Saturday, July 27, 2019

50 Beaded Bracelets

50 Beaded Bracelets is a new step-by-step tutorial anthology which includes 50 bracelet designs from Interweave and Beadwork magazines. Curated by Tammy Honaman, there are designs which run the gamut from sleekly tailored to full on blingy glitz. Released 2nd July 2019 by Interweave, it's 240 pages and available in paperback format.

Each of the tutorial chapters includes a sidebar with technique information and tools and supplies. The written instructions are clear and well written along with the beautifully detailed Interweave beading diagrams. Most of the projects are made up of units which are put together to create the desired length. As such, nearly all of them can be adapted to create other pieces (earrings, necklaces, pendants, etc) to make a coordinated set. The materials lists in the individual tutorials are specific enough to allow for some judicial bead substitution if desired.

The photography is luscious and plentiful. All of the tutorials include hints and tips from the designers as well as alternate colorways and some alternate bead selections. There is a really handy designer links list included under the contributor credits which will provide hours of further inspiration.

This is a useful technique book in addition to the lovely tutorials. The beading and threading diagrams are clear enough for the beginner to learn weaving techniques as they create. All of the most common techniques are represented here such as RAW, netting, ladder stitch, peyote, and much more.

5 stars. These are gorgeous wearable pieces. Definitely a valuable addition to the beader's/crafter's library.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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