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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.
Circular Brick Stitch Instructions
How to stitch around the outside of a round bead using brick stitch.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
Bead Embroidered Hair Tie and Bracelet: Part 2
This step by step will show you how to add backing and cover the sides of a bead embroidered cabachon and then sew on an elastic hair tie to complete the project.
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.
Brick Stitch Daisy Flower
Beaded flower component made with 11/0 delica and drop 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.
Gemstone Bead Ladder Necklace
Combine beads, spacer bars and chain for a fun pendant necklace
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.
How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers.
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.
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Getting started with Cellini spiral stitch in this free beading tutorial.
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.
How to Make Leaves using St. Petersburg Stitch
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
How to Make Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Learn how to make beaded stretch bracelets for kids or adults.
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.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Colorful beaded earrings to celebrate summer
Wrap store bought hoop earrings with assorted beads to make fun confetti colored earrings.
How to Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving 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.
How to Make a Quick and Easy Stretchy Bead...
quick and easy stretchy bracelet
How to Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
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.
Square Stitch Tutorial
To do square stitch, you will need the following materials and supplies: seed beads; Nymo, Fireline or
How to Bead on a Basic Loom
Learn how to weave beads on a bead loom that does not have a shedding device.
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 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 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.
DIY: How to Make a Beadwork and Chain Bracelet
How to make an identity style bracelet with brick stitch centerpiece
Easy to make wire and bead hoop earrings
Make beaded hoop earrings to match every outfit with this simple and versatile design.
Make Classic Gemstone or Pearl Earrings
How to make simple bead dangle earrings with french hook earwires.
How to Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch.
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
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
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.
Beaded Wind Chime
Make a garden wind chime with beads, wire and metal embossing foil
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
Simply Fun Flower Rings
Make a simple but beautiful beaded ring using even count peyote stitch and a beaded daisy.
Make an Interchangeable Macrame Bracelet For...
How to make a spiral macrame bracelet that can be used with pandora style large hole beads
How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot.
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.
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 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.
Glamour and Goth Earrings Free Beading Pattern
A free beading pattern for the Glamour and Goth Earrings, made with Swarovski crystal Rivolis.
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.
Open Backed Peyote Bezel Tutorial
A tutorial for how to create an open-backed bezel for a cabochon using peyote stitch.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
Buy or DIY: Beadalon Tying Station vs DIY...
Buy or DIY: Review of the Beadalon Tying Station
Chevron Stitch Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as Chevron Stitch.
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.
Spiral Rope Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the very simple spiral rope stitch.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
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.
Flat Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial...
A free tutorial for learning Ndebele or herringbone stitch using a ladder stitch start.
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
Pea Pod DIY
A perfect gift for Mothers and Brides - how to make a bead and wire pea pod pendant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Tie a Surgeon's Knot
Instructions and step by step photos for how to tie a surgeon's knot.
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.
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
Learn how to read an even-count peyote stitch pattern, with example photos.
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.
Cha-Cha Earrings
A free pattern to make a pair of fun brick stitch earrings using seed beads and chunky glass drops.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
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How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
How to weave-in beading thread when using peyote stitch to create beadwork.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peyote Stitch Diagrams - Flat Even Count
A diagram tutorial for even-count flat peyote stitch.
Flat Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning Ndebele or herringbone stitch using a traditional start.
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Easy Square Stitched Awareness Ribbon Free...
The materials list and instruction for getting started making the easy square stitched awareness ribbon free beading pattern.
How to Tie a Square Knot
Instructions and step by step photographs on how to tie a square knot.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Bracelet Pattern -...
A free pattern chart for a horizontal beaded netting bracelet band. The edges are embellished with beaded picots.
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
A diagram tutorial of basic, horizontal beaded netting.
How to Use a Bead Stopper
What is a bead stopper? A description of this handy little beading tool.
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.
Copper Leaf Bracelet
A free beading pattern for the Copper Leaf bracelet made with Dutch Spiral stitch.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
How to Choose and Use Jump Rings
How to select the proper size and style of jump ring, identify good quality jump rings, plus open and close them correctly.
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 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.
Modern Metallic Brick Stitch Earrings
Make a pair of beautiful, modern earrings using metallic cylinder beads and some simple sterling silver cones. These elegant beadwoven earrings are created using brick stitch.
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.
Red, White and Blue Beading Patterns
A list of red, white and blue American themed beading patterns.
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.
7 Reasons Your Elastic Stretch Bracelets Break
7 reasons why your elastic stretch bracelets break and ways you can prolong their longevity - from the way you wear them to how you select them (or make) them.
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.
Clover pendant
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.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
Beaded Netting Holiday Ornament Cover
Use horizontal beaded netting to create a lacy cover for your glass holiday ornaments.
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.
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
Two and Three Drop Peyote Stitch Tutorial
Step by step directions for two and three drop peyote stitch.
Beaded Drop Pendant
Instructions to bead around a top drilled drop bead using circular brick stitch.
Get Started Beading on a Loom
Learn how to stitch beads on a loom.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with beading thread.
Peyote Stitch Diagrams - Flat Odd Count
Step-by-step diagrams for odd-count peyote stitch, where you need to make a special turn with your needle and thread at the end of each beaded row.
Tubular Peyote Stitch Rope Pattern - Amethyst Ice
A tubular peyote stitch pattern that creates a dense, undulating rope of beadwork. Use it to make a bracelet or a necklace.
Square Stitch Beading Diagram Tutorial
Learn how to use square stitch to weave seed beads with a needle and thread.
Vertical Netting Tutorial
A basic tutorial for how to do the off-loom beading stitch known as vertical netting. Vertical netting is worked up and down instead of across.
Jewelry for your Feet
bead beads beaded barefoot sandals chain foot jewelry
Fireline Beading Thread: A Basic Profile and...
A basic profile and review of Fireline 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 Nylon Beading Thread
Step by step instructions for how to prepare your nylon beading thread before stitching.
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.
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
How to String a Stop Bead
Stringing a stop bead begins by picking up a bead onto your beading thread.
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
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
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
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.
Terms and Annotations Used in Beading Patterns
Learn how to understand beadweaving tutorials and follow beading patterns.
Top 10 Gifts for Beaders
Ten great gift ideas for your favorite beader or for yourself.
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.
Beachcomber Twisted Herringbone Bracelet Free...
Use twisted herringbone to stitch up a fast and summery beaded bracelet, using gold-plated beach-themed charms as accents. You’ll be surprised how fast this beadwoven version of a traditional charm bracelet works up.
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 Follow a Tubular Peyote Pattern for an...
Learn how to follow a tubular peyote stitch beading pattern to make a tube for an amulet bag pouch or dread sleeve.
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.
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.
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
Gotham City Brick Stitch Necklace
Free step by step directions for how to make the Gotham City Necklace, designed by Jennifer VanBenschoten, using brick stitch triangles made from size 8 Delica beads and vintage marquis shaped 2-hole nailheads.
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.
Corkscrew Fringe Tutorial
Information about the materials you need to make corkscrew fringe to embellish your finished beadwork and how to get started.
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads
Getting Started Beading with Seed Beads - Seed Bead Beading - Seed Bead Beading Basics
O Christmas Tree Brick Stitch Earrings
Step by step directions to make a pair of sweet little brick stitched Christmas tree earrings using cylinder beads and Swarovski crystals.
Free Beaded Bracelet Pattern - Leslie Pinkston...
Free Bead Pattern - Leslie Pinkston Free Beaded Bracelet Pattern

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