Category: Beading Tips

The beading tips category includes posts that offer you helpful hints for beading. Some of these posts may also appear in other categories. So, for example, information about how to count rows. This would appear in the technique section for the stitch as well as in the tips.

Some of these beading tips are very specific to particular techniques. For example, a tip on starting tubular Peyote. Other advice is more general: perhaps some tips on improving your beading tension.

I welcome articles and tips from other beaders. So, if you have something useful to share, send me an email: beadflowers@btinternet.com and I can help you put together and publish an article about it.

If you have questions about the tips shared on here, leave a comment. If you’re looking for help and can’t find any tip that covers your question, then you can use this form to put in a request for some information.

As with all the sections on this website, I’m growing things all the time. So, please check back here regularly to find more help. You can also join the ‘Become a Better Beader’ group for free. That will make sure you see all the new articles and advice, so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll see the sign up form at the bottom of every page on the website. So, just add your details! Then look out for your monthly newsletter, full of all the latest beading news and help to guide you. Happy beading!

The golden rule of beading, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

The Golden Rule of Beading

This might be the most important beading blog you ever read. I’m about to share the golden rule of beading (in my opinion). So, if you’re getting bogged down in techniques and terminology and...

Dryer Sheet Hack for Beading, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Dryer Sheet Hack for Beading

Now, I’m going to be up-front here. The dryer sheet hack isn’t my invention! It’s a clever little trick I’ve heard a lot of beaders using. In fact, this post is really two clever...

How Many Beads in a Gram? Katie Dean, My World of Beads

How many beads in a gram?

Picture this: you have a new beading pattern that lists 20 IrisDuo beads in the materials. So, you pop to your LBS, or search online and find a shop selling IrisDuo beads. They sell...

Counting Peyote Rows, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Counting Peyote Rows

You might think that counting Peyote rows is easy. And it is, provided you know this critical trick… Before I share it, let me back up and talk about… Peyote stitch structure If you...

Beads for bead weaving. How do you know which are best? Find out how to choose what you need. Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Beads for Bead Weaving

I’ve taught a lot of beginners now and one of the first things they ask is, naturally, what beads to use. Well, that depends on the kind of beading you want to do. So,...

Stash Busting Beading Projects, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Stash Busting Beading Projects

The early part of the year always feels like a time for new beginnings. I think one of the ways a lot of beaders make a new beginning is by looking at their beading...

How to size a bracelet, bracelet gauge, bracelet sizer, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

How to size a bracelet

Does your jewellery making repertoire include bracelets? If you said ‘yes’, then you need to read this. Sizing bracelets is never as easy as you might think. So, in this article, I am going...

Using Pinterest

Using Pinterest for Beading: 3 Top Tips

When I started using Pinterest, I never realised how critical it would become for my beading. I work a lot as a designer and Pinterest is a brilliant tool for helping me there. However,...

Seed bead sizes and brands

Seed Bead Sizes and Brands

When you start beading, the different seed bead sizes can be very confusing. Worse than that, it turns out that the same size of seed bead can actually vary a little bit from brand...

Cabochon Necklace with Lentil Beads

How To Teach Beading

So, you already make and design your own beadwork and you want to teach your designs to others. Or maybe you are a beader and have an interested friend and you want some advice...

quadra tiles

Bead Colour Combinations: How They Work

The first rule of bead colour combinations is there are no rules! Well, that’s not strictly true – scientists and artists have spent years trying to work out colour theory so they can create hard...

beading patterns

Beading Patterns: 3 Handy Hints

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...

Beading Terms Defined

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...

beading classes

Beading Classes: why you should attend one

Beading classes, books and magazines used to be the only way you could learn about beading techniques, tools and materials, but since the expansion of the internet, it is possible to learn from videos in...

Publishing Your Beadwork Designs

If you are looking to publish your beading or jewellery designs, you have several options. The most obvious is publishing in a magazine. This is relatively easy in that you will be creating a single design...

High Stakes Necklace, Battle of the Beadmsith beading competitions, Katie Dean, 2013 entry

Beading Competitions: Four Top Tips

Beading competitions range in size and format from events run at your local bead shop or by your local beading group to huge international competitions that will attract top designers. I’ve been thinking a...

how to thread a needle

How to thread a needle

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...

clasp

How do I add a Clasp?

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...

beading needle

How do I choose a Beading Needle?

Believe it or not, a needle is not just a needle! For starters, if you are planning to start bead-weaving, you will need to use a beading needle. These needles differ from ordinary sewing...

beadwork colour scheme

Beadwork Colour Scheme: Five Tips

Beadwork colour schemes present one of the greatest challenges when starting a new beading project. It’s not a problem if you’ve bought a kit or you’re following a pattern where the colour scheme has been...

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