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The Beader's Bible,
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nice pictures and some unusual ideas but not much use for a beginner.sadly book now on a shelf and I doubt it will get used ever!
difficult to get the materials from the list of suppliers in the back of the book! have yet to find the precise threads for one project.
very disappointed with this book as I was hoping to start bead making projects and have sadly not found it any use. not exactly what I would expect from a 'bible' for a subject- would seem to be for an advanced 'beader' person - not made clear in the description of the book when purchasing.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2009 17:08:45 BDT
Kate Roe says:
Hi Yvonne, maybe this book may not be ideal for you , but please don't give up! The first thing to remember is that "the rules" can be broken and for example you can substitute another thread if you can't find the specified one. If you want to build up your confidence then a good way is to try out new stitch techniques by making small samplers before embarking on a project - you can use cheaper seed beads and bugles and save buying the expensive stuff for when you feel confident.
There are lots of Beaders groups and forums online who are incredibly helpful and supportive if you feel like joining in; they are are all over the world so you won't have too many problems finding one that suits you. Have you seen any of the beading magazines available? In the UK we have "Bead" amongst others; from the USA there are "Bead and Button" and "Beadwork" - you can find these in Smiths or the bigger supermarkets in the UK or any good beadstore in the USA. They not only have patterns and techniques, but list beadshops and suppliers too (try an internet search also)- if one shop hasn't got an item they often know who else can help or will get it in for you themselves. If you have a bead shop nearby, pop along and see if they have any classes, or know of any local beading groups - they are springing up all over the place.
At a bead shop you'll also be able to look at other beadworking books and maybe find ones that suit you better. I admit to being a very experienced beader, but I was a beginner myself once too! At the time about the only book available (I found by sheer luck in my local library) was "Creative Beadwork" by Carol Wilcox Wells; it was full of projects, many not really my style, BUT it was also full of very clear diagrams and explanations on how to do the stitches and I used it as a springboard to try designing my own items (yup, lots of misses as well as hits, but all experience). "The Beadworker's Companion" by Interweave press is also an excellent primer with not only different stitches, but sections on threads, bead types and sizes, needles and lots of other very useful information. It's a spiral bound book that can be slipped into a handbag easily so you can read it at work time breaks as well as at home. I still find mine indispensable. There is now a new updated edition.
I hope this gives you some confidence to keep on trying! Kate
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