What are seed beads used for?

Seed beads are called "seed beads" due to their small size like tiny plant seeds. They're made in many colors and finishes. These features make seed beads very versatile and popular among artists of all kinds. So if you're intrigued, keep reading to learn the most common uses of seed beads...

Pastel mix of Miyuki 11/0 seed beads by The Bead featuring pastel shades of peach, yellow, green, blue, and purple in a silver container on a gray concrete surface with peach tulips.

Jewelry Making

Seed beads are commonly used in creating jewelry pieces such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. They can be strung on beading wire or cord. They can also be woven together to create beautiful and intricate designs, which I'll discuss more below.

A dainty seed bead necklace made with pink and cream 11/0 Miyuki seed beads placed neatly in a pink jewelry box

Bead Weaving

Seed beads are the main type of bead used in bead weaving techniques, such as peyote stitch, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, and square stitch as well as loom weaving. These techniques involve stitching beads together to create fabric-like structures that can be turned into jewelry, accessories, or even larger decorative pieces. Fringe earrings are a popular project that typically combines bead weaving and hanging fringe as shown below.

Set of three beaded fringe earrings with a red, green, and orange gingham pattern in white circular ceramic dish on a white cloth background

Bead Embroidery

Seed beads are often used as embellishments through bead embroidery. Using a needle and thread, they can be sewn onto fabric, bags, belts, shoes, hats, costumes, and more to create beautifully textured designs and add some sparkle. Bead embroidery can also be used to create beaded brooches as shown below.

Beaded Fringe

Seed beads may be used to create decorative fringe on items such as clothing, curtains, lampshades, and more. Fringe adds movement and visual interest to these items. And the beads add a touch of sparkle.

Home Decor & Ornaments

Seed beads can be incorporated into decorative items like picture frames, vases, and candle holders to add a unique and artistic touch. They can also be used to create beautiful ornaments.

beaded christmas wreath ornament made with green seed beads and a red bow on a white faux fur backdrop

Ceremonial and Cultural Items

Seed beads have been used traditionally by various cultures to create ceremonial garments, regalia, and symbolic ornaments that hold cultural and historical significance.


Last but not least, seed beads can be used to create many different types of crafts. Some examples include beaded flowers and trees as well as beaded animals and figurines.

three orange and yellow beaded flowers with green stems in a white vase on a black background

To Sum it Up...

The versatility of seed beads lies in their small size and wide range of colors and finishes. From a single-stranded piece of jewelry to more intricately woven pieces and crafts. The possibilities are truly endless!

And our exclusive seed bead mixes make crafting with seed beads even more fun and adventurous! Our blends are designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the best color combinations as well as inspire you to step out of your color comfort zone. They're sure to add tons of flair to any beading project!

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