Think of this as your beading encyclopedia
Welcome to My World of Beads…if you have beading questions, Katie has answers for you
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been beading, there are always things you don’t know. So, if you want to become a better beader, ‘My World of Beads’ is here to help. This is the place where you can find the answers that will make your beading world more enjoyable.
So, what is it that you need to know today?
You can start by using the link, above, to browse the existing articles and see if I’ve already answered your question. If you can’t see the information you need, then I have a solution…
If you’re not sure where to start today, then let me guide you through the options so you can find what you need right now…
Do you want to find out more about beads and beading tools?
“I am completely new to this. I’m confused about the beads needed.”
“What is a more comfortable magnifier to work with?”
” I want to know what size and weight of components to attach for clasps on a bead embroidery project.”
If you have questions about beads, clasps, beading thread, wire, needles, scissors, pliers, beading mats… Basically any tools and materials, then you’ve come to the right place!
Would you like to learn a new beading technique?
“Right now, I’m soaking up everything I can to learn the multitude of stitches and items that can be beaded.”
“I have fallen in love with 3D sculptures made with seed beads. But I can’t seem to find much on how to do this type of work.”
“Understanding Peyote graphs would be really helpful for me.”
“I want to learn how to increase and decrease.”
If this is you, then My World of Beads has you covered. In the beading techniques section, we take a look at specific beading techniques, covering everything from bead-weaving, to French beading, bead embroidery, bead loom weaving, jewellery making and more. So, if you’re struggling with a technique, or looking for something new to learn, then…
Are you simply looking for new projects, or places to buy beads?
“I would like free tutorials.”
“I want a pattern for a starfish.”
“Different ideas for projects. Anything new with new beads.”
“Bead stores close to me.”
Well, guess what? We’ve got plenty to help in this area too! The Beading Directory gives you lists of bead stores. We’ve got interviews with designers, so you can discover new projects that way. Or, browse our pattern collections for ideas to try.
Would you like to learn how to create your own designs?
“I’d like to learn more about creating my own jewelry designs.”
“What computer programs are available for designing with beads?”
“Info on choosing colours would be a big help. The beads look so different in the tubes.”
“I want to make my own designs, but I don’t know where to start. Then, how do I write up a pattern? There’s so much to think about!”
Well, we’ve got a lot of helpful articles covering all aspects of design. So, whether you’re struggling with colour, choosing the right beads, or just knowing where to start…
Do you want to sell your work to earn some money?
“I’m interested in putting together a website which showcases my work. How do I start on something like this?”
“I want to become better at marketing and selling my jewelry.”
“How do I come up with a portfolio of jewelry and start selling it?”
“Do you have any advice about getting my work published in magazines?”
As your beading progresses, you will probably start to think about using it to earn some money. You might have dreams of a full-scale business. Or, you might just want to earn a little ‘beading money’ from selling articles to magazines, or taking a stall at a craft fair. But where do you start with these plans? What do you need to know to succeed? What pitfalls should you avoid?
Do you need some general tips?
“I’m bad about tangling thread. Do you have any suggestions (besides just using a shorter length!)?”
“I would love to learn how to convert cross stitch patterns into loom or Peyote graphs.”
“I just enjoy reading bead trivia and picking up new ideas.”
“I’ve been beading for a long time, but I’m still interested in learning new ways of doing things, tips and things I might not have thought of.”
Whatever your level of experience, there are probably neat little tips and tricks that you don’t know about… Yet! So, this is the place to start finding out about them.
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