My husband ordered this book for me as a gift, knowing that I like beading, however, I am more into the simple stringing beads projects. I faced these projects with some trepidation, but took them one at a time and grew addicted to making these bead stitches. I made a netted collar with the same stitches shown on the cover but used different beads and the results are phenomenal. I even got my mother addicted to making the spiral stitch bracelets from the very first project.
So here's the skinny, the diagrams are easy to follow, even for the novice, the beads selected for each project are fairly common to find in your local bead and craft store, nothing too special or difficult to obtain, and the resultant product is not just fun to learn but also fun to wear. I gave this book five stars because it is one of the easiest how-to books I have ever used, plus my results come out looking like what the book shows. Also, the author shows different variations on the design using the same stitch but different beads which opens up design options. An excellent choice for beginners and nice for anyone looking for a refresher on the stitches used in the book. The stitches are spiral, peyote, brick stitch, netted stitch and herrigbone and right angle weave.