Learning How to Bead Isn't Just for Beginners!

There's a saying in Zen teachings: "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. But in the expert's mind, there are few." One of the biggest challenges for me as a bead artist, I find, is that I sometimes feel like everything with seed beads has already been done, and there's nothing new left to discover or create. That's when I have to switch over to my "beginner's mind", to see what new possibilities are there.

Getting back to my "beginner's mind" is easy when I pick up some of the resources that I used to teach myself how to bead. But looking at a new beading book or video that teaches me a new technique or is meant for beginners can be helpful when I need to refresh the creative side of my beading brain. Here are three of my new favorite resources for expanding your horizons when it comes to learning how to bead:

Jean Power's Bead Stitching Triangles DVD is a favorite of mine, because it makes creating three-dimensional, geometric beadwork something that anyone can do. In Jean's experienced hands, seed beads become structurally complex pieces of beaded art. But don't let that intimidate you — it just takes a couple of easy-to-learn variations before you're learning how to create amazing peyote stitch triangles.
Speaking of peyote stitch, one of my new favorite beading books for learning how to bead is Melinda Barta's Mastering Peyote Stitch. Every project in this book is an example of the infinite variations and beaded jewelry designs that can be made with peyote stitch and a handful of seed beads!
What can I say about Diane Fitzgerald's The Beaded Garden? This classic beading book belongs in every beader's library. I love the techniques used to create these beaded flowers using just needle and thread, and even if you're just learning how to bead, you'll be able to follow these beading instructions to create your own bouquet of beautiful stitched beaded flowers!

Another great way to get back into the "beginner's mind" when it comes to bead-weaving is to learn a completely new stitch. So why not check out the Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie Potter DVD? It's a great way to learn how to bead with a brand-new beading stitch, including variations like tubular and circular. What a great way to jump start your creative beading again! Get your copy of Beading Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie Potter on DVD, and as part of the 12 Days of Deals in the Beading Daily Shop, you can get free shipping!

How do you keep your beading fresh and new? Do you take a class on a technique? Incorporate a new material into your jewelry-making projects? Or maybe a bead shopping trip is just the thing to get you inspired again! Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us how you like to reinvigorate yourself when it comes to your beading projects.

Bead Happy,


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