Beadwork is the craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth, usually by the use of needle and thread, or soft flexible wire. Most beadwork takes the form of jewellery or other personal adornment, but beadwork can also be used for home furnishings, wall hangings, and sculptures.
Beadwork in Europe has a history dating back centuries, and it is also recognised as a quintessential Native American art. Glass beads were being made in Murano by the end of the 14th century, French beaded flowers were being made as early as the 16th century and Lampwork glass was invented in the 18th century.
Today a wide range of beading styles flourish but when thinking about "beadwork" as opposed to "beading" it is the elaborate designs that can be created through bead weaving, or through sewing beads to cloth that come to mind.
Here are a few great examples of beadwork by some fellow Australian artists: