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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.
How to Make Russian Styles Leaves Using Peyote...
A step by step tutorial on how to create beautiful 3-dimensional Russian style leaves using peyote stitch.
A Free and Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Beading...
The materials list for the Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern.
Brick Stitch Daisy Flower
Beaded flower component made with 11/0 delica and drop beads.
Step by Step to make St Petersburg Stitch leaves
A tutorial on how to make Russian-style beadwoven leaves using St. Petersburg stitch.
Stringing a multi-strand bracelet
How to string a multi-strand bracelet with beadalon wire, crimp beads, and a triple strand connector using the Om Tara crimp pliers.
Using a Jewelry Bead Board
Describes what a jewelry bead board is and how to use one as well as common problems using one and their solutions
Beaded Snowflake Earrings Pattern
Use this beaded snowflake technique to make gorgeous earrings or mini ornaments.
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.
Om Tara Jewelry Making Crimp Pliers
Information about the Om Tara crimp pliers and what makes them different (and better) than standard crimp pliers for stringing and jewelry making.
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.
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.
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 Select Stretch Cord
Learn how to select the best stretch cord for your beaded bracelets.
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.
Various Free Crystal Bead Patterns
A list of free beading pattern that use crystal beads, including Swarovski and Chinese crystal.
How to Make Stretch Elastic Bracelets that Last!
Tips and techniques to make better stretch bracelets
Peyote Stitch
Information about peyote stitch and its variations including flat peyote, circular peyote, tubular peyote a great beginner and advanced beadwork stitch
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.
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 Russian Style Netted Flowers
A step by step tutorial for making netted Russian-style flowers.
Simply Fun Flower Rings
Make a simple but beautiful beaded ring using even count peyote stitch and a beaded daisy.
Beading Wire Sizes and Strengths
How to select the best size and strength of beading wire for your beading stringing project.
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.
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.
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 Organize Beads and Supplies
A list of the best bead storage containers, bead holders, jewelry tool boxes, wire caddies and plier stands for beadwork and wire jewelry makers
Cellini Spiral Tutorial
Getting started with Cellini spiral stitch in this free beading tutorial.
Twisted Beading Needles
A basic profile of twisted beading needles, how to use them, and what to use them for.
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 Do Dutch Spiral
Free instructions for how to do the Dutch Spiral off-loom beadweaving stitch.
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.
Which Size Crimps Should I Use?
Learn which sizes of crimps are best to use on which sizes of beading wire.
6 Easy Steps to Russian Spiral Beading
A Russian spiral stitch tutorial with bead diagrams and example photos.
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.
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.
Essential Off-Loom Beadweaving Stitches
A list and comparison of the most important off-loom beading stitches.
Small Beaded Ornament Cover Pattern
Learn how to make a simple but striking beaded ornament cover for a small size Christmas tree ornament.
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.
Use This Chart for an Easy Way to Compare Bead...
Print out the chart for easy reference when comparing bead sizes.
Beaded Brick Stitch Circle Pendant
Make a bead pendant with brick stitch on the outside and inside of a metal link
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.
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.
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.
Tubular Even Count Peyote
A step-by-step tutorial on how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch tubular even count peyote.
Daisy Chain Tutorial on About.com Beadwork
Step by step directions for the daisy chain off-loom beadweaving stitch.
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.
8 Easy Steps to Making a Tila Bead Ladder...
Use ladder stitch and two-hole Tila beads to weave a cute bracelet.
Spooky Spider Jewelry
How to make a wire and bead spider for Halloween jewelry earrings or as a Christmas spider ornament.
Chevron Stitch Tutorial
A step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to do the off-loom beadweaving stitch known as Chevron Stitch.
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.
Free Halloween beadwork jewelry patterns and...
A list of free Halloween beading patterns. These include beaded bracelets, beaded necklaces, amulet bag patterns, and other Halloween beading projects.
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.
How to Make a Quick and Easy Stretchy Bead...
quick and easy stretchy bracelet
How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp
Directions for making your own toggle clasp using peyote stitch and Japanese cylinder beads
Make an Interchangeable Macrame Bracelet For...
How to make a spiral macrame bracelet that can be used with pandora style large hole beads
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.
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.
Beaded Sun Catchers
Instructions to make a simple beaded sun catcher suitable for indoor or outdoor use
Fast Wire Wrap Bead Chain
Step by step to make wire wrapped bead chain quickly using an assembly line method that limits the number of times you have to switch tools
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.
How to Read an Even-Count Peyote Stitch Pattern
Learn how to read an even-count peyote stitch pattern, with example photos.
Hexagon Beaded Snowflakes - Beads and Materials
Here are the beads and supplies you'll need to make some hexagon angle weave beaded snowflakes.
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.
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.
Beadwork - An Introduction to the Stitches and...
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Seed Bead Sizes and What They Mean
Information about the different sizes of seed beads used for off-loom beadweaving.
How to Keep Jewelry Clasps Out of Sight
How to use a weight or counterweight to help keep a necklace or bracelet clasp where you want it (out of sight!).
Styles of Beads Used in Beadwork
A list of the types, styles and shapes of glass beads commonly used for beadweaving.
Links With Ladder Stitch
Step by Step instructions to make ladder stitch links that works great in a bracelet or necklace design - or that can also be used as spacer beads.
How to Follow a Simple Shaped Flat Peyote...
Learn how to follow a shaped peyote stitch pattern by stitching this simple beaded leaf.
10 Essential Beadweaving Supplies
Learn which tools and materials are the most important to have on hand when you get started beadweaving.
Free Charted Peyote Stitch Patterns
Links to all the free charted peyote stitch patterns currently available on the About.com Beadwork site.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Beading Patterns
A collection of free beading patterns with Christmas and winter themes. These include charted peyote patterns, beadweaving patterns and stringing projects. Projects include jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as home decor and gift projects.
Circular Brick Stitch Instructions
How to stitch around the outside of a round bead using brick stitch.
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.
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
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.
Loom or Square Stitch Pattern - Moroccan Coral...
A nine column bracelet band pattern chart for loom beading or square stitch.
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.
How to Do Freeform Peyote Stitch
A step-by-step introduction to creating beautiful beadwork using freeform peyote stitch techniques.
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.
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
Types of Jewelry Findings
Learn about the different types of jewelry findings used in beaded and handmade jewelry - with links to detailed articles, sources and related projects.
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 String a Stop Bead
Stringing a stop bead begins by picking up a bead onto your 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.
Introduction to Bead Embroidery
Part One of a Two Part Course on Bead Embroidery - Preparing Your Fabic
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.
Buy or DIY: Beadalon Tying Station vs DIY...
Buy or DIY: Review of the Beadalon Tying Station
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.
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.
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.
Easy to make wire and bead hoop earrings
Make beaded hoop earrings to match every outfit with this simple and versatile design.
Peyote Stitch Diagrams - Flat Even Count
A diagram tutorial for even-count flat peyote stitch.
Cha-Cha Earrings
A free pattern to make a pair of fun brick stitch earrings using seed beads and chunky glass drops.
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
Tubular Ndebele or Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
A free tutorial for learning tubular Ndebele or herringbone stitch.
Slinky Layering Bracelet
Tutorial to make a slinky beaded bracelet perfect for layering using ladder stitch and delica beads.
Two and Three Drop Peyote Stitch Tutorial
Step by step directions for two and three drop peyote stitch.
How to Tie a Half-Hitch Knot
Instructions and step by step photos on how to tie a half-hitch knot.
Beaded Snow Angel Doll
Bead a Tiny Snow Angel Doll using seed Beads and Peyote Stitch
Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial
A diagram tutorial of basic, horizontal beaded netting.
Square Knot
A diagram tutorial that demonstrates how to tie a square knot with 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
Types of Bead Looms
Learn about the most common styles of looms for beading.
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.
Charmed Bracelet
How to make a rosary chain bracelet with a charm
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.
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 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.
How to Prepare a Beading Needle and Thread
Learn what it means to prepare your beading needle and thread for beadweaving.
Wrapped Stone Pendant
Use your wire skills to make a pendant from a favorite stone, piece of beach glass, shell or any other item that doesn't have a hole to hang it from.
Easy Square Stitched Awareness Ribbon Free...
The materials list and instruction for getting started making the easy square stitched awareness ribbon free beading pattern.
Top 6 Bead Looms
This is a list of some of the finest beading looms available. Ease of use, tension, loom construction materials and size were all taken into consideration for this listing.
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.
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.
Pinterest: Free Beading Inspiration and...
Pinterest for beaders and jewelry makers - how to use pinterest as a source of inspiration and to find free jewelry making tutorials and information.
Superduo Suppliers
A directory of online bead suppliers that carry two-hole Superduos.
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.
How Many Beads Will I Need?
A set of basic tables to let you estimate how many seed or cylinder beads you need
Beading Stringing Wire and Thread
beading wire and thread come in a variety of sizes and color choosing the right one for your project is important especially if you are working with heavier or sharp sided beads
Beads Per Inch Chart
Quickly determine how many beads of a certain size you'll need for a bead stringing project.
How to Weave-In Beading Thread With Peyote Stitch
How to weave-in beading thread when using peyote stitch to create beadwork.
Herringbone Stitch Beading From a Base Row
Learn how to do flat Ndebele herringbone stitch the easy way: from a base row.
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.

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