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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark (18 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702788
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These exquisitely beautiful jewelry designs capture the delicacy and grace of the Japanese aesthetic for both novice and experiencd beaders to enjoy. Many will recognize Sonoko from Bead&Button shows as the elegant lady in a lavish Japanese kimono. Now you can enjoy all she has offered in her classes through the pages of this book. Each project takes a fresh approach to a familiar technique, resulting in classic wearable adornments that will stand the test of time and can even become family heirlooms." -- Diane Fitzgerald "I was one of the fortunate workshop participants who studied with Sonoko, the preeminent Japanese master instructor, at her 2005 Bead&Button debut. Her teaching style is beautifully presented with clear and concise illustrations in this comprehensive book. Sonoko's brilliantly designed and refined work reflects the Japanese aesthetic beautifully. This is a must-have book for any beader from beginner to advanced." -- Nancy Cain "Sonoko Nozue is a master of graceful design. Her projects tantalize with lush texture, fine details, and layers of interest. Her elegant color palettes evoke a classical and timeless age. She manages to take the simplest stitch and elevate it to a new level by making a seemingly minor change, creating a whole new world to explore. Each time I pick up this book, I find more to absorb and delight in." -- Jill Wiseman "Sonoko is a national asset for Japan and a treasure for the beading field. Her expertise and masterful skill in seed beadweaving is extraordinary, and these projects beautifully showcase her remarkable talent. The distinctive blend of classic design incorporated into contemporary style makes this book highly relevant to all readers. The unique techniques, as well as the inspirational gallery of work by this gracious artist, will stimulate my own creative endeavors." --Melanie Potter

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Sonoko Nozue is regarded as the leading beadweaver in Japan today, and has taught her art worldwide through workshops and books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Despina, London on 8 May 2012
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Stunning book, gorgeous designs, beautiful photography, most of them not daintily cute and girly (as Japanese beadwork designs tend to be) but grown up, elegant and luxurious. I would happily make and wear most of the designs in this book. It is also very inspirational (and aspirational) and has already given me several new ideas for design and colour. It is clearly illustrated and the instructions are easy to follow. There are a couple of new stitches (for me), but note no RAW. The only criticisms I have are that firstly, a couple of the projects use beads that are very difficult to obtain (size 18 beads?) and secondly some would be exorbitantly expensive (several need 100s of Swarovski crystals, one project requires over 2000 crystals, another over 1000 glass pearls); you would need to know how to substitute for easy to find or more affordable options to make some projects. Even so I love this book, and happily give it 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriette A on 23 May 2012
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After the disappointment of several of the other books in the beading master class series, this book is an absolute delight. The projects are really beautiful and exciting. The best thing about this book has to be the the really clear, easy to follow diagrams supporting all of the projects and is great for visual learners. Another fantastic things is that Ms. Nozue shares her more complex, "wow" designs (such as the cover) whereas a lot of the sister books in this series display images of the artists most stunning work alongside much simpler projects. I agree with the reviewer above about some of the materials being difficult to find or the project shown is too expensive, but the projects can be quite easily adapted to suit personal tastes and budgets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cha Cha on 4 Oct. 2012
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When I bought this book, I was looking forward to learning JAPANESE beadwork, like the title promised me. Techniques like netting, peyote, brick stitch, Zulu (not very Japanese, is it?), basic spiral ropes...I have done before, I like them but I was after something NEW! I think the only Japanese element in this book is the stunning model who is so pretty you end up looking at her instead of the jewellery!!

There is a great bracelet in this book, made using bead crochet. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you how to join the two ends together and if anyone has ever tried this technique, you will know how very fiddly it is. All it tells you is "...attach the ends of the tube to each other, making sure the beads on each side correspond to each other so the tube doesn't twist" (that is it, then it goes on to the next project!) ...yes, but HOW do you do it, it doesn't even tell you you need to change from a crochet hook to a needle...And how do you do it if you are left handed??? (like me)

On page 77, it tell you ""This necklace is stitched with a UNIQUE technique that resembles peyote..." I was intrigued... Turn the page and it now says "Using Peyote stitch..." ...So, where is this unique technique!???

Whoever wrote this book (or translated it) is not a beader! I give it 2 stars because it is a pretty book to look at and I like some of the bracelets with their rich fringes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2012
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I treated myself to this book while I was laid up after surgery... and it really made me feel better! LOL! Sumptuous designs, gorgeous colours and superb pictures make this book something special. Sonoko Nozue is a craftswoman par excellence... sadly, I can only dream of being half as good, but some of her projects are easy, whilst seeming complex. I know that other readers & beaders have pointed out the cost of crystals etc, so finding a substitute is going to be important - unless you're making a gift for a special event. I am still glad I got the book though, as it gave me something to aim for, and the lovely photos can be displayed on the coffee table - or maybe as wall art? Saving up for those crystals right now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By beadaholic on 18 Sept. 2012
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The designs are wonderfully delightful, however I found the instructions alittle bewildering in parts, and the beads used were practically impossibly to find outside of Japan. I had to order some of the materials used from a bead shop in Japan (I live in the UK), she doesn't give the name of the beads used or colours, so I had to search the internet for hours for the correct Miyuki and Toho colours. I wish the book was more informative. It feels like I paid for a bus ticket to the last stop, but was dropped off half way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RuthieRavie on 6 Aug. 2012
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Brought this book based on the previous reviews - totally delighted. The patterns are like a breath of fresh air! New designs and ways of using Swarovski crystals that I have not seen before. I love trying something new and I am not disappointed with this book. I will add a caution to others though about the cost - as readers before me have commented - the beads required make most pieces very costly - albeit very, very beautiful. But - I think that if you are willing to take that much time and effort to create any one of Sonoko's pieces, the cost is well worth it. Having to source some of the beads has proved almost impossible, but there are alternatives. Overall, I love this book and will save my pennies to make a choice piece now and again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 18 April 2014
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I was expecting more unique design from an artist.
Instead there are lots of basic stitches and tecniques she just change sizes of beads rather than offer an own pattern and design. Tecniques are repeated through the book, what change is the use (neckalce or bracelet) or the beads used.
Most sizes of beads used are unusual to find so I searched in lots of shops (online as well) and I can't make half of the projects.
No photos to show the pattern just a draw picture.
Really disappointed.
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