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Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs Paperback – July 3, 2012
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“This book...has a wealth of information on crocheting with beads. Clear photography makes the techniques accessible to crocheters of all levels.” ―Interweave Crochet
“For this mother-daughter designing duo, crochet is always a job well done.” ―Crochet Today magazine
“Ready to dive into the world of bead crochet? Let mother-daugher team Bert and Dana Freed lead the way with...27 fully articulated bead crochet designs.” ―Beadwork magazine
“This book will get you moving from the most basic project up to those which are more challenging.... Every step of the way, there are detailed instructions and close-up photos to insure your success. If you've ever wanted to jump into bead crochet, this is the book for you!” ―Craft Gossip
“This is the most comprehensive book I've seen about bead crochet jewelry.... The projects are attractive and the book layout is very inviting.... Overall, I think this is a really interesting introduction to a technique which makes some lovely jewelry. If you've been wanting to pull out those steel crochet hooks, this book just might give you the inspiration you need to make some wonderful projects!” ―Underground Crafter blog
About the Author
BERT RACHEL FREED and DANA ELIZABETH FREED are a mother-daughter team who have spent their lives pursuing crafts. In 2006, they started putting their energy full-time into the creation of their design and beading companies, The Well Done Experience and Chicken and the Egg Designs. Their one-of-a-kind couture beadwork is currently sold in New York City at The Store at the Museum of Art and Design. In 2008 they exhibited nearly two hundred pieces in an exclusive show in SoHo. In addition to designing and crafting beaded jewelry, they also teach bead crochet workshops at craft stores, at events, and in private.
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I am now inspired to make something after looking through this book.
I'm a fan of costume jewelry, I like to add bangles and chunky earrings and necklaces to my outfits, so to be able to crochet jewelry would be great!
This is one of the reasons I love crochet so much, it's such a versatile craft. There is so much you can do with it.
The book is put together really nicely with beautiful and vivid photos throughout. The ladies start off with showing you the basic chain stitch and giving you helpful advice and information on bead crochet.
Everything from the materials needed to the basic crochet stitches and techniques are discussed. Different kinds of beads, threads and crochet hooks needed are all mentioned here in detail.
Helpful tips and tricks are also included.
For example, it would have never occurred to me to 'kill a bead' that has been strung onto your piece incorrectly by cracking it with pliers. Great tip!
"One of the most exciting things about aspects of bead crochet is the possibility for texture and movement, I like my pieces to look organic-as though they have grown from nature, but without using "natural" shapes like flowers and leaves."
p.63, Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs
There's a section where Bert and Dana each credit their inspiration to the other. I thought that was a nice touch from this mother/daughter crocheting team.
All in all, I think Bead Crochet Jewelry: An Inspired Journey Through 27 Designs would make a great addition to any crocheter's book collection.
If you've never done bead crochet, you might find the pictures helpful and inspiring enough to want to start. However, there are better illustrated instructions to be had for free on the web. If you want to take the next step in graphic designs using this technique, start researching on line. There are some pretty amazing patterns to be had, especially from European bead designers.
I've already completed one bracelet, and can't wait to do more!