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Techniques

Welcome to a library of free pdf downloads showing you all the basic building blocks of making wonderful projects using beads, wire and thread.

Click on any of the photos to download the free PDF technique sheets.

Look out for YouTube Videos links to step-by-step demonstrations.

Essentials

An introduction to the craft of beading and beadwork.
What to call things and what you might need

Tools, a guide to the essentials Working with Colour Findings

Bead Shapes and definitions Choosing a Thread Seed Beads and Bugles

Threading Beads

Choosing the right thread, add a clasp and make decorative knots.

Design a necklace, a bracelet or make a beaded curtain - all the information you need to get started is here.

Stringing with Fine Beading Threads Stranded Wire Thread Thonging and using thicker threads

Simple Knotting Easy Macrame Easy Macrame Square Knots

Linking & Wirework

Making simple loops, linking and using chain.

Choosing the right wire, getting creative and a professional finish.


Loops and Linking Wire Gauges Loops - a professional touch

Filigree and Chandelier Earrings Wrapped loops and bails Making Coils and Curls

Rings on your fingers Making a Torque Necklace Simple Flowers and Leaves

Using Chain Spiral Wire Winder 

Beadweaving Techniques

Beadweaving stitches with instructions from first principles.

Blank grids to create your own designs.

Beadwork Basics Right Angle Weave Herringbone Stitch

Square Stitch Peyote Stitch Brick Stitch

Square Stitch Grid Peyote Stitch Grid Brick Stitch Grid

St Petersburg Chain Short Needle Case Grids