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Every Technique for On- and Off-Loom Beadweaving and Beadwork with Cylinder Beads, Rocailles, Czech Glass, and more.
The definitive reference book for everything beadwork, offering a compendious collection of techniques, both on- and off-loom, for creating exquisite pieces using tiny beads. Each of the many techniques is illustrated with large how-to photographic steps (and inset diagrams for any especially tricky bits) and plenty of inspirational finished examples that use the techniques.
There’s a Stitch Dictionary as well as definitions of the myriad types of beads: their composition, sizes, shapes, and finishes; and how to use them, with clear guidance on principles of colour and design, and jewellery construction. Includes a unique collection of projects by different designers to showcase techniques and encourage readers to try out new skills.
PRELIMS ( 5pp )
INTRODUCTION ( 4pp )
CHAPTER ONE / GETTING STARTED ( 14pp )
Seed beads, crystals, and semi-precious stones: Their countries of origin, shapes, sizes, finishes, terminology
Tools, needles, pliers, looms, mats, storage: Identification, uses, terminology
Threads, nylon, silk, monofilament, wires, and findings: Uses, the right thread and finishes for the job
Workplace and storage: Beading in comfort, lighting, surfaces, keeping a steady hand
Following a beading pattern
CHAPTER TWO/ TECHNIQUES ( 92pp )
RAW and CRAW (right angle weave and cubic right angle weave stitches)
Ropes and chains
Bezels and beaded beads
Frills and furbelows
Individual warp method
Continuous warp method
Loopholes and buttonholes
Crocheting with beads
Knitting with beads
Knotting: Traditional and modern
Putting technique into practice
Design and colour principles
Wearable beadwork: Guides for making jewellery
Taking care of your finished work
How to cope with a broken needle, fraying thread, and staying calm
CHAPTER THREE/ PROJECTS TO TRY ( 20pp )
Each project is presented with:
List of tools and quantity of beads (including ideas for bead substitutions, if you can't get the exact ones used in
Beautiful photography of the finished sample
CHAPTER FOUR / BEADWORK IN CONTEXT ( 16pp )
Traditional beadwork across the world
Who beaded, why they beaded, and the materials they used. What we can learn from our beading ancestors.
Jewellery and beading as an art form
A gallery of beadwork masters
Fair use of designs: It is impossible not to be inspired by the work of other beaders, but when is it okay to claim a
design as your own and when should you acknowledge the influence of another designer?
Fair trade and recycled beads
GlOSSARY ( 2pp )
RESOURCES( 2pp )
INDEX AND CREDITS ( 5pp )
A lot of hard work has gone into this book, with many clear diagrams and pictures for all the techniques and projects. It takes the beader through 13 different techniques plus variations and corresponding projects. Other sections contain details on getting started, design and colour, core techniques, beads, tools and threads plus much, much more. There are also guest designer projects to stretch and extend the skills learnt as well as a designer gallery of inspirational finished pieces 'Beady Eye Candy'! A tools and materials list is given for both samples and projects but I would have liked the suppliers list for the UK at the back to have included a bigger selection, although most established beaders have their favourite suppliers and know how to use the internet to search for more. This is a book for beginners and the more experienced alike one to dip in and out of at will since there is so much information in it that you can well overdose in one sitting! While I would do some things differently, since we all develop our own habits and ways, nonetheless you certainly won't go far wrong in using this book to learn the craft of beading. It will be a great addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in beading, especially if they cannot get to a class.
This is a great reference book for anyone interested in beadwork. There are numerous techniques including off the loom ones. If you are ever stuck for technique know-how, this is a good book to find the answer to your problem. Each technique is illustrated with how to steps with clear photos and diagrams for clearer viewing. There is a directory of bead types, guidance on colour and design and a beautiful gallery of work. There are also detailed projects for necklaces and bracelets. This book is suitable for beginner and intermediate users.