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So you want to start beadweaving?
I love off-loom beadweaving. Simply love it. I find it relaxing (most of the time!), I enjoy making beautiful things, it doesn’t take up much space, and projects can fit just about any budget.
Workspace. Clear a little space that you can dedicate to beading while you’re working on a project. Use a table or desk that’s at a good height for you and a comfortable chair so you don’t strain your neck and back.
Beads and Tools. Buy some beads, beading thread (and beeswax or thread conditioner) or Fireline, and beading needles, and select a project to try. Most beadweaving projects start with 11/0 size seed beads, which are readily available in most craft stores in a multitude of colors and finishes. Choose what appeals to you.
A small variety of 11/0 size seed beads will be enough to get you started on many different projects. You can find lots of free project ideas and techniques on the internet. Give something a try. One of the wonderful things about beading is that beads are reusable – if you make something you don’t like, or make a mistake you can’t fix (yes, we all do it!), you can take the project apart and use the beads again. How many crafts can you say that about?!
Start small, and most of all, don’t let yourself get too frustrated. Beadweaving can be tricky, but it’s certainly worth the effort once you see a project to completion.
Free Project Patterns & Techniques
- Where to Find Free Beadweaving Patterns
Sites which provide access to free beading technique instruction and projects.