Learn How to Bead With the Best of Beading Daily
Are you just learning how to bead? Welcome to the club! There are so many wonderful things to learn about this beautiful art of weaving tiny seed beads together with needle and thread. Whether you love off-loom bead-weaving, bead embroidery, or jewelry stringing, you'll find dozens of ways to make your own unique finished beaded jewelry. Learning how to bead somehow just sucks you in to this whole wonderful world of color and creativity, doesn't it? Thinking back to the days when I was just learning how to bead, I realized how much I learned from blogs. So I put together four of my favorites that illustrate a few of the best things I learned how to do in bead-weaving. Just click the subheads to discover those great tips and techniques.
Setting up a place to bead. This is probably the most important thing you'll do as you get started learning how to bead! Having a comfortable work area is so important to avoid physical discomfort like back pain, shoulder and neck pain, headaches, and eye strain. I can remember the first place I set up when I was learning how to bead: on the bedroom floor of our tiny apartment in upstate New York, on a dark blue shag carpet. Not exactly an ideal place to learn how to bead, but it served me well for a few months, until I discovered how much easier it was to bead at the dining room table with a little bit of support for my lower back! I've beaded in cars, on airplanes, and on trains, but when it comes to having a good place for beading, there's no place quite like home.
Learning how to read a beading pattern. From growing up and watching my mother write knitting and crochet patterns, I learned early on that crafting patterns have their own beautiful language. I remember learning what all the abbreviations and strange words meant as I typed up my mother's instructions on our ancient computer and word processor when I was in grade school. So when I was learning how to bead, I was delighted to discover that there are abbreviations and terms specific to beading patterns, too! Learning how to read these patterns and how to translate them will allow you to create some pretty spectacular beaded jewelry.
Swapping out your beads in a beading pattern. Sometimes, you just don't have the exact shape or size of bead called for in a beading pattern. That's when it helps to know a little bit about all the different types of beads and seed beads, and how to substitute one type of bead for another. Especially if you're just learning how to bead and haven't grown your stash yet (don't worry, it'll happen), you might find yourself wanting to work from a pattern, but lacking one or two of the necessary beads to complete the project. The good news is that you just might be able to switch them for some beads you do have on hand — and maybe even discover a lovely variation of your beading project!
How to correct mistakes in your beadwork. Of course, everyone makes mistakes when they're learning how to bead. I've been beading for almost fourteen years, and I still make some very common mistakes! But, no worries — I have yet made a mistake so terrible in my beadwork that I have been unable to fix it. The important thing to remember when you do make a mistake is to stop, take a deep breath, and look at it as just a learning experience.
Of course, having good tools, materials, and resources is also essential to learning how to bead. Some of my personal favorites include things like Bead On It Boards, Tulip beading needles, and FireLine beading thread — and all of those are included in our exclusive Editor's Favorite Supplies Collection. If you're just learning how to bead, or feel like maybe you need to upgrade your beading supplies, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get your hands on some of the best beading tools out there. You'll also get three fabulous beading resources: Dustin Wedekind's Getting Started With Seed Beads; The Beader's Companion, an essential reference book; and Quick + Easy Beadwork 2013 with dozens of beautiful, brand-new beading projects! Get your Editor's Favorite Supplies Collection today — there are only a limited number of these available!
Do you have a favorite tool that you discovered when you were just learning how to bead? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!