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Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy
Daughter of the Forest: Book 1 of the Sevenwaters Trilogy
by Juliet Marillier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Jun. 2008
This is the first time I've read any book by Juliet Marillier and as soon as I'd read the first few chapters I'd already ordered the rest of the trilogy.

Simply put, I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to find out what would happen next. Thoroughly well written, the characters have depth and you are completly drawn into the wonderful world woven by the author.

If you enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear and have been searching for similar, this might just suit your needs.

More than highly recommended.


Bead Fantasies: Beautiful Easy-to-make Jewellery
Bead Fantasies: Beautiful Easy-to-make Jewellery
by Takako Samejima
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.49

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, 10 Jan. 2008
I love working with crystals and this book is full of wonderful projects. However, personally I found some of the designs a little too basic and I would have preferred the diagrams to be larger and clearer. That said, there is great scope for adapting the basic designs into something more challenging.

If you are new to beading this book is great; it would also be a good stepping stone if you've done a some bead stringing and want to mix that with some bead weaving.


Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski: 65 Sparkling Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones
Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski: 65 Sparkling Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones
by Laura McCabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.07

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 10 Jan. 2008
This book was added to my wishlist the second I knew of it's publication. It didn't let me down.

Experienced beaders will find plenty to inspire them and push their limits and beginners/intermediates will find lots of challenges, although I would suggest they gain some experience in the basic stitches before tackling the projects. That said, maybe all beaders ought to get this book to see just what can be acheived in beading.

The book focuses on bezeling (surrounding a bead/stone, in this case with smaller beads) specifically using a well known brand of crystal beads. There is a comprehensive guide to the beads and techniques used, together with bead sizes and counts required to bezel specific gems.

The diagrams are exceptionally clear, instructions comprehensive and pictures beautiful and bountiful. There are 20 projects stated, but with variations suggested, the sky's the limit.

Even though it is only January, I doubt there will be any book released this year to top this as my favourite. Because I've given a few other books five stars already, I would really like to give this six, or seven, or eight...!


The Art of Beaded Beads: Exploring Design, Color & Technique
The Art of Beaded Beads: Exploring Design, Color & Technique
by Jean Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying, 25 Aug. 2007
There are a few other beaded bead books about, but this is the best so far, especially because the desgins are interspersed with galleries offering even more inspiration. Nice variety of easy and challenging designs and comprehensive instructions, so there should be something in it for everyone.

Not only a good technical book, but great for sitting down with a coffee to browse through.

The only drawback is that there are only so many things you can do with beaded beads (necklaces and bracelets mainly) so if you are not intending to wear your work it might not be for you. However, there are some interesting and inspiring designs that just might spark your imagination if you prefer non-wearable beadart.

Most certainly worth having on your bookshelf and one of my favourites.


Beaded Garden
Beaded Garden
by Diane Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of inspiration, 25 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Beaded Garden (Paperback)
This is a great book, full of inspiring designs. The flowers on the cover are rather bold in colour and I did find this a bit off-putting, but once you look inside and start seeing the designs in your preferred palette, you realise how good this book is. Many of the techniques are a stepping stone to other three dimensional designs and the instructions are very clear and comprehensive. Maybe not for the absolute beginner, but anyone who has done one or two pieces of peyote or brick stitch should be OK. I'm not normally one for flowery designs, but these designs just make you want to have a go, plus you can easly adapt the techniques to non-floral beading.


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