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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; Spi edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440203695
  • ASIN: B0071UJ5BW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Award-winning French beader Zoe Schneider has over 20 years of experience in French beading, including creating commissioned work and teaching different beading techniques. For several years, she has entered finished pieces in competition and has received top awards, including Best in Show, Judge's Choice, Division Champion and first place recognition.

Customer Reviews

Illustrations are very good.
Teddy
This book covers all of the different "stitches" needed for a large variety of patterns.
dhannon1279
That took another 15 minutes of searching through the book.
ShoeRIt

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ShoeRIt on March 9, 2011
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I bought this book based on the reviews recommending it for beginners. I know nothing about French beaded flowers and was hoping to use this book to teach myself, since the it supposedly covers the basics and provides step-by-step instructions. While there is a fairly comprehensive review of flower parts, beads, and tools at the beginning of the book, once the flower "instructions" begin, there's not much to the book. I can't make heads or tails of it and I am experienced beader. I asked a good friend to look at the book with me to see what I was obviously missing and she informed me that the instructions are written similar to a knitting pattern; since I don't knit, no wonder it didn't make sense to me. There are no step-by-step pictures with any of the patterns. There are limited pictures for the step-by-step instructions for the flower parts, although the instructions still lack sufficient detail to assist a beginner. On one pattern, my friend and I both combed through the book several times to find the definition for the abbreviation "CL" - it took 15 minutes of searching to find it. CL was not listed in the index; once we found the definition, we could not find a reference for how to actually make it. That took another 15 minutes of searching through the book. I would still like to make French beaded flowers, but after looking at this book, I realize I am going to have to take some classes. I would not recommend this book for true beginners; this book would be good for someone with some experience in making French beaded flowers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
It's a very comprehensive book. Designed for a beginner to learn from, the first chapter covers things you need to know to start. Inspiration, showing how to look at the shapes that make up different plants and flowers.Wire, what sorts are best to work with, including a good table of wire use by gauge. Tapes that you will use on the stems, and the kinds of beads to use and how to string them on the wire. It also talks about what to use to arrange and display the beautiful flowers when they are done and the tools you'll use to make the flowers. It's also spiral bound in a hard cover to lie flat while you're working on making flowers and learning the techniques.

The second chapter goes into techniques. Different shapes and types of petals, stamens, leaves and stems. How to assemble the individual units to create flowers. It is all very well laid out and photographed with clear text to make the construction methods clear. The author discusses pros and cons of different methods of assembly and explains the tables she uses as patterns. The tables show the bead type and colors, suggested wire gauge, technique used and the bead counts on the rows.

The last chapter is flower patterns. There are a lot of patterns available in other places for common flowers. So instead of retreading ground that's been walked before, she did something which absolutely charmed and inspired me. Her flowers are the ones I see regularly here in Alaska. She shows how to make fireweed, prickly roses, the beautiful flowers of my home state. There are instructions for a petite brooch of a tiny spray of forget-me-nots (Alaska's state flower) and instructions for making high bush cranberries.

I really recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. GU on August 27, 2010
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I wish I could rate this book at 4.5 stars. I make French beaded flowers. I own a lots of beaded flowers books. Therefore, I may be a little bit picky. It is definitely a good book for beginners. It covers all the techniques to make beaded flowers, some may be missed in other beaded flowers books. However, if you have learned how to make the beaded flowers, you may find there is little to learn. The patterns in the thirt part are good. I wish there are more pictures in the gallery part.

The spiral bounding is really great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Gaspard on October 21, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
I've been teaching french beaded flowers to beginners and beyond for several years now, and many students want to know which beaded flower books I recommend. This is one of the few that I DON'T recommend, ever! The reason is simple- the format of the book is very different from the typical "language" of french beaded flower patterns. I teach my students to read standard patterns. I have to admit- I haven't tried any of the patterns in this book. I've tried, but it's frustrating to try to decipher the charts in this book. I would NEVER recommend this for a beginner, who needs to learn the standard pattern "language". If you're someone who already knows french beaded flowers, and you don't mind trying to learn something in a totally different way, maybe you'd enjoy this book. Maybe.

If you're a beginner and want to know some good books to start with, I love Dalene Kelly's books (she is a gardener, and her patterns show that she really understands flowers), Arlene Baker's book (it has a lot of instruction, and great pictures, but don't buy it if you want a lot of patterns), and Carol Benner Doelp's book (she starts with easy patterns and introduces you to new techniques as you go along). There are lots of other great books out there too; I just don't have time to name them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dhannon1279 on February 27, 2011
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This book covers all of the different "stitches" needed for a large variety of patterns. It is my go to book when I need help with different techniques.
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