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I love working with seed beads as you might have guessed from the occasional peyote stitch beadwork patterns that I publish from time to time!
There’s a lot to be said about seed beads in general, as they come in a range of (tiny) sizes, finishes, shapes and colours. To give you an example of seed bead types, there are Rocailles, Cubes, Delicas, Drops, Hex Cut, Magatamas, Tilas, Triangles, Charlottes – and there are more!
In particular, I love working with Miyuki Delicas and Miyuki Rocaille (round) seed beads – they’re not cheap but they are in a different league to economy seed beads (in my humble opinion)!
What are Miyuki Delicas and how do they differ from Miyuki Rocailles?
Miyuki Delicas are cylinder shaped beads that are perfect for flat peyote stitch projects as they sit nicely side by side next to neighbouring beads. Delicas are just as tiny as Miyuki Rocailles; the only difference is their shape.
Miyuki Rocailles have rounded edges, so these are better used for other beadweaving projects like tubular peyote, right angle weave and bead embroidery.
What’s so special about Miyuki beads though?
Glad you asked! Well, Miyuki seed beads are a brand of top quality Japanese beads. Toho is another excellent Japanese seed bead brand, but I prefer Miyukis myself, having worked with both types.
Miyukis are made from glass like many beads are, but they are precision cut, meaning that each batch of seed beads are uniform in shape – a big help when it comes to beadweaving! Because they are cut so perfectly, they have a certain brilliance about them; the finishes are exceptional.
Miyuki seed beads come in hundreds of colours, shapes and finishes, each type stunning in their own way. The most common sizes of seed beads are size 11/0 and 8/0 (the latter of these being the largest).
You can get even smaller seed beads (size 15/0) – incredibly tiny – as well as fairly large seed beads in size 5/0.
If you use Miyuki seed beads in your beadweaving project, you’ll end up getting a better result – it’s as simple as that – and that’s why I love them!
Where to buy Miyuki Delicas and Miyuki Seed Beads Online
Getting hold of Miyukis is a different matter though as not every supplier will stock every colour, size and shape that you’ll want to use in your beading projects.
I tend to use a range of online suppliers (there are no brick and mortar stores near me that stock them!) and I’m always on the hunt for others as my requirements seem to change for every project!
With that said, I’ve put together a list of stockists that I’ve come across that you might find useful if you love working with Miyukis as much as I do.
Because the majority of my readers are from the USA and UK, I’ve covered stockists from both countries. Each one has a range of Miyukis to browse, including rounds and Delicas. Here they are, in no particular order, including what I like about them!
UK Miyuki Stockists
- Snoochy (good for size 6/0 beads and this supplier has some of the lowest cost Miyukis I’ve seen)
- Beadsjar (good range of size 10/0 beads)
- Bead Flair Creations (currently offers a taster pack of Delicas with 54 colours)
- LadyBugs Beads and Bobs (specialises in tiny size 15/0 beads as well as bugle beads)
- Fine Lines – The Bead Business (these do a great range but website not that easy to navigate and some product photos are missing!)
- Rosarama (good for size 5/0 Miyuki seed beads!)
- CJ Beaders (lovely mixed beads)
- Stitchncraft Beads (good for basic colours)
USA Miyuki Stockists
- Fire Mountain Gems (Must see! HUGE range – literally thousands of Miyukis to choose from!)
- Beads Direct USA (excellent range from these too)
- Enchanting Beads (plenty of Delicas and Rocailles)
- Earth Treasures Gems (carries a nice supply of metallic finishes)
- Bead Market Omaha (interesting colours / multicolour mixes)
- CNC Beadworks (good selection of mixed beads)
- Pueblo Bead and Supply (lots of Delicas in pretty colours!)
- Sara B’s Beads (good for galvanized Miyukis!)
- Bead Passion Studio (lovely Magatamas!)
- Buttons and Shanks (plenty of size 11/0 Delicas)
- Red Panda Beads (range includes square and triangle Miyukis)
- Avalon Beads (good overall selection of colours and sizes)
- Off The Beaded Path (nice range of Miyukis plus ready-made kits!)
- About Beads (extensive range of Miyukis, although they only stock size 11/0 and 8/0 Delicas)
Hope this post proves to be useful resource for you if you enjoy a spot of beading! Do you use any other Miyuki supplier that I haven’t listed? Let me know about them in the comments below, including why you’d recommend them. I’ll check them out and if they look good, I’ll add them to the list!
Before you go don’t forget to check out my beading patterns below, all of which use Miyuki Delicas!
- Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet Pattern – “Ombre Ice”
- Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet Pattern – “Rudolph Reindeer”
- Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet Pattern – “Scattered Waves”
- Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet Pattern – “Colourful Argyle”
- Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet Pattern – “Cute Owl”
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