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Compendium of Beading Techniques [Paperback]

Jean Power
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Book Description

15 Sep 2009
Just like having an expert on call 24 hours a day - here are the answers to any beading questions or dilemmas you might have. This title features step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions that will guide you through each stage of your work. Techniques are organized in the order you need them when making a project, from using the right tools and materials to troubleshooting, and finishing tips for neat, professional results - or you can dip in for help with a particular problem. Learn about creative knotwork using thongs and thread, quick and easy stringing, how to show off display beads, mix vintage and modern, incorporate charms, and rescale and design your own patterns. Whether you're using large glass beads, crystals, or seed bewads, using wirework techniques or stitches, making jewelry as gifts or for profit, this book has all the answers.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184448436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484362
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beading de-mystified, whatever the problem in this 160 page colour book. This book looks at materials, supplies, design, stringing, weaving and fastenings. There is also a resource section. This book is packed full of instructions and illustrations as well as professional techniques to help you bead with ease.-KarenPlatt.co.uk Making your own jewelry has become very popular recently, and thus there is a need for some new books on the subject now so many more materials are available. To realize your ideas you must first know how to how to do all the different stitches and making up techniques, which is why a book like this is so useful. The subtitle is "300 tips, techniques and trade secrets" and this is a good description of what to expect. I wish there had been something like this when I first learned to make jewelry - I learned mainly from kits - and looking through I still see that I have quite a ways to go before I have exhausted all the lessons. In true Search Press style the book starts with a one-page guide on how to use it, and how to get the most out of it. Then you start off learning all about the different types of beads including useful tables of how many beads of certain sizes you get per 1, 10 or 100 grams and per several lengths as well. This is so useful when buying beads for projects. The same is done for stringing materials, tools and storage - all handy buying guides when deciding what you need, what you might need and what is just for the advanced work. Then there are useful sections on designing, color and working comfortably before getting on with learning all the various techniques for stringing, off-loom weaving, wirework and more. Every page is packed with photos to illustrate what is going on with captions, and there are lots of tips of the type you get when you go to classes but not usually in books. I particularly like the combination of diagrams and photos when illustrating off-loom stitches, allowing the beader to see what is going on and what it should look like in fact. This is not a book of projects but methods, enabling you to learn enough to tackle projects in books and magazines, and to design your own. If you want to take up this hobby (or know somebody who does) or even if, like this reviewer you have been doing it for years this is an excellent book to buy. Very highly recommended.-Myshelf.com This indispendable compendium is filled with essential know-how and troubleshooting tips for anyone interested in taking up beading. Step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions guide you through each stage. Techniques are presented in the order required when making a project, or you can dip in for help with a particular problem. This book certainly has all the answers.-Machine Knitting Monthly What a wealth of information in one book! This compendium covers just about everything anyone starting beadwork would need to know. There is information on different types of beads, including size and shape. Within this section there are two extremely useful tables which give the approximate number of beads per inch when being worked, and also per gram when purchasing. Different types of thread, wire, cords and tools are shown with pictures and information about the work for which the item is used. The book is divided into three main sections - stringing, wirework and beadweaving. Each section has clear pictures and information relating to the elements covered, including basic stitch techniques, how to follow and read a chart, and much more. Throughout the book the author has highlighted tips on fixing or preventing problems when working in a particular medium. There are also hints on making your work practice easier and therefore even more pleasurable. This is not a project book, but as there is so much helpful information, even the most experienced beader would find a lot of interesting and useful tips within its covers. At GBP12.99 it is really good value.-Bead Society of Great Britain

About the Author

Jean Power is a professional, award-winning beading and jewelry designer, writer and teacher. Born and brought up in London, she grew up with a love of crafts and art and devotes as much time as possible to writing, teaching and beading. Jean's beading and jewelry designs have been published in numerous magazines and books around the world, including Bead & Button, Beadwork, Step-by-step Beads, and Jewelry Crafts. She is the co-author of two previous jewelry books and is the editor of Bead, the UK's first magazine devoted entirely to beading and jewelry making.

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beading Techniques 21 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I wish I had bought this book when I first started beading and making my own jewellery as it would have saved lots of problems and frustration! This book is written by Jean Power and she has made this book my beading bible, everything is clear and concise, great pictures showing you every step of the way so mistakes are easily rectified,easy to follow and the satisfaction when you have made something and actually looks impressive is overwhelming.

Type of boook to use over and over again, and still manging to stay imformative.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beading techniques 18 Oct 2009
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This book is great for anyone starting to make jewellry but can't make up their mind what sort to make, where to start or what you need in the way of tools and equipment. It gives you tips and right and wrong way to do things. I'm still a begginer and I find it very useful.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as everyone says. 8 Jan 2011
By Ashbeth
Format:Paperback
i have to join those singing this books praises. it isn't full of pretty pictures and a small handful of creative ideas to do the most fun bit for you, it has enough of them to make it attractive but is packed to the gills with well illustrated instruction and tips.
from basic how to's to suggestions for good working practices which help avoid accidents - the kind of thing which years of experiences teaches some, this book can teach you.

really, at the reduced price here of around 7 you'd be mad not to get it if you are doing anything with wire working, beading techniques or the like, unless you're an expert teaching others, and even then you'll probalby want it as a reference to show your students.

it helps that it's attractive too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beading bookshelf essential 7 Sep 2010
By Ann H
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Excellent book for all the basic beading techniques.
It covers all the basic essentials that you need to know together with design hints and tips. The photographs and coloured line drawings together with plainly written text explain everything logically step by step. Just what you need.
At the back of the book there is a list of suppliers, web sites and societies, useful for being able to source beading materials (not always easily available in local shops - especially if you live in the country like I do).
A good value for money book - I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Aug 2010
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This is an excellent basic learning tool for those new to beading. Clear and simple explanations and examples of techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No beader should be without this book 24 Jun 2010
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I wish I could have looked through it first, but the delight was all mine when it arrived. Full of useful stuff that beaders need to know - stitches needles and the hOW do I ? section
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful littel book 12 Oct 2010
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I bought this book as an introduction to beading in able to teach a course. It covers all the basics with clear illustrations. This book coupled with a few you-tube videos and you'll be making your jewellery for yourself and as presents in no time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compendium of beading techniques 7 Oct 2010
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Excellent product. Covers everything you would ever want to know about beading. Even for someone like me, with very little experience. Great photos and descriptions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I bought this to get inspiration and maybe some ideas of some possible patterns. This book is great at showing different techniques, its not so great at providing simple patterns... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kreative Kez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book, just what I was looking for.
Very good book for my needs covering all topics involved in the various types of jewelry making including wire, leather and other types of material.
Published 3 days ago by claire4600
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I was looking for some inspiration for jewellery for a beach wedding and found loads of ideas in here. It's a really good book
Published 12 days ago by v mensah
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
I am absolutely delighted with this product What a wealth of information is contained within this fabulous book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
I received this book yesterday and haven't
Put it down yet. I need to start making the jewellery now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by aine
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable...use it all the time..a jewellery makers bible.
As a novice jewellery maker I have found this book invaluable..it is easy to use and has some fantastic ideas that shows you step by step ways to create lovely pieces.
Published 1 month ago by susieR
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource
I am just beginning in the world of beading so wanted a book which would give me a good overview, tips to get started and knowledge of necessary tools etc and this hit all targets. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. May
3.0 out of 5 stars well...
i was expecting something different, not the techniques i was looking for but still worth to have it. recommended anyway.
Published 2 months ago by dagmara
4.0 out of 5 stars Beading techniques
I bought this book as I needed a few tying off techniques, but like most books they show you how to bead in beautiful
Ways, but some how lack in this finishing off.
Published 2 months ago by Tiger
4.0 out of 5 stars beading techniques
bought this along with other jewellery making stuff and my grand daughter has said it is really helpfull for what she does.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S Young
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