Hi everyone. It's time to give away the last of the three books that Interweave Press generously sent me to review. I've thoroughly enjoyed this one -- my kind of bright colors and I've always liked Dustin's projects when I've seen them in bead magazines. The book is:
Getting Started With Seed Beads
by Dustin Wedekind
I already know a lot about seed beads, so when I read the book I snapped into my editor mode, looking for errors and omissions. I didn't find any. I liked the way the book was organized, starting with a history of seed beads and explaining how to shop for and organize your supplies. This is a good introduction for beginners.
The projects start with an easy technique for attaching beads to little tins and get progressively more advanced. He covers all of the basic stitches and gives you interesting projects (mainly jewelry) to make with each stitch. There are even a few projects that involve beading on fabric. Some of the stitches are netting, peyote, ladders, right angle, brick and tubular herringbone.
I was going to try this "Supple Tiles Necklace" but haven't gotten around to it yet. I have started on a beaded tin, though, using double-sided craft tape. The tin will make a good travel kit for my embroidery and beading supplies. If I didn't have to give this book away, I'm sure I'd dive into it many times over the years for inspiration or to actually (gasp) follow directions!
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