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Top Ten Free Bead Patterns
The Top Ten Free Bead Patterns - these are the most popular free bead patterns from the Beadwork.About.com site, updated weekly to reflect changes in beading trends and the popularity of beading styles.
Step-By-Step Tutorial for Making a Leather and...
Learn how to make a stylish wrap bracelet using leather cord, glass beads, and beading thread.
How to Make Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Learn how to make beaded stretch bracelets for kids or adults.
Making Paper Beads
Step by step instructions on how to make your own rolled paper beads using the Paper Bead Roller.
How to Bead on a Basic Loom
Learn how to weave beads on a bead loom that does not have a shedding device.
How to Make a Necklace or Bracelet Using Bead...
Learn how to string beads using bead stringing wire and crimp tubes. Use this technique to create custom beaded necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.
Tutorial for Inside Brick Stitch Hoop Earrings
A free tutorial for making beaded hoop earrings by using brick stitch to weave beads on the inside of a metal ring.
Animal Designs - Free Bead Patterns - Animal...
Here are some free bead patterns of animals for Peyote stitch, brick stitch, square stitch or for loom weaving. These animal bead patterns include a mountain lion, elephant, penguins, an owl, and a buffalo. These bead patterns are not complex, making them a great first pattern to use to teach beading or to learn beadwork yourself. Try these excellent<A HREF="http://beadwork.about.com/od/freebeadlessonstutorials/Free_Beading_Lessons_and_Tutorials.htm"> Beading Lessons</A> for new beaders.
Finishing Off Loom Beadwork - Selvage Method
You can use this method of finishing off loom beadwork to avoid weaving in the warp threads one by one.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
Russian Spiral Beading Tutorial
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
Emerald City Flat Spiral Bracelet Free Beading...
This free beading pattern works up quick for a gorgeous beaded bracelet with Swarovski crystal bicones and gold-colored metallic seed beads. An art deco toggle clasp makes this piece look like a piece of fine jewelry and is delightful to wear.
A Free and Elegant Tila Bead Bracelet Beading...
A free beading pattern for a simple, easy and elegant Tila bead bracelet that is embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
Queen of the Nile Swarovski Crystal Bracelet...
This free beaded bracelet pattern uses Swarovski crystal beads and glass cube beads to make a sleek and sparkling cuff bracelet. Page 8.
Basic Bead Embroidery Stitches Tutorial
This step by step tutorial walks you through beaded backstitch, the basic stitch used for bead embroidery, with seed beads and several variations using bugle beads and larger freshwater pearls.
Top 10 Beginner's Bead Patterns
Here's a list of some of the very best beginner's bead patterns. These bead projects are simple, straightforward, clearly-written, and are simple enough that even a first-time beader will complete a successful first beading project. Bead patterns include a Peyote stitch panel, a bead-and-wire ring, a beaded netted bracelet, brick stitch bracelet, and bead embroidered fabric edging. Simplicity of beading stitch and a desirable end-product are the secret to these great beginner's bead patterns.
Free Bead Size Chart
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
How to Make an Easy CzechMates Beaded Bracelet
This gorgeous little bracelet is easy to make using a single row of beadwork and two-hole CzechMates beads.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
Spiral Rope Chain
The Spiral Rope Chain AKA The Internet Spiral beading technique is simple to learn with this beading tutorial from your Beadwork Guide
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
How to Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
How to Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving stitch.
Twin Bead Bracelet Pattern - Spring Obsession
Use twin beads and seed beads to stitch this colorful bracelet.
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Getting started with Cellini spiral stitch in this free beading tutorial.
How to Choose the Right Size Needles and...
Using the right size of needle and thread for your seed beads will make your beadweaving projects much easier and more enjoyable. Beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings may require different sized needles and threads depending on the size and type of beads that you choose for your beaded jewelry projects.
Standard Square Stitch Beading Tutorial
Learn Standard Square Stitch beading with this great tutorial
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.
Hexagon Angle Stitch Bracelet Band Tutorial
Master the twists and turns of hexagon stitch while making a truly unique beaded bracelet.
How to Make Russian Style Leaves Using Peyote...
A step by step tutorial on how to create beautiful 3-dimensional Russian style leaves using peyote stitch.
Easy Tila Bead Ladder Stitch Bracelet Pattern
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
African Net Bead Lace Necklace
African Net Bead Necklace - Bead Lace Necklace - Emily Hackbarth African Net Bead Lace Necklace
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
There is so much to learn when you're new to beadwork, you may feel a little overwhelemed. So many different stitches, techniques, little tricks and so many patterns. You may love a pair of earrings or a beaded bracelet you've seen on line, buyy or download the pattern and wonder "ok, so what do all these things mean? What is 2 drop? What do they mean 2 needle RAW? Which Spiral? The links listed below will lead you to the amswers to these questions and to more help for the new beader.
Attach a Slide Clasp to a Peyote Stitch Cuff...
Learn how to attach a slide lock clasp to a peyote stitch cuff bracelet.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
Twisted Tubular Herringbone Stitch - Blue Spiral
This simple little tube bead makes a big impact when strung on cable necklace chain. It works up fast
Sand and Sea Zig Zags Peyote Stitch Bracelet...
A free, printable pattern chart for a zig zag style beaded cuff bracelet using peyote stitch and Delicas.
Before You Before You Buy Pearls - Cultured,...
Before you buy pearls, whether they be cultured pearls, freshwater pearls or glass pearls, check here for some great information and tips on getting the most for your money
Loom Weaving Patterns - Beadwork
Links to great bead patterns for Loom Weaving
Beading Stitches Used to Make Beaded Ropes
A list of beading stitches used to make beaded ropes. Beaded ropes can be made with tubular variations of flat off-loom beadweaving stitches or with some beading stitches that do not have flat versions. Beaded ropes can be used for beaded necklaces, beaded bracelets and beaded lariats.
African Net - Beaded Lace Necklace
This African Net Bead Beaded Lace Necklace is made with seed beads using a netting beading technique and can be graphed as a bead pattern.
Flat Round Peyote Stitch Step by Step Tutorial
Step by Step tutorial for the beading stitch Flat Round Peyote, which is used in a variety of beading projects.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Bracelet Pattern -...
A free pattern chart for a horizontal beaded netting bracelet band. The edges are embellished with beaded picots.
How to Add New Beading Thread Before Ending the...
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 Weave-In Warp Threads on Loom Beadwork
Learn how to hide the warp thread tails in your seed bead beadwork made on a loom.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
Iris - A Beaded Flower Design
A Dimensional Beaded Iris Flower
Spiral Rope Macramé Chain Bracelet or...
This spiraled beaded rope uses a simple macramé technique and is much faster than beadweaving. Use it to make a cute bracelet, necklace, or anklet.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
Basic Hexagon Stitch Beaded Earring Pattern
A free beaded earring pattern using basic hexagon stitch, also called hexagon angle weave.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
Tubular Herringbone Stitch Necklace Pattern
Learn how to make a beaded rope choker, necklace, or bracelet using tubular herringbone stitch.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
Art Deco Style Tila Bead Bracelet Tutorial
Use Tila beads and round seed beads to make an elegant, art deco inspired bracelet.
Before You Buy A Beading Loom
Some things to think about before you buy your first bead weaving loom
Moroccan Coral Loom Beaded Bracelet
Learn how to make the Moroccan Coral loom beaded bracelet one step at a time.
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Easy Swarovski Crystal Tennis Bracelet Free...
Use this free beading pattern to make a simple, sparkling bracelet that resembles a diamond tennis bracelet using some Swarovski crystal bicones and Japanese cylinder beads.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
Take Great Care of Your Hands
Signs and symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injuries aka RSI to watch for - how to tell if it's time to see the doctor.
Bricks and Strands Beaded Bracelet
Make this easy and very slinky Bricks and Strands Bracelet with seed beads and simple Brick stitch with this free bead pattern.
A Collection of Dimensional Bead Patterns - 3-D...
Collection of free bead patterns in 3-D - Dimensional Beading Patterns from Paula S. Morgan, your Beadwork Guide About.com
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
A diagram tutorial of basic, horizontal beaded netting.
Fireline Beading Thread: A Basic Profile and...
A basic profile and review of Fireline beading thread.
Criss Cross Bracelet
Free beaded bracelet pattern made with seed beads and 10mm glass beads. This bracelet is comfortable to wear because it won't roll around on your wrist.
Double Spiral Rope Beading Stitch Tutorial
A tutorial for how to do double spiral rope, an off-loom beadweaving stitch that creates a supple, thick beaded rope.
Before You Buy Delica Beads
Before you Buy Delica Beads - Delica beads buying tips - read before buying Delica beads
Peyote Stitch Beading Class Part Three -...
Peyote Stitch Beading Class Part Three - Increasing and Decreasing Flat Peyote Stitch
Beaded Snowflake Free Bead Pattern
Make this cute mini beaded snowflake as an ornament, beaded pendant, or make a pair for beaded earrings.
Segmented Tila Bead Bracelet Pattern
Create a Bohemian style bracelet by linking together segments of beadwork featuring glass Tila and seed beads.
Types of Needles Used for Beadweaving
Learn about the three general categories of beading needles and how they differ.
Beaded Snow Angel Doll
Bead a Tiny Snow Angel Doll using seed Beads and Peyote Stitch
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers.
Beaded Netting Holiday Ornament Cover
Use horizontal beaded netting to create a lacy cover for your glass holiday ornaments.
How to Prepare a Beading Needle and Thread
Learn what it means to prepare your beading needle and thread for beadweaving.
Free Beading Patterns - Peyote Stitch Cuff...
This is a list of all the free charted peyote stitch bracelet patterns available on the site. Some of them have word charts associated with them, and some do not.
Quick and Simple Projects - Beaded Rings and...
Beaded Rings and Beaded Headbands make Quick and Simple Beaded Projects
Herringbone Stitch Looped Earrings Pattern
Make a drapey pair of beaded earring using hearringbone stitch, looped fringe, and two sizes of glass seed beads.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote.
Fiesta Twin Bead and Crystal Earrings
Learn how to make these lacy beaded earring using single- and two-hole seed beads and crystal bicones.
Summer Trimmings Two-Drop Peyote Stitch...
A free beaded bracelet pattern using even-count two-drop peyote stitch.
How to Attach a Jewelry Clasp With Jump Rings
Learn this easy method for completed your beaded design with a pre-made clasp.
Great Skin Care for Beaders from Goodies...
Goodies Unlimited is a line of skin care products developed by Aubrey Kenworthy, a woman who quilts, stitches and beads. She understands what our hands go through as a beader, and has created this excellent, all-natural product line with us in mind.
3-D Daffodils
3-d Beaded flowers Daffodils made with seed beads and flat brick stitch
How to Warp a Basic Bead Loom - No Wind Method
A step-by-step tutorial on preparing your bead loom by setting it up with its initial warp threads.
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
St. Petersburg Chain Tutorial
Materials and getting started with St. Petersburg chain, a popular off-loom beadweaving stitch used to make beaded necklaces. Beaded chains are great for making amulet bag straps or simple necklaces.
Tila Bead and Magatamas Lace Necklace Tutorial
A free seed bead pattern for a necklace featuring two-hole Tila beads.
Bedouin Beaded Necklace Part One
Bedoiun Beaded Necklace Using a Bead Netting Variation
Double St. Petersburg Chain Beading Stitch...
This beading stitch tutorial shows you how to work Double St. Petersburg chain, a beautiful beaded chain that can be used as a beaded strap for an amulet bag or necklace.
Crystal Circle Beaded Pendant Free Beading...
This sparkling, three dimensional beaded pendant is made using two sizes of Swarovski bicone crystal beads and size 15 seed beads.
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Beaded...
Stitch this little red, white, and blue necklace to wear on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or anytime you'd like to express some American patriotism. You can also switch up the colors to make cute necklaces to wear any time of year.
Beaded Herringbone Cord - Free Bead Pattern
Free bead pattern for Beaded Herringbone Cord aka Ndebele Weave using using Delica beads
Single Needle Right Angle Weave Tutorial
A step by step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch called single needle right angle weave.
Jewelry for your Feet
bead beads beaded barefoot sandals chain foot jewelry
Easy Beaded Earring Designs
Make lots of different (and easy) beaded earrings using simple wrapped loops with these free patterns.
Beaded Dragonfly Earrings - Beadwork ...
Free Bead pattern for Beaded Dragonfly Earrings: free bead pattern flat rectangles pony beads pony bead jewelry pliers
How to Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch.
Using a Bead Spinner
Learn how to string beads of the same color, or a mix of beads, quickly using a device called a bead spinner.
Small Beaded Ornament Cover Pattern
Learn how to make a simple but striking beaded ornament cover for a small size Christmas tree ornament.
Tubular Netting Beading Stitch Tutorial
Use this free tubular netting beading stitch tutorial to teach yourself how to do beadwork. Tubular netting is a beadweaving stitch that can be used to make beaded jewelry.
How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
Learn how to read and follow a loom beading pattern chart.
Beads Per Inch Chart
Quickly determine how many beads of a certain size you'll need for a bead stringing project.
Tila Bead Square Earrings and Bracelet
Use a beadweaving technique to stitch two-hole Tila beads into a band of beaded squares. This pattern makes either a bracelet or a pair of earrings.
Stretch Cord Primer
It's easy to make cool beaded jewelry using stretch and illusion cords if you just know the basics for creating gorgeous necklaces and bracelets
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads - Seed Bead Beading - Seed Bead Beading Basics
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
African Net Beaded Necklace part Two - Color...
Learn to Use Color Patterns on African Net beading and make the beaded earrings to match the beaded necklace
How Many Beads Will I Need?
A set of basic tables to let you estimate how many seed or cylinder beads you need
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch.
Berry Bracelet in Peyote Stitch and Square...
A sweet and delicate Berry Bracelet designed by Deb Moffett-Hall
Twisted Tubular Herringbone Tutorial
A step-by-step set of directions on how to to the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as twisted herringbone. The herringbone stitch is also known as Ndebele stitch, and has its roots in the traditions of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa.
Easy Multicolor Gemstone Necklace Tutorial
Learn how to make an easy beaded necklace with multiple colors of gemstone beads and a clasp that features tiny glass pearls.
Beaded Earring Patterns
The Top Beaded Earring Patterns for beaders of all skill levels.
Peyote Stitch Ruffles and Curls - Beadwork
Learn to embellish Peyote Stitch with beaded ruffles and curls and add dimension to your beadwork
Bejeweled Spiral Rope Tutorial
Stitch an elegant beaded necklace or bracelet using spiral rope stitch.
Ladder Stitch Tutorial
A free ladder stitch tutorial. Ladder stitch is used to begin brick stitch and herringbone (Ndebele) stitch. It can also be used to create other types of beading projects.
Free Bead Pattern - Heart of Gold by Carole Sweet
Free Bead Pattern Heart of Gold Carole Sweet
Golden Waterfall Tila Bead Necklace Free...
This free beading pattern is for a Golden Waterfall Necklace, made with Tila beads. Stitching the Tila beads on the diagonal gives the necklace an interesting shape and using metallic bronze beads gives it lots of shine and sparkle.
How to Read a Two-Drop Peyote Stitch Pattern
Learn how to read and follow along with a two-drop peyote stitch pattern chart.
Peyote Stitch Diagrams - Flat Even Count
A diagram tutorial for even-count flat peyote stitch.
Chevron Stitch Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as Chevron Stitch.
Beaded Bracelet Patterns for Beginners
The top beaded bracelet patterns for beginner beaders
Golden Wreath Beaded Pendant Tutorial
A free tutorial for a layered beadwoven circle pendant accented with gold Czech glass beads.
All About Beading Needles
Basic profiles of some of the most popular types of beading needles and what they are used for, including information about English beading needles, Pony beading needles, big eye needles, twisted beading needles and milliners needles. Step-by-step instructions and tips for threading your beading needles.
Art Deco Tila Bead Necklace Pattern
Use two-hole Tila beads to make an Egyptian revival inspired necklace with a fringe of vertical beaded netting.
How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques.
Bead Embroidery Basics: Embroidery Foundations
Information about some of the many different types of foundations that can be used with bead embroidery to stitch beautiful beaded jewelry.
Loom Beading Suppliers
A list of online suppliers who offer supplies used for weaving beads on a loom.
Angel Baby Instructions - Beadwork
Instructions for making Angel Babies
Tila Beads - Diagonal Stitch for Tila Beads
This is a free beading pattern for working a diagonal stitch with Tila beads. Tila beads are great for beaded jewelry making, and this diagonal stitch can be used for both beaded bracelets and beaded necklaces.
Twin Bead Daisy Chain
Use Twin beads to connect tiny beaded daisies in this basic pattern. Use the band to make a bracelet or amulet bag strap, or join the ends to make a cute finger ring.
How to Make a Toggle Clasp for a Peyote Stitch...
You don't always have to use a commercially-made clasp on your peyote stitch cuff bracelets. This tutorial will show you how to make your own easy toggle clasp that can be used on peyote stitch cuff bracelets, including the free beading patterns found on the site.
Freeform Peyote Stitch Beaded Bracelet
Make a Freeform Peyote Beaded Bracelet with leftover of beads from other beading projects by grouping them together by color, adding a beautiful focal bead, some additional accent beads, drop bead, lentil beads, and just about any other bead shape you can think of.
Tubular Odd Count Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beading stitch tubular odd count peyote.
All Tied Up in Knots
A description of four of the most commonly used knots in beadwork, along with links to step-by-step instructions on how to tie each of them.
Right-Angle Weave Bracelet Pattern - Golden Pink
This is a free pattern chart for a textural beaded bracelet featuring round seed beads, cylinder beads, and cube beads. See the second page for a photo of the completed bracelet.
Tubular Right Angle Weave Beading Stitch Tutorial
This free beading stitch tutorial shows you how to do tubular right angle weave. Tubular right angle weave makes a soft and supple beaded rope that is perfect for beaded jewelry making.
Nymo Beading Thread: A Basic Profile
A basic profile and review of Nymo beading thread.
How To Do Brick Stitch
how to do brick stitch from your beadwork guide Paula S. Morgan
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
Learn how to read an even-count peyote stitch pattern, with example photos.
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
Peyote Graph Tips and Tricks
Beginners will quickly get the hang of Peyote stitch with these tips and tricks for beading
Make a Vintage Haskell-Style Beaded 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.

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