Category: Multi-holed Seed Beads

Over recent years, the beading market has been bombarded with a lot of exciting new types of bead. In fact, the rate at which these beads have appeared has been quite overwhelming. So, you can be forgiven for feeling completely confused by all the choices. But I’m here to help… In this section I look at the multi-holed seed beads…

What are multi-holed seed beads?

Probably the best known (and most widely used) of this bead type is the Superduo. So, if you know that bead, then I hope that gives you an immediate context for the kind of thing I’m talking about here.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then let me try and describe the Superduo. It is an oval shaped bead, about 2.5mm wide and 5mm long. It has two holes through the bead – one at either end.

So, this is a classic example of a multi-holed seed bead. It is small enough in size to be counted within the seed bead category. But it has a shape and has more than one hole through it.

Now, since the launch of the Superduos, we have gained LOADS of other beads with multiple holes and interesting shapes. You’re about to find out…

Some of these beads have two holes, some have three holes and some eve have four holes. They vary hugely in shape and also in size.

You will typically use them for bead-weaving projects. And you will normally combine them with other types of bead. So, it’s quite rare to make an entire piece of jewellery, or other project using just one type of this bead.

Their beauty comes from the fact that they create immediate texture and interest in a beading design.

So, in each of the posts below, I have explained what the bead is, how to use it, and I have given you links to patterns you can try. I’ve also included suggestions for where to buy the beads, if you need help with that.

Halo Beads, My World of Beads

Halo Beads

In this blog section, I want to help those of you find out all about the different types of bead we have available today. So, I’m going to take a look at Halo beads....

Nib Bit Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Nib Bit Beads

What on earth are Nib Bit beads? This post is going to give you the answer, plus some links to Nib bit beading patterns and places to buy Nib bit beads. So, read on…...

RounDuo Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

RounDuo Beads

What are RounDuo beads? Where can you buy them? How do you use them? Where can you find patterns and tutorials? If you asked any – or all – of those questions, then you’ve...

Iris Duo Beads, Katie Dean, My World of Beads. How many beads in a gram?

Iris Duo Beads

Are you looking for Iris Duo beads to buy? Or maybe you want some patterns and tutorials that use these beads? Are you simply just curious about what Iris Duos are? Then, you’ve come...

Storm Duo Beads

Storm Duo Beads

If you’ve found this post, then you are probably wanting to find out about Storm Duo beads. Maybe you don’t know what they are. Or perhaps you want a pattern that uses them, or...

RounTrio beads: description, how to use them, where to buy them, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

RounTrio Beads: what are they?

RounTrio beads are an innovation from the Potomac bead company. The name really gives you all the clues you need. This is a round seed bead with three holes through it. Description of RounTrio...

Rulla Seed Beads, Katie Dean

Rulla Seed Beads

Continuing on my mission to help demystify all the different types of seed bead… So, today, let me talk about Rulla seed beads. Or you may see them just referred to as Rulla beads....

Arocs Beads Minos Beads

Arcos Beads

Arcos beads are made by the same manufacturer as the Kheops. In this article, I am going to be talking about the Arcos alongside their design fellow: Minos beads. These are two distinct types...

DiamonDuo Beads

DiamonDuo Beads

What are DiamonDuo Beads? As soon as you hear this name, you must surely think of Superduos and Miniduos, so once again, the clue is in the name. DiamonDuo beads are a little larger...

Superduo Duets

Superduo Duets

Superduo Duets are exclusive to the Beadsmith. If you are already familiar with Superduo beads, then you are going to love these. The bead shape and size is identical, but the appearance is defined...

Ava Beads

Ava Beads

Ava Beads are another type of seed bead, the brainchild of the Potomac Bead Company. These beads are made in the Czech Republic, using the top quality Czech glass that all us beaders love!...

Chilli Beads

Chilli Beads

So what are Chilli Beads? The short answer is, a shaped two-holed seed bead. Designed to look a little like Chilli beans, as you are about to find out, these beads are interesting, distinctive...

honeycomb beads

Honeycomb Beads

What are Honeycomb Beads? The simple answer is, Honeycomb beads are another variety of two-holed seed bead. Currently made in the Czech Republic, they are six-sided so they will tessellate into a honeycomb shape....

Lentil Beads

Lentil Beads

What are Lentil Beads? Lentil beads looked like round beads that have been squashed into a flattish shape – I say ‘flattish’ because they have slightly rounded fronts and backs which allows you to...

Silky Beads

Silky Beads

What are Silky Beads? Silky beads are one of the many varieties of two-holed seed bead. They look like small diamonds, or squares (depending on how you are looking at them!) and they measure...

Petals Beads

Petal Beads

What are Petal Beads? Petal beads are made from pressed glass that has been shaped to give a slight natural curve, rather like petals. They have a hole drilled through from front to back,...

Infinity Beads

Infinity Beads

This blog about Infinity Beads will tell you what they are, gives some great tips on how to work with them and, if you want to try more, you can find some links to...

Quadr Tile Beads

Quadra Tile Beads

Quadra Tile beads fall under the very broad umbrella of ‘new shaped seed beads’. They were introduced to the market in 2014 by the Starman company. They are square in shape and quite thin....

piggy beads

Piggy Beads

What Are Piggy Beads? Piggy Beads are made in the Czech Republic. They are little round beads, measuring about 8mm in diameter. Instead of being flat discs, the front of the bead has been...

Kheops Par Puca Beads

Kheops Par Puca Beads

Kheops Par Puca Beads – What are they? Kheops Par Puca beads are basically another variety of seed bead. They look like small triangles – about 6mm in size – and they have two...

twin hole bead

Twin Hole Beads or Superduos

Twin hole beads and Superduos are some of the emerging shaped seed beads. Like the Tile beads, they are different because each bead has two holes instead of just one, presenting new challenges for design. You...

tile beads

Tile Beads

Tile beads are flat squares with two holes through each bead, so they can be joined top and bottom. Each bead measures about 5mm across each side. There are two major manufacturers: Miyuki company...

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