Beading and the use of bead looms have been used by many cultures such as the Navajo and the Zulu cultures. In these cultures, bead patterns can have a particular set of meanings and a set of cultural functions. Additionally, using graph paper to plan a bead project (and also the use of symmetry) means that beading supports math learning.

Making a bead loom: b

This is a link to wire beading techniques.