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.
Spiral stitch is a fast, though thread and beads consuming, stitch that is ideal for soft, slinky ropes. It is usually done in two sizes of seed beads (larger for core, smaller for spiral), but you can create numerous variations by playing with different colours, sizes and shapes of core and outer beads. When done flat it gives beautiful braid-like forms. There are other variations that give rather high-tech or molecular look.
Basic spiral tutorial
Basics and variations
Flat spiral video tutorial
Square stitch Loom work Ladder stitch Brick stitch Peyote stitch Tubular Peyote stitch Herringbone stitch Right angle weave Netting Tubular netting