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How to Make Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Learn how to make beaded stretch bracelets for kids or adults.
How to Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
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.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
Uncommon clasps and how to use them
Understand these less commonly used types of jewelry clasps and when to use them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
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.
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
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.
Brick Stitch Earrings with Chain Fringe
Free beadwork tutorial on how to make Chan Luu inspired contemporary brick stitch and chain earrings
How to Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
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.
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.
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Stitching the first ring of the Cellini spiral will set the pattern for the rest of the piece. Page 2.
Attach a Slide Clasp to a Peyote Stitch Cuff...
Learn how to attach a slide lock clasp to a peyote stitch cuff bracelet.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
Adding a Clasp to Beadwork
How to integrate a jump ring or finding into your beadwork to make attaching clasps easier.
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 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.
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.
DIY: Simple beaded hoops with daisy embellishment
Free beadwork project to make beaded hoop and daisy 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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
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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.
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
Shamrock Square Stitch or Loom Beading Pattern...
This variation on my first shamrock pattern has a touch more of the Irish with a series of national flags.
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.
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.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote. Page 2.
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
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.
Easy Art Deco CzechMates Beaded Eearrings
Learn how to make these elegant, long earrings with deco style tile beads, seed beads, and dazzling cubic zirconia teardrops.
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.
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.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
Easter Bunnies Free Beading Pattern
A free beading pattern to make a cute peyote-stitched Easter bunny bracelet.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
How to Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving stitch. Page 2.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
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.
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 Tie a Surgeon's Knot
Instructions and step by step photos for how to tie a surgeon's knot.
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.
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.
DIY: How to Make a Beadwork and Chain Bracelet
How to make an identity style bracelet with brick stitch centerpiece
Fiesta Twin Bead and Crystal Earrings
Learn how to make these lacy beaded earring using single- and two-hole seed beads and crystal bicones.
St. Petersburg Chain Tutorial
Finishing tips and ideas for embellishing St. Petersburg Chain. St. Petersburg Chain is a popular off-loom beadweaving stitch that can be used to make beaded necklaces, beaded chains and amulet bag straps. Page 7.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Bracelet Pattern -...
A free pattern chart for a horizontal beaded netting bracelet band. The edges are embellished with beaded picots.
10 Steps to Making a Twin Bead Bracelet Pattern
Use twin beads and seed beads to stitch this colorful bracelet.
Basic Hexagon Stitch Beaded Earring Pattern
A free beaded earring pattern using basic hexagon stitch, also called hexagon angle weave.
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
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.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
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.
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.
Hexagon Angle Stitch Bracelet Band Tutorial
Master the twists and turns of hexagon stitch while making a truly unique beaded bracelet.
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.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques. Page 4.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
Bejeweled Spiral Rope Tutorial
Stitch an elegant beaded necklace or bracelet using spiral rope stitch.
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers.
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.
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 Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot. Page 2.
Small Beaded Ornament Cover Pattern
Learn how to make a simple but striking beaded ornament cover for a small size Christmas tree ornament.
How to Read a Loom Beading Pattern
Learn how to read and follow a loom beading pattern chart.
Standard Square Stitch Beading Tutorial
Learn Standard Square Stitch beading with this great tutorial
Tubular Herringbone Stitch Necklace Pattern
Learn how to make a beaded rope choker, necklace, or bracelet using tubular herringbone 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.
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.
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.
Beaded Earrings With Superduos and Briolettes
Make a pretty pair of earrings using two-hole Superduos or Twin beads and faceted glass briolettes.
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.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with beading thread.
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
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.
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. Page 7.
Attach Your Beaded Quilt Square to Backing...
Stitch your beaded Bead-It-Forward to a backing. Page 2.
Moroccan Coral Loom Beaded Bracelet
Learn how to make the Moroccan Coral loom beaded bracelet one step at a time.
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.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
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.
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 Warp a Bead Loom - Winding Method
You can create beadwork that is slightly longer than your beading loom by using a technique called winding
How to Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch.
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.
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.
Spiral Rope Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the very simple spiral rope stitch. Page 2.
Glamour and Goth Earrings Free Beading Pattern
A free beading pattern for the Glamour and Goth Earrings, made with Swarovski crystal Rivolis.
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 4.
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Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
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
Superduo Suppliers
A directory of online bead suppliers that carry two-hole Superduos.
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch.
3-D Daffodils
3-d Beaded flowers Daffodils made with seed beads and flat brick stitch
Art Deco Style Tila Bead Bracelet Tutorial
Use Tila beads and round seed beads to make an elegant, art deco inspired bracelet.
Basic Beaded Fringe Instructions
Instructions for five different types of beaded fringe. These fringes can be used to embellish your off-loom beadweaving projects like necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.
Summer Trimmings Two-Drop Peyote Stitch...
A free beaded bracelet pattern using even-count two-drop peyote stitch.
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.
Decreasing and Increasing on the Outside Edges...
Step by step instructions on how to make increases and decreases on the outside edges of brick stitch. Page 2.
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads - Seed Bead Beading - Seed Bead Beading Basics
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
How to read the third row of an even-count peyote stitch pattern chart. Page 3.
Square Stitch Beading Diagram Tutorial
Learn how to use square stitch to weave seed beads with a needle and thread.
How to Attach a Jewelry Clasp With Jump Rings
Learn this easy method for completed your beaded design with a pre-made clasp.
Abstract Spring Peyote Stitch Bracelet Free...
A free pattern for an Abstract Spring peyote stitch bracelet. The bracelet was designed using flat even count peyote stitch and includes a bead graph and word chart for the bracelet.
Tila Bead and Magatamas Lace Necklace Tutorial
A free seed bead pattern for a necklace featuring two-hole Tila beads.
Cha-Cha Earrings
A free pattern to make a pair of fun brick stitch earrings using seed beads and chunky glass drops. Page 2.
How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
How to weave-in beading thread when using peyote stitch to create beadwork.
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.
Spiral Tube Charted Peyote Stitch Pattern
This is the charted peyote stitch pattern to make a simple beaded bead that can be used for beaded earrings, bracelets, necklaces or other beading projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2.
How to Tie a Square Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a square knot. Page 3.
How Many Beads Will I Need?
A set of basic tables to let you estimate how many seed or cylinder beads you need
Flat netting Beading Tutorial
Flat Netting Beading Tutorial Learn to Graph and Stitch Flat Net Beading In this beading tutorial for
No Warps Loom Beading With Knitting Needles
Learn how to weave beads on your knitting needle loom. Page 3.

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