Beadwork

Beadwork

Explore the many techniques in the world of beading – from peyote stitch, to loom weaving to kumihimo and more.  Beadwork is the art and craft of using beads to decorate textiles, make jewelry and art, using thread or thin wire, and needle to attach beads either to themselves or a surface.

Beadwork includes stringing beads, loom weaving, off-loom weaving and bead embroidery. Beads can be functional or decorative, adding some bling or surface design to a piece.

Browse through beadwork projects and inspiration.

 

Who knew that a self-taught bead artist could create such intricate work? With no beading classes nearby, Laura Lee Ullrich picked a project she loved from a magazine and has...

If you have beads and some basic tools, you can be ready with a unique and personal gift in minutes. I made all of these projects with beginner-level beading skills...

Tubular Herringbone (sometimes called Ndebele) stitch creates sinuous beaded ropes that await your creativity to design bracelets, necklaces and more. It can be a fussy stitch to get started, but...

Starting with two size 11 seed beads per side, it’s easy to stitch a base of right angle weave in comfortable proportions for Gemstone Embellished Right Angle Weave Jewelry. The...

Peyote-Stitched Cellini Spiral looks really complicated, but it’s just a glorified peyote rope. The stitch is even count tubular peyote with a step up. It’s the change in bead sizes...

With a needle in her hand since the age of 7, Christen Brown creates lush embroidered and beaded pieces to wear and admire. Generous with her knowledge, she shares her...

Even-count flat Peyote stitch is often the first off-loom bead weaving technique that new beaders try. And it’s the one that gets them hooked! The beads fit together snugly, giving...