HOME NEW Pearl Education Beading Q & A Tools Jewelry Tech Video Jewelry Glossary

Beading Techniques

Basic Right Angle Weave

1. String four beads onto your thread. Stitch through your first three beads to create a loop (your stitching should form a spiraling loop and a half). Congratulations - you've just created the basic right angle weave (RAW) unit! Each basic RAW unit is composed of exactly four beads. 2. Building our First RowLooking at a circle of right angle weave, you'll note that each unit has a top, bottom and two side beads. We will build our next RAW unit off of one of those side beads. (I choose the ri

Bead Embroidery Heart Ornament

1. Gather Your MaterialsYou'll need the following beads and supplies to make one heart ornament:About 200 size 11/0 round opaque red seed beadsAbout 200 size 11/0 round opaque cream seed beadsAbout 1.5 square inches of red bead embroidery backingA blue or black ball point penSharp scissorsSize D Nymo beading thread in pinkThread conditionerA size 12/0 beading needleWhite fabric glue or craft glueAbout 1.5 square inches of ultrasuede in red, white, or a neutral colorOptional but reco

Horizontal Beaded Netting

1. Stitch the First Two Rows of Horizontal NettingHorizontal beaded netting is a lacy, open stitch that involves picking up sets of beads with each stitch. Each row of horizontal netting is made up of a zig- zagging horizontal line of beads.Begin a horizontal netting pattern by stringing all of the beads for the first row of beadwork, plus several more beads. Those extra beads enable you to make the turn that begins the second row.Note: The beads in the first row will be pulled into position

Dutch Spiral

1. For this stitch, you will need two colors of seed beads. You can use size 11 for both colors, or use two different sizes. You will need one color to be the "spine" or "spiral" beads (A) and another color for the body(B).On a comfortable length of thread, pick up the following beads: 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A and 3 B. Tie the beads into a circle and pass needle through the next A bead. 2. Stitch the First RowTo stitch the first row, pick up 3 B and 1 A. Pass needle through the next

Tubular Netting Beading Stitch

1. Pick Up the First Ring of BeadsTo learn how to do tubular netting, it helps to use two different colors of beads, A and B.Pick up 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A and 3 B. Tie into a ring and pass through the first A again.Slide the ring onto a pencil or wooden stick to help you hold the beadwork. You can tape the thread tail to the stick to keep it out of your way as you stitch. 2. Adding the Next Set of BeadsPick up 3 B, 1 A and 3 B. Pass through the next A in the

Corkscrew Fringe

1. Corkscrew fringe works best when you use two sizes of seed beads. For this tutorial, I have used size 11 Japanese cylinder beads such as Delicas, Treasures or Aikos (A) and size 11 Japanese seed beads (B).With your thread exiting from the bottom of the beadwork that you wish to embellish, pick up a number of the smaller beads (A) that equal the length of the fringe that you wish to make. 2. Add the First BeadCorkscrew fringe is really just a variation on square stitch that makes a lacy an

Leaf Fringe

1. To start your leaf fringe, you will need to weave your needle and thread so that you are exiting the bottom edge of the beadwork that you wish to embellish. If your thread is not long enough, add a new thread somewhere in the body of the beadwork and weave down so you are exiting the bottom edge of the beadwork.Pick up the seed beads for the spine of the fringe. You can vary the number of beads for each fringe, or you can pick up the same number for every strand. For this example, I picked

How to Make an Even Peyote Stitch

Step 1: String ten seed beads onto the thread. In this example we used 4mm cube beads to make the technique more visible. Step 2: Pull the first bead on the row away from the rest. Thread one seed bead onto the needle, pulling it down onto the thread. Step 3: Skip over the bead you pulled away and thread the needle through the next bead on the strand. Pull the thread tight. Step 4: Two of the cubes should stack nea

How to Peyote Stitch

Variations of Peyote Stitch: Flat Peyote StitchFlat peyote stitch is worked back and forth across rows. Odd-count peyote stitch is worked from an initial row with an odd number of beads. Flat, odd-count peyote stitch requires a special turn at the end of every other row in order to get into position to continue bead-weaving. There are a few different ways to make this turn, depending on what you want your finished peyote stitch pattern to look like. Even Count Peyote Stitch Even-count pey

Beaded Crochet Technique

Supplies: Yarn, crochet thread, embroidery floss, or other fiberCraft wire or thread for stringing the beadsBeadsCrochet hookScissorsTapestry needleInstructions: Step 1:String your beads onto craft wire or thread. I'm using wire. (See view A in the photo above.)The advantage to using wire: If you're making a motif, wire enables you to shape your motif easily when you are finished making it.The disadvantage: Your item will probably not be machine washable, depending on its construc

How to Do Single-Needle Ladder Stitch

How to Do Single-Needle Ladder Stitch

Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial

Horizontal Beaded Netting Diagram Tutorial

Single Needle Right Angle Weave (RAW)

The trick to learning this stitch is to think \"figure 8\" - the thread moves among the beads in a figure 8 pattern.To work the Right Angle Weave, you will need:BeadsNeedleThreadThread ConditionerThe process includes: Making a base rowStarting a new rowIncreasing StitchesDecreasing StitchesSteps for the First Row:1. Cut and optionally condition about 40\" of thread. Thread the needle and add four beads onto the thread.2. Loop the thread back through the first three beads, exitin

Flat Herringbone Weave

Materials Needed: Seed beadsBeading ThreadNeedleStitching: 1) Create a bead ladder with an even number of beads, at least four beads across.2) Flip the ladder so that the working thread is exiting the last bead on the right, and pick up two beads. Stitch down through the next bead to the left. 3) Stitch up through the next bead to the left and pull snug. Make sure that the last two beads added are side-by-side and there is no excess thread.4) Pick up two beads and stitch down into the

How to Bead on a Loom

Step 1: Gather Your Materials To follow along with the tutorial, you\'ll need the following materials:A basic bead loom with a wire or wood frameC-Lon Bead Cord in antique brownSize D C-Lon beading thread in goldBeading scissorsThread conditioner or beeswax (for conditioning the beading thread)A size 10 or size 12 beading needleSee a list of reputable loom beading suppliers.You\'ll also need the following 4mm Czech fire polished glass beads:10 beads per inch* in Persian turquoise (or

How to Bead Using Netting Techniques

Quantity of Items Needed: Nylon beading threadBeading needleSeed beadsInstruction: 1. Cut a 24-inch length of beading thread and thread it onto the beading needle.2. String 11 beads onto the thread. String another bead onto the thread and insert the needle into the third bead from the needle. Pull the thread tight so that the last bead you added to the thread sits on top of the second to last bead.3. Add another bead, skip the next bead in the row below and insert the needle into the next

Straight Leg Fringe

Introduction:Step 1:To get into position, weave needle and thread so that you are exiting the bottom edge of your beadwork. If your thread is not long enough, add a new thread in the body of the beadwork and weave down so you are exiting the bottom edge of the beadwork. For this example, I am working straight leg fringe of graduated lengths. To start, pick up five beads plus one for a total of six beads. Skip the last bead and pass needle through all the remaining beads.Step 2:S

Flat Brick Stitch Beadwork

Instructions:There are two general approaches for joining flat brick stitch beadwork. I refer to them as the Aligned Beads Techniques and the Offset Beads Technique.Aligned Beads TechniqueWith the first approach, the beads in the two rows being joined are aligned vertically. This is different from the normal alignment of brick stitch rows, where the beads are offset like bricks in a wall. To make the join, follow the path of the thread shown in the diagram (in dark brown) above. Notice that

Basic Bead Embroidery Stitches

Instruction:Step 1:There are many materials that you can choose from when doing bead embroidery. To get you started, this is what we will use for this simple tutorial: 1 small piece of Lacy\'s Stiff Stuff bead embroidery mediumSize 11 seed beadsBugle beadsFreshwater pearlsNymo beading threadSize 12 beading needlePermanent markerEmbroidery scissorsUsing the permanent marker, draw a line to serve as a guide on your piece of Lacy\'s Stiff Stuff.Step 2:The First Stitch Cut

Tubular Right Angle Weave Beading Stitch

Introduction:Step 1:Make a Right Angle Weave StripTo begin tubular right angle weave, first make a strip of right angle weave as you normally would.If you are using a dowel or pencil to hold your beadwork, check the fit of the strip by wrapping it around the dowel. The ends should just touch - make sure that the strip is not too loose.Step 2: Connect the Ends of the Right Angle Weave StripTo connect the ends of the strip, pick up a bead and pass through the side bead (or