Bead looming is a fun and easy technique that began long ago as a Native American decorative art form. Looming has evolved over the years and is often used by modern beaders to make stylish bracelets and accessories. As the style and forms of bead looming evolved, so did the tools, materials, and equipment. You […]

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Peyote stitch is used around the world, in many different cultures, for many different things. Examples of peyote stitch have been found among ancient Egyptian artifacts, but the name “peyote stitch” comes from the Native American bead-weaving tradition of using the stitch to decorate the handles of gourds used for Native American peyote ceremonies. Learning […]

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What’s the best way to jazz up your off-loom bead-weaving projects? With bead embellishments, of course! Embellishing with beads is a fun way to play with your design skills while learning how to create unique beaded jewelry. And there are so many different techniques that you can use for bead embellishing your favorite bead-weaving stitches, […]

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I’ve always thought that chevron stitch is like the Cinderella of the bead-weaving world: you might not think that it looks like much at first glance, but once you see just how many things you can do with this off-loom bead-weaving stitch, you’ll find yourself using it for everything! DOWNLOAD NOW   Chevron stitch, sometimes […]

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4 Free Bead Crochet Jewelry Patterns

Click on the Download Now button or link below to learn how to crochet beads into amazing beaded-jewelry designs! Bead crochet ropes are soft and supple, and can be used either on their own with some fancy cones or end caps or with your favorite handmade art glass and ceramic beads. Tapestry bead crochet results […]

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Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding, has wound its way into the hearts of beaders around the world. Beaded kumihimo is popping up in beaded jewelry designs using the newest beads and some very old braiding techniques. Some of the first kumihimo braids were made for soldiers who needed a way to secure saddles […]

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4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Seed Beads

By Jennifer VanBenschoten Seed bead patterns are kind of a spiritual experience for me. Ever since I watched a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks create a sand mandala using only a set of written instructions (no illustrations or diagrams!), I started to understand that my love of beading patterns went way deeper than just a […]

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Ultimate Guide on Learning How to Make Beads

By Jennifer VanBenschoten Every beader and jewelry-maker knows that there’s something special about including handmade beads in your jewelry designs. Using beads that have been handcrafted by another artist gives your beaded jewelry a special touch. Learning how to make beads is an art all of its own, and there are so many ways in […]

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Herringbone Stitch Beading Secrets Revealed

Have you ever noticed that when you work flat herringbone stitch with a set of beads going from small to large, it looks like a smile? It’s no secret that I love the stitch in every variation imaginable. It creates a beautiful texture from whatever beads you use, and the mechanics of the thread path […]

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