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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.
6 Daisy Flower Projects for All Beading Skill...
A list of free daisy chain beadworking projects including beginner techniques and more advanced projects
Beaded Daisy Flower Jewelry
How does your garden grow - make daisy flowers with all shape and sizes of seed beads
Peyote Stitch Band and Beaded Daisy Ring for...
Make a simple but beautiful beaded ring using even count peyote stitch and a beaded daisy.
DIY Decorative Tassels
Step by step instructions on how to make cord tassels for necklaces, earrings or other jewelry projects.
Easy to make wire and bead hoop earrings
Make beaded hoop earrings to match every outfit with this simple and versatile design.
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.
How to Make Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Learn how to make beaded stretch bracelets for kids or adults.
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.
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.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
How to Bead on a Basic Loom
Learn how to weave beads on a bead loom that does not have a shedding device.
Spiral Macrame Bracelet for Pandora Euro Style...
How to make a spiral macrame bracelet that can be used with pandora style large hole beads
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.
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.
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 Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
Buy or DIY: Beadalon Tying Station vs DIY...
Buy or DIY: Review of the Beadalon Tying Station
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
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.
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.
DIY: How to Make a Beadwork and Chain Bracelet
How to make an identity style bracelet with brick stitch centerpiece
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
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.
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.
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 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.
Adding a Clasp to Beadwork
How to integrate a jump ring or finding into your beadwork to make attaching clasps easier.
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.
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.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
How to Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
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
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
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 an Easy CzechMates Beaded Bracelet
This gorgeous little bracelet is easy to make using a single row of beadwork and two-hole CzechMates beads.
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. Page 2.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
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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 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.
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.
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.
Uncommon clasps and how to use them
Understand these less commonly used types of jewelry clasps and when to use them.
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers. Page 9.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote. Page 2.
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 Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch. Page 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fiesta Twin Bead and Crystal Earrings
Learn how to make these lacy beaded earring using single- and two-hole seed beads and crystal bicones.
How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot. Page 2.
3-D Daffodils
3-d Beaded flowers Daffodils made with seed beads and flat 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.
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.
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
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.
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
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.
Jewelry for your Feet
bead beads beaded barefoot sandals chain foot jewelry
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
Spiral Button Free Bead Pattern by Karole...
Spiral Button Free Bead pattern by Karole Conaway Page 2
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch. Page 2.
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.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
A diagram tutorial of basic, horizontal beaded netting.
Beaded Netting Holiday Ornament Cover
Use horizontal beaded netting to create a lacy cover for your glass holiday ornaments.
How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
Learn how to change direction while weaving your thread into peyote stitch beadwork. Page 2.
Spiral Rope Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the very simple spiral rope stitch. Page 2.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
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.
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.
Basic Hexagon Stitch Beaded Earring Pattern
A free beaded earring pattern using basic hexagon stitch, also called hexagon angle weave.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques. Page 6.
Tubular Herringbone Stitch Necklace Pattern
Learn how to make a beaded rope choker, necklace, or bracelet using tubular herringbone stitch.
Beads Per Inch Chart
Quickly determine how many beads of a certain size you'll need for a bead stringing project.
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. 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.
Peyote Graph Tips and Tricks
Beginners will quickly get the hang of Peyote stitch with these tips and tricks for beading
Chevron Stitch Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as Chevron Stitch.
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. Page 2.
Double Cross Square Stitch Bracelet Free...
A free beading pattern for this easy and stunning bracelet made with a simple base of square stitch and embellished with Czech fire polished beads in an alternating criss-cross pattern. Page 6.
How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
Learn how to read and follow a loom beading pattern chart.
No Warps Loom Beading With Knitting Needles
Learn how to weave beads on your knitting needle loom. Page 3.
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.
Summer Trimmings Two-Drop Peyote Stitch...
A free beaded bracelet pattern using even-count two-drop peyote stitch.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
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.
Hexagon Angle Stitch Bracelet Band Tutorial
Master the twists and turns of hexagon stitch while making a truly unique beaded bracelet.
Beaded Earrings - 5 Design Ideas for Making...
Beaded earrings are fast and fun to make. Even if you don't have a particular pattern for making your own seed bead earrings, here are five design ideas and directions for how to make beaded earrings.
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.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
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 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.
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.
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
Daisy Hoop Earrings
Free beadwork project to make beaded hoop and daisy earrings.
How Many Beads Will I Need?
A set of basic tables to let you estimate how many seed or cylinder beads you need
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
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.
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.
Square Stitch Tutorial
Pick up 7 seed beads. Skip the last seed bead added and then take your needle and thread back down through
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.
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.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with beading thread.
Beaded Bracelets for Beginners
The top beaded bracelet patterns for beginner beaders
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.
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.

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