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Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving: Jewelry Lavished with Fringe, Fronds, Lacework & More (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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"Laura McCabe is among the most innovative bead designers of all time. She’s a prominent member of a select group of young pioneers who have set new standards for all beaders—even the old pros—and we can learn from every gorgeous piece she makes." — Ann Benson
"Laura McCabe’s creative energy is infectious, and she stimulates the creative juices in everyone around her. The beaded embellishment techniques described in this book provide a solid foundation to lead you on your own creative path. The projects are well thought-out and effectively demonstrate the versatility of the embellishment techniques." — Marcie Stone
"Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving is luscious! Lacy, fringed, and opulent interpretations from both nature and imagination, Laura’s work is anything but plain. Rich colors, abundant textures, and even an antique prosthetic eye or two become embellished works of art. Laura says the aim of this book is to 'provide knowledge and inspiration to take your beadwork to the next level by embellishing beads with yet more beads—to create a multidimensional realm of beauty and adornment, all made possible by starting with one single bead.' One gorgeous bead after another, Laura certainly creates beauty in every work." — Craft Gossip
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Thank you for another great book and keep them coming!
This book differs from her first book in that that first one focused on using Swarovski crystals in all of the projects. This second book of McCabe's doesn't have that "bling bling" factor her first book had, but each piece is truly lovely. The pieces are slightly more subdued since they don't use Swarovski crystals quite as much, and instead focus more on using pearls (especially keshis), magatamas, and seed beads.
The book is broken down into several main sections:
* 1: Beads through History
* 2: Basic Beading Kit (goes over supplies that every beader needs)
* 3: Basic Stitches and Techniques
* 4: A Comprehensive Guide to Embellishments
* 5: Approaching Color and Design
* 6: The Projects
* Gallery of projects (by several other beaders, not just Mc Cabe)
The first five sections total 53 pages, and they do a really nice job of covering background, design principles, and techniques. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much space devoted to these important fundamentals. There is a bit of overlap with her first book in some of the stitches covered (such as Ndebele and basic spiral rope), but the embellishments section is completely new and unique, and it covers many unique embellishments, which is an area that McCabe really excels in.
As another reviewer pointed out, the embellishments section is just wonderful.Read more ›
As she says, "Although I give you step by step instructions, don't feel you have to reproduce the projects in this book exactly; instead, use them as basic building blocks for your own embellished forms. I genuinely hope you'll take what you learn here and apply it liberally to your own creative endeavors." This quote marks an exciting and challenging beginning to what is a super fun and educational journey into the world of embellished beadweaving. Chapter One is a succinct commentary on beads through history.Read more ›
I think Laura has wonderful talent, skills, and knowledge. She's also very good at writing explanations and training. She inspires me to attempt new things and to 'think out of the box'. If you make one of her designs, you will definitely get notice when others see it!
Even if you don't want to make/wear personally some of the pieces in this book, the skills you learn studying these techniques can be applied to other beading projects you attempt. Besides the techniques and projects, I especially like seeing how she looks at things around her to get ideas and colors. And even though I've already been dabbling at beading for several years and have completed many of her projects, I still learned some new techniques in this book. The instructions for the various components can be generalized to fit your own projects and ideas. And, of course, the gallery of works from other master artists was wonderful!
Like some of the other reviewers, I'd say this is generally intermediate to advanced level. But don't let that scare you - it's a wonderful book.
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Another wonderful book from the Lark series! This was the last one that I needed to complete my collection and if you are interested in beadweaving, then this entire collection is... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Pamla Mixter
Took a class from Laura and this book does a good job of covering her tips and techniques. Includes wonderful design ideas that are clearly illustrated and thoroughly explained. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Carol A. Rightnour
This is not for beginners, but you can figure it out! This does not go over finishing (knots, etc), but you can Google that :) Beautiful ideas!Published 3 months ago by JA Miller
A well illustrated book .. I have not make anything yet. Still trying get the courage of making one. Baby step as they said. But this book is great....Published 9 months ago by Magnoliarose