Seed beads are small (or tiny) beads that look a little bit like plant seeds, hence the name!
They can be used to create amazing jewelry pieces and for embroidery projects too. They come in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes.
Which brand do to buy? What size and shape works best?
How do you make sense of the sizing?
Generally, seed beads are divided into the following main types – Japanese Cylinder Beads, Japanese Seed Beads and Czech Seed Beads.
You can find cheap seed beads manufactured in China but it’s often worth spending a little extra to buy the best quality beads which come from Japan and the Czech Republic. Examples of Japanese manufacturers are Miyuki, Toho and Matsuno.