I get asked a lot to teach people how to bead, unfortunately we don't always live near enough for it to be possible. So, I'm recommending this book: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading
I chose to recommend this book over others because it has both beginning techniques as well as more intermediate ones. I like that it combines bead stringing, bead weaving, macrame and wire work all in one resource. It also includes a very nice index that makes it easy to refer back to and quickly find what you need.
The pictures are clear, the directions are easy to read and there are many ideas for beginner through advanced beaders. Thorough charts detail everything from the common lengths for various styles of necklaces (both men's and women's), bracelets, and anklets to common finishing methods for different materials. Photos clearly display techniques for knotting strings, creating eyepins, headpins and clasps, and even making your own Byzantine chain from jump rings. Wire gauge is demonstrated visually, with gauge's thickness and examples of what each gauge is used for. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading is a wonderful teaching AND refrence book for jewlery makers of all skill levels. Clicking on any of the links or the photo in this post will take you to Amazon where you can read more reviews and see some of the pages within the book.