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Well laid out with beautiful projects and easy to follow directions
on 20 January 2014
Dorothy Wood beading books are usually laid out perfectly to keep beaders interested and inspired - this title does not vary from that and so is another excellent Dorothy Wood beading book. Sumptuous projects with clearly written and well photographed step-by-step instructions make this book a must have, especially for those just taking up beading. If you are a beginner, be sure to read the first 25 pages before buying anything you don't already have (from other crafts supplies stash) to avoid buying things you don't need, and not buying things you do. The photos are all crisp and clear and are an excellent intro to assembling the needed materials, supplies, and tools to produce truly beautiful beaded objects.
The lay-out of the book is what I find most useful - the first 25 pages takes the beader through an introduction to seed beads then to tools and materials and from there onto techniques including stitching (excellent step-by-steps demystify ladder and peyote among other stitches), looming (choosing, warping, getting those little beadies on there and then off the loom still woven together), and embroidery (beautiful photos help encourage would-be clothing and bag beaders).
On through the book in a logical fashion, the projects are presented as chapters for each technique and in a way that makes learning each new technique fun as the beader works towards a usable finished item. Each project is demonstrated in good-sized colour step-by-step photos - I especially love the great way she presents the spiral bracelet on pages 42-45 making it possible for even a beginner to create a stunning piece of jewellery first time out.
First up is using bead looms (bracelet, photo frame, and trinket box). The next chapter presents wonderful (and giftable) off-loom jewellery and shoe embellishments, and then it's onto bead embroidery for decorations, notebooks, and bags. All the techniques are shown in a way that inspires the beader to take the new skills onto their own designs.
Even more practical whilst fun if you love stunning home furnishings, there is an entire chapter just for gorgeous tassels and fringes, with some great projects to get you thinking about where else in your home you could use these - you'll never have to buy retail again on these beauties because now you'll be able to make your own!
Wire work is covered in the last chapter with some very attractive and practical projects consisting of coasters, candlestick embellishments, and the cutest gift bags featuring wired flowers, and braided beaded wire handles.
I bought this book used (Yea Aardvark Books Ltd!) but would have gladly bought it new - I'll be using the book as a reference once I've made the projects, and to share with my more advanced 'Little Beaders' group (ages 6-11) owing to the fantastic photos and projects. It's a keeper, and good for all beaders from beginners to advanced. Very glad I bought it!