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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782210210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782210214
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 1.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has brought together 10 talented designers to offer you a beautiful mix of jewellery that you will love to show off. It is ideal for beginners to more experienced beadweavers. Each of the jewellery pieces is shown in step by step instruction with full picture guides and easy to understand instructions. Not only does the book feature numerous designers it also gives you details of what you can find on the internet and what will be useful. You feel like you are getting full service with the book and you aren't an isolated reader. At the start of the book everything from tools to materials is discussed and explained. You are talked through everything from making a clasp to how to use a stop bead. With 30 different designs for you to make you'll be wanting to use this book for a long time to come. Sometimes jewellery made with beads can look dated. This book isn't the case. There are so many designs I want to make and I already have a list of people I want to make gifts for.-Crochet Addict UK Complement your outfits with some impressive statement pieces, and learn offloom beadweaving techniques. The small comes from the size of the beads used, and the big from their bold appearance and contemporary appeal. The work in this book is a combination of that of the author and several other designers from all around the world. This ensures that everything does not look like the work of one person so will have wider appeal, from cute owl earrings and cocktail rings to a grand crystal necklace. The instructions star with some basic information about the beads used and techniques such as stop beads and putting on clasps. This makes this a good book for those who are not totally new to the world of beads and jewellery but are keen to have a go at something beyond simple stringing. The beadwork diagrams are computer drawn rather than the more confusing photographs and this coupled with the written instructions means that it is easy to follow. All the main offloom stitches are here: brick, peyote, right angle weave, ladder, herringbone and spiral. None of the projects is so huge and elaborate that it would take ages to make and thus it is a great way to learn this type of beadwork. Add in some attractive photos, thumbnail designer profiles and information about beading blogs and forums and you have a book with lots of appeal. One of the keeper shelf!-Myshelf.com It's been a long time coming that the book publishing world addressed the call for modern, colourful, youthful projects that fit the tastes and budgets of new beaders. This project-based book is organised by technique used, with some lovely projects that are ideal for anyone who wants to grab some beads and begin beading.-Machine Knitting Monthly THE book for all of you who want to give your projects that certain something. Arranged according to beading techniques. Thirty projects from simple to challenging with clear graphics, accompanying photographs and a wealth of alternative color suggestions.-Perlen Poesie This book looks good, feels good, and it claims to use 'simple beadweaving techniques'. I always think it's difficult to define 'simple' as it depends on how good the instructions are. Certainly the book gives you basic instructions for the six techniques used in the book, so there is nothing too heavy. Also included are the basics like adding a clasp and stretching the thread. Written by Jean Power, the book has project contributions from 10 other designers which, for me, is better because the projects are more varied and exciting, but, yes, there are still some of the geometric designs that Jean is famous for! The other good thing that results in a diverse range of projects, is that the designers are from all over the world: Amanda Preske, United States; Eva Cadkova, United States; Maria Lindemann, Denmark; Shirley Lim, Singapore; Shelley Nybakke, United States; Arantxa A, Spain; Mortira Nastasha van Pelt, Canada; Justine Stanaert, Mexico; Juanita Carlos (Jaycee), Australia; Debbie van Tonder, South Africa; and of course Jean is based here in the UK. Between them, they have catered for all skills, weather easy, intermediate, or advanced, which is a must-have format for any book. With 30 projects in all there are traditional projects for every beader and a few 'funky' ones for the younger-than-me beaders to have a go at (plus a couple of variations)! The cheekiest ones are the little 3D animal faces, designed by Shirley Lim, which take their inspiration from the Chinese zodiac. The project in the book is for Ralph the rat. All 12 animals are pictures and it would be nice to know if patterns are available for the others, especially in this year of the horse. The photographs and diagrams are plentiful, colourful and clear. If you are new to beadweaving, the techniques pages will soon have you mastering your first piece.- The Beading Society of Great Britain THE book for all of you who want to give your projects that certain something. Arranged according to beading techniques. Thirty projects from simple to challenging with clear graphics, accompanying photographs and a wealth of alternative colour suggestions. - Perlen Poesie

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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2014
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Use simple beadweaving techniques to create stunning jewellery. Make your own contemporary rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets. Beautifully photographed in this stylish, easy to use book that is suitable for all skill levels. The book includes a profile of beaders and information for beaders too. It then explores the tools and materials and the basic techniques. The projects are good, there were several I fell in love with on sight. Favourites include the Rivoli Medals Necklace, Crystal Tube pendant, Riotous Ring and Thrilling Triangles Necklace. For each project tools and materials are clearly highlighted and the instructions are easy to follow. A brilliant book for the beader being well-designed with great wearable projects.
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By tsula on 6 Feb. 2015
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Great ideas to use up all those thousands of little beads that you seem to collect.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Maniac on 26 May 2014
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I thought the title of this book was a bit misleading as I expected to find a mix of large beads and small beads in the projects but mostly it deals with seed and bugle beads with some 4mm beads in the designs. The designs are appealing and there are some lovely things to make - I particularly liked the little owls so I will have a go at making these in the not too distant future. I tend to prefer using bigger beads as my hands are a bit arthritic and make it difficult to cope with the tiny seed beads. Overall, this is a useful book to put on your shelves
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By felinebabe on 6 Oct. 2014
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Excellent quality and service, book is amazing
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M L Hunter on 3 April 2014
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The patterns in this book are very well illustrated . The instructions are clear and diagrams are easy to follow. You do need some experience for some patterns but there a few that are very attractive and easy for beginners.
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