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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312643772
  • ASIN: B00BFQCVSM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The designs are beautiful--very arabesque and mosaic--and there are more than 30 gorgeous photographs and numerous detailed illustrations." --Bead & Button

About the Author

MARIE GERAUD started working with beads in 2004 and became a full-time jewelry designer, creating bead patterns and making finished jewelry using various techniques. She works in the southeast of France, where she lives with her husband and their four children.

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Love, love, love her color choices!
N. Smith
Wanted very much to return the book, but I know someone who may like it for some of the other projects.
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Good instructions and illustrations.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on November 11, 2010
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First off, this book surprised me. When I read "Beadweaving with Cabochons", I was thinking it would be some kind of embroidery around flat-back stones. Not so! There is not a single loose flatback stone used here. For the purposes of this book, a "cabochon" is a stone in a 4-hole sew on setting with prongs.

That being said, this book is even BETTER than what I was expecting!!

Love, love, love her color choices! It's like this author made this book just for me choosing saturated colors, vivid deep jewel tones, and mixing shiny & matte finishes in all my favorite ways!

The cover says 37 projects, but it looks more like these are all the variations on a dozen or so component/link designs made into matching sets of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Books that teach components are always my favorites since I can mix and match to my own taste/style and there's no limit to what you can do with them. A lot of complex mandala or mosaic style patterns, a few open work/filigree style pieces, and some are just gorgeous frames around a focal stone.

100% success for projects in my opinion! Usually you buy a craft book because you like "a few" or "more than half" of the patterns in the book. I love this ENTIRE book, no pages wasted on duds here!

Easy to follow diagrams, fantastic up close pictures, and I think the links will come out very sturdy woven properly. Finished projects will be practical, wearable and comfortable.

A note on supplies, in addition to a beader's usual stash, this book uses a lot of swarovski stones in prong settings which are a little harder to find. She refers you to a few websites for resources on the last page. I have an excuse to go buy something I don't have yet in my bead hoard!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on November 16, 2010
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I saw the cover and title of this book and wished that there would be an look inside. Alas, no, but I bought it anyway. I was THRILLED by the beautiful pieces in it, and found that it is an English edition of a French book. The photos are exquisite, as are the colors of the rivolis and seed beads used. As the previous reviewer stated, some of the supplies are unfamiliar, unless you make or collect vintage pieces. After searching the suppliers websites in vain for pronged settings with "4 holes" I found that the term used is "sew on settings". Once you know this, you may be beside yourself waiting for all the ingredients to get started, as I am...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dolores on November 26, 2010
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If you need a book with projects for cabochons, this is not the book you want. In fact, there is not a single cabochon in the entire book. The title should be Beadweaving with Centerpeices. Each project has a centerpiece of a bead, or beads or a rivoli. The rivolies are all set in a metal bezel so you can stitch through it and thereby treat it like a bead. The processes used are like circular peyote, or circular netting techniques. None of the centerpieces are "set" in bead pockets,they must be held in place by stitching through them (impossible with a cabochon). The centerpieces are surrounded by a single row of beads, and then expanded beyond that. So, don't go by the title.
That being said, the designs are nice with good instructions and illustrations. I like her style, great color choices. If you like to create your own interpretations from projects, this is a great book since most of the projects are components that are built upon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SuzyQ on January 3, 2011
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I was so excited to order this book. I already do a lot of embroidery around cabs, so wanted another skill to use with them. What a disappointment to find there are no cabochons in this book. The really best usable part for me was the 2-page section on beading around a pearl or other bead. The laugh was on me, however, as my latest edition of Bead and Button magazine arrived this morning with directions for doing the same thing, thus making the book obsolete for my needs. My fault - I should have read the reviews......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Taylor VINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
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Love, Love, Love this book! Any of the projects you could wear anywhere from daytime office to happy hour. I like the use of brass and copper findings too. I LOVE the combination of crystal cabochons with seed beads, hex beads, and crystal drops. The book layout is very well done. It includes supplies needed, choosing beads, creating picots, setting a cabochon, loops, and ring band instructions. There are gorgeous photographs with complete instructions. (Some of the larger 10mm square cabochons were sort of difficult to find though.) A great book that will hangout in my beading library with my other favorites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Su on May 30, 2011
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I love the work of Marie Geraud - the designs are extremely attractive and her use of colours fabulous.
With the very clear instructions I was able to create beautiful jewellery which I enjoy wearing.
The title is somewhat misleading, but the book is a nice surprise.
This is only the second time I found a book with beadwork projects where I love each and every one of the designs (the other one was Kelly Wiese's Beaded Allure).

I can recommend Marie's book to anyone who is looking for beautiful designs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlackAnt on May 28, 2011
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This is a wonderful book! The projects are fabulous! There is nothing like any of these projects out there. And how many times have you felt like you are wasting a rivoli or chaton when you bead around it and cover it up? With this book you get to see the stones in all their glory! And the color choices (which the author tells you how to choose your own colors in a way that will lend to the old and vintage look) are simply stunning. This is the best beading book on the market today. It does not explain ever step as some books do (there is not "basics" section, which is, as we all know, a waste of precious pages that could be devoted to projects) and the projects are in complete thoughts. That is the projects all look totally finished and there are directions for necklace, bracelet, earrings, ring, and broach for most of the motifs so you can have a matching set!
The directions are a bit difficult to follow so I would not recommend this to a beginner. The stones and settings were a bit difficult to find, but they are out there and the book has a list that is accurate. This is a translation from the original French and some things are not translated correctly. For instance the bead color names are not always the same. Nonetheless, this is a book for any beader to invest in. The projects all turn out perfectly if you follow the directions and use the delicas where it says to use them. I hope you love the book as much as I do. I can not wait for her second book to be translated into English! I am sorely tempted to buy the French version...but shipping over the pond is so expensive! I will have to try to be contented with this one for now! Alas! I hunger for more and so will you!
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