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Beaders Stash [Kindle Edition]

Laura Levaas
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Book Description

The finest independent bead shops across the United States and Canada open their doors and their bead boxes in this showcase of materials and techniques to inspire beaders of all stripes. Forty projects mix insider tips with inventive arrangements, employing techniques from stringing and weaving to bead embroidery, wire wrapping, and soldering. Beginners will find an array of rewarding projects and advanced beaders will delight in the original ideas, such as a tic-tac-toe art deco piece, beaded lanterns, a fuzzy felted bead bracelet, a vintage-inspired picture pendant necklace, a spiritual talisman lariat and bracelet, and a unique mosaic bead tray. An instructive Beading 101 section, an illustrated techniques glossary, and a bead shop directory round out the book, making this collection a staple of creative beadwork.

Editorial Reviews


"Whatever your bead interest or ability there are projects to instruct and inspire." —

"There's really something for all skill levels." — Guide to Jewelry Making

"Showcases beads in every form—jewelry, home décor, and accessories—and offers something for everyone." —

"Will inspire both beginning and expert beaders...Loaded with photographs and illustrations sure to put anyone in a beading mood." — Bangor Daily News

"Perfect for beginner and advanced alike." — Upper Midwest Bead Society newsletter

"This beautiful book is sure to inspire both beginning and advanced beaders with over 40 exquisite projects...Descriptions of each bead shop are entertaining and enlightening." — KLIATT

"Beaders and jewelry-making enthusiasts at all skill levels will be inspired by not only the projects, but also the personal experiences the shop owners share about their business and their beading." — Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects

"If you'd like a bit of jewelry making inspiration and useful tips from some of the finest bead shops across the U.S. and Canada, then what you need is a copy of Beader's Stash." — Detroit News

About the Author

Laura Levaas is a beader, a knitter, and the former marketing manager for Interweave Press. She has been a journalist and freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7172 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40Z6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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I must admit my first love in books, as a jewelry designer, is jewelry design books. I look for the ones which have pizzazz and are well thought out. I look for the ones which excite my imagination. I really like ones with quality paper and good layouts, as I am a perfectionist myself when I design my jewelry.

This book, BEADER'S STASH, fulfills all my requirements and then it adds so much more, in that it actually offers a cool new concept in jewelry design books. It presents designs which bead stores from all over the world (the author, Levaas, even lists the honor role of stores which presented designs but unfortunately didn't get chosen in the "blind choosing" by a panel of jurors). The designs which did get chosen are fantastic, the stores are described in a short but well written sidebar in each case, so you can imagine each one vividly, and the designers are also discussed. The photos RULE and the sense of being in an environment where fun is the point is just a great addition to the ambience of the book. I recognized many of my favorite stores, including Beadshop. Janice Parsons' lush and outstanding use of color and design principle in her necklace "Gems of the Earth" blew me away. There are seed beed offerings, such as the one from store Bead Culture: the "Patterned Peyote Rings Bracelet" by Katrina Kimpell. It is REALLY pretty. There are so many I find it hard to choose what I liked most! Bead Works Inc. "Femme Fatale Collar" by Kathy Mamat is very sensuous and earthy. I loved that one, too!

You just have to wander through this book as if you were taking a walk through a bead store. Believe me, it is worth it. Some of these designs look as if they should be in museums, but not in the sense that they are "please don't touch me" designs.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like going into a beadshop January 20, 2007
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None of the stores are known to me and almost none of the designers. What interests me today is beadweaving and there are some really nice projects here. Each project gives the technique, list of beads required and interesting information on the shop which presented the item. There's a spiral necklace, peyote rings bracelet, peyote cuff by Shanigan, beaded beads bracelet with tubular right angle weave, herringbone bracelet, ladder stitch necklace, necklace in spiral stitch variation, necklace in netting, beaded sampler in loomwork, wire crochet necklace with earrings, brooch with herringbone and peyote stitch, dragonfly in ladder stitch, doorway dangles in stringing technique, poinsettias bracelet in peyote stitch, necklace with ladder st and tubular herringbone st, buttons in netting. If this book is like the same publisher's Knitter's stash, then I will be returning to it time and again and also expect to see more work from the designers included here. I didn't mention all of the projects but in the future I may find them interesting also. Only problem is now to find those 111 daggers!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, creative projects April 19, 2007
I love this book. Each project is more creative and beautiful than the last. It's hard to know which to start with - you want to do them all. In addition to the expected jewelry projects (all of them gorgeous), you also find martini sticks, tassels, a doorway curtain, napkin rings and buttons. The "Beading Basics" section goes beyond the basics and is very comprehensive.

Truly a valuable book for any beader.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I found that, although they were 'creative' and well documented, most of the creations were not jewelry that I would want to make or wear. To me, several of them were clever or gimmicky, but not stylish or beautiful.

There are many pages devoted to describing basic types of beads, supplies and tools. This has already been well covered in many basic beading books. In this book these pages seem to be filler. I would have liked to see more of the submitted designs from America's favorite bead shops included in the book instead.

I did like the concept of projects from various bead shops around the country. The photography is beautiful and the instructions are clearly illustrated.

I was disappointed in this book. I purchased it based on many favorable reviews. I actually wanted to return this book because there wasn't much in there that I was inspired to make. But after weighing the cost of the book relative to what I would lose in return shipping, I decided to keep it. Since so many other reviewers were inspired by the designed offered, maybe when my friends come over for beading get-togethers they will find something of interest in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My creation came out looking good! January 3, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised when my Wispy Wire Earring Stand came out well. Sometimes when I work from a book or magazine the end product is quite different then the picture but not the case here. I did use a smaller bead then they recommmended - if I was going to do it again I would make the effort to buy the right size rather than using stock. The Stretchy Button Vines is going to be my next attempt.

I like the sidebars that tell you about where the project is from - it's a nice break from the directions. I do wish there were more direction pictures as I learn better that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gold Mine March 25, 2015
By drc536
Format:Kindle Edition
I think Beader's Stash is a gold mine. I thought this book would be about organizing beads and such. But I didn't expect the patterns contained in this publication. I love the Femme Fatale Collar, the Squiggles Earrings, Kiwi Serpentine, and Sea Foam Spiral patterns. A great book for beginners and intermediate beaders. Love the way the book is organized (author went to various bead shops to submit projects). Because of the variety of projects, beaders gain experience in quite a few techniques. I hope the author writes a part two (more bead shops, more projects).
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