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How to Identify Flat Beadweaving Stitches

In this video tutorial from PotomacBeads, Allie teaches you how to recognize some of the most popular stitches used in beadweaving projects.

Episode Transcript


In Better Beader Episode 12, Allie and Katelyn dive into the world of flat beadweaving stitches, sharing their expert tips and techniques for identifying and distinguishing between different stitch patterns. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced beader, understanding the unique characteristics of each stitch can help you choose the perfect technique for your next project and troubleshoot any challenges along the way.

In this article, we'll break down the key insights from the episode and provide a handy guide to help you confidently identify flat beadweaving stitches in your own beading adventures.

The Importance of Stitch Identification

As Allie and Katelyn emphasize, being able to identify different flat beadweaving stitches is a valuable skill for any beader. Here are a few reasons why:

  • It allows you to follow patterns and tutorials more easily, as you'll understand the terminology and techniques used.
  • You can troubleshoot mistakes or issues in your beadwork by recognizing where you may have deviated from the intended stitch pattern.
  • Identifying stitches helps you choose the best technique for a specific project based on factors like drape, stability, and design.
  • You can recreate a stitch you admire in someone else's work or adapt a pattern to suit your preferences.

Common Flat Beadweaving Stitches

The episode covers several of the most popular flat beadweaving stitches, including:

  • Peyote stitch
  • Brick stitch
  • Herringbone stitch
  • Square stitch
  • Right-angle weave (RAW)

Allie and Katelyn break down the defining features and characteristics of each stitch, offering visual cues and tips to help you distinguish between them.

Tips for Identifying Stitches

Throughout the episode, the hosts share their go-to strategies for identifying flat beadweaving stitches. Some key tips include:

  1. Look at the thread path and how the beads are connected to each other.
  2. Examine the shape and orientation of the beads in the pattern (e.g., stacked, offset, angled).
  3. Consider the overall texture and appearance of the beadwork (e.g., smooth, bumpy, ridged).
  4. Refer to stitch guides, diagrams, or samples to compare and confirm your identification.

Stitch Variations and Combinations

Allie and Katelyn also touch on the many variations and combinations of flat beadweaving stitches, such as:

  • Even-count and odd-count peyote
  • Circular and tubular brick stitch
  • Flat and circular herringbone
  • Combining multiple stitches in one project

They encourage beaders to experiment with different stitch variations and combinations to create unique designs and textures.


By the end of Better Beader Episode 12, you'll have a solid foundation for identifying and understanding the most common flat beadweaving stitches. Armed with this knowledge, you can approach your beading projects with greater confidence and creativity.

Remember to practice identifying stitches in your own work and in others' designs to reinforce your skills. Don't hesitate to refer back to the episode or this guide as needed, and feel free to ask questions or share your own stitch identification tips in the comments below!

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