern

Peyote stitch is such a popular and versatile stitch that there are thousands and thousands of beautiful patterns available in books and on the Internet. Once you learn how the stitch basically works, you can use these patterns to create beautiful pieces of jewelry, beaded bags, beaded ropes, and more. Because each variation on peyote stitch has it's own set of rules, reading a peyote stitch pat…

How to Mark Your Place When Using a Peyote Stitch Pattern

After you've learned how to read a peyote stitch pattern and you want to use one to work up a piece of beadwork, you'll need some way to mark your place as you stitch each row. Marking your place on your peyote stitch pattern after each row will reduce the number of mistakes you might make. It's also fun to watch your progress as you work through a pattern. There are several different ways that b…

How to Read a Tubular Peyote Pattern or Graph

Step by step instructions and tips for how to read a tubular peyote stitch pattern or graph. Tubular peyote stitch can be used to make amulet bags, beaded ornaments, or needle cases.

Tips for Reading a Peyote Stitch Pattern or Graph

Tips and ideas from readers on how to keep track of your place when reading from a peyote stitch pattern or graph. See submissions

How to Read a Peyote Stitch Word Chart: Flat Odd and Even Cou…

Learning how to read from a peyote stitch word chart can be very confusing if you have never tried it before. This step by step tutorial will tell you what each notation means in each row of the pattern so that you can avoid confusion when working from a peyote stitch word chart.

How to Read a Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Graph or Pattern

Learning how to read a peyote stitch pattern or graph can be difficult, even for experienced beaders. This step by step tutorial illustrates each row of beads in an even count peyote stitch graph with numbers for easy identification.

How to Read a Peyote Stitch Graph: Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch

Learning how to read a peyote stitch pattern or graph can be difficult, even for experienced beaders. This step by step tutorial illustrates each row of beads in a flat odd count peyote stitch graph with numbers for easy identification.

How to Make the Turn in Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch

One of the challenges of working in flat odd count peyote stitch is making that funny turn at the end of every other row. If you are new to off-loom beadweaving, this might be a little confusing. For more advanced beaders, each way of making the turn can be used to achieve a different look to your peyote stitched piece. Try each method of making the turn and see which one you are most com…

How to Add a New Thread to Beadwork

Adding a new thread into your beadwork is a basic beadwork skill that will make your beadwork more enjoyable and will make your finished beadwork last longer. This article includes step by step directions, tips for maintaining your tension, and a reference graph that illustrates a suggested thread path for adding your new thread.

How to Cut Your Beading Thread

Tips and information on how to correctly cut your beading thread. Cutting thread is a pretty simple task, but doing it the right way will prevent your thread from fraying and will make your beadwork more professional-looking.

How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot

Instructions and step by step photographs on how to tie a half-hitch knot.

How to Tie a Surgeon's Knot

Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a surgeon's knot.

How to Tie a Square Knot

Instructions and step by step photographs on how to tie a square knot.

How to Tie a Lark's Head Knot

Step by step photographs and instructions for how to tie a Lark's Head knot.

Readers' Tips for Threading Your Beading Needles

A collection of tips from readers for how to thread your beading needles.

How to Choose the Right Size Needles and Threads for Your Seed Beads

Using the right size of needle and thread for your seed beads is an important part of your beading projects. Because seed beads come in so many different sizes and shapes, using the right size needle and thread can make your project easier and more enjoyable. A smaller size seed bead will require a smaller size thread and needle to allow for several thread passes through each bead. Larger s…

How to Thread a Beading Needle

If you are going to do any kind of off-loom beadweaving or any loomed beadwork, threading your needle is the first step to making your first stitch. But threading your needle can be difficult and frustrating, particularly if you are new to beading. These are a few simple steps and tips that can help make threading your needle easier and make your beadwork more enjoyable.

How to Prepare Nylon Beading Thread

Step by step instructions for how to prepare your nylon beading thread before stitching.

Open Backed Peyote Bezel Tutorial

A tutorial for how to create an open-backed bezel for a cabochon using peyote stitch.

How to Find Inspiration for Your Beadwork

Ideas about where to look for new sources of inspiration for your beadwork.

How to Make a Project-Specific Beading Kit

Project beading kits are always a welcome gift between bead buddies. I can still remember the first beading kit I received as a gift – it was two pieces of Ultrasuede and a selection of seed beads and a fastener that was meant to be turned into a carry case for my round thread cutter. The friend who put the kit together for me used my favorite colors – Earth tones – and even though it has…

How to Make a Beading Kit for a Beginner

You might want to consider making a beginner’s beading kit as a special treat for a good beading buddy, or as a gift for yourself. I can’t think of a better way to get someone totally hooked on beading. The items I’ve included on this list are only suggestions, of course, and you can and should customize your beginner’s beading kit for the recipient’s likes and dislikes - feel free to…

Wire Working Tools and Their Uses

A gallery of images showcasing the different types of wire work pliers with some information on their uses.

How to Properly Use Crimping Pliers

A free step by step tutorial that illustrates the proper way to use crimp tubes and crimping pliers.

Making a Basic Loop

Step by step directions for how to make a basic loop using wire.

How to Make a Wrapped Loop

Step by step directions for how to make a wrapped loop out of wire.

Making a Place to Bead

Whether you are a homebody or travel frequently, you will always count on your beadwork to relax you at the end of a hard day. Here are some ideas and suggestions for what you need to create a comfortable, inviting workspace to make the most of your beading time.

Overcoming Beader's Block

It's happened to us all. You finish a masterpiece of beadwork and are giddy with delight. You sit down at your work table with your beads in front of you and - nothing. Nothing at all happens. The light in your head does not go off, your fingers won't work properly, and you start breaking needles and beads and your thread gets tangled in an unprecedented mess. So what do you do? Here are a …

How to Make Your Own Seed Bead Mix

Step by step instructions for how to make your own custom and unique mixes of seed beads.

How to Make a 2-Strand Clasp

A step by step set of instructions on how to make a wire-wrapped 2-strand clasp out of a set of 2-hole beads.

How To Have a Beading Party

One of the things that drew me to the art of beadwork is the community surrounding the craft. I have found many wonderful friends through my beadwork and through my local bead store, and one of the things that we enjoy doing the most is getting together once in a while to eat, drink and bead. We share so much with each other about art and life and it’s great to get opinions on our current pro…

How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp

After spending hours and hours on a piece of beautiful beadwork, why settle for an ordinary clasp? Instead, make your own clasp out of materials that match the beads you used in your masterpiece. Before you try this, make sure that you are comfortable with even-count tubular peyote stitch.

How to Stitch a Peyote Bezel Around a Cabochon With a Backing

Easy, step-by-step directions to stitch a peyote bezel around a cabochon that has a backing attached to it.

How to Bezel a Rivoli

Easy step-by-step instructions that show you how to make a peyote stitched bezel out of cylinder beads and seed beads for a Swarovski crystal Rivoli.

Beading on a Budget

With all the glum news about the economy and thousands of people uncertain about their jobs, it makes sense that more and more people are turning to handcrafts as a way to soothe their souls and seek refuge from the five o clock news. But when you are trying to stick to a budget, you might think that it can hamper your creative impulses. Not so, if you try a few of these ideas.

5 Tips for Better Beading Classes

Taking a class in beadweaving can be a great way to make new friends, meet new people and add to your set of bead stitching skills. But it can also be a very frustrating experience, particularly if you go into it unprepared. As a teacher of beadweaving, I can offer a few tips for making your class experience fun, relaxing and enriching.

Bead Storage for Your Stash

If you’re like me, you believe that you can never have too many beads. As a professional bead artist, my collection has steadily grown over the last ten years to the point where I had to set aside a room in my home just for my beads. While you may not have vast quantities of beads, there are a few things you can do to keep your stash organized. There is nothing more frustrating than not bein…

5 Tips For Learning a New Beading Stitch

Learning a new beading stitch can open up a whole world of possibilities, but it can also be extremely frustrating, especially if you are trying to teach yourself. Here are 5 tips for making that learning process easier for you:

How To Care For Your Beadwork

Caring for your beadwork is very important. You’ve spent hours creating a lovely piece of wearable art, so take the proper steps to make sure that it lasts. If cared for properly, a piece of beadwork can last for several generations. If you give your beadwoven jewelry away as a gift, you might want to tuck a small card into the pouch or box in which you give the piece with these guidelines p…

5 Beadweaving Must Have Tools

As you explore the fun of beadweaving, you will come to rely on a few simple tools over and over. There are a few tools that I always have handy when I sit down to work. Not only does having these items nearby make my work easier, but also more enjoyable.

How to Break a Bead

If you've made a mistake in your beadwork and need to remove a bead by breaking it, there is a way to do it safely and correctly. Correcting mistakes in your beadwork is an important basic beadwork skill.

How to Tear Out Your Beadwork

It doesn't sound like something you'd want to do, but knowing the proper way to tear out your beadwork stitching will prevent any more damage to your thread. Knowing how to tear out your beadwork is a good basic beadwork skill to know.

How to Remove a Knot From Your Beading Thread

If you discover a knot in your beading thread, there are a few things you can do to try and remove it before resorting to cutting your thread. Knowing what to try to remove a knot from your beading thread is a good basic beadwork skill to have.

How to Use a Bead Stopper

Find out how to use a bead stopper when stringing beads for off-loom beadweaving projects and for beaded jewelry projects.

How to String a Stop Bead

Step by step instructions for how to string a stop bead, a beading skill that can help beginners keep their beads on their thread without falling off.

How to Use Tape to Keep Beads on Beading Thread

Learn how to use regular self-adhesive tape to keep your beads from falling off your thread when you start a new piece of beadwork.

How to Use Tension to Keep Beads on Beading Thread

Learn how to keep your beads on your beading thread just by using your fingers.

Splitting Your Thread and How to Correct It

Nylon beading thread is great for beading, but one of it's drawbacks is that you might accidentally split the fibers of the thread with your needle. Here is some information on how to prevent split threads and how to correct a split thread in your beadwork.

How to Count Rows in Right Angle Weave

How to count your rows when working in the off loom beadweaving stitch called right angle weave. Counting your rows is an important basic beading...

How to Count Rows in Flat Peyote Stitch

Learn how to count your rows when working in flat peyote stitch, a popular off loom beadweaving stitch. Counting your rows is a basic beading...

How to Count Rows in Square Stitch

Learn how to count rows when working in square stitch, an off loom beadweaving stitch that looks similar to beaded loom work. Knowing how to...

How to Count Rows in Tubular Even Count Peyote Stitch

Learn how to count rows when working in tubular even count peyote stitch. Tubular even count peyote stitch is a popular off loom beadweaving...

Learn How to Do Beadwork - How to Hold Flat Beadwork

If you are new to beaded jewelry making and learning how to do beadwork, this article will give you some help in learning how to hold flat beadwork.

Learn How to Do Beadwork - How to Hold Tubular Beadwork

If you are new to beaded jewelry making and are teaching yourself how to do beadwork, this article will tell you how to pick up beads onto your needle.

Learn How to Bead - How to Pick Up Beads on a Beading Needle

If you are learning how to do beadwork and new to beaded jewelry making, this article will teach you how to pick up beads on a beading needle.

Beaded Ropes - How to Add a Toggle Clasp to a Beaded Rope

Easy steps to add a toggle clasp to your favorite beaded rope. Simple beaded ropes make great necklaces and are a great introduction to beaded jewelry making. You can turn a simple beaded rope into a beautiful beaded necklace by just adding a clasp.

How to Do Beadwork - How to Use a Double-Strand Thread

When you are learning how to do beadwork or bead weaving, you might find a time when you need to use a double strand of beading thread. This article tells you how to use a double strand of beading thread.

Learn How to Do Bead Embroidery - How to Use Brass Bead Embroidery Blanks

Brass bead embroidery blanks are a great way to give form and shape to your bead embroidery pieces. Learn how to trace around a brass embroidery blank to create a piece of bead embroidery that will fit it perfectly for a professional look.

Learn Beadwork - How to Zip Up Peyote Stitch and Brick Stitch

Learn how to zip up peyote stitch or brick stitch into a tube. Beaded tubes can be used in beaded jewelry making and as beaded beads.

Bezeling a Rivoli - How Many Delicas Do I Need to Bezel a Rivoli?

Bezeling a Rivoli - How Many Beads Do I Need to Bezel a Rivoli?

Learn Beadwork from Scratch

You can learn how to do beadwork from scratch. Use these simple tips, patterns and tutorials to teach yourself how to do beadwork from scratch. These free beading lessons will get you started in beadwork in no time!

How to do Beadwork Basics - Keeping Beads on Beading Thread

When you start a new off-loom beadweaving or beading project, you'll need a way to keep the first set of beads on your thread until you have established the your stitching pattern. Try one of these methods to keep beads on the beading thread.

Learn Beadwork and Beading Basics - How to Correct Mistakes in Beadwork

No matter how careful you are when you bead, mistakes still happen.  But the good news is that you can correct these mistakes and still go on to finish a beautiful piece of beadwork or beaded jewelry.  This list is some of the most common mistakes that happen in beadwork and how you can correct them.

Peyote Stitch - Learn How to Do Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch

Learn how to do flat even count peyote stitch by using this set of free beading instructions. You can teach yourself how to do flat even count peyote stitch.

Learn How to Do Beadwork - Learn How to Hold Beadwork

Learn how to do beadwork and how to hold your beadwork. Holding your beadwork properly will make it easier to complete a project and to learn a new beading stitch. Holding your beadwork properly is an important basic beadwork technique.

Peyote Stitch - Reader Tips for Starting Peyote Stitch

How do you get your first few rows of peyote stitch started without getting your beads twisted? Share your expertise and your suggestions with other beaders who might need help starting peyote stitch.

How to Join Square Stitch Rows and Columns

You can use this thread path to sew together two horizontal rows of square stitch. It is a different path than you use to join vertical columns.

How to Make an Easy Peyote Stitch Beaded Bead

If you want to get started making your own beaded beads, here are a few easy steps to follow to make your own easy peyote stitch beaded bead. Beaded beads can be used to make your own beaded bracelets, beaded necklaces and beaded earrings.

How to Stitch Picot Edges on Horizontal Beaded Netting

This chart shows the path of beading thread through picot edges on horizontal netting. To keep correct tension at the end of each row, you slide the picot beads against the beadwork before stitching them in.

How to Use Up Leftover Beads

Some ideas for using up leftover beads. If you've got beads left over after you finish a project, you can use them in many different ways.

Button Clasps - How to Make Your Own Clasp from a Button

If you don't have a ready-made clasp handy and need something to finish off a beaded necklace or bracelet, you can use a button to make your own clasp.

How to Stitch Loop Picots on Horizontal Beaded Netting

This chart shows the thread path for creating loop-style picots along the edges of flat horizontal netting.

How to Read a Tubular Right Angle Weave Pattern

This article walks you through the process of stitching a tubular right angle weave rope by following a pattern. You can read the pattern from left to right, like many other patterns; but you need to keep careful track of bead units.

How to Stitch Vertical Netting From Every Other Unit of Right-Angle Weave

This diagram shows the thread path for stitching the first two bead columns of vertical netting onto a base row of right-angle weave.

How to Stitch Vertical Netting From Consecutive Units of Right-Angle Weave

This diagram shows the thread path for stitching the first two bead columns of vertical netting onto a base row of right-angle weave.

Circular Chevron Stitch Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to perform circular chevron stitch. It's very similar to the method you use for regular flat chevron stitch, except that you need to use a special thread path to complete each round.

How to Follow a Simple Shaped Flat Peyote Stitch Pattern

Learn how to follow a shaped peyote stitch pattern by stitching this simple beaded leaf.

Right Angle Weave Beaded Bead Pattern - Olive Bariela

This is a tutorial for the Olive Bariela beaded bead. You create it by stitching tubular right angle weave over a wood craft bead.

How to Correct Loose Beading Thread Tension

Learn how to use a new length of beading thread to correct loose tension in your beadwork.

How to Prepare a Beading Needle and Thread

Learn what it means to prepare your beading needle and thread for beadweaving.

How to Add New Beading Thread Before Ending the Old Thread

Here is an efficient technique for ending an old (used up) length of beading thread and starting a new one in your beadwork.

How to Attach a Jewelry Clasp With Jump Rings

Learn this easy method for completed your beaded design with a pre-made clasp.

How to Install Coil Ends on Jewelry Cord

Learn how to use coil ends to finish the ends of round jewelry cord, which makes great stringing material for beaded beads and pendants.

5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Beaders

Learn how to avoid the most common beadweaving mistakes.

Is It Cheaper to Buy Power Pro As Fishing Line Rather Than As Beading Thread?

Learn whether you can save money by buying Power Pro fishing line to use for beading.

How to Decide Which Size of Crimps to Use

Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.

How to Read an Odd-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern

Learn how to follow an odd count peyote stitch pattern chart, beginning with those tricky first few rows.

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