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.
Netting is one of the oldest and most widespread bead weaving techniques. Every nation with a tradition of beadwork has a form of netting. This stitch gives soft lacy fabric and can be modified to produce any shape. It can be used alone, embellished or as an embellishment for fuller stitches such as peyote, brick or loom work. Basic variations include vertical and horizontal, circular and tubular netting. Each one of them having different applications. Horizontal has flat edges and is usually used for cuffs and bracelets, vertical is ideal for Egyptian collars, circular gives gorgeous doilies, and tubular lacy ropes (I'll cover tubular netting in next article). When rapidly increased it gives beautiful curls and then it is known as Oglala butterfly.
Vertical and circular netting
Horizontal tubular netting
Ellygator's instructions for vertical netting
Square stitch Loom work Ladder stitch Brick stitch Peyote stitch Tubular Peyote stitch Herringbone stitch Right angle weave