Beading Techniques

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In this area you will find information about different beading techniques. Each page briefly outlines the technique and then gives you links to free tutorials with key tips that will help you to get it right first time around. I have also included links to patterns that will help you to develop your skills in each of the key beading techniques.

The clasp blends seamlessly with the gold chain
The clasp blends seamlessly with the gold chain

 

Basic Beading Techniques

This section offers individual posts looking at basic beading techniques, including how to make simple jewellery and posts that will help you with the basics of bead-weaving, like threading needles, reading patterns, setting up your workspace and other handy tips.

 

 

Odd count peyote stitch

Peyote Stitch Beading Technique

This page briefly outlines the history of the beading technique known as Peyote stitch. It goes on to describe how the technique is worked and talk about the various different peyote stitch variations.

 

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Right Angle Weave Beading Technique

On this page you can learn the basics of Right Angle Weave – how the stitch works, what it looks like in practical terms and there are links to free tutorials to help you understand this group of beading techniques in both its flat and cubic variations.

Herringbone Beading Techniqueherringbone stitch

This is one of the basic bead-weaving techniques. This page looks briefly at the origins of Herringbone and then goes on to talk about the different technique variations, with links to patterns for you to try the stitch.

 

brick stitchBrick Stitch Beading Technique

This page talks about the basic flat brick stitch technique, how to turn this into a tube and also how to add shaping to create flat shapes or three-dimensional objects. The page includes links to free tutorials and patterns to help you master this group of beading techniques.

french beadingFrench Beading Technique

On this page you will find an outline of the history of French beading and the different beading techniques that can be used to make a range of French beaded flowers. The page also includes links to other useful resources to help you learn French beading.

square stitchSquare Stitch Beading Technique

Square stitch is an excellent alternative to loom beading techniques. Instead of setting up all those warp and weft threads, you can create the same style of beadwork, just adding the beads one at a time. This page includes links to free tutorials for learning this beading technique.

Nettingnetting

This is one of the basic bead-weaving techniques and it is a very easy technique to start with if you are just beginning to learn about beading. Netting creates a very flexible flat fabric, but can also be made into beautiful necklaces and worked in tubular form. The page includes links to patterns to help you learn the technique.

4 thoughts on “Beading Techniques

  1. The “Ava bead” necklace instructions are to do Mraw around the rivoli. If don’t know how to do the stitch go to your web-site and get the instructions. I can’t find anything about MRAW. Am I reading the instructions wrong?
    Thanks
    Judi K

  2. Think I was just not focused at the time I sat down to do the necklace. After I sent the e-mail I sat down and did the bezel and have the necklace finished. Guess I just had to look away for awhile. I did a bracelet to match and it’s really cute.
    Thanks
    Judi

    • I’m so pleased to hear that! Sometimes the brain just doesn’t want to oblige us and a break is all it needs! I thought this would make a lovely bracelet, so I’m really thrilled to hear you’ve done it.
      Thanks ever so much for letting me know how you got on. Happy beading!
      Katie

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