Bead Embroidery Components Tutorial — It’s Finally Here!

I've been saying for awhile that my Intro to Bead Embroidery Components tutorial was just about done.  But this time I can say it is finally ready!  I know, it's taken me a lot longer than I expected to complete it, but that's because I kept getting one more idea to include something else...

Finally I had to quit adding more projects to the ebook tutorial, or else I was never going to finish!

What's in the Tutorial

The whole idea behind this was to make bead embroidery fast and easy.  While I love the beaded collars and intricate cuffs, that just isn't the kind of jewelry I wear.  And to be honest, I'd never finish one because it would take me too long, and I'd abandon it half-way through.

So instead of making elaborate jewelry that I wouldn't wear, I decided to make smaller components that I would wear.  Some are fairly simple and more tailored in appearance.  Some are more exotic, with dichroic glass and/or fringework.

But the great part is that they can be worn together or separate.  Make one component large and you have a pendant.  Two smaller components make for a set of earrings.  Several connected together make a bracelet or necklace.

And of course each component can be dressed up or down.  Just changing the cab or the seed beads can give a component a whole new look.

So, I teach 5 components, and then 2 projects on putting the components together. Plus, I have a "Fringe 101" section where I show how to make fringe and some ideas on how to use different kinds of fringe.

It's about 60 pages long and has loads of photos. Originally I had planned on about 30 pages, then 40...and when I got to 60 pages I just had to stop, LOL.  (I'll just have to make another ebook for my other ideas and projects.)

Anway, here's the link for Intro to Bead Embroidery Components tutorial.   Meanwhile, I have to go shopping for some more cabs (as if I didn't have enough already...).

6 Responses to Bead Embroidery Components Tutorial — It’s Finally Here!

  • Nancy Candela says:

    Hi Gail: I ordered your tutorials and just love them. I’m going to make the component that has the square turquoise beads around it but I can’t figure out how to place the larger beads horizontally instead of vertically. Can you help me?


  • Gail says:

    Hi Nancy,

    On the component with the square turquoise beads I used the couch stitch, which is described on page 41. But if you mean the large red beads that go around the edge, let me know where you’re having the problem and I’ll send you an email with the answer(s). 🙂

    Thanks for your kind words about the tutorial!


  • Jann Tague says:


  • Gail says:

    Thank you kindly! 🙂

  • Alison Hansford says:

    Love your tutorials, I’ve learned lots and lots, thank you! I’m trying to find ways to attach the components together, but all I come across is the direct attachment. I want to space the components w/, for example, strands of pearls between them. So I’m looking for a way to attach the strand of pearls, or chain, or whatever.
    Do you have any advice? Or can you point me to someone who can?
    Thank you so much for your time,

  • Gail says:

    Hi! One of my favorite ways these days for attaching components is by including jump rings in my designs. For example, if I am creating a component that I want to use as a pendant, I may sew a jump ring near the top. That way, I can attach whatever I want to the jump rings — chains, strung beads, chain maille, etc. Plus, I can change it out whenever I like.

    I’ve also sewn jump rings to opposite sides of components, and then used beaded links between them to create a necklace or bracelet.

    And finally, I use the same idea to attach clasps to bracelets.

    Hope this has helped!


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