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Bead Crochet (Beadwork How-To) Hardcover – April 1, 2004
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One look at Barry's snazzy bracelets, necklaces, and doodads, and handicrafters will rush out for supplies. The idea that such dynamite-looking jewelry can be created at home is really exciting. Of course, there's a catch: experience in both beading and crochet is a must, despite sections on basics that Barry herself admits aren't really enough for beginners. But readers skilled in both crafts will have a great time. A full-color photo of each finished project faces a list of required materials, which is accompanied by a handy listing of page references to tips and techniques found elsewhere in the book. A scattering of diagrams accompanies instructions that carry crafters from setting the pattern and making that all-important sample swatch to applying closures and finishing touches. And if that's still not enough to whet the appetite, Barry concludes with a glorious photomontage of spectacular creations, a "Gallery of Bead Crochet." Add this beauty to collections where beading books are popular. Stephanie Zvirin
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When I first bought Bethany Barry's book I was disappointed. Mainly, because it wasn't strictly tubular bead crochet and wasn't much help in learning it. Although, I have to admit that every book helped a little.
Now that I'm experienced with bead crochet I find her book refreshing because it's a little different. Crocheting spiral tubes has become a little confining for me and her book opens up some new worlds.
I don't understand her use of a mandrel for working an entire tubular piece. Although, I find a wooden skewer, stiff shoelace, or other item placed in the center of the beginning chain a big help. And, you have to have a very large and varied bead inventory to make her jewelry.
Still, if you want to expand your bead crochet horizons, this is a very useful book.
By: Nancie M. Wiseman and "Crochet Jewelry" By: Sophie Britten.
This book covers Tubular crochet, and crochet that the beading looks more like Pave-studded fabric. Most of the projects look like somebody just tangled a hodge podge of beads together. Not one of the projects appeals to me--they all look very 'hippie' and outdated.
I wish I had read the reviews more carefully before I bought this one.