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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.
Trendy Hand Chain Bracelet
You know this bracelet and ring combination is on point when your daughter wants one! Simple step by step instructions to make a hand chain bracelet.
How to make wire wrapped loops
Connect beaded dangles, links and other components securely using wire wrapped loops
Charmed Bead Bracelet
How to make a rosary chain bracelet with a charm
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
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.
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.
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.
Rosary Prayer Beads
Information about rosary prayer beads, single decade prayer beads, and chaplets.
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.
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.
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 Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
Twisted Beading Needles
A basic profile of twisted beading needles, how to use them, and what to use them for.
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
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.
How to Make a Simple Wire Loop
Step by step instructions to make a simple wire loop with round nose pliers
Get the most for your bead buying budget
Tips on how to buy beads for new jewelry makers, based on my years of experience purchasing jewelry making supplies, gemstones and seed beads.
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.
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Getting started with Cellini spiral stitch in this free beading tutorial.
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.
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.
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
How to Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
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.
Tubular Odd Count Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beading stitch tubular odd count peyote.
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.
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 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.
Attach a Slide Clasp to a Peyote Stitch Cuff...
Learn how to attach a slide lock clasp to a peyote stitch cuff bracelet.
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
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.
The 3 Types of Seed Beads
The three main types of seed beads, how to tell them apart and links to lots more detailed information.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
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.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote.
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Bracelet Pattern -...
A free pattern chart for a horizontal beaded netting bracelet band. The edges are embellished with beaded picots.
Make a bracelet with the 1 step looper
How to make an eyepin and bead connectors for a bracelet using the 1 Step Looper tool
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Colorful beaded earrings to celebrate summer
Wrap store bought hoop earrings with assorted beads to make fun confetti colored earrings.
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.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
Beaded Netting Holiday Ornament Cover
Use horizontal beaded netting to create a lacy cover for your glass holiday ornaments.
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.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
How to Begin a New Weft Thread in Loom Beadwork
Learn how to start a new weft thread, and end and old one, in beadwork on a loom.
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.
Beaded Sun Catchers
Instructions to make a simple beaded sun catcher suitable for indoor or outdoor use
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.
How to Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving stitch.
How to Prepare Nylon Beading Thread
Step by step instructions for how to prepare your nylon beading thread before stitching.
Make an Interchangeable Macrame Bracelet For...
How to make a spiral macrame bracelet that can be used with pandora style large hole beads
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.
About Nymo Beading Thread
A product review of Nymo beading thread including product characteristics, thread sizes and types of beadwork projects that it is best suited for.
Simply Fun Flower Rings
Make a simple but beautiful beaded ring using even count peyote stitch and a beaded daisy.
How to Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch.
Brick Stitch Daisy Flower
Beaded flower component made with 11/0 delica and drop beads.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
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.
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
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.
How to Make a Quick and Easy Stretchy Bead...
quick and easy stretchy bracelet
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
No Warps Loom Beading With Knitting Needles
Learn how to make your own simple loom for beading without the need to weave-in multiple warp thread tails.
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
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.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques.
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.
6 Daisy Flower Projects for All Beading Skill...
A list of free daisy chain beadworking projects including beginner techniques and more advanced projects
Pea Pod DIY
A perfect gift for Mothers and Brides - how to make a bead and wire pea pod pendant.
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.
Small Beaded Ornament Cover Pattern
Learn how to make a simple but striking beaded ornament cover for a small size Christmas tree ornament.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
Fiesta Twin Bead and Crystal Earrings
Learn how to make these lacy beaded earring using single- and two-hole seed beads and crystal bicones.
Cha-Cha Earrings
A free pattern to make a pair of fun brick stitch earrings using seed beads and chunky glass drops.
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.
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.
How to Tie a Surgeon's Knot
Instructions and step by step photos for how to tie a surgeon's knot.
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 Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot.
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.
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
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.
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
Circular Brick Stitch Instructions
How to stitch around the outside of a round bead using brick stitch.
How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
Learn how to read and follow a loom beading pattern chart.
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
Learn how to read an even-count peyote stitch pattern, with example photos.
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.
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch.
Do Crystal and Glass Beads Contain Lead?
What you need to know about lead in your beads.
Beaded Wind Chime
Make a garden wind chime with beads, wire and metal embossing foil
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
Use Ball Chain a New Way
Use a loom weaving technique to add rows of beads between pieces of ball chain for a new look.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
Chevron Stitch Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as Chevron Stitch.
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.
Brick Stitch Tutorial
A free brick stitch tutorial. Brick stitch is a popular off-loom beadweaving stitch that can be used to create many different kinds of beading projects.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with beading thread.
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.
How to String a Stop Bead
Stringing a stop bead begins by picking up a bead onto your beading thread.
Basic Hexagon Stitch Beaded Earring Pattern
A free beaded earring pattern using basic hexagon stitch, also called hexagon angle weave.
How to Prepare a Beading Needle and Thread
Learn what it means to prepare your beading needle and thread for beadweaving.
Buy or DIY: Beadalon Tying Station vs DIY...
Buy or DIY: Review of the Beadalon Tying Station
How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
How to weave-in beading thread when using peyote stitch to create beadwork.
Jewelry for your Feet
bead beads beaded barefoot sandals chain foot jewelry
Top Ten Free Bead Patterns and Tutorials
A list of 10 of the most popular beading tutorials from the beadwork.about.com website and my Pinterest Free tutorials board.
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.
Loom Beading Suppliers
A list of online suppliers who offer supplies used for weaving beads on a loom.
How to Tie a Square Knot
Instructions and step by step photographs on how to tie a square knot.
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.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
A diagram tutorial of basic, horizontal beaded netting.
How to Stitch a Peyote Bezel Around a Cabochon...
Easy, step-by-step directions to stitch a peyote bezel around a cabochon that has a backing attached to it.
Open Backed Peyote Bezel Tutorial
A tutorial for how to create an open-backed bezel for a cabochon using peyote stitch.
Beading Trays, Mats and Boards
Descriptions of the different bead trays, mats and boards available to use as a work surface while you stitch or string.
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.
Spiral Peyote Tube Earrings Free Beading Pattern
This pair of peyote stitch earrings is made with a simple beaded tube bead, Swarovski crystals, and gold-filled beads. They work up fast and are pretty and sophisticated.
Beaded Daisy Flower Jewelry
Learn how to make a variety of beaded daisy flower chains and to change the look by using different beads.
How Many Beads Will I Need?
A set of basic tables to let you estimate how many seed or cylinder beads you need
Beaded Bracelets for Beginners
The top beaded bracelet patterns for beginner beaders
Fireline Beading Thread: A Basic Profile and...
A basic profile and review of Fireline beading thread.
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
Learn How to Do Beadwork - What's the Best...
If you are just getting started with beadweaving and beadwork, you are probably wondering what the best stitch is for you to learn first. Here are some suggestions for picking out a new beading stitch and tips for learning that beading stitch.
Spiral Rope Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the very simple spiral rope stitch.
Double duty: Bead Embroidered Hair Tie and...
Dress up your ponytail with this embellished hair tie - and if you want to let your hair down - it looks great on your wrist too.
How to Use a Bead Stopper
What is a bead stopper? A description of this handy little beading tool.
Uncommon clasps and how to use them
Understand these less commonly used types of jewelry clasps and when to use them.
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
Two and Three Drop Peyote Stitch Tutorial
Step by step directions for two and three drop peyote stitch.
Superduo Suppliers
A directory of online bead suppliers that carry two-hole Superduos.
Easy to make wire and bead hoop earrings
Make beaded hoop earrings to match every outfit with this simple and versatile design.
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.
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.
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.

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