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Bead Crochet (Beadwork How-To) Paperback – 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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"This isn't the typical tutorial on how to make crocheted ropes or purses. Bead Crochet takes both crafts to a new level."  —The Bead Bugle
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Product Details

  • Series: Beadwork How-To
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193149942X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499422
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Schaffner on May 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I own several of the books in the Beadwork "How-To" series and have found them consistently well-written and full of projects that inspire my own work. Given my prior success with learning techniques from this series, and my great desire to learn bead crochet (and, particularly, ropes or tubular crochet), I was literally counting down the days until the release of this book. Unfortunately, this book fell short in several key areas. As the book is primarily intended to instruct, it was upsetting to see the instructions for techniques were neither clearly described nor well-illustrated. In reviewing the projects, whose purpose is to provide opportunities to explore the techniques, several deficits existed. First, each project required that the reader back to the less-than-stellar instructions to which I previously referred. In addition, the projects were more focused on crochet and less on the addition of beads to the process. Finally, the projects presented by the author, quite frankly, were both bulky in size and gaudy in style. While jewelry and/or fiberarts of the style presented are considered "art jewelry", the chaotic and hefty pieces presented seem to appeal to only a small population (including this reviewer). In summary, this book was neither a how-to, nor were the works provided a means of stimulating my creativity.
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Amazon keeps recommending this book to me based on what else I have purchased, most irritating and inappropriate.

I usually say nothing if I cannot say something nice. And I cannot say anything nice about this book. It is uninformative, and is not appealing to my taste.

You want to learn beaded rope crochet?

Buy Judith Bertoglio Griffin's Bead Crochet book instead, or use the wonderful bead crochet chapter in the Art and Elegance of Beadweaving book of Carol Wilcox Wells.
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i taught myself tubular bead crochet in order to take a class at this year's bead and button bash. my teacher was linda lehman, who has published an excellent book on tubular bead crochet. i've crocheted for decades, i loved the beaded lariat i made, and i am interested in seeing what else can be done with beaded crochet.

when this book arrived, i started with the gallery, since the gallery is generally the best part of the beadwork instruction books (most of which i own). ho hum. how limited, how unappealing, how lacking in inspiration. how ugly. oops, those were the author's contributions--some of the rest are quite attractive, especially griffin's lariats.

then i read the 'history of bead crochet.' yikes.

to begin with, the author on whom barry seems to have based far too much of her intro has been pretty thoroughly discredited as an historian. anyone with knowledge of textile history knows that it is not safe to rely on the records of, say, the sixteenth century, since their terms were, to put it mildly, elastic in meaning--for instance, lace could mean a tie for a stocking or an open work fabric, so accepting the idea of irish nuns making crochet lace in the 16th century is overly trusting, since no examples have come down to us. (and does this woman have any idea of the conditions in ireland in the 1500's?) also, the continual references to christianity, probably thanks to her source, were off-putting, as well as inaccurate.

okay, i'll stop the historical criticism, and get to the bits beadworkers want to hear about. no, one more comment--crochet did not generate income during the famine in ireland, since england didn't allow ireland a cash economy until later in the century. irish style crochet was a LATE 19th century development.
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I greatly enjoy crocheting and was looking to expand beyond the typical granny square afghan. I have successfully crocheted projects labelled "for advanced crocheters only." So, why couldn't I get my bead projects to turn out properly?

I picked up the book almost entirely based on the picture on the cover. I know enough to expect that the nicest looking project is usually on the cover, and that it's usually the most difficult.

I started with the easier projects, but found the instructions hard to follow. The author states up front that it's not an introductory crochet book and that if you want to learn to crochet basic stitches look elsewhere. However, she spends a lot more time explaining how to do generic crochet than how to work with beads.

I believe this book has reasonably interesting projects if you already know how to crochet with beads. What I found so difficult -- the openendedness of the directions -- would probably appeal to a more experienced and artistic bead crocheter. My primary objection to this book is that it calls itself a "how-to" book, and then doesn't give you specifics "how."
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I am new to bead crocheting, although I have been crocheting with yarn for many many years. In an attempt to "expand my horizons" I bought this book after glancing through it at the library. Well, when it came time to make something "simple," I struggled and struggled with the instructions (as did my daughter H), but got nowhere..the bead pattern indicated in the picture simply didn't materialize. In another review posted here someone indicated that critical information about the positioning of the bead was lacking from the instructions! Good thing I read the review (although it was AFTER I'd bought the book)! Now I realize why I got nowhere...the instructions are VERY poor...don't bother with this one...I'm going to try another 1 or 2 recommended by other reviewers...
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