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     Want to learn how to weave with beads?  This is the perfect place to learn everything you need to know about beading with thread and needles using stitches (or bead weaving).  Beadweaving is a traditional art that has existed for thousands of years, dating even back to the ancient Egyptians.  With precision and patterns, you can create nearly any type of design with beads at your disposal.  Primarily, we focus on beadweaving for jewelry-making rather than boxes, figurines, tapestries, or other projects.

    Today, beadweaving has many advantages that our ancestors did not, including perfectly formed beads, smaller beads, better needles, and much better threads.  On this page you can find and learn most of the most popular stitches today, including peyote stitch, right angle weave, herringbone stitch, square stitch, brick stitch, and more.  You will also find and learn variations on each of these stitches.  For example, peyote stitch can be flat, circular, tubular, or freeform. Adding different sizes of beads within a stitch can also do fun things, as you can see in the " Modern Celinni Necklace" tutorial.

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What is Bead Weaving?

Bead weaving
(also known as beadweaving) is a type of craft that involves the use of small, decorative beads of many types to create intricate patterns and designs. This can be done by hand or with the use of a loom,  and is often used to create jewelry, clothing, and other decorative items.  A crafter (or artist or designer or just someone creative) will use beading thread and beading needles to stitch the beads together.  Beadweaving generally uses some combination of seed beads and/or other small shaped beads.  With smaller beads you can create more intricate patterns.  Some beads like size 15/0 delicas measure only 1.3x1mm.  

The most common technique for bead weaving is the peyote stitch, which involves stitching the beads together in a zigzag pattern to create a flat, zig-zag design.  There are many other variations and stitches that can be used in bead weaving, including square stitch, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, St. Petersburg stitch, and loom work. Each of these techniques has its own unique characteristics and can be used to create different effects in the finished project.  Many designs even utilize a combination of these stitches.

Learning to make jewelry with bead weaving is like learning to to play music, sing, dance.  The more you practice and experiment with different stitches, the more amazing things you will be able to create.  Bead weaving is a popular hobby for many people  PotomacBeads offers thousands of resources, and want to share with you the joy of creating jewelry and art with beads.

Overall, bead weaving is a fun and creative way to create beautiful, handmade items that can be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, there is a bead weaving technique that is right for you.  Now let's learn more about each jewelry-making stitch...

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Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch is a type of bead weaving technique that is believed to have originated with the indigenous peoples of North America. It is named after the peyote cactus, which was used by some indigenous groups in religious ceremonies. The peyote stitch was used by these groups to create decorative items such as belts, bags, and other ceremonial objects.  

As the peyote stitch spread to other cultures, it was adapted and modified to create a wide range of patterns and designs. Today, it is a widely used technique in bead weaving, and is the foundation for many other bead weaving techniques.

Allie discusses peyote stitch more in this better beader episode all about peyote stitch.