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Beadweaving Tutorials (11/9/2015)

2015 November 9

One of my favorite go-to beading resources is Inspirational Beading. Mortira vanPelt never fails to present fun, colorful projects. The free patterns are very well written and photographed. I’m featuring 6 of her projects today:


Leaf Fringe

Leaf Fringe Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:08:00 -0800

Fringe is a beader’s best friend. Whether you specialize in embroidery, loom work, or beadweaving, chances are, you’ll want to add a bit of trim to your designs from time to time. There are many different techniques and styles of fringe to choose from. One of the easiest and most interesting, is leafy fringe.

Two-drop Peyote Cuff Thu, 08 Oct 2009 18:20:00 -0700

One of the most important stitches that any beadweaver will learn is the versatile and endlessly useful peyote stitch. Also called gourd stitch, the seemingly simple pick-up-one-skip-one pattern can be one of the most frustrating to master. Although the basic concept is easy enough to understand, finding the right tension and making the beads go where they should takes a lot of practice.

Bridged Herringbone

Bridged Herringbone

Bridged Herringbone Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:04:00 -0700

One of the easiest ways to explore the possibilities of bead weaving techniques is to add simple embellishments. A little fringe here, a change of bead style there, and suddenly you know a little bit more about what your beads and hands can do. Adding bridges to flat Ndebele weave is one of my favorite basic embellishments. It’s easy to do, and incredibly versatile, because you can use it with all kinds of beads.

Mastering Peyote Stitch Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:17:00 -0700

Technically speaking, peyote stitch is one of the simplest bead weaving stitches out there. Pick up one, skip one, stitch through one, repeat. It sounds easy, but anyone who has ever attempted it knows that it doesn’t usually come out right the first time. And even when we get the steps down, it still takes practice to get perfectly even peyote stitch.

Double Spiral

Double Spiral

Double Spiral Fri, 30 Jul 2010 07:31:00 -0700

One of my favorite stitches is the double spiral. Although it’s easy to do, and looks fantastic, double spiral isn’t as common as some other rope stitches like tubular herringbone. Because it uses up a lot of beads, it can be a great way to finish off mixtures or use up that collection of spilled beads you’ll never get around to sorting.

Beaded Jewelry Cones Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:52:00 -0800

Since giving up on metal findings like eye-pins, I’ve had to take a different approach to multi-strand, and usually finish designs with herringbone tubes that make way to beaded clasps. It’s a lengthy process, and although the results are worth it, I’m not often up to the challenge of making these pieces. Apart from quick beading, the thing I miss most about the traditional multi-strand technique is making my own jewelry cones to cap the strands. Because I was once limited to the small selection of findings at my LBS – which was actually a hobby/model train shop with a modest beading section – I came up with these little beaded cones to better match my designs.

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