There's so much to be said for classes...being able to see the technique demonstrated, being able to ask questions, mixing and mingling and meeting new people. It's all good. Unfortunately, it's not always possible for everyone to go somewhere to take a class.
Fortunately, there is the internet!
There are two main categories of posts on Beading Arts that will lead you to lots of techniques, tips, tutorials, and fun new projects to try. There are also new resources that I'll be adding to these categories pretty regularly. There will be some overlap on these lists. Sorry, but it's unavoidable :-)
The Basics - Getting Started - online instruction to help take the place of basic classes
Tutorials & Techniques - all kinds of beading and jewelry how-tos
There are other class and tutorial resources all over the internet, and I've included quite a few of them below. Note that not all of them are free. If you'd like to share a source that you think I've missed, please do! I'd love to be able to have the most complete list of resource links for online learning anywhere!
A source for online jewelry and fashion master classes
Beyond just jewelry and beading with dozens of great classes.
E-courses by Tammy Powley
Free resources from the About.com guide
Featuring tutorials by Eni Oken and friends
Online store of projects
Especially helpful for seed bead patterns
An unbelievable database of jewelry making tutorials
Online classes by nationally known teachers
Polymer Clay Tutor
Videos and much more by Cindy Lietz
Jewelry Making Professor
Lots of helpful videos
Instructional sheets at Rings & Things
Bead and wire charts from SoftFlex
Beginner course from the Land of Odds
Auntie's Beads - the Karla Kam