When I first started beading, I learnt through making earrings. These are fast projects and will not discourage the beginner. I typically use a beading needle and Fireline which I get from the fishing department in Walmart -it comes in grey or "crystal" which is whitish.

Image by Summer Alyssa
So if you haven't yet tried beading with needle and thread before, then here are some free tutorials and inspiration to get you started!

1. Classic Beaded Earrings
This is the popular Native American style earrings which uses ladder and brick stitches. It is a very versatile design with oodles of variations as you can see from the above inspirational photo by Summer Alyssa. After you finish oogling, you can refer to the full tutorial by Shira.

2. Bicone Earrings
Pilar Burg's Crystal Corona earrings shown below left in bright orange is a free tutorial from Beading Daily. 4mm bicones and seedbeads are used to learn triangular stitch and netting.

3. Coral Earrings
Anne Helmestine who also goes by the name Azareal has a coral stitch tutorial to produce these beauties. The branching effect reminiscent of some types of coral naturally gives this stitch its common name.

4. Peyote Cats
Here's a how-to that's sure to please cat lovers and teach them peyote stitch at the same time. The Peyote Cat Earring tutorial was written by Tammy Powley.

5. Starflower Earrings
Carol Holmes of Ambrosian Beads prepared both a video tutorial as well as a pdf download of the text instructions on her purple and blue earring design which uses herringbone stitch.

6. Right Angle Weave Earrings
Karla from Auntie's Beads made these beautiful bicones with this technique as illustrated by the video tutorial.

7. Free Bead Patterns for Beaded Earrings from About.com's Beadwork.

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