Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Spotlight: Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects

If beads could make wishes, I think that seed beads would dream of beaders like Diane Fitzgerald. No matter the style or shape, she makes beads appear as though they were made for the project, instead of the other way around. She is an expert on exploring the possibilities of new beads in a variety of applications, not to mention dissecting and revolutionizing popular stitches.

In the collection Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects,beginners and experts alike will find a wealth of information and inspiration for jewelry. There are over 20 projects to explore, including necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and even a cute button ornament. As always, Diane provides detailed instructions for each project, and variations on color and style to help encourage beaders to make their own creative leaps.

Nearly all of the projects featured focus on seed beads, designer glass, or crystals, and each one uses simple techniques that make it easy for beginners to jump in and give them a try. It is the use of each bead style or shape that makes the designs spectacular, in a way proving the rule that less is more. Art glass, tassels, and vintage flowers also make appearances, so there’s a little something for every beader and crafter.

This book is filled with colorful, full page photographs, large diagrams that make following each step a breeze, and plenty of advice from one of the world’s most experienced beaders. If you like compilation titles such as Bead & Button’s Creative Beading series, then Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects will be right at home in your craft room library.

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Diane Fitzgerald and Lark Books
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