Beading For Beginners

Beading for beginners may feel like a journey of a thousand steps, but the reality is there are only a few steps to learn how to make beaded jewelry.

Here is where your journey begins. There are 3 things we want you to keep in mind as you start the process of beading for beginners. 

With 1 person in mind [that would be you, the beginner], we share 2 simple beading techniques using 3 basic jewelers tools that will move you through the basics of beading jewelry.

We share the easiest path to get you started with the techniques and the tools used to create jewelry. We share beading tips and tricks we have learned along the way. When you combine this combination with learning each of the jewelry-making supplies needed, you will be on your way to your first beading for beginners' jewelry project in no time.

There is much more to learn, but if you follow the path we guide you through, these basic lessons will anchor everything. It makes the transition into more complex projects easier and not so confusing. 

 Just a Few Notes Before We Get Started

There are just a few things we want to touch on before starting your beading for beginners' journey. These are time-tested things we learned in our journey in addition to what we have learned from our students.


You must be intentional and stay the course. We talk from experience. If you are not intentional you will flounder around, and that leads to confusion.

 Overcome Confusion & Stay Focused

If you were in a classroom setting and we were your instructor, we would focus on just one project...covering all the information needed to complete that one project in approximately two hours. But we aren't.  Here, you have the freedom to roam at will. You may bounce from topic to topic.  Only you control that online.

Overcoming confusion and staying focused will be your task. Take this in small segments following the steps provided for you. Don't become so anxious to learn it all at once that it becomes too much.

We have tried to keep the 'beginning' section accessible for you to follow as though you were in a classroom with us. In the end, it's up to you how you process this. In the end, you are in control. There will be distractions along the way, but we encourage you to run through it once, then go back and check out the distractions later. 

We encourage you to make notes of your progress but stay focused. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by shiny objects. If you do become confused...breathe and step back for a moment.

When you are ready continue on picking up where you left off or review. It is here waiting for you when you are prepared with fresh eyes. If you follow our order it will get you to the finish line much quicker and more confidently. We try to hold your hand until you can fly on your own.

Beading Tip:

  • Focus is Key
  • Written Notes Reinforce Knowledge

If you encounter something you don't understand, write it down, make a note and reach out.

We have been where you are right now. We all have to start somewhere and sometimes it can feel lonely and isolating. We promise you are not the only one going through it. We all learn differently. The direction we take you through is what made logical sense to us as we were learning to understand this vast topic. There is a lot of information to consume. It's not rocket science, but it can be confusing. We found it is easier to learn it bit by bit.

With the right resources, beading for beginners is a snap. If you have questions contact us. No question is too small or too silly...we all have to start at the beginning and Bead At Home Beading Jewelry 101 is for the beginner. 


The next thing we want to encourage you to do is review our suggested article about the variety of different...

 Beading Techniques

Are you still with us? If you have read this far, you must be very interested. We appreciate that!

We suggest a review  to discover 'What is Beading?'. This is again a time-tested 'Been There, Done That' for us in our journey. We didn't know what we were about to fall into heading down this path to learn to make jewelry and the more we dug in to it the more we discovered what we didn't know.  It opened a whole different world than what we were expecting. 

As a beginner, you don't know what you don't know. You need a clear picture of the type of beading and jewelry making that you want to learn. In our article 'What is Beading?' we delve into various beading jewelry techniques summarizing snippets for quick introductions.

This is to give you an overview of how many different styles and jewelry-making methods there are. We all start at the beginning with a different perspective and understanding what's in our own minds. Let's say again, you don't know what you don't know. 

The article is intended to cut to the chase for you. It will help you...

  • Break down each technique.
  • Summarize what the process entails.
  • Help you clarify in your mind if it's a possible path you may want to travel later.

It's a quick read and worth your time.


We want to help you with the new jargon, new beading lingo you will encounter. We provide you with a dedicated beading vocabulary page for the  jewelry jargon, or beading babble, whatever you want to call it. It will help you along the way in the process.

Beading for Beginners...

 Beading Babble, Jewelry Jargon...The Beading Vocabulary

You will see new words that may be foreign to you in the beginning. It will be the beading jewelry jargon you will be adding to your vocabulary. Bookmark and visit it often as more info is added without notice. 

This is a natural process of learning anything new. Oh, the fun of the vocabulary!! Words are beautiful sources of communication and the jargon of jewelry is no exception. It's exhilarating to increase our knowledge.  The Beading Vocabulary page will be your quick resource tool to help along your jewelry journey. Bookmark it for quick access.

If you don't find a word that you feel should be listed, we invite you to let us know. All of these pages are for you and we appreciate the extra eyes. 

 In Conclusion

If you have made it down this far into this page, then indeed, by now, you are anxious to get started in your beading for beginners journey. Let' wrap this up with one last thought.

 Spread the Beading Bug...

Each person learns differently and at a different pace. 

We share our beading for beginner's journey if you would like an inside peek into our world. It's meant to encourage you, sharing the message of Ecclesiastes 3:1, There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. 

One more thing...we want to leave you with the secret formula that encouraged us to keep taking one step forward. 

  • A Beading Magazine
  • Fire Mountain Gems Supply Catalog

  • BeadStyle Magazine

The BeadStyle Magazine was the beading for beginners magazine we adored. The focus exclusively on the beginner made it our 'go-to' magazine that we recommended to anyone just getting started.

Unfortunately, the publication ran from 2005 until 2016. New editions are no longer available.

The good news is past publications were converted into an 'Easy Beading' book sorted by volumes based on the magazine's publication year.

This link will take you to Amazon for this and more Bead Style Magazines converted to books.

We encourage you to give it a look and decide if you need to begin your home beading library with your edition of the 'Easy Beading' BeadStyle books.

We keep our past editions in our beading library here along with the other part of our secret formula...

  • Fire Mountain Gems Supply Catalog

We will be the first to admit it that we are bias. The Fire Mountains Gem hard copy supply catalog is a wealth of info with pictures, examples and descriptions of beading supplies of every sort. We have a hard time letting go of old copies since we still refer to them for information. This link will take you directly to their website and you can order your own catalog and subscribe to their mailing list. But we warn you it becomes addicting. The pages are full of information and you will learn something from every edition. This is not an affiliate link, but we feel it is a must have catalog.

There are many other supply catalogs available, but this was the one that caught our eye in the very beginning and for a good reason that we share in our story.

Okay! So now you know our secret formula...but that's our little secret.

As you continue on, if you have found this site helpful, please pass it forward and help spread the beading bug. Now let's get busy and start learning beading for beginners creating 'bead'-utiful jewelry.

Where To Go From Here?

Start your step-by-step journey to learning beading for beginners. Welcome aboard. We will see you there!