Basic Beading Techniques

Bead Techniques

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Bead Techniques

Before you tackle the more difficult beading projects, there are a few basic bead techniques you should familiarize yourself with to make your crafting experience a pleasurable one.

Depending on how far you want to pursue beading, it is always a good idea to master the basics of beading before you try your hand at the advanced stitches and techniques. There are many different types of beading techniques, we will look at a few. Once you master the basics, you will find your journey into beading a more enjoyable adventure.


The simple loop bead techniques involves you placing a bead in a T-pin.

With the use of a flat nose pliers, bend 90 degrees until you create a right angle and leave about 1 cm. Cut off the excess with a pair of wire cutters and then using round nose pliers you will make a loop at the end. Attach your bead to the loop and you have finished the simple loop technique.


Another basic beading technique is the S loop. You place a bead into an eye-pin. Take a pair of flat nose pliers and bend 90 degrees forming a right angle. Leave 1 cm. and cut off the excess with your wire cutters. Take round nose pliers and make a loop, making sure the loops are in opposite directions on each side.


The flat even count peyote stitch is the easiest of the peyote stitches. With this beading technique you start your first row by going through the first bead two times. Add on an odd number of beads for the first rows plus one for the second row. Each row is going to have an even number of stitches. After completing the first bead in row two, go back through the following bead on the previous row, do this before picking up the next bead of the second row. You continue working this pattern like this until you are complete.


The details for the square stitch beading may seem complicated, but if you take this beading technique slow, you will see it really is quite simple. Begin by grabbing your treaded needle and put it through your first bead and around once to make a knot. This is the stop bead for this job. Grab as many beads as you like for row one and thread them next to the stop bead. After you complete row one, do the same for row two. Thread the first bead of row two next to the last bead of row one. Then take the thread back through the last bead of row one and back through the first bead in row two. Add the second bead to row two and take the needle again through the second to last stitch of row one. Continue this pattern by threading the needle through the bead you are working on as well as the one next to it on the previous row. To make the pattern firm, finish off by taking the thread through two beads on the last row twice and then once through one bead in each row.

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  1. Wonderful post! Your instructions are easy to follow. I’ve been looking for a easy peyote stitch to try and I can’t wait to give this a shot!

    • I’m glad you found it of use Mika. Would love to hear how you go with peyote stitch!

      • My first attempt didn’t turn out…at all! I lack patience, unfortunately. I will give it a shot again after Christmas (with things hopefully slow down) and I have a little more time on my hands. I might even share a photo of it 🙂

        • Hi Mika. I certainly hope you do make the time to try again as once you get your confidence up it is SOOOO rewarding. I would love for you to share a photo of it with our readers or even better, tell us how your story as to how you made it and I will post a feature article about you as inspiration for other beaders in your position.

  2. Wonderful article with very detailed instructions!

    • Thanks for the comment Sally! it is always good to master basic beading techniques first so i am glad you found this article helpful.

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