Find the Seed-Bead Resource that Fits your Learning Style!
| How Do You Learn?
Like many of you, beadwork wasn't my "gateway craft." You know … the craft you first really got hooked on. The one that turned the extra closet in the hallway from a nice place to store winter coats and hide holiday presents into a Fred Flintstone --style nightmare, complete with-not falling bowling ball --shaped rocks, like Fred's-a few stray balls of yarn and leaking bags of beads.
I learned from another beader
My gateway craft was metalsmithing, but it wasn't until I was sitting at my sister-in-law Maria's kitchen table as she beaded that I found my true craft addiction: off-loom beadweaving. One nice thing about the way I learned to bead was that Maria showed me how to do it, step by step and shoulder to shoulder. I like to learn this way, but as an editor, writer, and teacher I understand the importance of all the modes of learning.
Learn how you learn best
Learning to beadweave is not as hard as some people think. It really comes down to knowing how you personally learn best. This way you can choose a way to learn beading to make it easy for you. Here are some different ways of learning, to help you see what works for you.
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If you're like me, you learn best from another person. Classes are obviously a great option, but so are instructional DVDs. Try one like Leslie Rogalski's Doodlebeads, where she outlines the mechanics of 12 popular stitches such as peyote, brick, even right-angle weave. Leslie uses lively conversation as she draws out the thread path right in front of you on bead diagrams, then shows you how it looks when you actually stitch with beads. You can see the doodle, then the beads. Plus, Leslie has samples of the stitches using all different kinds of bead sizes and shapes. She really gives you a good look at each stitch. It's a DVD, so you can pause it where you need to, coming back for your next step when you're ready. DVDs are like having your own teacher on demand.
Visual learners are the most common type of craft learner. Visual people like to have the support of diagrams, illustrations, photographs, and figures to get them through a project. To learn beadwork stitches this way, use the figures and photographs in the Techniques sections of books and magazines such as Beadwork. Doodlebeads has downloadable diagrams just like the ones Leslie uses in her videos. This tubular herringbone diagram is an example of one of the clearly drawn illustrations in Doodlebeads that helps make it easier to learn beadweaving.
If you learn best from reading instructions, you're a rare bird, but I sure do appreciate you! Publishers, editors, and instructors go to great lengths to create clear and concise how-to text, in books, magazines, and in all our digital projects. Doodlebeads has step-by-step text in its downloadable pages. Visual learners, you can use the clearly worded instructions on those downloads to help support your progress as you study photos such as this one, typical of the beadwork samples demonstrated in Doodlebeads and shown in our magazines, books, and online projects.
What kind of learner are you? How did you learn to bead–from text, drawings, or a live (or virtual) teacher? Tell us what works best for you!