My own personal experience of working with wire is mostly for French beading. However, the secrets I am about to share with you are also applicable to other types of wirework. So, even if you use wire to make jewellery, Continue reading Working with wire: getting great results wrapping and twisting
If you’re reading this because you already love French beading, then you probably know about the basic tools. But, did you know there is a whole set of free French beading tools? I use these regularly and I have found Continue reading Free French Beading Tools: do you know about them?
Have you been mystified by a beading pattern in which you needed to follow a Peyote stitch chart? Do you even know what a Peyote stitch chart is? If you answered ‘no’ and ‘yes’ to those questions, then you can Continue reading How to Follow a Peyote Stitch Chart
How to get good beading tension is a question that often comes up in my classes. I am constantly thinking about how to help people improve. My thoughts led me to consider how different tension is appropriate for different stitches Continue reading How to get good beading tension
I came up with this idea after watching so many people struggle with starting Tubular Peyote. If you have ever tried this, you will understand what I mean. If you haven’t, then I do have a great free tutorial for Continue reading Starting Tubular Peyote
One of the first beading techniques I learned was one of the beaded spiral rope variations, known as a Spiral Staircase. Since then, I have learned a lot more different types of beaded spiral ropes, some easy some harder. I Continue reading Beaded Spiral Rope Variations
What are beading patterns? This may sound like a blindingly obvious question, so I hope the answer won’t surprise you. Beading patterns are the instructions for making a project using beads. This could be a piece of jewellery or something Continue reading Beading Patterns: 3 Handy Hints
As my beading has evolved, I’ve found new ways to end beading thread. I have also experimented with different types of beading thread and have found that different threads sometimes need different ways of finishing. The same is true with Continue reading How to finish beading thread: 2 options
Beading patterns can be a little confusing if you are a complete novice. Like any other craft, beading has its own language and terminology that might seem strange when you start out. Here I’ve attempted to explain some of the Continue reading Beading Terms Defined
How to thread a needle? …It sounds like a pretty simple task, that is, unless you’ve ever tried it! This post looks specifically at beading needles, but the advice it offers on how to thread a needle can be pretty Continue reading How to thread a needle
Whenever you make a piece of jewellery, you will need to decide how to fasten it. This usually means using a clasp of some variety. Once you have decided which clasp you are going to use (there’s a full post Continue reading How do I add a Clasp?