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Best Ever Tubular Crochet Bead Rope Tutorial

Lots of beaders like doing beaded spiral rope jewelry (see below for tutorial links) but there is another way to get that look.  Crochet rope beading or tubular bead crochet is a great alternative and a highly portable project.  Once mastered, it is yet another relaxing technique to enjoy when you don't wish to do anything too challenging.

The best and most comprehensive video tutorial to learn this method is the one by Ann Benson. There are some lovely examples at the beginning of the video - my favorite is shown above.  Note that this technique needs practice and tension is very important.

The video includes exactly what you require - size of beads, thread and hook - as well as a great many tips.  I particularly like her tip on how to keep the threaded beads, work and hook neat and tidy.  You could pop the lot in a zip lock bag and put it in your handbag!

This great instructor also has excellent animated step by step instructions.  Hit the pause/stop button and rewind if you need to see a step again.  One of the most crucial steps is where to position the bead after inserting the hook through its loop. It must be over to the right of the hook as shown above (for right handers).

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  1. Amazing tutorial, Ann! Your explanations and graphics make it very easy to understand. For years I stayed away from this technique because I thought that the stringing part was too tiresome. Now I am not without a project since it can be taken anywhere once the beads are strung!

  2. Awesome video. It really does a good job with the animation to clearly show how to do this technique. The only drawbacks are it doesn't show how to connect a new string, nor does it show how to finish off the piece.

  3. It's best not to add a new string so most people would string more than enough beads on a ball of string.

    Finishing was not the intent of the video as it is technique demonstration not a project one. There are many other tutorials on the internet which show how to finish a necklace or bracelet like this.

  4. If you click on the " Bead East site has pdf downloads" in the text above, it returns a "404 not found" error message. In order to get to the pdf, you actually have to go to the Beadsead website and click on the pdf choice which then redirects you to an etsy website where you can purchase the pdf. The video also mentions a LARGE selection of beads at the Beadseads website which is als onot found there unless you accidentally discover them at the etsy shop. I was disappointed in the accuracy of the reporting even though I found the information fascinating.

    1. Hi Wayne, Thanks for letting me know that the second link no longer works. I have removed it. This post was written almost 4 years ago. So in that time, things do change. Keeping up with all the old posts is a challenging task so I thank you for pointing it out.


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