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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; 9.1.2006 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589232917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589232914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia S. Pretl, of Baltimore, Maryland, has been featured in Beadwork in the Baltimore Sun, and in several galleries and exhibits. Her pieces have recently been featured in 500 Beaded Objects (Lark, 2004) and Beading for the Soul (Interweave, 2005). She teaches classes and workshops and is well known in the local, national, and online beadwork communities.

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful book and worth every penny.
Hollie S. Halverson
If you like to make little boxes with beads this is great book.
Onna
It is so easy to follow the pictures are clear.
Ally

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anny on March 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Another great book by Julia -

The designs and color combinations are gorgeous and the instructions are relatively easy to follow if you have had some experience with increasing and decreasing using the peyote stitch. Looking forward to the next beading book Julia brings out - keep up the great work Julia :-)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By haikudreams on February 10, 2007
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I love this book. I have already made three boxes from the book, including the beautiful flower box on the cover. I was a little intimidated when I first read at the instructions, but they turned out to easy to follow and the boxes come out perfectly. I am now looking forward to trying out Julia's knit bags from her other book. Happy beading.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jean C. Limakeyte on January 16, 2007
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I really liked this book. It was challenging and the finished product was great! A little bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of the directions, ie word graphs, it is a breeze to follow. Great picture graphs and the extra blank graphs at the back of the book are a fantastic perk. Very satisfying end product.

Highly recommend for intermediat to advanced beaders.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sammi on October 22, 2010
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I am a self taught bead weaver. This includes the fact that I have never taken a class to teach me any technique I've learned. I've read books, watched videos, read, and re-read instructions many, many times. As you can guess, I catch on very quickly to new things, and am constantly looking for something new to challenge my skill.

This book did exactly that. I am not at all disappointed at this purchase! It included a little bit of "old knowledge" I had gathered (peyote stitch) and combined it with a completely new view on how to use this simple little stitch. (Now mind you, you DON'T already have to know how to do peyote stitch, as Julia does a lovely job of explaining how-to with pictures. However, it does help tremendously.) Julia includes both picture charts, and word maps to help the beader. I have found that also being a knitter helps. The word map is my best friend. I can simply read along with it no problem, and hardly ever look at the picture chart. This is simply all preference though.

So far, I have made 2 complete boxes, and am working on my third. The biggest thing I can recommend, like most other people ahead of me have stated, you MUST read through the instructions first. This isn't something you can just jump into. When I received my book, I took almost a day and a half to completely read through everything, and re-read it if I didn't quite understand it. Once you get going, it is very addictive.

Also remember that if you have never made anything like this before, don't be disgruntled about how your first box comes out. Think of it as trial and error -- you're learning something new, and adapting to new techniques. Your first box will not be perfect. Mine came out misshapen, missing beads, rounded corners, and with broken beads. This is all normal.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Parmenter on May 6, 2007
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The idea of making little boxes from beads was exciting but I am afraid that after trying to follow the word patterns I was so frustrated that I gave up. Maybe if you are proficient in peyote stitch and used to following graphs then this book is for you but anyone wanting to follow the written directions should think again. There were many too many mistakes made and makes me wonder why people do not proof read and have someone else make the project from the directions before publishing.

Beverley Parmenter
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Buccieri on August 29, 2008
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Well, I just finished my first little bead box. It is so lovely. I enjoyed a bead project that was a non-wearable. The complete project does not take as long as I thought it would. I'm not sure you should tackle this if you are not comfortable with peyote patterns or if you have not beaded any project with a geometric shape. Definitely read the beginning of the book with the general instructions before you start beading otherwise you will never be able to follow the word pattern. If you choose to make any of these boxes - you will not be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Schatz on May 7, 2007
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this book is a marvel of architecture - geometry and just plain gorgeous little boxes. i recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn exquisite construction technique.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. Franks on May 8, 2008
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This book was great. I looked it over and was not sure I could follow the instructions but once I started I found it to be pretty easy. Her helpful tips were great as if she anticipated the problems I would have. Also the projects didnt take as long as I had thought they would. I am a medium level beader so have only limited knowledge when I started these projects.
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