Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Spotlight: Artistic Seed Bead Jewelry

There are so many beading books in print today, and more being written all the time. Some are good, some are great, and some of them wow you with every page. Maggie Roschyk’s fabulous guide to Artistic Seed Bead Jewelryis one of those books - the kind that you want to thumb through again and again, the kind that makes you want to get out your beads and play.

What makes this book so inspiring is Maggie’s unique style of beadwork, which often focuses on using smaller beaded components to construct a harmonious whole, rather than weaving a single design all in one motion. From RAW bezelled cubes to patterned beaded beads, Maggie shows how powerful small can be. Many of the techniques and beadwork styles explored are featured in multiple projects with varying sizes, so readers can choose to tackle designs that fit their budget and timetable.

Seed beads take center stage in the projects of course, but many of the designs incorporate stunning accent beads like crystals and stones, and gorgeous art glass focals. Each design is a perfect marriage of elements, from the tiniest seed bead to the largest lampwork disc. Techniques include tubular herringbone, bead embroidery, sculptural peyote stitch, cubic right angle weave, and circular brick stitch - just to name a few.

There are thirteen jewelry and beading projects in all, but some of the best inspiration comes from the introduction. Maggie explains the cultivation of ideas, color use, bead selection, and tools in a way that will make even a timid beader confident in their design abilities.

Copyright 2013 Inspirational Beading
Maggie Roschyk and Kalmbach Books
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