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Beadwork rules

Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet and bead knitting.

Not only has beaded necklace and anklets taken over the fashion industry but various beaded accessories such as, clutches, bags, shoes, hats, sandals, neckties, and clothes are becoming the favourites of people.

Due to the increase desire to use beaded items, more people are enrolling in beading classes to learn how to making some of these beautiful beadworks.

Basically, beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another by stringing them with a sewing needle or beading needle and thread or thin wire, or sewing them to cloth. Beads come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes.

 Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet and bead knitting.

The history of beads indicates that there is modern beading, ancient beading and the 3D beading which is becoming more popular these days.

The modern beadwork is often used as a innovative hobby to create jewellery, handbags, coasters among others. While the most ancient beads fashioned by man emerged originally from the ocean – they were shell – and they were excavated in the Skhul Cave at Mt Carmel in northern Israel.

The 3D beading generally uses the techniques of bead weaving which can be further divided into right angle weave and peyote stitch.

Many 3D beading patterns are done in right angle weave but sometimes, both techniques are combined in the same piece. Both stitches are done using either fishing line or nylon thread.

Some of the beads used for the 3D designs include acrylic, crystals, cat eye beads,Chinese crystal beads, crackle glass, chevron beads and faux beads.

 

Also, the 3D designs are often used for key rings, teddy bears, fancy toys, ear rings, rings, learning aids and more. Go beyond a beaded necklace and get yourself a cute hand clutch or sandals.