I scored some pretty little glass flower beads from Shipwreck Beads in WA. I decided a seed bead embroidery would be the perfect background. This technique is quite simple. Of course, smaller pieces like pendants could be made more quickly.
Basic beading supplies are needed. I use 00 nymo, doubled, and size 12 beading needles. Size 10 would work, too. I stitch on heavy weight non woven interfacing. Water erasable pens work well for drawing your design.
Cut a 36" length of nymo. Gently stretch it for a few seconds. This relaxes it and keeps it from stretching after it is sewn. Then draw the thread through some conditioner a couple times. I use thread heaven. It really reduces tangling.
Work 3 or 4 backstitches to anchor the thread, come up at your starting point, and pick up 4 seed beads. I have photo step by steps showing how the beads are stitched down. Stitch down the 4 beads along the design line. Stitch back up through the interfacing, coming up between the middle two beads. Run needle through last two beads, snug up the stitch and pick up 4 more beads. When you are through with a line or area, run a double thread through all lines of beads. Begin and end all threads with 3 or 4 back stitches.