Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching
beads to one another or to cloth using a needle and thread. Most beadwork takes the form of jewelry or other personal adornment, but beads are also used in wall hangings and sculpture.
cultures have employed beads for personal adornment. Archaeological records show that people made and used beads as long as 5,000 years ago. Beads have also been used for religious purposes, as good luck talismans, and as curative agents.
Modern beadwork is often used as a creative
hobbyto create jewelry, purses, coasters, and dozens of other crafts. Beads are available in many different designs, sizes, colors, and materials, allowing much variation among bead artisans and projects. Simple projects can be created in less than an hour by novice beaders, while complex beadwork may take weeks of meticulous work with specialized tools and equipment.Fact|date=September 2008
* [http://www.bead-media.com/beadglossary.html Bead glossary (illustrated)]
* [http://www.beadjewelrymaking.com/bead_project.html diffrent beading stitch types and tutorials]
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