Bead weaving is making objects by stitching beads together. Sometimes these objects can be soft, textile like and used for clothes, jewelry and accessories. Sometimes they can be very stiff and sculptural. The choice of beads used ranges from tiny seeds and bugles to large glass, acrylic, paper, gemstone or whatever you like beads using many different stitches. I'd like to cover one stitch per feature.
About.com has good instructions for beginners with step by step explanations of every stitch.
African helix is a tubular bead weaving technique in which the beads used are passed through only once. You can think of it as a tubular netting in which you don`t pass through the bead in the previous row but instead pass under the thread (similar to brick and Saraguro stitch). This makes it a great stitch for those beads with teeny tiny holes.
Instructions with photographs
Square stitch Loom work Ladder stitch Brick stitch Peyote stitch Tubular Peyote stitch Herringbone stitch Right angle weave Netting Tubular netting Spiral stitch Daisy chain St. Petersburg chain Saraguro