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Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages [Paperback]

Mary Ellen Harte
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Book Description

23 Oct 2000
Beadazzled by the beautiful beadwork of far-off lands? The rich mix of culturally diverse seed bead patterns found in this book will satisfy the young beginner, the advanced worker and the holiday giftmaker. Projects result in elegant, beautiful and surprisingly fashionable pieces of jewelry you would be proud to wear on any occasion. From Zulus to Guaymis, from Guatemala to Egypt, here are large graphic illustrations of the threading patterns for a wide range of beautiful seed bead jewelry, from simple Y necklaces to elaborate Romanian collars; several original designs are provided as well. This book is a must for crafters working with seed beads, providing many useful design concepts in its patterns for necklaces, chokers, bracelets, earrings, belts, pouches and headbands. The Methods and Materials section is comprehensive and full of useful hints for working with seed beads in general, from how to set up a workspace and lay out a design, to what to do when ! a flaw is found in a finished piece. Clear concise instructions alongside the diagrams ensure a good understanding of each project.

The book starts out with two simples necklaces, then zooms into space with starry holiday patterns for 10 minute earrings, a necklace and bracelet. Then it's on to snowflake patterns that show how to incorporate medallions into earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Next are simple chain link patterns that turn into beautiful flower chokers. Native American patterns for flower and leaf necklaces, as well as friendship bracelets and a flowing ripple necklace, follow. After a braided headband, simple daisy chain patterns are presented, along with showing how to turn them into wide flowery band bracelets and a daisy purse. Elaborate patterns for a very regal necklace and colorful Romanian collars follow. The last patterns of the book show how to make a wide colorful Guaymi collar, a Zulu belt, a Princess necklace that will enchant little and big girls alike, netted triangle necklaces, and a Moorish necklace of netted diamonds. A cultural cornucopia of jewelry truly to be enjoyed!

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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle's View Publishing (23 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943604583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943604589
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 21.6 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Ellen ("Mel") Harte is a biologist, mother and craftsperson whose passion for pattern overflows into her other passions, beadwork and folk dancing. An avid collector of ethnic textiles and crafts, she continues to create new beadwork designs as she borrows from the richness of other cultures. Mel migrates between Berkeley, CA and the Colorado Rockies.

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144 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a springboard to more complex ideas 18 May 2004
By Mrs. Alison Taylor VINE VOICE
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Don't be put off by the appearance of the cover. Although not as "flashy" as some books available, this is one of the best beading books I have ever bought. Instructions are easy to understand and suitable for beginner or advanced. This book provides an excellent base to start from and provides the reader with confidence to try out more complex ideas. I have made many items from this book, adapting them when I felt confident enough to experiment.
If I could only have one beading book, this would be it, and I would recommend it to anyone. I WOULDN'T BE WITHOUT MINE - this book is a MUST HAVE!!!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have book for readers of any level 12 Jun 2006
not the prettiest book but once you get past that and discover that each project is very well explaned and lots of different ideas, i have made lots of things and have been very impressed with the results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's small but it has precious information! 19 Aug 2005
By A Customer
It doesn't have a lovely cover and photos but you can learn sow much with this book! It small but every bit of information that contains it's good. I think it's a very good base for someone that it's interested in beadwork. And don't forget, it's very cheap!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a small classic 30 April 2007
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At first sight a rather old-fashioned little book, but it has excellent advice and I thoroughly agree with another reviewer that it is good value for the price.

The illustrations are so clear that after making a couple of simple pieces a total beginner could easily move on to the more complex pieces and there are some great ideas for anyone who already loves working with seed beads and needs a few ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not for all ages as it claims 17 May 2008
By Kermit
This book includes some interesting designs that produce lovely jewellery.

However, buy this book with a warning - The designs are often difficult to follow and I found that they needed some moderation. I am not a beginner in making jewellery and so I was able to get around this, but i feel that less-advanced beaders would find the concepts hard to grasp.

That said, this is a good book to have in your collection and for under 5, it's a pretty good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 7 May 2010
By Kerry
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At first glance this is a really quirky little book and has an old fashioned look about it which adds to the appeal. The only colour photos are the ones on the front and back covers, inside the covers and the four sides of the centrefold and these show all of the completed articles. All the other pages look as if they have been produced on a photocopier but do have both clear instructions and really good diagrams. The designs themselves are quite varied and I liked them a lot. As other people have pointed out this is not an easy book to use at first but once I got used to it I found it very useful and would urge you to try it as it's great value for money.
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