September 21, 2015 @ 11:53 PM · bead embroidery, beads

Seed beads, matsuno, miyuki, czech and toho

Traditional Czech Seed Beads  -  A bead embroiderer's best friend!

The Czech Republic has long-been known for producing beautiful, high-quality, glass seed beads that are perfect for modern bead embroidery. Czech seed beads have large holes which make it easy to go through them with your thread multiple times. Their circumference is a consistent 2.2mm, but their width varies slightly, which allows you to "choose" your beads and where they go - so your beads lie beautifully where they belong and don't crowd each other.

Czech seed beads are very popular in traditional Native American bead work - a place where perfectly uniform beads would look out of place. 

They're versatile - many a bead weaver delights in these little beauties! 

Want to make a statement? An entire necklace or bracelet made of only Czech seed beads is stunning! 

Finally, Czech seed beads make beautiful fringe and they also work well as spacer beads. 

*Czech 11/0's are a favorite around here and we consider them a staple for any beader.*


Japanese Seed Beads - Lovelies for the loomers! 

Matsuno, Miyuki, Toho... These high-quality glass Japanese seed beads are known for their for consistency and uniformity of size and circumference - you can expect all of these machine-cut beads to be the same size. If you're going to be working on netting, looming, etc.,  then Japanese seed beads are what you're looking for. They also work well for any bead weaving where your beads must sit close to each other and are great for cross-stitching.

*NEW* - Toho Hex beads! Perfect when you want some extra texture and interest - use them like you would the regular Japanese seed beads, as they are uniform! These precision cut 6-sided, hexagonal shaped seed beads are a must-have for all beaders! They are consistent in size and will add texture and interest in any beading medium, from embroidery to looming to weaving or stringing and beyond! 


At, we strive to offer you a great selection of quality beads at unbeatable prices. We shop carefully so we can pass our savings on to you, our customer.

View our selection of seed beads HERE.