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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 16, 2009
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As a girl, I spent many hours furnishing a dollhouse to absolute perfection (or so I thought). Once it was finished, there was little for me to do with it but store it away, a treasure that rarely saw the light of day. I saw this book online and had to have it -- here might be a way for me to combine my adult hobby with my childhood one. I put the credit card number in so quickly it practically burnt up the wire getting to Amazon.

When the book arrived, I was thrilled. Like most Japanese bead books, there are no instructions, other than the absolute basics. What you do get are very detailed drawings of the thread paths, so an experienced beader can identify the stitch and start following the book. The stitch used in "The Beaded Dollhouse" is 99% Right Angle Weaver, a time consuming but simple stitch. I'm just beginning making the first project: a sofa from one of the three living rooms in this "house." And therein lies my only tiny complaint: Although the author designed three living rooms., a dining room and two bedrooms, the poor residents of this dollhouse have no kitchen, and no bathroom. As a woman who keeps take out food places on her speed-dial, I suppose I could live without a kitchen, but a bathroom?

I hope that the next book will include those two very important rooms in her beaded dollhouse, and that they are as charming and filled with whimsical touches as this slim volume. I'm sure that I'll be among the first to purchase it!

P.S.: The author is also kind to our beaded wallets during this time of financial craziness. She makes her projects with three and four millimeter fire polished beads instead of the usual cut crystal. If I ever get to meet her, I'll give a her a great big Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2009
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If there is a doll collector in you life, then this book is a must have! Every room is detailed in beaded furniture. "Real" beading techniques are used, not just Frech wire, which I personally can't stand doing. Highly reccommended!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2007
Offering meticulous, methodical, 'reader friendly', fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions, internationally-renowned bead artist Nobuyo Chica shows anyone how they can create charming miniature furniture and accessories out of beads in "the Beaded Dollhouse: Miniature Furniture And Accessories Made With Beads. Directions are provided for creating six complete rooms (four living rooms arranged by season and two different styles of bedrooms) that include couches, floor lamps, chairs, tables, beds, bureaus, mirrors, fireplaces, chandeliers, potted plants, and even a Christmas tree. All the items are on a ration of 1/24 in actual size. Of special note is the extensive and illustrated equipment list for the beading enthusiast. "The Beaded Dollhouse" is the perfect instruction guide and a very strongly recommended 'how to' manual for the novice seeking to make dollhouse furnishings out of beads.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2008
I got this book thinking it was just a few patterns for beds and chairs. Wow, totally wrong! You also get lamps, rugs, ceiling fans, plants, even a birdcage, and much, much more. The projects use various sizes of beads, so stock up on sizes 3 and 4 mm Swarovski and Czech fire polished and have a nice seed bead assortment on hand. And, the illustrated instructions were wonderful. I was even to figure out how to make a dining table with chairs although there was none in this book. I would love to see more books just like this!
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on October 20, 2013
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This bead book is great if you want to make miniature furniture out of beads and it is the only book I can find of it's kind. The directions are clear & I think easy to follow. Each piece of furniture requires a large number of 3mm round glass beads, so be prepared to buy them in mass bulk.
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on August 12, 2014
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Very useful book for me. Prompt delivery.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Beaded Dollhouse: Miniature Furniture and Accessories Made with Beads
I am somewhat disappointed as not so much with the beautiful projects in the book but for the beads...not only hard to find but expensive. Not like the beads I use to purchase a good number of years ago. Think it would cost a small fortune to make anything or all in this book!
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3 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2007
wish i could send this book back for a refund because it wasn't what i expected. all other purcases i've made were satisfactory. one used book i bought was missing pages, the Beaders Bible, a used book is a used book. i will be more careful in the future.
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