Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos and Bead Weaving

Behind the Scenes with Tammy Honaman!

I don’t know about you beady peeps, but one of my fave pleasures is behind-the-scenes pics and blooper videos. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s because I love to see that everyone is basically the same after all. They make the same mistakes we make, and they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like us! During the Olympics, I always love the “Up Close and Personal” stories about each contender. I think we all secretly want to know what their fave ice cream is, whether they like cats over dogs, and what inspires them — you know, the important things in life!

Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos and Bead Weaving - Tammy Honaman and Hannah Baker on set

#1 Dance Your Booty Off

We recently filmed four new online courses with Tammy Honaman (and her newbie bead student Hannah, editor of Interweave’s Knitscene magazine), and boy did we get some great behind-the-scenes laughs!

As talent acquisition and content editor in the studio, I’m there for the entire filming, and I’ve got an iPhone! Filming videos (even if it’s something you love, like jewelry making or beading) can be super stressful and draining, so I always encourage everyone on set to dance! When it was time to pick up the energy, Tammy and Hannah did their version of the Robot, as well as this little take on Wayne’s World! Of course this spun all of us into a laughing frenzy as we all joined in. Let’s just say we may not make it to “America’s Got Talent” with these moves, but we had fun!

#2 Be Prepared

It’s shocking how much time goes into these courses and videos. The preparation time is key to a smooth successful video. The more prepared the instructor is, the less goes wrong (hopefully) in the studio. Although the final course may look effortless, let me assure you it’s due to a well-prepared instructor. Check out how thoroughly labeled and organized Tammy’s step-outs were. Similarly used in cooking shows, a step-out is used when the instructor is showing you how to do a certain stitch or technique and then reaches over and–voila! With the magic of TV (or video in this case), they pull out the finished piece. Magic you say? Nope, a lot of hours and hard work behind the scenes thanks to our wonderful instructors. (Shh, now you know the secret.)

Top 5 steps for successful beading videos and bead weaving - herringbone swatch

Herringbone Stitch Step-Out

#3 Practice and Ponder

Take time to practice and ponder what you’ll be presenting. Tammy took some zen-filled breathers to gather her thoughts and plan the next chapter to be filmed. Like me, as a kid, did you ever get in trouble for daydreaming? Well, now there’s scientific studies and evidence that daydreaming is actually very productive. And we all know how sports figures visualize their wins before they’re actually on the playing field. (I’ve heard they also do that on Dancing with the Stars, although I think most of the daydreaming is done regarding those skimpy costumes they wear!)

Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos and bead weaving - Tammy very pensive

Clearly some serious pondering taking place!

#4 Have a Great Set and Crew

One of the best parts about filming courses at Interweave is the set and crew. They can make or break a video IMHO (in my humble opinion). We had Adam and Andrew on set operating the cameras, along with Kari, our video producer. The team is a delight to work with; they even took pictures of Tammy doing selfies!

Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos and bead weaving - Tammy and Hannah taking a selfie and Adam capturing the moment.

Our camera guy Adam taking pictures of the girls taking selfies!

#5 Sustenance and Stamina

By far the most important tip is keeping up your energy and stamina. Each instructor has their fave method, and the secret to Tammy’s boundless energy is Krak–Butter Krak that is! These chocolate covered coconut eggs were highly addictive, and Tammy was kind enough to share. As you can see, we had a huge supply! Add a cup of java to the picture and you have a winning formula for going strong throughout the day. Of course, the sugar/caffeine crash at the end of the day was definitely worth it!

Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos

How Tammy keeps going and keeps us going!

So as you can see, the Interweave team has a mighty fun time on set with our instructors, and we love sharing our joy and inspiration with you! Be sure to check out the preview for Getting Started Bead Weaving: Ladder, Herringbone, Hubble, Chevron, and Chenille.

And dive into all her other courses, too:

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Top 5 Tips for Successful Beading Videos

Loads of laughs on set with Hannah, Kristal, and Tammy.

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  1. Ragan B at 6:54 am May 24, 2017

    I am glad you all have fun making videos, but I am a little saddened by the video instruction trend (and it is not just here, but on all sorts of beading sites, online retailers, etc.). It is just not useful to me to watch beading videos. I need patterns and instructions on paper so I can refer back to previous steps without rewinding the video, so I can make notes, mark my progress, etc. Also so I do not have to lug my laptop around everywhere — paper is portable for me, videos are not (I don’t have a smartphone or tablet). Perhaps it is a function of the era in which I learned (late 1990s, self-taught mostly from the internet and books), but even if there is a project that looks like something I will really love, if instructions are only available on video, I pass right on by.

    Also, for the record, I am not allowed to watch videos at work due to bandwidth issues and free time at work is when I go scouring the web for projects and inspiration.

    • Susan D at 9:14 am May 24, 2017

      I totally agree with Ragan! I enjoy the videos, and do learn from them, but give me paper instructions too! Especially if it’s a new stitch I’m trying to learn.

  2. Jodie P at 2:01 pm May 24, 2017

    I agree with Susan and Ragan!! Paper instructions are very helpful. Not all people live in cities where high speed internet is available, or can afford high speed internet or data access costs for their cell phone. Some of the population lives in the country or rural areas or smaller communities/towns where high speed internet is not even available. And some of us do not wish to clutter our cell phone with aps and videos. Not to mention that the size of the screen on a smart phone makes watching an instructional video very challenging if not impossible. And some of us only own 1 computer and need to share our computer time with the rest of our family thereby making a paper copy necessary. It is very frustrating and disappointing that companies such as Interweave seem so single-mindedly focused on just the technology savvy people. Please reach out to all portions of the viewing audience.

  3. Carol C at 5:48 pm May 24, 2017

    I so agree with all above with all my heart!!

  4. Lori T at 9:37 pm May 24, 2017

    I’m also in agreement. I was disappointed to find your latest courses to only be available to watch online. I much prefer to be able to purchase a digital video, download it once, and then have access without having to watch online. I hope you’ll consider offering these courses as digital downloads!

  5. Doris M at 12:32 am May 25, 2017

    I agree too. I have no room to bead at my desktop computer. Paper copies are necessary….. So I have been writing out each step of each video I watch. Then if I get confused, I have to go away from my work area, watch the video again and try to figure it out. Unless I think I can’t live without it, I don’t bother to do all that. Having PDF files is my way to go.

  6. Tammy Honaman at 7:42 am May 25, 2017

    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. I will pass them all along! – Tammy

  7. Kristal W at 12:37 pm May 25, 2017

    Dear Ragan B, Susan D, Jodie P, Carol C, Lori T and Doris M,

    Thank you for all your comments. You spoke (as well as a few others) and we listened! We anticipated your needs and our new Courses are not only available for viewing on your computer/laptop and mobile devices, you can also download each course and watch on your own without relying on internet speeds.

    But wait, there’s more… We also provide you with PDF patterns, bead stitch instructions/diagrams, tips, and resources you can print out (you’ll find them under the Resource tab in each course). We even provide a shopping list of the instructor’s favorite components discussed in the course as well as suggested retailers in many of them! Our goal here at Interweave is to do our best to deliver great content and instructions in a wide variety of ways because everyone learns differently.

    So, beady peeps, I invite you all to check out our new Courses for yourself and get out your beads!

    Beading eCourses:
    Jewelry eCourses:


  8. Barbara S at 7:08 pm February 16, 2018

    I greatly prefer learning on paper! Part of that, I am sure, is that I am an older beaded, but it is also my preferred learning style. I do check out beading videos occasionally, but they vary greatly in quality. When I do watch them, I often have trouble with the quality of the audio on either my tablet or my laptop. I begrudge wasting the time.

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