Seed Beads – A brief history and the latest Miyuki Peanut Seed Bead trend

Peanut Seed Beads

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Peanut Seed Beads

“Seed Bead” is a generic term used to describe any small sized bead.  For those of you who like seed beads, you are not alone with these tiny beads proving to have been a beading favourite throughout history.  Seed beads have been discovered in Nigeria, Spain and even in the graves of Egypt dating back over 4,000 years ago.


Seed beads have proven to be extremely popular due to their versatility. They come in a number of different shapes including round, cylinder (Delica), hexagonal, triangular, bugle and drop. They can be used for many different things, such as to make all types jewelry and as a chic addition to clothing.  In fact, they are used in a number of cultures to decorate traditional costumes including Punjabi Indian and Native American.


One of the most exciting new trends in seed beads and indeed beading in general are Miyuki peanut seed beads

Miyuki peanut seed beads come in a few different sizes, and are also known as “farfalle” (butterfly) beads.

They are actually shaped like a tiny peanut, with a whole in the center. They come in countless different colors and finishes so you’ll never run out of fresh ideas. In good news for the budget conscious they are relatively inexpensive meaning you can experiment with all of your favourite designs ideas without breaking the bank.  Some ideas you may wish to try are a kumi bracelet, a tubular stitch, or may be even a woven piece (just to name a few), but of course, it all depends on your very own preference!


Some of the best inspiration for seed beading ideas can be found in our natural environment.  I suggest you keep an open mind and your eyes open, and always keep a notebook by the bed just in case you get your moment of inspiration from your dreams.

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  1. Seed beads are really versatile. There are few pieces I create that are without the little beauties! Not only are they great for jewelry, you can add them as accents to so many arts and crafts projects!

    I’m glad to see someone else who loves these beads! Great post!

    • I appreciate your insight Lily. Seed beads are just so versatile they can be used in just about any beading project. I saw these little peanut beads and thought they were so cute that I had to share!

      • Thanks for the reply 🙂 I agree the peanut beads are adorable! I have a tank top with peanut beads strung around the neckline. It’s amazing just what you can do with the little fellas!

        • Thanks for coming back Lily. Peanut beads are alot of fun and are so good for stringing – another idea I have seen is to hang a pendant off them.

  2. I love love love peanut beads! Wonderful article as always!!

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