Beading Tutorials

Want to learn the art of off-loom beadwork, or master your new beading skills? You can find free, basic Beading Tutorials here on Inspirational Beading every month. You can also try the Bead Spotlight segment for some recommended projects using the bead of the month, and Wear It Twice for projects inspired by the necklace of the month.

For information on copyrights and how tutorials can be used, please see the About page or check out Design Ethics for Beaders Part One and Design Ethics for Beaders Part Two

Want to share a tutorial on Inspirational Beading? I welcome guest posts from crafters, designers, and suppliers on how to make beadwork, jewelry, or bead crafts. You can learn more on the Features page.

Featured Techniques:

Peyote Stitch Basics:

Mastering Peyote Stitch
Peyote Stitch Master Class Lesson One: Two Drop Peyote Learn the peyote technique and make a cuff with built-in fringe.
Peyote Stitch Master Class Lesson Two: Even-Count Peyote Basics Learn even-count peyote, weaving in thread, and zipping up peyote to make a pretty ring.

Two-drop Peyote Stitch
Spiral Peyote Tube
Peyote Tube Beaded Beads
Peyote Stitch Bezel
Circular Peyote Stitch Rivoli Bezel
Diagonal SuperDuo Peyote Stitch
Dutch Spiral Rope

Beaded Spiral Basics:

Spiral Rope Chain
Double Spiral Rope
Russian Spiral Rope

Beaded Spiral Projects:

Floral Spiral Rope Bracelet

Netting Basics:

Vertical Seed Bead Netting
Tubular Pearl Netting
Ogalala Butterfly Netting

Chevron Chain Basics:

Simple Chevron Chain
Tila Bead Double Chevron Chain
Curved Double Chevron Chain
Daisy Chevron Chain

Right Angle Weave (RAW) Basics:

Tila Bead Openwork RAW
Flat Right Angle Weave
Square Openwork Right Angle Weave

Herringbone (Ndebele) Basics:

Bridged Herringbone Increase
Twisted Tubular Herringbone
Herringbone Bobble Rope
How to Finish Herringbone Ropes

Herringbone Weave Projects:

Christmas Candy Cane Bangle
Embellished Ombre Herringbone Cuff

Beaded Chain Basics:

Double St. Petersburg Chain
Triple and Quadruple St. Petersburg Chain
Nepal Chain Stitch
Two-Needle Russian Chevron Chain
Pea Pod Chain Stitch

Daisy Chains:

Classic Daisy Chain
Potawatomi Daisy Chain
Heart Pattern Potawatomi Chain

Beaded Chain Projects:

Vintage Marble Pendant

Fringe and Trim Basics:

Branch and Coral Fringe
Leaf Fringe
Square Stitch Trim

Fringe and Trim Projects:

Cherry Bomb Fringe Earrings

Other Stitches and Basic Techniques:

Square Stitch
Circular Brick Stitch
Flat and Freeform Brick Stitch
Triangle Weave

Bead Covered Beads
Beaded Jewelry Cones

Tubular Wire Braiding with Lisa Van Herik

Featured Beading and Jewelry Projects:

Aweigh Three Strand Pendant
Neon Fringe Pendant
Summer Peyote Bead Necklace
Egyptian Friendship Bracelet
Fall Flower Peyote Bracelet

How to Wash Your Beads
5 Things to Know About Fish Leather

Guest Tutorials:

Lace Cuff Bracelet (with Jade Gedeon)
Resin Clay Ring
Enchanted Charm Bracelet
Captured Bead Earrings

Have a browse at From the makers of, this site provides an amazing catalog of free beading and jewelry tutorials.

Here are just a few of my favorite segments that you can explore on Inspirational Beading - check out the tag cloud at the bottom of every page for more topics and serial posts:

Inspired Beaders Interviews with fantastic bead makers, jewelry designs and artists who use beads.
Book Spotlights Must-reads in beading and crafts.

Bead Color Trios Exploring the possibilities of inspired bead palettes in three colors.
Inspiration Tips Ideas for avoiding beader's block, and ways to stay creative.
Favorite Beads Talented beaders share tips on using their favorite materials.
Favorite Techniques Learn how other designers found their creative calling.
Wear It Twice Take a beautiful necklace, then add basics in a simple color palette to create two unique outfits.

Egyptian Gods Jewelry Series A new open challenge for 2013 - make at least one new design for every god in the Egyptian pantheon before December 31st. First Post
Destash Challenge An open challenge to use old beads and find new ideas in 2012. First Post
New Beads My personal beading challenge, to find unique and extraordinary beads every month, and use them in a new design. First Post
A Bracelet a Week One new bracelet, every Saturday in 2011. Hopefully! First Post
A Necklace a Day With a little head start and a lot of last minute ideas, I was able to share one new necklace every day during November 2010. First Post
A Ring a Day My crazy, ill-advised, and fun challenge to create and blog one ring every day for the month of June, 2010. First Post

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