Amazing Things Can Be Done With Beads

When most people think about doing beadwork, one of the first things that comes to their mind is making bracelets, earrings, necklaces and ankelets, which this form of beading for the most part is known as stringing beads.

There are so many different ways to do beadwork, that only the brain can be left to the imagination. Beadwork can be as simple as stringing them together one by one to design the items mentioned above or it can be as complex as designing wall hangings or pictures to making wearable clothing items.

Beads can be made from several different properties such as paper, glass, plastic, wood, bone or resin. They will range in a variety of sizes, from the tiniest seed bead to huge madallion sizes. They are also in many shapes as well. When you incorporate the various sizes and shapes together, you design something unique and usually one of a kind.

Beads are nothing new  early records show that beads were made and used back as far as 5,000 years ago.The techniques used then and now are often divided into various categories; weaving them on a loom or off-loom weaving, bead crochet, bead knitting, bead embroidery and naturally bead stringing.

Whatever technique you use, you are sure to come up with an awe inspiring design.


One response to “Beading

  1. Love this reflection on ways to design with beads. I just recently beaded a beautiful necklace with rose quartz, garnet and labrodite for my mother– it was a great meditative experience! Thank you, Ann

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