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.
Herringbone or Ndebele stitch owes its first name to the structure of the stitch and the second to the African tribe that invented it. This is a fairly fast stitch in which the beads are added two at a time. These beads don't lie flat next to each other but create tiny Vs that result in well known herringbone pattern. It starts with a ladder stitch base and can be turned into so many different shapes.
Flat and fan instructions
Flat, tubular and twisted herringbone
!gianelle's instructions in Czech
Square stitch Loom work Ladder stitch Brick stitch Peyote stitch Tubular Peyote stitch