7 Best Books for Learning to Bead

  • 01 of 07

    Getting Started with Seed Beads

    Getting Started with Seed Beads
    You'll find more than beaded jewelry in this beading book. Lisa Yang

     Getting Started with Seed Beads explores everything from gluing beads in place, bead embroidery, working with beads on wire and beginning off loom beadweaving stitches. One of the most refreshing aspects of this book is that it is not just jewelry making with beads.  You'll find projects that use seed beads to cover tins, decorate eggs, embellish a men's tie, make beaded beads and more.

    The beadweaving stitches include netting, peyote, ladder stitch, right angle weave, brick stitch, square...MORE stitch and tubular herringbone.  Before each project, a brief overview of the stitch is provided, but for the most part, you learn the stitch while making the project.  For many people, that is an effective technique to learning since you'll have the satisfaction of a completed project when you are done.

    The introduction information provides the overview of beadwork supplies including types of beads, bead shapes, colors and finishes, types of needles, different threads, and findings. The getting started chapter addresses the more practical considerations of managing your beads, adding stop beads, common beadweaving terms, adding new thread, types of closures and finally finishes with a simple project for a daisy chain.  

    The projects in the book are basic without being boring - a perfect start for a beginning to intermediate beader.

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  • 02 of 07

    Seed Bead Stitching: Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques

    Seed Bead Stitching
    Basic stitches and creative variations to popular bead stitches. Lisa Yang

     Seed Bead Stitching: Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques by Beth Stone is a great resource to learn some of the best beginner bead weaving stitches.  The book starts with a brief but thorough chapter on basics and supplies - perfect for beginner's to follow. One of the best aspects for a beginning beadweaver is the pictures of how different beads look in peyote stitch, an important lesson for every beginner to understand how shape and size alter the look of your beadwork.

    Subsequent...MORE chapters introduce the basic technique for the fundamental beadweaving stitches of peyote stitch, brick stitch, right angle weave, daisy chain and spiral rope stitch.  The last chapter introduces the slightly more complex Russian stitches of Russian spiral, Russian rope and St. Petersburg stitch.  

    Each chapter, in addition to showing the basic stitch technique also shows variations of the traditional technique.  The variations are where a beginner is likely to get lost though. A chapter may have commonly recognized variations like the chapter on peyote includes diagonal peyote and tubular peyote but then it also includes more advanced variations that the author has created herself.  The beginning beader may have difficulty telling the difference between basic stitch variations and those that the author created where there is more difficulty. 

    With that in mind though, one other great feature of this book is that it encourages creative exploration of stitches and beads - learning to intermingle stitches, change their length and using a wide variety of beads.  This is a book that you can learn the basics from and keep coming back to explore and learn more to advance your knowledge and technique.

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  • 03 of 07

    More Seed Bead Stitching: Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques

    More Seed Bead Stitching
    More basic stitches and variations by Beth Stone. Lisa Yang

     More Seed Bead Stitching: Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques is a second beading book by Beth Stone.  Similar in style and content, this book provides instructions for more advanced stitches as well as additional techniques related to basic stitches, such as increasing and decreasing stitches, working with different sized beads, making spiral designs, and different types of fringe.  

    Once again, the focus is on learning the basics of a stitch and then encouraging playing with...MORE different variations to come up with unique designs. One new stitch introduced in this book is instructions for herringbone (Ndebele) stitch in flat, tubular and twisted tubular version.  

    All in all, if you enjoyed Seed Bead Stitching, it is likely that you will find this book useful too.  The projects are geared towards an experienced beginner to intermediate beader.  

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  • 04 of 07

    Bead Play Every Day: 20+ Projects with Peyote, Herringbone, and More

    Bead Play Every Day Book
    Get your creative juices flowing and play with beads. Lisa Yang

     If you enjoy Beth Stone's style of beadwork and instruction, you may want to look at Bead Play  Every Day.  This is definitely a book geared towards intermediate beaders.

    Bead Play Every Day is unusual in that it includes instructions for complete beaded projects, like a skinny herringbone and zen bracelet, as well as instructions for shaped bead components. For the components, you will find instructions to make basic rope designs (herringbone and peyote) and embellish them with a beaded shapes...MORE made using a variety of stitches, bead shapes and sizes.  The idea is to encourage playing with beads - not just following instructions.  

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  • 05 of 07

    Beadwork Presents Favorite Bead Stitches

    Favorite bead stitches
    This special edition magazine is a great addition to your beading library. Lisa Yang

     Every year since 2010, Beadwork magazine publishes a special edition called Beadwork present Favorite Bead Stitches.  These are more expensive than the monthly magazine, but are perfect to add to a beadwork library for beginner to intermediate beaders.  Each edition contains more than 30 bead weaving patterns organized by the primary stitch.  A section in the back of the magazine reviews each stitch technique used in the projects.  Having only the 2013 edition, I can't vouch for the content...MORE over all of the years, but if they are anything like the one I have, they are worth adding to your beading library.

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  • 06 of 07

    The Bead Jewelry Bible

    bead jewelry bible
    A great addition to your beadwork library. Lisa Yang

     The Bead Jewelry Bible by Dorothy Wood is a complete guide to making bead jewelry.  It includes the basic information about types of beads, color and design, materials, tools, and findings.  Then, there are chapters on each technique including stringing, wire, and off loom bead stitches including bead ropes, tubular netting, right angle weave, flat bead weaving, bezels, netting and bead embroidery.  

    Step by step pictures enhance the detailed instructions and there are tips that can help improve...MORE your designs and beading techniques.  In addition, there is a chapter on making your own beads, charms and pendants using paper, fiber, polymer clay and metal clay.  Last, are project instructions that include a variety of jewelry pieces.  This book is a great introduction to a variety of techniques and how to use them to make unique and stylish jewelry.

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  • 07 of 07

    Simple Glass Beading

    simple glass beading
    This book will inspire you to use beads for more than just jewelry. Lisa Yang

    Simple Glass Beading is another book by Dorothy Wood (author of The Bead Jewelry Bible).  This book covers the techniques of loom weaving, needle weaving, fringes and tassels, more bead embroidery techniques and working with wire and beads.  

    What makes this book a great addition to any beading library is that it presents bead embellishment beyond using it for just jewelry.  In this book, you'll find projects for trinket boxes, purses, book covers, lamp shades, tasseled key rings, scarf...MORE fringe, potpourri sachets and other household wares such as coasters and candlesticks.  If you are looking to move beyond using beads for jewelry, this book will give you a great introduction to options and techniques.

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