Let’s Try TOHO Seed Beads

TOHO is the maker of high-quality Japanese seed beads, known for their color and size consistency. These seed beads have become staples for many seed beaders because there is a wonderful variety of shapes and styles to choose from. Each TOHO seed bead can bring something different to your jewelry designs. We’re taking a look at the different kinds of seed beads TOHO offers. Once you’ve learned about all of the TOHO beads available, make sure to enter our giveaway for your chance to Try Every TOHO!

Round Seed Beads

Citrus Twist Crochet Bracelet

TOHO’s round seed beads are a traditional choice for your jewelry designs, as they are used for all kinds of projects thanks to the classic shape. Many beaders use them for seed beading and stringing alike. They are available in a variety of sizes (as with all TOHO seed beads), from large 3/0 to tiny 15/0 seed beads. Remember that with seed beads, when a size number is smaller, the bead will be bigger. Katie used 11/0 TOHO round seed beads in summery colors for her Citrus Twist crochet rope bracelet

Takumi Round Seed Beads

Takumi seed beads are much like traditional round seed beads, but have stringing holes that are 15% larger than traditional TOHO round beads. With such a large stringing hole, you can make more passes through the bead and you also have the advantage of being able to use thicker stringing materials. Because of their hole size, these seed beads are ideal for intricate bead weaving projects. 

Demi Round Seed Beads

High Plains Necklace

Demi Round seed beads feature a thinner shape with the same hole size and diameter as traditional round TOHO seed beads. They work wonderfully in popular stitches, with exciting and innovative results. They allow for amazing color depth and detail thanks to their shape. You can even use them as spacers in stringing projects. Cynthia stacked them together while stringing for a fun, textured look in her High Plains necklace.

TOHO Treasure Beads

Golden Nectar Necklace

If you love Miyuki Delica cylinder seed beads, then you’ll also love TOHO Treasure beads. These high-quality cylinder beads feature thin walls and large holes. They allow for many passes of thread, so are an excellent choice for intricate bead work. Use them in loom projects, peyote and brick stitch, and stringing projects. Cynthia used them in brick stitch for her Golden Nectar necklace. These beads are very consistent in size and shape, much like the Miyuki Delica seed beads. We’ve even used Treasures and Delicas together for a wider variety of color options!

TOHO Aiko Precision-Cut Cylinders

TOHO Aiko Seed Bead Jewelry

Looking for the perfect cylinder bead? The TOHO Aiko seed beads are simply amazing! These precision-cut cylinder seed beads are step above TOHO Treasures. They are produced by state-of-the-art machinery, so they are extremely consistent in size and shape. You won’t have to worry about culling any beads, which will save you time while working. These high-quality seed beads will provide a smooth, silken finish to any beaded piece created with them (Learn more about them in our previous blog post here). You can see how precise they are in the loomed pattern Cheri created for her Block Party bracelet. The squares in the pattern are so perfect! Try TOHO Aiko cylinder seed beads for yourself with one our Aiko ring kits, like Cynthia’s Desert Oasis set

Bugle Beads

Bugle Bead Jewelry

Bugle beads feature a unique tubular shape and are available in smooth and twisted styles. These beads make great spacers and are also excellent for stringing and weaving. You can even dangle them in fringe earrings or custom tassels. Cynthia used smooth bugles in a free form brick stitch pattern for her Frosted Lane bracelet. Twisted bugles create the structural foundation for our magical Fairy Lantern earrings.

Triangle Seed Beads

Couture Earrings

TOHO Triangle seed beads feature a small stature and geometric shape. Each triangle-cut bead features an ample stringing hole and three smooth, flat sides that reflect light beautifully. They add texture instantly to any look. You can certainly see the texture and dimension they bring to our fringe Couture earrings.

Magatama Beads

TOHO Magatama Beads

Magatama literally means “curved bead” in Japanese, and that’s exactly what these beads look like. They feature a rounded teardrop shape that will result in beautifully staggered patterns for your beaded jewelry designs. They are ideal for fringe, bead embroidery, stringing projects, and more. 

Cube Beads

Helen of Troy Bracelet with TOHO Cubes

Cube seed beads also bring a geometric effect to jewelry designs. Available in a variety of sizes, each little seed bead is precision-cut into a cube shape. Use them as spacer beads, in bead weaving, or to embellish fabric. They line up wonderfully in brick stitch, as shown in Cynthia’s Helen of Troy bracelet

Hex Beads

El Dorado Bracelet with TOHO Hex beads

TOHO Hex beads feature six perfectly formed sides that will add a pop of texture and shine to any project. These hexagon-cut beads are perfect for bead weaving, looming, and embroidery. With a large hole size, they are the smart choice for intricate designs that require several needle passes. They make for shimmering details in our El Dorado bracelet

Try Every TOHO Giveaway! 

Try Every TOHO

Now that you’ve learned about every TOHO bead, we want to give you a chance to try them all with a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive all each type of TOHO seed bead talked about here, along with needles and TOHO One-G thread to use with them. To enter for your chance to win, just follow the prompts below. Make sure to let us know your favorite TOHO bead in the comments below. 

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We’ll pick a winner on November 25th, 2019. Good luck! 

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    • Anne Hilliard
    • November 14, 2019
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    I just love Toho beads. They come in so many beautiful colors and shapes.

    • Sondry Behn
    • November 14, 2019
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    They are look nice. I have used the rounds, and magatamas. I want to try the triangles. Great giveaway!

    • kellee buchanan
    • November 14, 2019
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    I have just tried the rounds. Next order I will add something new to try..

    • Susan Picken
    • November 14, 2019
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    Love The Toho Seed Beads. Appreciate their uniform size and many beautiful colors!

    • Sharon Rubin
    • November 14, 2019
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    I love TOHO rounds. I want to try the Citrus Twist to wear myself – once I am finished with Christmas gifts! I use long megatamas as part of Kumihimo bracelets, but have never tried megatamas. Such an interesting shape. I might have to try them.

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    I’ve been using the Toho 11\0 and 8\0 seed beads and am very happy with the results!

    • Dona
    • November 14, 2019
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    I haven’t yet tried many of the different Toho styles, but I do like the bugle beads.

    • Tanya
    • November 14, 2019
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    Would live to try some of these, especially the hex beads

    • Linda
    • November 15, 2019
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    I love them all. Too hard to single out just one that I love.

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    I have the supplies for that gold dazzler. Now, just need to find the time to tackle it!

    • Denise
    • November 15, 2019
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    The hex beads look cool-I would love to try them out!

    • Kyla N.
    • November 15, 2019
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    Would really love to try some of these that I haven’t used before. So many beautiful colors and shapes. Thank you for the opportunity.

    • Diane Milliken
    • November 15, 2019
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    Love Toho’s and would love to try all the different ones in my designs!

    • Linda Cronk
    • November 15, 2019
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    I use TOHO beads for everything they are wonderful

    • Aisha
    • November 15, 2019
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    I love them all. Too hard to single out just one that I love.😍

    • Patricia Urquhart
    • November 15, 2019
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    I like the uniformity so the designs are so neat

    • Marcelle Gahring
    • November 15, 2019
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    I love Toho seedbeads . I would love to have a chance to try the other types of beads also !

    • Cindy Henrich
    • November 15, 2019
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    All seed beads are the best. Love the TOHO Aiko seed beads

    • Lynne A Goodwin
    • November 15, 2019
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    I like the takumi beads for my micro macrame bracelets.

    • Candace B
    • November 16, 2019
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    Toho 11/0 rounds in Metallic Bronze are my go to bead. They’re perfect for accents where an 11/0 is called for and they match just about every colour out there.

    • Carol S
    • November 16, 2019
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    I would like to try the bugle beads. I love the Aikos and Treasures.

    • Gwen Dugan
    • November 16, 2019
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    Love all beads ! Your giveaways are the best !

    • DEE PETERSON
    • November 17, 2019
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    Love Toho beads.

    • Karen Vogel
    • November 18, 2019
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    What a great giveaway! I love Hi to beads And artbeads.com

    • Marcia S
    • November 18, 2019
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    I’ve only tried the rounds and Magatama. Love the larger hole of TOHO beads!

    • Cheryl
    • November 18, 2019
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    So many I have not yet tried! So far, just the Treasures.

    • Christine DiTrinco Prowak
    • November 18, 2019
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    It is so amazing to me that something so tiny, can be so perfect!! Thank you for the chance to win!

    • 1JewelryMaker
    • November 19, 2019
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    I Love the Hex bead, it gives your piece such great texture. 🥰

    • Wendy Butler
    • November 19, 2019
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    My favorite toho beads are the rounds and bugles!

    • Karen Walker
    • November 19, 2019
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    TOHO beads are my go to beads.

    • Faith Ziegler
    • November 19, 2019
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    Love the great ideas you always show.

    • Justin
    • November 19, 2019
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    I’m all about the seed beads <3

    • Gail Burton
    • November 20, 2019
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    I’ve tried a few but my favourite is the triangle shape beads, a totally different look!

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    Thank you for hosting a giveaway for awesome Toho beads! I love them all 🙂 I am especially fond of the Takumi Toho beads because I love making beaded beads and the larger holes allow for many thread passes.

    • Sylvia B
    • November 20, 2019
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    I love the 6 Rounds.

    • Landa Albus
    • November 21, 2019
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    I love the Toho seed beads and would love to work all the shapes.

    • Joanne Wendel
    • November 21, 2019
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    I love the Toho triangles and how they catch the light.

    • Peggy Voelker
    • November 23, 2019
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    great, no terrific give away! I bead almost every day. Love toho beads!!

    • Rosalind B
    • November 24, 2019
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    I love Toho rounds but I want to try the triangles.

    • Tharushi Jayasinghe
    • November 24, 2019
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    I love all beads. Specially Toho hex beads. Love to do so much of creativities using beads.

    • Kim Crawford
    • November 24, 2019
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    I have really enjoyed this last year getting to know Toho beads~ falling in love w/the Treasures & Aiko beads (inspired by your rings & bracelets). I think next will be Demi’s &/or Magatamas..so hard to choose. I still have so much more to learn about & experience w/Tohos. Thank you for your great educational opportunities 🙂 .

    • Cheryle Robinson
    • November 25, 2019
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    I love all the beads and watching you put different ones together. You are very creative and it helps to be able to come up with new ideas myself. Thanks

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