Most books on beading involve stringing techniques and some sewing/bead embroidery, but this book is different, in that it extends jewellery making to the use of cabochons without setting them in a metal surround. There's no need to get complex metal working equipment, you just mount your cabs onto backing and sew them in place with seed beads as anchors.
She starts off simply, teaching you the stitches and finishes, gives instructions on finding and attachments in case you don't do other beading work, and then opens up the field with some stunning pictures, giving lots of ideas about how to use a beaded cab as part of an earring, necklace,brooch or bracelet. There are also some specific instructed projects if you want to practice before taking flight. I have to say this technique can really raise home made jewellery to new, designer heights, producing some real artpiece jewellery!
on 14 January 2008
Beading with Cabochons is something I have wanted to do for a long time, then I saw this book, bought it, and made some stunning pieces following the instructions in the book. So simple to follow, and wish I had tried it before, the variations are endless - no two need be the same. Try it and see!
on 11 May 2013
For a complete beginner learning the techniques of beading with cabachons, this is a must have book. Easy to understand, good diagrams, alternative ideas. Excellent. Not really for those looking for further inspiration and lots of pretty pictures.