Download this 5 Free Seed Bead Patterns eBook, and begin working on free bead patterns that will help you explore your creativity, discover new bead weaving patterns—like the triple spiral roping technique, expand your knowledge on beadwork essentials—like the peyote and brick stitches, and show off your creative abilities when using up to 4 techniques […]

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For many of us, learning how to string beads was the "gateway" that led us to learning about other ways to make beaded jewelry. Bead stringing is a fabulous introduction to the soothing nature of bead work and jewelry making. But bead stringing is so much more than just putting a bunch of beads onto […]

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Bead embroidery wasn’t always a favorite beading technique of mine, but once I learned a few tricks of the trade, I found that bead embroidery is a wonderful medium for creative self-expression. It’s like painting with beads, and the only limitations on your beaded creations made using bead embroidery are the musings of your own […]

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One of the first projects I remember editing when I started at Lapidary Journal was a design by Arlene Baker, made using the French beaded flower techniques. I hadn’t learned how to make beaded flowers or how to wire wrap beads using the French beaded flower method. In order to do the project and beautiful […]

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After chatting with Aussie bead artist Patrick Duggan about his fabulous cubic right-angle weave creations, I felt inspired to share this fun and challenging bead-weaving technique! Admittedly, I don’t do it nearly often enough. It’s an incredibly versatile bead-weaving technique that can be used to create incredibly strong beaded structures for beaded necklaces and bracelets. […]

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The debate rages among beaders as to which beading thread is the “best.” Are you a fan of nylon beading threads, or have you cross over to the gel-spun fishing line-type threads? I’ve heard passionate discourse from both camps as to which type of beading thread they prefer for bead weaving or bead embroidery patterns. […]

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Whether you’re a stitcher or a stringer, chances are you run across beads with too-small holes. You have choices: Jam your needle or wire through the bead, often resulting in frustration and a broken bead. Throw the bead over your shoulder (like with salt, it’s considered good luck). Use a tool, such as a bead […]

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