Mastering Beadwork A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques

Based on years of teaching experience, Carol Cypher presents easy-to-understand instructions with informative sidebars to help anyone master beading techniques.

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Are you a new beader seeking solid beading foundations? Or are you an experienced beadworker wanting to refine your skills? Mastering Beadwork is your ultimate resource for beading knowledge-it's a project book plus reference tool wrapped up in one.

Based on years of teaching experience, Carol Cypher presents easy-to-understand instructions with informative sidebars to help anyone master beading techniques. Each of the 13 techniques are explained in detail, then further explored with projects to enhance the beader's skills and confidence. The 63 projects included here-ranging from bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings to findings, closures, beaded beads, and other beaded objects-teach a single project or technique but are arranged to build skills at any level. You'll also find suggestions for personalizing and expanding on each project or pattern.

Learn all the basic beading stitches-from peyote, spiral, vertical and horizontal netting, bead crochet, right-angle weave, triangle weave, daisy chain, ladder stitch, ndebele, brick stitch, African helix, and more.

Mastering Beadwork is a classroom in a book, an all-in-one reference guide, and a compendium of beading techniques. It will supplement what you've already learned in beading classes, set you on the first steps to beading confidence, and infuse your work with inspiration.

Table of Contents
What You Need (The Beadworker's Studio)
What You Need to Know (Beadwork Basics)

Peyote Stitch

  • Band of Triangles Bracelets
  • Joy Squared Cuff
  • Carpet of Beads Bracelet
  • Beaded Bead or Toggle
  • Dewdrop Diagonal Peyote Bracelet
  • Pair of Beaded Beads
  • Fat Little Embellished Beaded Bead
  • Can't Stop Beading Bracelet
  • Starry Night Card Case
  • Undulating Peyote Tube
  • Supple, Shiny, and Shapely Bracelet
  • Peyote Mandala
Dutch Spiral
  • Sparkle, Dash, and Dot Bracelet
  • Bam! Dutch Spiral Bead
  • Netted Rope


  • Credit Card Case
  • Lacy, Spiky Bicone Bracelet
  • Bead Netted Bead
  • Classically Feminine Pearl Collar
  • Ogalala Bracelet
  • Starshine or Snowflake
  • Beaded Scarf
Spiral Stitch
  • Spiraling Fire-Polished Rope Lariat
  • Double Spiral Roll-On Bracelet
  • Luscious Leafy Pearl Bracelet

Right-Angle Weave

Cross-Needle Weave
  • Crystal Cuff
  • Zigzag Weave Bracelet
  • Band of Pearls Ring/Beaded Rope
Single-Needle Right-Angle Weave
  • Round Beads in Right Angles Bracelet
  • Jewels in R.A.W. Windows Bracelet
  • Interpretation of Fashion Earrings
Triangle Weave
  • Cocktail Ring
  • Five Easy Pieces Necklace
  • Penta-Petal Bead
Square Stitch
  • Saturn Bracelet
  • Name Badge
Daisy Chain
  • Double Daisy Chain
  • Springtime Chain Bracelet
  • Hot Chili Pepper Collar
Ladder Stitch
  • Delicate Beaded Ladder Earrings
  • Tape Your Tail to the Table Ring
  • Ladder Alternative Eyeglass Leash
Ndebele Herringbone
  • The Long and the Wide: a Stripy Bracelet
  • Seed-Stitch Look Bracelet
  • A Variety of Inclusions Bracelet
  • Jill's Reversible Ndebele Bracelet
  • Bead Happy Bracelet
  • Silver & Pearls through Thick & Thin
  • Fran's Swirling Ndebele Bracelet
  • Swirling Ndebele Toggle
Brick Stitch
  • Garden Earrings
  • Marigold Fan Earrings
  • Winged Bead
  • Backless Brick Bezel
  • You Are My Sunshine Beaded Pendant
Polygon Weave
  • Triangular Rope
  • Octagonish Bracelet
  • Harlequin Bracelet
  • One Through the Beads Bracelet
Scallop Stitch
  • Scalloped Earrings
  • Saffron and Crimson Necklace
Bead Crochet
  • Bead Crochet Out Loud Choker
  • Coiled Crochet Lariat
About the Author

Carol Huber Cypher is an accomplished beader and feltmaker who has studied felting for more than 20 years. She often teaches feltmaking alongside beadwork at national bead shows in addition to conferences, guilds, colleges, seminars, museums, and stores. Carol is an adjunct faculty member in the fashion program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has appeared on PBS’ Beads Baubles and Jewels, the DIY Network’s Uncommon Threads, and is the author of Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads (Interweave Press, 2005) and Mastering Beadwork (Interweave Press, 2007). Carol lives in Esopus, New York.

"Thorough and beautifully constructed... a fine reference." -- Simply Beads

"This is a must have, must do, don't miss... for those who want the basics covered, then want to take it up a notch or two or three." -- South Jersey Bead Society

SKU: 07BD1

Author/Speaker/Editor: Carol Huber Cypher

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596680135

Number Of Pages: 240

Customer Reviews

It is my bible Review by Paulette

I totally recommend this book. I refer to it in my teaching of beading and encourage my students to invest in it.

(Posted on 6/12/14)

A very good book. Review by Marilyn

I am so glad I bought this book. A comprehensive guide to beading that will help with any problems.
Great graphics easy to understand.
This book is now a constant companion.

(Posted on 10/15/13)

Just what it says comprehensive. Review by Annie

A really useful book. Great instructions and very clear graphics. A constant companion.

(Posted on 10/15/13)

Mastering Beadwork Review by Jayne Melstrom

It is a great book and explains everything in full order and as my self am a self taught beader and I would recommend this book for anyone starting beginner to the more advanced beader. I like the way the book is put up and the way it is a spiral type of book also. I am very pleased with it and believe any one else can be also.

(Posted on 11/17/11)