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Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects: Designs from Stringing to Beadweaving (Lark Jewelry & Beading) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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“The illustrations are clear, the instructions concise, and there are lots of inspirational photos throughout. For anyone interested in understanding geometric beadwork, this book is a must-have." - Bead&Button magazine
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One weekend a month I usually am "on the road" teaching somewhere in the U.S. Seeing the pleasure a student gets when they make something appealing (no matter how small)makes me feel great.
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This collection of her favorite projects is a great resource for people who are just starting with bead weaving. The projects are dramatic, wearable and use a variety of stitches that are diagrammed well enough for a beginner to follow.
Each of the projects has complete instructions. So instead of an introduction providing an overview of materials and techniques, it starts with an introduction to Diane Fitzgerald and her contributions to the beading community written by another notable luminary, Jean Campbell. Then it gets straight into the projects.
Starting for absolute beginners is the One to Many Strand Necklace, which is an older project of Diane's that works just wonderfully with today's trend for statement necklaces. The many strands are dense and heavy with seed beads, and well balanced by graduated beads in the "one strand" part.
Then the projects get more complicated, ropes worked around cord cores, peyote, netting, brick stitch and square stitch, hexagonal weaving and other stitches.
My favorite projects in this book are:
Apple Blossom Necklace- A netted tube worked over a core and accented with a bead embellished ribbon flower
Button Doll Ornament- this little button man reminds me of necklaces I strung for my daughter when she was little.Read more ›
And I have the pleasure of perusing through her latest book from Lark due out March 6, 2012, Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects. With 24 delicious projects ranging from Stringing to Beadweaving; a lovely Forward by the renowned Jean Campbell; and an inspiring Gallery, she finally got me! Diane's 11th book has captured me with it's simpler projects and I've got a needle threaded with a pile of seed beads ready to start her Diamond Chain Bracelet project before I've even finished looking through the entire book! I've always admired her innovative and complex designs yet felt afraid to move beyond my safe and beloved peyote stitch to try any of her fancy masterpieces. This book has changed all that for me.
Diane makes it very enticing to dive in and join her on her personal beading path. The quality of the images is spectacular as well as the easy to follow colored diagrams. I also must comment on the friendly font and layout of this book-simply delightful and inviting. I love her wide range of techniques and skill level of the projects presented. Gotta' go now, Diamond Chain Bracelet is calling me, no wait...maybe I'll start with Midnight Snowflakes...no wait....
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Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects has beautiful photos of her projects and easy to understand instructions for beginning to intermediate level beaders. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jane Jones
I had this book checked out from the library for the maximum number of renewals, and finally decided to get my own copy. Excellent instructions and beautiful designs!Published 11 months ago by Cathleen M. Smith
I've been a fan of Diane's for a very long time and own all her publications. She is the best "directions" person around. Read morePublished 16 months ago by skylark