Saturday, February 17, 2018

Big Book of Weekend Beading: Step-by-Step Instructions for 30+ Quick Beading Projects

This is a collection of 30+ (31 by my count) beading projects.  There are decor articles as well as a fair number of jewelry and beading enhanced fashion and accessory pieces.  The scope of the designs is heavily slanted to the beginner and quick-finish projects.

Roughly the first 25% of the content is introduction along with the standard picture tutorial of findings and techniques.  One caveat, the pictures for the actual techniques for the beading sections are not very detailed or close-up.  It is a good introduction to the techniques, netting, peyote, square stitch etc, but for tutorials, there are much clearer instructions available online.

The next 70% is given over to projects and patterns, roughly grouped by technique: General Beading, Stringing, Bead Embroidery, and Wirework.

The end of the book includes a short suppliers list with website affiliations, index, some of the patterns and photo credits.

This would make a good gift, along with some basic supplies, for someone who has been interested in learning to bead.  The projects are easily finished without a large commitment in supplies or time. 

192 pages, edited by Jean Power.  Due out 13th March, 2018 from  Fox Chapel.

Three and a half stars
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.

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