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Spiral Macrame Bracelet for Pandora Euro Style...
How to make a spiral macrame bracelet that can be used with pandora style large hole beads
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.
Buy or DIY: Beadalon Tying Station vs DIY...
Buy or DIY: Review of the Beadalon Tying Station
How to make decorative tassels to use in your...
Step by step instructions on how to make cord tassels for necklaces, earrings or other jewelry projects.
How to Make Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Learn how to make beaded stretch bracelets for kids or adults.
Learn to Finish Off Loom Beadwork with the...
You can use this method of finishing off loom beadwork to avoid weaving in the warp threads one by one.
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.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
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.
What cord should I use for that?
Types of knotting cords used for macrame, kumihimo and bead crochet including available sizes and common characteristics that determine how they are best used.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
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.
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.
How to Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
Colorful beaded earrings to celebrate summer
Wrap store bought hoop earrings with assorted beads to make fun confetti colored earrings.
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.
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
Easy to make wire and bead hoop earrings
Make beaded hoop earrings to match every outfit with this simple and versatile design.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Stitching the first ring of the Cellini spiral will set the pattern for the rest of the piece. Page 2.
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. Page 2.
Free Project: Brick Stitch Bead Bracelet
Easy step by step instructions to make a 2 bead wide chain bracelet using seed beads and brick stitch.
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.
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
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.
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.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
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.
Adding a Clasp to Beadwork
How to integrate a jump ring or finding into your beadwork to make attaching clasps easier.
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.
Attach a Slide Clasp to a Peyote Stitch Cuff...
Learn how to attach a slide lock clasp to a peyote stitch cuff bracelet.
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers. Page 9.
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
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.
Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Tutorial
A step by step tutorial for flat even count peyote stitch. This stitch is simple to learn and is very useful for creating beaded beads and long, flat strips of beadwork. Page 2.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
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Make a Sand and Sea Zig Zags Peyote Stitch...
A free, printable pattern chart for a zig zag style beaded cuff bracelet using peyote stitch and Delicas.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote. Page 2.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
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
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.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques. Page 6.
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.
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 Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
How to choose and use jump rings for your...
5 considerations when choosing jump rings for your handmade jewelry that will help improve the quality and wear.
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
Square Stitch Beading Diagram Tutorial
Learn how to use square stitch to weave seed beads with a needle and thread.
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. Page 2.
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.
How to Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving stitch. Page 2.
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.
Uncommon clasps and how to use them
Understand these less commonly used types of jewelry clasps and when to use them.
How to Tie a Surgeon's Knot
Instructions and step by step photographs on how to tie a surgeon's knot. Page 2.
10 Steps to Making a Twin Bead Bracelet Pattern
Use twin beads and seed beads to stitch this colorful bracelet.
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.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
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.
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Horizontal Beaded Netting Bracelet Pattern -...
A free pattern chart for a horizontal beaded netting bracelet band. The edges are embellished with beaded picots.
8 Steps to Making Beaded Spiral Ball Chain...
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.
Bezeling a Rivoli - How Many Delicas Do I Need...
Tips for stitching a peyote bezel around a Swarovski crystal Rivoli, including a handy reference table that lists the number of Delica beads needed for the starting ring for each size of Rivoli.
How to Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch. Page 2.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot. Page 2.
Common types of jewelry clasps and how to...
Understand the main types of jewelry clasps and how to choose the right one for your handmade jewelry project.
Tubular Odd Count Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beading stitch tubular odd count peyote. Page 2.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
Learn how to read and follow a loom beading pattern chart.
Basic Bead Embroidery Materials
Information about basic bead embroidery materials that are used to create beaded jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Bead embroidery can also be used to stitch other types of beaded art like belts, bags, pouches and wall hangings.
Make this lucky shamrock clover pendant with...
Use green beads to make a perfect pendant for St. Patty's Day - or other colors for a pendant you can wear all year long.
Two Owls Bead-It-Forward Peyote Stitch Pattern
A free peyote stitch beading pattern with a cute owl motif, originally designed for the Bead-It-Forward beaded quilt project.
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
Jewelry for your Feet
bead beads beaded barefoot sandals chain foot jewelry
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
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. Page 5.
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
Brick Stitch Earrings with Chain Fringe
Free beadwork tutorial on how to make Chan Luu inspired contemporary brick stitch and chain earrings
Basic Hexagon Stitch Beaded Earring Pattern
A free beaded earring pattern using basic hexagon stitch, also called hexagon angle weave.
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.
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.
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.
No Warps Loom Beading With Knitting Needles
Learn how to weave beads on your knitting needle loom. Page 3.
How to Warp a Bead Loom - Winding Method
You can create beadwork that is slightly longer than your beading loom by using a technique called winding
Peyote Stitch Diagrams - Flat Even Count
A diagram tutorial for even-count flat peyote stitch.
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.
Harlequin Beaded Pendant
Free beadwork tutorial on how to weave beads onto a wire frame to make a harlequin diamond pattern necklace pendant or earrings
How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
How to weave-in beading thread when using peyote stitch to create beadwork.
Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch Tutorial
A step by step tutorial that shows how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as flat odd-count peyote stitch. Page 2.
Hanks, Strands or Grams - what's the best bead...
Understanding how seed beads are sold - what is a hank, how many beads in a gram, why are some beads heavier than others, etc.
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
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads - Seed Bead Beading - Seed Bead Beading Basics
St. Petersburg Chain Tutorial
St. Petersburg Chain is an easy beaded chain that will make beautiful beaded necklaces and amulet bag straps. Page 2.
Superduo Suppliers
A directory of online bead suppliers that carry two-hole Superduos.
Hexagon Angle Stitch Bracelet Band Tutorial
Master the twists and turns of hexagon stitch while making a truly unique beaded bracelet.
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.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
Summer Trimmings Two-Drop Peyote Stitch...
A free beaded bracelet pattern using even-count two-drop peyote stitch.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
Bejeweled Spiral Rope Tutorial
Stitch an elegant beaded necklace or bracelet using spiral rope stitch.
Standard Square Stitch Beading Tutorial
Learn Standard Square Stitch beading with this great tutorial
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch. Page 2.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
Diagrams showing the thread path for the third and fourth rows of horizontal beaded netting. Page 2.
Fiesta Twin Bead and Crystal Earrings
Learn how to make these lacy beaded earring using single- and two-hole seed beads and crystal bicones.
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
How to read the first two rows of an even-count peyote stitch pattern. Page 2.
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
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. Page 2.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with beading thread.
Make a Simple Swarovski Tennis Bracelet with...
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.
How to Make Beaded Tassel Earrings
Step by step instructions to make these beaded tassle earrings - make them short and full or long shoulder dusters.

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