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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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Product Details

  • Series: Beadweaving Master Class Series
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595141
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book isn't just a great source of instruction for beaders; it's also a wonderful look into the work of one of today's most important bead artists. It's a great source of instruction and inspiration for beginner and more advanced beaders who want to try something different with their beads." — About.com Beadwork
 
"Laura McCabe has inspired beaders worldwide with her original and sometimes quirky beadwork, and her kits and classes are always popular. Now you can learn from Laura in the comfort of your own home. In 144 gorgeous pages, Laura covers more than 30 techniques, embellishments, and architectural and organic forms plus complete instructions for 18 botanically inspired jewelry projects. Additional features include Laura's own color choices for each project, advice on making color and design decisions, and inspiring gallery images of beadwork by Laura and other notable designers." — Bead & Button
 
“Seed-bead bling — use seed beads to make big, bold, embellished jewelry in internationally renowned designer Laura McCabe's unique style.” — Beadwork
 
"McCabe, a self-taught bead weaver, takes basic peyote stitch and spiral rope bead necklaces and earrings and embellishes them with even more beads fashioned into small, nature-inspired attachments. Beaders who have mastered basic bead weaving and are looking for more adventurous projects will want this." — Library Journal
 
"Imagine the processes of a talented beader’s mind captured within the pages of a book! Laura McCabe shares her ingenious embellishment techniques in clear, step-by-step, illustrated instructions. This volume is a must-have for any creative library." — Carol Wilcox Wells

"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 is a gift to all those captivated by luscious beadwork. This book is a treasure trove of her imagination, ideas, technical know-how, and irrepressible spirit." — NanC Meinhardt

"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

 

About the Author

Laura McCabe is a noted bead weaver and teacher whose work is sold at boutiques and galleries across the USA, as well as through her website, www.lauramccabejewelry.com.

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So many great ideas and projects.
N. McKinney
Laura McCabe's new book is the third book in Lark Books wonderful Beadweaving Master Class Series, so it has high standards to live up to.
Book Lover
Clear instructions, excellent illustrations, great photos.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2010
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First, I am in the bead business so I am biased. Most of us do not get to walk down the red carpet. Crystals are way too over rated!!! In this book, Laura uses Japanese and Czech seed beads to accent natural materials and frosted(matte) glass, as in her "Nudibranch Bracelet"(page 83). Laura states, "embellish means to decorate, to enhance, to add beauty through ornamentation or fanciful details". The components are not the star, but the artist is. Laura's jewelry can be worn at your local coffee shop or at your most cherished event. Either way, they make you feel unique, not one of the crowd. Thanks Laura.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Joseph on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a Laura McCabe fan for a number of years and this book fantastic. She takes a handful of beads, a needle an thread an turns it into art! It's great to see how her creative process works, taking things from nature and transforming them into beautiful pieces of wearable art. The diagrams and the instructions are very helpful. I have all three books in this series so far and constantly find myself going back to them for reference in my beadwork. The basic stitches and techniques sections are great.

Thank you for another great book and keep them coming!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
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Laura McCabe is one of my favorite beading instructors, and I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of her new book, which I pre-ordered a few months ago. Her new book was definitely worth the wait! It has eighteen lovely projects in it, and each one teaches you new skills.

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.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book draws the reader in instantly. Just one glimpse of the fabulous necklace on the cover will lead to the delightful realization that a master of jewelry design is at work. Laura McCabe is famous for her beadweaving, and rightly so. The reader can clearly see the whole intention of a piece of jewelry which she has designed, through her beadweaving skills. At the same time it is obvious how her choice of embellishments specific to each piece add a sort of remarkable brilliance and depth to her designs. If you are new to beadweaving, have no qualms. The book begins with an introduction which explains the point of embellishment. The author knows that if you embellish your beadwork with further beads, you reach another level. Beads are empowering in more ways than one, and she notes many of the purposes of wearing or carrying beads. Then the question is asked, "How do we use these beads to their best advantage, to make ourselves beautiful and add fanciful details to our world?" She answers her own question by revealing the point of this book: to "provide the knowledge and inspiration to take your beadwork to the next level by embellishing beads with yet more beads..." I particularly like the freedom this book imparts in the introduction by Ms.McCabe.
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Moody on May 6, 2010
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First, I must qualify that I'm a true die-hard Laura McCabe fan. As a beginner to low-intermediate beader, I had the incredible good fortune to be able to take her Keshi Pearl Necklace class a year or two ago. I learned so much in that one class that I have been hooked for good on beading, and when I completed that necklace I definitely improved my skills to a higher level. Don't be afraid to try something new and more challenging - that's how we get better.

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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