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 the process of beading for beginners.

With 1 person in mind [you, the beginner], we will be discovering 2 very simple beading techniques using 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 with techniques, tools and beading tips needed project by project.

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

There is much more to learn - but if you follow the path laid out here 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 we want to touch on and share with you before you begin learning beading for beginners. These are things we learned along the way and things learned from others that have taken our classes.

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 we 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.

We have tried to keep the 'beginning' section in an easy order 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.

To help with this we created a 'step by step guide' to lead you along this path of learning beading for beginners with us. This guide will direct you in the order we feel is the easiest to digest our information.

Keep in mind though, 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 with Beading Jewelry 101 to get you to the end of each lesson in a more direct way.

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

When you have caught your breath, go back, brief over the page and then begin again. Or if needed just set it down and take a break. It will be here waiting for you when you are ready to come back to it with fresh eyes.

  • Print the guide and use it to keep you on track.
  • Write on it making notes and checking off each step as you complete them.
  • Initial and date the page as you complete each project page so you can see your progress.

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

That is the best advice we can offer you in the beginning..."focus on your path".

Re-reading any of the information can 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 us.

We have been where you are right now. We all had to start at the beginning. We all learn differently and this order of learning we laid out for you, is the process that made the most sense to us as we evolve in the task of learning these skills. It's not rocket science but it can be as confusing without the right resources and tools and this step by step guide is one of your tools learning beading for beginners.

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

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

Secondly, we encourage you to review the topic...

Beading Techniques

When first considering learning how to make jewelry the big question we asked was ...'What is beading?'. We were not expecting it to open such a big topic.

As a beginner you must first have a clear picture of the type beading you want to learn. We'll look at the variety of beading techniques there are to learn.

This is merely to give you an overview of just how many different styles and methods of beading there are not to confuse you with more information.

We all stand at the beginning with a different perspective and understanding of what's in our own mind. You don't know what you don't know?

If you read a phrase like...'learn how to make beaded jewelry', you click on it and it turns out not to be what you were expecting. You had a different thought and were looking for something totally different.

[Our initial perspective was that 'beading' was stitching intricate detail on garments with teeny tiny seed beads, like what you may find on a wedding dress or evening gown. That was not the type of 'beading' I wanted to learn. So I had to research until I found it.]

This is intended to cut to the chase for you. So let's visit the topic and we will;

  • Break down each technique.
  • Summarize what each technique entails.
  • Help you clarify in your mind if you are interested so that you can be more intentional in your research.

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

Beading Vocabulary

You will be learning new beading jewelry jargon and adding to your vocabulary.

It's only natural when you learn anything new that you are introduced to new words. The beading vocabulary page will be a quick resource tool to help you along the way.

If you don't find a word listed and you feel it should be, then by all means let us know. We appreciate the extra eyes.

Feel free to bookmark this page for a quick and easy reference. It will be a continuous work in process.

By now you must be anxious to get started in your own beading for beginners journey.

Let's wrap this up by allowing me to 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 the obstacles I ran into.

I was 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. Or so I hope

But...if you need a little extra support then let me leave you with my beginning tips.

It was my secret formula that encouraged me through the beginning...

  • BeadStyle Magazine

The Bead Style Magazine was the beading for beginners magazine focusing exclusively on the beginner. It was my 'go to' magazine that I recommended to anyone just getting started.

Unfortunately it is no longer being published. It was in publication from 2005 til 2016 when they went digital.

The good news is that past publications of are still available and have been converted into 'Easy Beading' books which are sorted by volumes based on the year of the magazines publication.

Clicking on the picture of the book will take you directly to to view the assortment of volumes.

I would highly encourage you to give it a look and see what you think. Be aware this is an affiliate link and should you decide to purchase we will receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you.

[Thank you in advance if you should purchase, every little bit helps support our website.]

I personally have kept all my old publications for my beading library.

The other part of my secret formula that can also be found in my beading for beginners library is the...

  • Fire Mountain Gems Supply Catalog

The Fire Mountains Gem hard copy supply catalog is a wealth of info with pictures, examples and descriptions of beading supplies of every sort. I have a hard time letting go of old copies since I still refer to them for information. The catalogs are free and this link will take you directly to their website and you can order your very own copies and request to get on their mailing list so you don't miss a copy. But I warn you the pages are full of information and you will learn something from each and every catalog.

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?

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

Start with Beading Techniques...

Then move onto Beading Tools.

Start your step by step journey to learning beading for beginners. See you there!

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Various jewelry making kits for both starters and professionals