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.
Loom work is done on a bead loom. Bead looms can be found in several sizes, made of wood, metal and/or plastic and you can even make your own. Finished piece is usually rectangular, but irregular shapes can be made too. It is soft like textile and can be embellished in different ways. Loom work works up faster than the stitch that gives the same look - square stitch.
How to make a bead loom
How to use a bead loom
Loom beading instructions
Template for loom patterns
Projects on loom