Taking on beadwork as a hobby would be a good idea for anyone who wants to find a way to let their creative side run wild. It’s a great pastime, it doesn't have to be too expensive to do, and it can easily grow into something more. The line that divides doing beadwork in a casual way, and making a business out of it is incredibly thin.
The easiest way to get into beadwork, if you don’t have any previous knowledge in sewing or embroidery, is to start making jewelry, such as necklaces and bracelets. All you really need is a selection of beads, a piece of nylon string, and some clasps. With that, you can experiment with different combinations of sizes and colors without being afraid to dismantle your creation if you’re not happy with how it turned out to be. Once you feel more comfortable, you can try to think 2D instead of 1D, and try to make more elaborate patterns in more than one row.
From there, you can move on to sewing beads into pieces of cloth, just to get the hang of it. You can sew individual beads, or string two or three at a time and sew that into the cloth. After a while, you’ll be comfortable enough with your skills to start thinking about patterns you can sew into your clothes and make them truly unique.
The last stage of beadwork, and the hardest one to achieve, would be 3D beading, where you get to make small items from beads and string only. To do this, you’ll need to be very proficient in beadwork, and it’s likely you’ll need to find patterns, because making your own might prove to be too time consuming and frustrating if they don’t work out the way you planned.
No matter how far you get with your beadwork, or how early you stop progressing, you should always be aware that you’re participating in a part of human tradition that’s been around for much longer that any of us. Plus, as long as you’re having fun doing this creative craft, it doesn't really matter how good you get. Just keep stringing those beads.