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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312672942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312672942
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book...has a wealth of information on crocheting with beads. Clear photography makes the techniques accessible to crocheters of all levels." —Interweave Crochet
 
"For this mother-daughter designing duo, crochet is always a job well done." ---Crochet Today magazine
 
"Ready to dive into the world of bead crochet? Let mother-daugher team Bert and Dana Freed lead the way with...27 fully articulated bead crochet designs." —Beadwork magazine
 
"This book will get you moving from the most basic project up to those which are more challenging.... Every step of the way, there are detailed instructions and close-up photos to insure your success. If you've ever wanted to jump into bead crochet, this is the book for you!" ---Craft Gossip
 
"This is the most comprehensive book I’ve seen about bead crochet jewelry.... The projects are attractive and the book layout is very inviting.... Overall, I think this is a really interesting introduction to a technique which makes some lovely jewelry.  If you’ve been wanting to pull out those steel crochet hooks, this book just might give you the inspiration you need to make some wonderful projects!" -Underground Crafter blog

About the Author

BERT RACHEL FREED and DANA ELIZABETH FREED are a mother-daughter team who have spent their lives pursuing crafts. In 2006, they started putting their energy full-time into the creation of their design and beading companies, The Well Done Experience and Chicken and the Egg Designs. Their one-of-a-kind couture beadwork is currently sold in New York City at The Store at the Museum of Art and Design. In 2008 they exhibited nearly two hundred pieces in an exclusive show in SoHo. In addition to designing and crafting beaded jewelry, they also teach bead crochet workshops at craft stores, at events, and in private.

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The step by step instructions are very clear.
Betty Tucker
If you've been wanting to pull out those steel crochet hooks, this book just might give you the inspiration you need to make some wonderful projects!
Underground Crafter
All in all, I think Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs would make a great addition to any crocheter's book collection.
Naida M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Constance Lehmann on September 18, 2012
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I am a big Dana Freed fan because I know her and Bert through our local yarn store, Knitty City. Then I took a couple of bead crochet classes and was hooked (no pun intended). When I learned that they had produced a book, I was thrilled. And what a book! Whimsical vintage props provide a perfect backdrop for the stunning designs. Sometimes I just love to browse through to enjoy the photography. But it's more than a pretty face. There is basic general information, followed by step-by-step instructions, along with plenty of encouragement. Even a beginner can handle it; and I should know, I'm a beginner! I even have pages 80-83 flagged because I can never quite remember how do an invisible join for a circular crochet bracelet and must review the instructions. (I don't understand that negative review because I find those instructions completely helpful.) It's like having my own personal Dana to explain things. I've made around 10 necklaces and more than 20 bracelets ... so far. When I need inspiration, I just refer to the book. I love this book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MKB in NYC on July 5, 2012
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This is the definitive book on bead crochet. It surpasses any book,yet written, on this technique. These two artists have taken the craft to new levels. The instructions are well written, the designs are inspirational and the photos are magnificent. I am passionate about this book! Just can't wait to start my first project. Well done ladies!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. Felhandler on September 5, 2012
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I started doing bead crochet about 2 years ago. I was hoping this publication would have a great explanation on how to do an invisible join for a crocheted rope. It fails miserably in that department. In fact, all the instructions for bead crochet ropes are pretty poor and basic. The authors use photographs and written descriptions; I find large scale illustrations far more helpful. Their patterns are very basic. They are more into mixing different types of beads to make patterns vs. using more graphic designs. Overall this book feels like a scrapbook put together by the authors of their work. You can see the quality of it on the cover.

If you've never done bead crochet, you might find the pictures helpful and inspiring enough to want to start. However, there are better illustrated instructions to be had for free on the web. If you want to take the next step in graphic designs using this technique, start researching on line. There are some pretty amazing patterns to be had, especially from European bead designers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susie Beader on August 14, 2012
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What a fabulous book! I didn't know which of the many projects to start with because I love them all! But I eagerly chose the "Soup-er Versatile Necklace and Lariat" which I completed in just a few days. I'm thrilled to say the directions were "spot on" and (as a basic crocheter) I was able to complete it with no glitches! Now I'm totally inspired to try the next one! The photos are wonderful, the directions are explicit and the "sky's the limit" with possibilities for one-of-a-kind treasure!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia on July 31, 2012
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I absolutely adore this book! It's simultaneously awe-inspiring (with fabulous projects) and detailed and accessible for beginners. The book contains oodles of detailed introductory info (for newbies like me who know nothing about beads!) and the projects are ordered according to difficulty level.
I've already completed one bracelet, and can't wait to do more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naida M. VINE VOICE on August 14, 2012
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What a gorgeous pattern book Bead Crochet Jewelry is. Truly a wonderful find.
I am now inspired to make something after looking through this book.

I'm a fan of costume jewelry, I like to add bangles and chunky earrings and necklaces to my outfits, so to be able to crochet jewelry would be great!

This is one of the reasons I love crochet so much, it's such a versatile craft. There is so much you can do with it.
The book is put together really nicely with beautiful and vivid photos throughout. The ladies start off with showing you the basic chain stitch and giving you helpful advice and information on bead crochet.
Everything from the materials needed to the basic crochet stitches and techniques are discussed. Different kinds of beads, threads and crochet hooks needed are all mentioned here in detail.

Helpful tips and tricks are also included.
For example, it would have never occurred to me to 'kill a bead' that has been strung onto your piece incorrectly by cracking it with pliers. Great tip!

"One of the most exciting things about aspects of bead crochet is the possibility for texture and movement, I like my pieces to look organic-as though they have grown from nature, but without using "natural" shapes like flowers and leaves."
p.63, Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs

There's a section where Bert and Dana each credit their inspiration to the other. I thought that was a nice touch from this mother/daughter crocheting team.

All in all, I think Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs would make a great addition to any crocheter's book collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty Tucker on July 27, 2012
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I have never been disappointed with any purchases from Amazon. The Bead Crochet Jewelry Book is truly superior.The colored illustrations are beautiful.The step by step instructions are very clear.Even a beginner would not have a problem.Thank you once again Amazon, for another
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