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Essential Seed Bead Techniques

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Essential Seed Bead Techniques
Learn five essential seed bead stitches and start making one-of-a-kind jewelry today! From peyote to right-angle weave, you’ll unlock endless creative possibilities.

Join jewelry designer Leslie Rogalski as she shares five foundational seed bead techniques to help you get started beading beautiful jewelry! Dive in with the popular peyote stitch as you learn how to work flat even- and odd-count stitches and zip them up into quick and easy beaded beads. Then, learn how to start the brick stitch with a ladder and work back-to-front thread paths with ease. Next, learn the basic herringbone stitch and then explore tubular techniques, expertly joining your ends to make a beautiful bangle. Moving on, master the right-angle weave and combine two separate pieces into a lovely, dimensional faux cubic pendant or bold bracelet. Finally, have fun with geometric patterns as you learn the square stitch, increasing and decreasing by one or two rows to make lovely stepped edge detailing and Leslie’s favorite ziggurat rings. Leslie will even show you how to create custom closures that flawlessly finish any piece! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, beadwork designer and author Leslie Rogalski, and learn more about the techniques covered in your class and the materials you'll need. You can view the lessons in order or skip to the ones that interest you the most. Use the class as a reference to learn and review techniques whenever you need them!


Lesson 2. Peyote Stitch

  • Learn the friendly peyote stitch with even- or odd-count designs. Leslie shows examples of jewelry using this stitch and walks you through a helpful diagram to explain the thread path, then demonstrates with the beads themselves. Clear close-ups of the action help you see exactly how to accomplish this stitch, as well as how to "zip up" rows of beads to create beaded beads.


Lesson 3. Brick Stitch

  • Master the foundational brick stitch as well as increases and decreases to create flat pieces in any shape. Then round up your skills by adding circular brick stitch around a bead or ring, and learn how to bridge multiple medallions with seed beads.


Lesson 4. Herringbone Stitch

  • Herringbone stitch might look tricky, but once you grasp how the thread path determines your beads' orientation, you'll see how simple it is. Leslie demystifies herringbone with clear diagrams and a stitching demonstration, then shows how to create tubular herringbone. Use a head pin to make earrings and pendants or join the ends for a trendy beaded bangle.


Lesson 5. Flat Right-Angle Weave

  • Get a handle on right-angle weave with Leslie's guidance! Working with larger beads, Leslie shows you how to add beads and rows for flat pieces and how to zip pieces together to create a faux cubic right-angle weave. You'll also see how to add embellishments to your heart's delight.


Lesson 6. Square Stitch

  • You'll be squared away with square stitch once you've seen Leslie's design examples and stitching demonstration. See how to work with multiple bead sizes and make a "ziggurat ring" featuring a square pyramid.


Lesson 7. Closures

  • If you're making finished jewelry, you'll want to add a closure that fits in with your design. Leslie shows how to add a commercial toggle or create your own and attach it to your piece. You can even embellish the closure to make it the focal point of your beaded work of art.

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