|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.
Beadwork techniques are broadly divided into loom and off-loom weaving, stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, and bead
Most cultures have employed beads for personal adornment. Archaeological records show that people made and used beads as
long as 5000 years ago. Beads have also been used for religious purposes, as good luck talismans, and as curative agents.
A bead is a small, decorative object that is pierced for threading or stringing.
Beads range in size from under a millimeter to over a centimeter. Glass, plastic, and stone are probably the most common materials,
Beadwork is the craft of making things with beads.
Types of beads include:
Pressed glass beads