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.
St. Petersburg chain may look complicated at first but it is very easy to learn. This is one of my favourite stitches and, believe me, it is very addictive. It is soft and supple, perfect for gentle, delicate, feminine bracelets and necklaces. Doubled it gives a fern- or a feather-like look. It drapes gorgeously and is perfect choice for lariats and V-necklaces. It can be used by itself but is usually embellished with fringes or pendants.
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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