Beading For Beginners

Beading for beginners may feel like a journey of a thousand steps but 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 I want you to keep in mind as you begin this process.

I call this my 1, 2, 3 method.

With 1 person in mind [you, the beginner], I will be unfolding the 2 simple beading techniques with the use of just 3 basic jewelers tools that will move you through the basics of beading jewelry.

You will find this path the easiest way to get started - techniques, tools and beading tips needed project by project.

Now combine that with learning the beading supplies for each project and you will be on your way to your first beading for beginners projects in no time.

Do you believe me?

There is much more to learn - but the basics will anchor everything and it will make the transition easier as we move from project to project.

Just a Few Notes Before We Get Started

There are just a few things I want to touch on and share with you before you begin learning beading for beginners.

Things I have learned along the way and things I have learned from others that have taken classes from me.

First, in order to stay on course and on task you must be cautious with...

Overcoming Confusion & Staying Focused

If you were in a classroom setting and I were your instructor then we would focus on just one topic, one project, covering all the information needed to complete that one project in a matter of two hours.

But we aren't.

Here you have the freedom to roam at will, bouncing from this topic to that topic.

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.

I have tried to keep this 'beginning' section in an easy order for you to follow as though you were in a classroom with me. In the end it's up to you how you process this.

To help with this I have created a 'step by step guide' to lead you along this path. This guide will direct you in the order I prefer you to travel.

The guide is merely that...'a guide'.

In the end the path you take is ultimately up to you. This will just give you a suggested order of consuming information to get you to the end of each lesson in a more direct way. 

You can find the 'step by step guide' here.

I encourage you to stay focused, don't be distracted by the shiny objects. But if confusion sets in then step back and take a breath.

Go back, brief over the page and then begin again or set it down and walk away. Come back to it with fresh eyes when you are ready.

Use the provided guide to keep you on track. Print the guide, make notes on it checking off each page as you work through them.

Allow the step by step guide to be your friend and your road map.

That is the best advice I can offer you in the beginning. Focus on your path.

Re-reading information will only reinforce what you have learned and the more you read the more familiar it will become to you.

Beading Tip: 

Focus is key.

Written notes help reinforce what you learn.

If you come across something you don't understand along the way, write it down, make notes and contact me.

I've been where you are. We all learn differently and this is what has inspired this beading for beginners site. It's this process that made the most sense to evolve in the task of learning these skills. It's not rocket science but it can be as confusing without the right resources.

If you have a question come join the conversation at our FaceBook Group chat or contact me.

No question is too small or too silly or too anything, it's just a question.

Secondly, I want you to review...

What is Beading?

When first considering learning how to make jewelry the big question I asked myself was...'What is beading?'.

As a beginner you must first have a clear picture of the type of beading you want to learn. We will look at the variety of 'beading' methods.

This is to give you a better idea, an overview of how many different styles and methods of beading there are. 

We all start with a different perspective and understanding.

You may read the phrase 'learn how to make beaded jewelry', you click on it - but it is not what you expected. It is not what you were looking for.

My own first impression was stitching intricate detail on garments with teeny tiny seed beads, like what you may find on a wedding or evening gown.

That was not what I wanted. That was not the type of beading I wanted to do.

We will

  • break down
  • summarize
  • clarify

the differences, providing a sharper picture for you so that you can be more intentional in your approach.

Thirdly, along the way you will be learning new...

Beading Vocabulary

New words, a new jargon in relation to beading jewelry, is a natural order of the process of learning anything new.  This will be your quick resource tool to help.

If you don't find the word listed there that you feel should be, then by all means let me know. I appreciate the extra eyes.

Feel free to bookmark this page for a quick and easy reference. It will be a continuous work in process as this site grows and the projects increase.

You must be anxious to get started in your own beading for beginners journey so to wrap this up, allow me leave you with this last thought.

Spread the Beading Bug...

Each person learns differently and at a different pace. One may pick this up in an instant, others it may take just a bit more.

I share my own story of my 'bead'-ginnings and how I ran into obstacles as well as being a real slow learner. [mostly due to my circumstances at the time.]

But regardless, from that experience, I have tried to set this process for you to work through quickly and efficiently, more so than I did.

I hope that is what you find as well.

But...if you need a little extra support then let me leave you with one final tidbit. It's what I call my secret formula that encouraged me through the beginning...

  • Bead Style Magazine


  • Fire Mountain Gems Supply Catalog

The Bead Style Magazine is the beading for beginners magazine. It is focused exclusively on the beginner. This is my 'go to' magazine that I recommend to anyone just getting started.

Unfortunately for me it was not in publication when I was learning but has since come out and this is my recommendation for you. I share more about this publication in the beading jewelry craft magazines section.

Next...The Fire Mountains Gem hard copy supply catalog is a wealth of info with pictures, examples and descriptions of beading supplies of every sort.

There are many other supply catalogs available but this was the one that caught my eye in the very beginning and for good reason and I share more about this discovery in 'my story'.

Okay, so now you know...but that's our little secret.

As you continue on, if at any time, you have found this site helpful then please pass it forward and help spread the beading bug.

Where Do You Go Next?

Now let's get busy learning beading for beginners and let's make some 'bead'-utiful jewelry.

First, read 'What is Beading?' if you haven't already, then move straight over to understanding the basic jewelers tools [there are only 3 so it's a quick and digestible read] and start your step by step journey to learning beading for beginners.

See you there.