5 Basic Beading Terms

Have you ever been in a class, reading a pattern, or beading with friends and stopped to wonder the difference between "pass through" and "pass BACK through"? Do you often hear references to "tension" and wonder if this refers to more than how you feel after a thread breaks?

Take a look at my "5 Basic Beading Terms" video to learn about these terms and more:

1. What it means to "cull" your beads and why culling is important. Although you'll cull more beads when working with Czech beads, you'll often find irregularities in Japanese beads as well. But don't discount those odd-shaped beads, you might find these useful in another project-sometimes a bead that's too small or too large is just what you need.

2. "Pass through" vs. "pass back through." Definitely a must-know term.

3. "Round" vs. "row" and when it's appropriate to use each term.

4. "Wax or condition your thread" and how to do it. This also ties into the final term because if you tend to work with loose tension, a waxed or conditioned thread can help keep your work tight.

5. "Tension" and tips for how to control the tension of your thread while beading. When we think of tension we often think of beads being too loose. However, it's equally important to make sure that your tension isn't too tight. I often work with tension that's too tight and end up with broken beads.

Whether you're new to beading or just want to familiarize yourself with the language we use in Beadwork, be sure to check out the video. Plus, you'll hear many beading friends and teachers use these same terms as well.

Are there any other beading terms that have you stumped? We'd love to hear!

Have fun!
Editor, Beadwork



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