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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Xrx Books (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933064250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933064253
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This lovely book is aimed at knitters with varying degrees of skill who want to add beads or sequins to their fibre work. If you don't know how to knit this is not the book to teach you. The 33 projects are mostly jewellery in the form of necklaces and bracelets but there are also instructions for other items such as belts, earrings, scarves, suspenders, Christmas ornaments, evening bag and yarmulke. The information is arranged into specific sections. Beading Basics covers what yarns are good for bead knitting, types and sizes of beads, clasps and findings, tools such as beading needles or pliers, and eventhe bead mat. This section also explains how to read the charts, string beads and use specific methods to knit beads into your fabric. There is even a 2-page illustrated explanation of how to decipher each pattern page. Patterns are divided into sections by techniques: I-cord, Tubes and straps, Stitch pattern embellishment, Knit beads, and Welts and hems. Each pattern division includes Tech Trails which explain the techniques involved and may expand on variations of the techniques. Thankfully for those who don't like working on double-pointed needles, most projects are knitted flat and sewn together, or take advantage of the natural inclination of knit fabric to roll up. The needle size, yarn and beads in most projects are quite small, but a project might only call for 60 rows of knitting so it won't take forever. The yarns are mostly specialty fibres like tencel tape, metallic yarn, soutache cord, cashmere and hand-painted sock yarn. Overall this is a beautiful book that will prompt you to explore bead knitting if you like the look of fibre pieces with bead accents. The photos are beautiful, the knitting techniques are explained in detail, the projects take advantage of interesting yarns and there is a lot of useful technical information. It is clear that the author has spent much time on experimentation in order to offer knitters projects and techniques that should inspire them to get out their needles.-Bead Society of GB

About the Author

Betsy Hershberg is a lifelong knitter who designs bead-knitted jewelry and accessories. She lives in Philadelphia. Elaine Rowley is the former editor of Knitter's Magazine and an editor for XRX Books. She lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Alexis D. Xenakis is the publisher of Knitter's Magazine and XRX Books. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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What a fun Idea!!
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The instruction are very well writeen and the pictures are fantastic.
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I borrowed this book from the library before ordering it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Fan on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is for anyone who wants to learn to bead with their knitting, but mostly for those who want to explore their creative side. The author truly inspires those willing to take this journey. And supplies enough technical information for those right-brain people out there to excel in their hidden creativity.

First, I did a quick count on the items included. They are:

Necklaces 12
Bracelets 7
Belt 2
Earrings 3
Scarf 2
Suspenders 2
Evening bag 1
Skullcap 1
Holiday ornament 2
Ear warmer 1

As you can see, the focus is on jewelry (with other assorted items). Please note also that all the items make much use of small beads, nothing gaudy here.

As for the layout of the book, early on there is a 'How to use the book' two page spread which details how to get the most from the information presented. It shows how each pattern introduces the project first and specifics are then discussed such as beads used, yarn, colors, and yardage. Any special technique illustration is shown along with the finished measurements and suggested needle size. I like the "What if...?" box in each pattern that goes into other ways one could wear the project or 'embellish' the pattern, changing it to be more of your own design. And lastly, there is a unique suggested skill box going much further into detail about who should attempt the pattern and what makes the item the level it is. Many are advanced, but there is something for everyone's abilities here.

Next, there is a section on Beading Basics. This will get anyone knitting these items in no time as there is quite a nice level of detail without it looking too overwhelming.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. LAMONTAGNE on March 13, 2012
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This book is awesome. The photography is stunning and inspiring; the patterns are well written and easy to understand; the book is arranged with a wonderful selection of projects that will give the knitter forward momentum and the skills to create her own designs. The source guide is well organized with numerous personal notations from the author. I pre-ordered this book from Amazon when the publication was announced. It was well worth the wait !
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Reads-a-lot on May 18, 2012
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This is a beautifully photographed book, but I was a little disappointed with the degree of detail in the directions/explanations when I sat down to try to make some of the items. I started with the spiral necklace, and eventually understood how to make purl I cord, but felt this could have been explained in more detail so I would not have to get it by trial and error. The book did inspire me to start working with beads in knitting, though, so I am happy about that. I would say you must be a confident knitter to work with this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alsugarbelle on August 9, 2012
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The lady who wrote the book teaches a course at Craftsy.com It is called Brilliant Knit Beads. She is really good, and very thorough. You can also ask questions and she'll answer. You'll find out where to purchase various beads, the ones that are good and the ones that aren't.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paula Osofsky on February 8, 2013
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Beautiful book, lovely pictures, BUT Do NOT Buy This Book if You Are Over 40.
The instructions are printed in (probably) an 8-pt font and are not even printed in black, but grey.
This book was not made for knitters that want readable instructions, but for those that just want to look at pretty pictures and then put the book on the shelf.
50% of many of the instruction pages are blank space; maybe this is the publisher's decision in order to save on ink.
Be forewarned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rdnOK on May 9, 2012
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This book is incredible. The pictures are gorgeous. Even if you don't knit this is a gorgeous book to read through. The patterns are well explained. There are a variety of skill levels for the many patterns. There are so many items I want to make from this book. I can't wait to get started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Shea on May 15, 2012
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I like the book overall, but some of the projects are a little too homemade and crafty looking to suit my taste. Luv the I-cords and instructions. A large-sized book with nice color pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earles, Zarah Marion on November 10, 2013
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I absolutely love the book. It is perfect for me -a knitter, a beader and a left brainer. I bought 4 copies of the book - 2 as Christmas presents for friends, 1 for my guild's library and 1 for myself.

Zarah
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