Basic Bead Stitch Book

The Guide to Beadwork online book has chapters with step-by-step instructions for learning the basics of seed bead stitching:

It starts with a chapter on Fringework.

It also has chapters on seven separate jewelry bead stitches:

with printable pattern pages for most stitches:

These beading stitches can be used separately or combined to create:

  • earrings
  • necklaces
  • bracelets
  • doilies
  • etc.

A Glossary of beading terms is also included!

Designed to be used as a textbook in seed bead stitching classes, the book has been very popular for that purpose. Instructions are broken down into simple steps with clear graphics for each step. Children as young as ten have been able to do all seven bead stitches with only the book as a guide.

Seed and bugle beads are the most common seed beads used in the stitches outlined in the book so it is written using these types in the examples, but these bead stitches are NOT limited to seed and bugle beads. You can get some stunning effects by working these stitches using semi-precious stones.

Click straight to any bead stitch above you are interested in, or start with the Table of Contents to get more information on each chapter.