are uniformly shaped round or tube like beads. They come in a
variety of sizes with lots of different kinds and a lot of
different names. Most of the names are derived from the country
they we made in. Seed beads are most often used for Loom or off
loom bead weaving.
Most of the seed beads we see today in the US are made in the Czech Republic or in Japan. The names of the beads usually denote either where they came from or the company that made them.
Czech (denotes the country it comes from)
Jablonex (may by Jablonex comes from Czech Republic)
Matsuno (made by Matsuno comes from Japan)
Miyuki (made by Miyuki comes from Japan)
Toho (made by Toho comes from Japan)
Delica® (made by Miyuki comes from Japan)
I did a lot of investigating in to how different beads and sizes measure up. I found that there is a lot of conflicting information about bead sizes. So this is an average of what I found. High lighted in red are the amounts and sizes that I measured and counted myself. To be sure you have enough for a large project you should always purchase extra.
To make more since of it all, go to this page with pictures of some seed beads!