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.
Saraguro is Equadorian tribe that has a well known tradition of beadwork. Their beadweaving is done in lacy stitch known as Saraguro in which new beads are attached to the thread from the previous row. All Saraguro women wear beautiful beaded collars that fall well below their collarbones. There are several patterns they use nowdays - Hojas, Paralelos, Araña, Fresas, Palitos, Palmas, Rombos and Rectas. Sandra Halpenny has some patterns inspired by Saraguro beadwork, and so does Smadar Grossman. Instructions for several patterns have been published in Beadwork and Bead & Button magazines.
Gallery of authentic Saraguro beadwork
Diane Fitzgerald's article on Saraguro
Judith's hojas bracelet
Lirigal's leafs necklace
Sandra's round lace bracelet
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