The Ultimate Guide To Bead Weaving Techniques

Bead weaving is a craft that uses small pieces of glass, stone or shell to create decorative jewelry. 

There are many different techniques which people use to make this art form. This article will explain some of those techniques in detail so you can get started on learning how to be a bead weaver too!

Bead Weaving For Beginners | DIY Jewelry Tutorial
Bead weaving is a fascinating craft that allows you to create beautiful jewelry pieces and home decor items using woven beads.
There are many different bead weaving techniques to choose from, each with its own unique look and feel.
To get started with bead weaving, you’ll need to gather your materials and tools, choose a pattern or design, and begin working on your project using the chosen technique.
Successful bead weaving requires good tension control, high-quality materials, and attention to detail.
There are many resources available to help you improve your bead weaving skills, including books, online tutorials, and workshops.

Brick Stitch

Brick stitch is a beautiful, intricate pattern that you can use to add a pop of color and texture to your piece. It’s also very easy to make if you can follow a simple diagram, then you can do it!

The first thing you’ll need is the pattern for what kind of brick stitch design you’d like to create. You’ll want to be sure that your bead weaving loom has enough space for all the beads necessary for each row or column on your loom before starting this process. 

If not enough space exists on your current loom, try using another one with larger holes so as not to waste any time or materials while creating my perfect work of art (that’s sarcasm). 

Once I got everything set up correctly and began weaving my masterpiece based off of these amazing instructions…

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Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch is a form of bead weaving that uses two or more strands of beads. It’s a very simple and easy to learn technique, which makes it perfect for beginners. You’ll be able to make beautiful jewelry using this method in no time at all!

The peyote stitch is also used in many different types of jewelry projects. It can be used as a base for other bead weaving techniques, such as brick stitch and herringbone weave patterns.

Peyote Stitch Variants

VariantType of BeadDescription
Even-Count Peyote StitchMiyuki DelicaA variation of the Peyote stitch that can be used to create a variety of different patterns and designs. It’s called “even-count” because the stitch can only be done using an even number of beads.
Odd-Count Peyote StitchToho AikoA variation of the Peyote stitch that is done with an odd number of beads. This type of Peyote stitch creates a unique diagonal pattern that can be used in a variety of projects.
Circular Peyote StitchMiyuki Round Seed BeadsA variation of the Peyote stitch that is worked in a circular direction. It can be used to create flat or curved designs, making it a versatile stitch for a variety of projects.

Right-Angle Weave

Right-angle weave is a variation of peyote stitch that uses the same basic technique, but with a different twist. In right-angle weave, you string beads in each stitch so that they form a square shape. 

This makes it easier to establish an exact pattern and keeps your beadwork from looking messy and uneven.

Right-angle weave is also known as square stitch because the resulting patterns are usually geometric in nature (hence the name). 

It’s great for creating solid beadwork designs like those seen on Native American jewelry or Middle Eastern prayer beads.

You can use right-angle weave to make all kinds of different patterns by varying the number of beads per step, how far apart they are spaced out, how many rows you work at a time before switching directions and other factors such as this one will affect how your finished piece looks overall!

Square Stitch

The square stitch is a simple technique that involves making square beads. It’s a great way to make jewelry, especially when you’re just starting out with bead weaving. All you need are some seed beads, wire, and pliers. Let’s get started!

First, cut two pieces of wire that are the same length as your finished piece needs to be (the length of your wrist or neck) plus about an inch extra on each end for attaching the clasp later on. 

Next, start weaving the wire through one side of your first bead with one end coming out from underneath it. Then go back into that same hole but this time with both ends coming up from below it so they cross over each other like so:

Bead weaving is a fascinating craft that allows you to create intricate and beautiful designs using beads. With our Bead Weaving 101 guide, you can learn the basics of this technique and start creating your own unique pieces in no time!


Netting is a bead weaving technique used to make a flat square or rectangle. It can be used for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Netting can be made using seed beads or Delica beads and you’ll usually need between 15 to 20 grams of each colour when you start bead weaving.

The technique of netting is achieved by first making rows of half knots from one side towards the other side of your work area. 

The first row should start at one corner of your piece so that it forms a triangle shape when viewed from above, with two sides being longer than the other (this will create an opening for threading). 

Then simply weave back through again with another set of knots until you reach the end point again on this same side but this time vertically above where we began our last row! Repeat these steps until reaching desired length or width before turning over all four sides to finish off neatly by tying off two loose ends together where they meet at opposite corners – voila!

Netting Variants

VariantType of BeadAmount of Beads Needed
Peyote NettingSeed beads15-20 grams of each color
Comanche NettingDelica beads15-20 grams of each color
Russian NettingSeed beads15-20 grams of each color
Chevron NettingTriangle beads15-20 grams of each color

Herringbone Stitch

The herringbone stitch is a simple bead weaving technique that’s used to make a tube. It can be made with any number of beads, and it’s similar to peyote stitch (which we’ll cover in the next section).

The herringbone stitch is made by passing each new row of beads through the last previously completed row in an alternating pattern. 

The two rows cross over each other, which creates channels for the thread to pass through. This means that there will be some small gaps between stitches; these are known as floats. 

If you want your project’s fabric to lie flat after it’s completed, you should use this technique instead of brick stitch or netting because these other techniques will leave larger gaps between stitches and result in a more textured fabric that doesn’t bend easily under strain from everyday wearables like bracelets or necklaces.

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Ladder Stitch

Ladder stitch is a simple bead weaving technique that creates a pattern of vertical and horizontal rows. This type of bead weaving can be used to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

The neat thing about ladder stitch is that it’s easy to learn and can be mastered in just a few minutes!

Tubular Peyote Stitch

The tubular peyote stitch is a simple bead weaving technique that uses only two beads per stitch. It’s also known as tubular peyote stitch and is a tube with a hole at its center. The advantage of this design is that it creates an even surface on each side of the bead, making it perfect for creating earrings or pendants.

Tila Bead Stitch

The Tila bead stitch is a tubular bead weaving technique that uses two or more colors of beads. The result is a very versatile piece of jewelry and can be used for making bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry. 

This technique is easy to learn and perfect for beginners who want to make their own handmade accessories without any difficulty.

The tila bead stitch can be used to create some really beautiful designs as well as being an excellent way of using up small amounts of leftover beads that you may have lying around in your stash.

Choosing the right beading supplies can make all the difference in the quality and ease of creating your beaded jewelry. Our guide to the best beading supplies for every crafter covers everything from needles and thread to beads and pliers, helping you find the perfect tools for your projects.

Ndebele (Herringbone) Stitch

The Ndebele (herringbone) stitch is a great beginner’s skill, but it can be modified to get more complicated. You need:

  • 4mm or 6mm seed beads in multiple colors (I used various shades of blue and turquoise for this example)
  • A needle with an eye large enough to accommodate your chosen bead size

Ndebele (Herringbone) Stitch Variations

Stitch VariationBrand Name/TypeDescription
Flat Ndebele StitchMiyuki DelicaA flat, two-dimensional variation of the Ndebele stitch, perfect for creating bracelets and other jewelry.
Tubular Ndebele StitchToho AikoA variation of the Ndebele stitch that creates a tube of beads, perfect for creating delicate necklaces and other jewelry pieces.
Spiral Ndebele StitchCzechmateA variation of the Ndebele stitch that creates a spiral pattern, perfect for creating unique and eye-catching jewelry pieces.

Spiral Rope Stitch

One way to make your weavings look more professional is to use the spiral rope stitch. To create this weaving technique, you’ll need a needle and thread. You can also use a bead loom to help hold the beading as you work on your project. 

If you choose not to use a loom, you can use a beading needle or even just simply push the beads into place with a steady hand.

If you plan on making jewelry with this type of weaving technique, it’s essential that you have some kind of board for holding your beads in place as well as keeping them organized so they won’t get lost while working on other pieces! 

Some people like using plain cardboard but others prefer using something fancier such as wood boards or even plastic boards made specifically for crafting purposes (like these!). 

There are also kits available online if this sounds like something fun and challenging enough for someone new at learning how-to make things themselves at home instead of just buying them from somewhere else already made instead (such as here).

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We hope you’ve found this post helpful and informative. While bead weaving is a bit like learning to ride a bike you may struggle at first but eventually get the hang of it it can be very rewarding once you do. 

So grab your favorite beads, some wire and some colorful thread, get comfortable and start practicing!

Further Reading

Explore more about bead weaving with these resources:

The Ultimate Guide to Bead Weaving Using the Shedding Device: A comprehensive guide that covers everything from equipment and setup to techniques and design tips.

How to Bead Weave on a Loom: The Ultimate Guide to Master the Art of Bead Weaving on a Loom and Create Beautiful Bead Weaving Patterns: This book provides a detailed introduction to loom beading, including various techniques and projects to create beautiful patterns.

Pinterest Bead Weaving Board: A collection of creative ideas and beautiful designs that can inspire you to try new techniques and experiment with different materials.


Here are some commonly asked questions about bead weaving:

What is bead weaving?

Bead weaving is a technique where beads are woven together to create a fabric-like surface. It can be done using a variety of different materials, tools, and techniques, and can be used to create a wide range of jewelry, accessories, and home decor items.

What materials do I need for bead weaving?

The materials you need for bead weaving depend on the specific project you are working on. However, in general, you will need beads, beading thread or wire, a beading needle, and a beading mat. Other tools and materials that may be useful include scissors, pliers, and a loom or other beading frame.

What are some common bead weaving techniques?

Some common bead weaving techniques include peyote stitch, brick stitch, netting, herringbone stitch, and right angle weave. Each technique has its own unique look and feel and can be used to create a wide range of designs.

How do I get started with bead weaving?

To get started with bead weaving, you will need to gather your materials and tools, choose a design or pattern to follow, and begin working on your project using the chosen bead weaving technique. You can find tutorials and project ideas online or in books and magazines to help you get started.

What are some tips for successful bead weaving?

Some tips for successful bead weaving include using high-quality materials, keeping your work area clean and organized, practicing good tension control, using the right needle and thread for your project, and taking your time to ensure that each stitch is secure and consistent.