What is beading?

The word ‘beading’ is a general term and we’ll delve more into this topic as well as see examples to give you a clearer idea.

Bead Weaving

Bead weaving is a type of bead work that incorporates sewing, stitching and weaving beads together to create beaded patterns.

Bead weaving is done both on a bead loom and off a bead loom.

Let’s first look at beading off loom.

Off loom bead weaving introduces a variety of beading patterns based on a variety of specific stitches used for your project.

Some of these bead weaving stitches are…

  • Peyote Stitch
  • Brick Stitch
  • Square Stitch
  • Right Angle Stitch
  • Tubular Stitch
  • Daisy Stitch

Each specific stitch done in a repetitive series creates different looking beading patterns.

The one picture above is a sample from a bead artist I follow.  She does beautiful work and by the looks of it she knows what she is doing.

Bead weaving can be created using seed beads or a variety of other beads, opening a whole new topic of beading supplies as well. You will learn about needles, beading thread, and a variety of other topics to cover this type of beading thoroughly.

Perhaps in the future you may see more beading instructions and tutorials on bead weaving from Bead At Home. Be sure to stay tuned and in touch as we continue to grow.

Creating your own jewelry can be fun for so many reasons: not only do you get to tap into your creative side, you also have the chance to make something completely unique that reflects your personal style. Plus, it’s very easy to make a beaded necklace. Read this article to discover helpful tricks on how to make a beautiful, beaded necklace.


That beadwork started back with the Native Americans. However, when the Native Americans started putting together these different beadwork designs they had to create their own beads. Because of this, they created these beads out of stone and metal of some sort. The Native Americans were not introduced to any kind of glass bead to use in their beadwork until the Europeans came over to the land.

Different Native American tribes had different patterns or styles that went along with their beadwork. Some tribes focused their beadwork on their clothing or any kind of leather hide that they had, which could be a handle to a bag or the tassels of their moccasins. However, once the glass beads came over from the Europeans, Native Americans started to create a lot of beaded jewelry.

Overall, stitched jewelry continued to advance as more European goods came into the Native Americans’ style. For example, they stopped using leather as often and now had access to cotton or wool clothing that they could choose to bead. However, beaded jewelry continued to grow and expand as Native Americans realized all the different colors that they could start using in their jewelry patterns.

Below is a few steps on how to make some of the beading patterns…happy beading…


The steps are almost identical to traditional spiral rope, with one extra row chasing the other. Because there are so many thread passes, it’s important to use large seed beads for the core – size 8/o or larger. It’s also best to use a sturdy needle. Though a small needle makes a better fit when plenty of thread is used, the limited space between the core and spirals requires a lot of angled stitches.

The spiral rows can be made up of just about anything, though average sized beads (from 10/o to 12/o) are best at the ends, so that the rows fit together snugly. Just like a basic spiral rope, you can increase or decrease the length of the rows, add accents, or create patterns for different looks.


Pick up 4 core beads and 7 Color A beads. Slide them down until you have about an 8 inch tail, and stitch back up through the core beads. Pull tight to form a pair of side-by-side stacks

Pick up 1 core bead and 7 Color B beads. Stitch up through the first 4 core beads again, and pull snug until the new row slides into place. Stitch up through the new core bead and pull tight.

Hold the beadwork so that the Color A row is to the left. Pick up 7 Color A beads, and stitch up through the top 4 core beads. Pull the thread snug, and push the new row to the left, up against the first.

Flip the beadwork so that the Color B row is to the left. Pick up 1 core bead, and 7 Color B beads. Stitch up through the top 4 core beads and pull tight. Stitch up through the new core beads. Push the new row to the left. Flip the beadwork to begin the next row of A.

These are the basic steps for creating the spiral. Continue adding new rows, flipping the beadwork between stitches. Often with really simple techniques, once the steps become too familiar, we can loose track of them. If you can’t remember which row was just added, check the top core bead. If there are 2 bead stacks exiting from the top of the core, it’s time to add a new core bead and a row of B. If there’s just one stack, it’s time to add a row of A.

You don’t need to use completely different colors for the two spirals, but it is a good idea to make each one a bit unique. When stitching my Flutter by necklace, I used a single bead soup, but picked a contrasting accent bead for either row – pale blue on one side, and dark blue on the other. This helps keep track of which row is which, and makes stitching more intuitive.

Happy beading!

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