My favorite craft and beading books are those that focus on a love for weaving with seed beads, and using them with their full potential. It’s always a joy to look at tiny glass jewels transformed into beautiful structures, whether playfully or precisely.
In her first beading book, Claudine McCormack Jalajas combines a love of jewelry design with a knack for seed bead weaving to create 25 gorgeous and wearable bracelets. Every piece combines techniques and materials in new ways - each different from the last - with styles to choose from that will suit every beader. There are geometric shapes, delicate florals, bold patterns, and plenty of embellishments.
Beaded Bracelets includes a really straightforward and beginner-friendly basics section, with suggestions for choosing the best threads and needles for your projects, supplying the essential tools for a beginning beader’s workspace, and finding beads that will last. My favorite section in the book is the contents gallery, which showcases each of the projects up front, so readers can easily find a bracelet that inspires them. Each piece has a new combination of beads, stitches, and styles to try, for hours of delightful beadwork.
The projects include step by step instructions and clear diagrams. Most of the bracelets are simple enough to make in one or two beading sessions, but look very elaborate. My favorite pieces include Melissa’s Honeybees with bold dagger bead flowers, and Sea Gold, with a trio of Swarovski Elements cosmic rings.
Beaded Bracelets is a great book for new beaders, providing a variety of quick and wearable designs to try. It’s also a great source of inspiration for using your favorite beads in new ways!
I would like to thank Running Press for giving me the chance to enjoy Beaded Bracelets. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for including the book in this blog post. I have shared my honest opinions about this book.