Saturday, May 3, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving

One of the best things about most beadweaving techniques is that there are so many different ways to use them. Variations are what make a simple stitch into a gorgeous design, whether it’s adding a new type of bead to the mix, or just adding a few twists. In The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving,stitch variations are explored in ways not seen anywhere else.

In this book Carol Wilcox Wells has compiled a gorgeous collection of projects based on some favorite stitches, taking them to a whole new level. After a brief introduction to the materials and tools used for beadwork, readers can jump right into creating. There are four to five projects each for chevron chain, bead crochet, herringbone, peyote stitch, and spiral rope. The highlight of the book is an entire chapter on beaded beads with ten projects to try.

Each section is filled with beautiful photos of beadwork and jewelry designs featuring the relevant stitch, from some of beading’s greatest artists. Contributors include Marcia Decoster, Martha Forsyth, and NanC Meinhardt, plus many more.

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your beading repertoire, I highly recommend looking for The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving at your local library. It is full of gorgeous stitch inspirations!

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Carol Wilcox Wells and Lark Crafts
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  1. I have this book on my Amazon wish list. Never thought to check my library to see if they have a copy. It would be better to actually hold and see a book before one commits to purchasing it - and cheaper too.

    1. This is especially true for instructional books. Even those that are useful to you won't be read again and again - the ones that do are worth having on your shelf!


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