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Learning Bead Crochet

Goals for Bead Crochet

I got a copy of Bead Crochet Jewelry, and the jewelry looks amazing!


Bead crochet is a little different than regular crochet, and gives you a piece with a totally unique look. To bead crochet, you pre-string a lot of beads, and then (basically) slip stitch around a 4 stitch round (or more stitches, if you’d like). While slip stitching, there’s a certain technique for incorporating the bead appropriately into the stitch.

My long-term goal is to make myself a few fabulous necklaces! But, that’s a bit much for one Saturday! So, my goal this week was to:

  • select beads and thread appropriate for a starter project
  • string beads (you need to pre-string a LOT of beads!)… and see whether it would drive me bonkers
  • learn the basic technique for bead crochet
  • fasten off my work

My Resource

Now that I’ve completed my first (albeit, small) bead crochet project, I have to tell you: this book is fabulous! Bead Crochet Jewelry is written by a mother and daughter (who I had the good fortune of meeting at TNNA), and it’s completely obvious throughout the book that this duo has a passion for bead crochet and are skilled teachers!

The book is organized by difficulty level (really helpful for us newbies!), and choc-full of helpful tips and step-by-step photos. I’m not going to fib: bead crochet is pretty different from regular crochet, and I had some trouble manipulating such thin thread early on. But, I persevered because of the great instructions (and dreams of future projects), and I couldn’t be happier!

My Materials

I checked out my local craft stores, and none of them carried the type beading thread that was recommended in the book. So, I ordered my thread (and some beads, while I was at it!) from

What I Did

I’ll admit: since I’m a pretty proficient crocheter, I thought I could start straight away on one of the projects, and skip over the advised practice. I was wrong.

Bead crochet requires a new way of interacting with the beads and hook… and that’s really hard to do for the first time with bead thread.

I began by stringing a pretty collection of beads. However, not only was the thread tiny (and I had no idea what I was doing!), the beads were slightly different sizes, making it a tough 1st project! So, after struggling a bit, I took the book’s advice and did a practice piece with yarn and jumbo beads:

I’m so happy that I did! Even though it doesn’t look fabulous, it allowed me to get the basic technique and get my fingers used to what they were supposed to do!

Next, I strung seed beads for my real project! I decided to use all identically-sized seed beads to make it easy on myself. I was delighted to discover that the crocheting was much easier now that I had some practice under my belt.

Isn’t it pretty? Look how nicely the colors are swirling! Yay!

I even finished off my piece in a circle. I have no idea what I’ll use it for (turns out that I strung on too few beads for a bracelet), but I’m so proud!

What I Learned

Most importantly, I learned that I like bead crochet! I was very worried that I would find the pre-stringing and tiny thread size irritating… but I found the stringing relaxing and got used to the small gauge size. Hooray!

I also learned a few pieces of advice for starting. It’s incredibly important to practice with a larger hook/bead size to begin, and also use multi-colored beads. If you do that, you’ll get the hang of what you’re doing to move on!

Finally, I realized that I need reading glasses. I suspected this for a while, but this tiny project brought the need into focus! And trust me, it’s much easier to bead crochet when you can really see what you’re doing!

Future Goals

I love this! I’m going to keep going! Next up for me is a bracelet with some focal beads… so excited!

I totally recommend Bead Crochet Jewelry, it’ll really inspire you to learn!



  1. Kelly SAYS...

    I think you have done a fabulous job of learning to bead crochet. I know the goal is to stretch yourself by learning a new craft but I think you are also learning things about yourself too. Sorry about having to get reading glasses hopefully you’ll get use to them quick.

    I’ve seen someone demonstrate how it’s done. It looked really easy until I got a closer look at the hook and thread. It’s on my bucket list and I will put this book on my wish list too.

    P.S. The bracelet you made would make a Dragon proud…you have the CAL Dragon coming up. You could use this bracelet/crown to glam up your dragon… 🙂

  2. I’ve seen some beautiful work done with bead crochet, and it’s on my long list of things to try. I’m glad to hear your advice to practice with the larger elements. I would be like you, and want to jump right in – now I’ll give myself some practice time!

  3. Crystal SAYS...

    Fabulous job! Looks like the perfect napkin ring to me. 🙂

  4. Lena SAYS...

    Hi Stacey! Your first attempt at bead crochet looks great. You could use it as a napkin ring.

    Greetings from Germany!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comments!

  5. Wish we were in the same place still – this looks like something I’d like to do as an afternoon crafting get-together 😉 Glad to see you found stuff at eebeads – I love them!!

    • Miss you, Ellen! I went with eebeads from your recommendation… they’re fabulous!

  6. Bianca SAYS...

    What size crochet hook did you use? Your project looks great!

    • It’s a size C hook. Thank you!

  7. yolanda SAYS...

    hi my name is yolanda from south africa ,i am rily happy to come across your site and would love to learn more about bead croching

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