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.
Square stitch is a slow stitch that gives the look identical to that of loom work, but without warp threads. Finished project is very strong since the thread passes three times through every bead. It can be done in any shape. About.com offers a faster version of square stitch.
*WestC1973 has several square stitch patterns in his gallery.