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The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims Paperback – January 18, 2011

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"May I just say, I need to go buy some more sweaters and scarves so that I can add beaded edgings and trims to them! Using a small crochet hook or a beading needle, you'll learn how to use a simple thread and lovely beads to make exceptionally lovely embellishments for both your wearables and nonwearables." - Beading-Arts.com

"As a crocheter and beader, I love this book." - BellaOnline.com

"The exquisite designs in The Beaded Edge by Midori Nishida are perfect for finishing and embellishing needlework projects. Crazy-quilters, in particular, will go mad for these delicate, sumptuous adornments." - CraftGossip.com

"It is absolutely gorgeous! The whole book is infused with a Japanese aesthetic I find tremendously appealing: work of great delicacy, modern color palette, beautifully organized and presented. A very classy and unusual book!" - CrochetInsider.com

About the Author

Midori Nishida is a professional craft artist. Deeply moved and inspired by the "Turkish Embroideries and Oya Exhibition," she endeavored to create her own line of crafts and introduced Boncuk oya to Japan, adapting it into a more accessible form for crafters. She has continued to study and perfect the art of "beaded edgings" with CRK design, and has built a massive base of loyal fans both in and outside of Japan.

CRK Design is a design firm made up of six graphic designers. Their first craft magazine design project opened the door to their career in craft making and design. Today, they do everything from designing and production to book designing.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynne E. TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 12, 2011
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Includes 18 charming designs for delicate, decorative beaded edgings that can be attached to scarves, wedding veils, collars, ponchos, or anything else that strikes your fancy! Edgings are constructed from beads that are pre-strung onto thread or yarn, and combined into dangling motifs (butterflies, roses, bells, grapes, stars, etc.), looping fringes, or elegant "braid" borders. The edgings are constructed using simple crochet techniques (instructions included), sometimes combined with off-loom-beading techniques.

At the front of the book, there are photographs, including clear, close-up, "under construction" photographs, of each design. At the back of the book, there are "pattern pages", which include crochet/beading charts and descriptions of exact quantities and types of materials used, for each design. At the back there is also a full explanation of how to securely attach the edgings to any edge, curved or straight.

Easy-to-find materials include beads (round, bugle, wooden, specialty), sequins, yarn (crochet thread, embroidery floss, nylon beading thread, hemp yarn, lace yarn), crochet hooks, and beading needles. Edgings can be made from lighter or heavier materials to suit the item to be decorated, such as a silk scarf or a pair of cowboy boots.

The book also includes a brief discussion of traditional Turkish "oya" edgings, along with an inspirational photograph of a collection of oya-edged scarves. (This photo is used for the book's cover photo). Although the book does not include specific pattern instructions for these designs, many crocheter/beaders will be able to duplicate the designs after trying out the techniques that are described in the book.

This book offers "eye candy" for anyone who loves beaded decoration, along with excellent technical information on how to create beautiful beaded edgings.
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The Beaded Edge by Midori Nishida and CRK design is one of those books that proves how much the boundaries blur in handicrafts and art. Combining crocheting with beads to make gorgeous edgings that can be used in sewing and to embellish other crafts.
The techniques range from doing a basic crocheted edging and adding in beads with a needle and thread to some wonderful designs with the beads crocheted in to the design.
If you've found crocheted ropes and single crochet designs too limiting, this book is a great example of how much is possible.
Loops of beads create fringe, pretty little butterflies and elegant scallops. The threads used are mostly cotton crochet threads with steel hooks. They are well photographed and applied to a bunch of projects to inspire uses. Cards, jeans, sweaters and felt ornaments are all among the suggested uses.
As a crocheter and beader, I love this book. Some of the edgings are made simply enough that once you have the beads threaded, the motifs can be repeated easily while watching television. One of my favorites is just that sort of motif. The Soap Bubbles design is all one color bead, and it's a design that works an inch at a time until it's long enough. The example shown is edging pockets on a pair of jeans, but I can just as easily imagine it as a fine edging on a pair of gloves.
There are photographs to show how the motifs of the edgings are made and how they progress, with the instructions in the back of the book. Each page has the page number for that pattern. The patterns are both in international crochet notation and in very clear American terminology text, with more photos to show how the piece is made and stringing diagrams. I prefer international charts to text for patterns, so that made me very happy.
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Amazingly, on page 55 the cover photo is repeated, the statement reads "No instruction is provided for the items featured here", they are from the authors collection of Turkish edgings. Though it appears to me that a couple are in the book (haven't tried them yet)the author says they are not.
There are useful patterns in the book but the layout is awkward. This book is neither fish nor fowl. It could have been a pictorial study of Turkish beaded edgings, but it isn't. The pictures of Turkish edgings are best represented by the cover picture. The edgings shown in the book are too small to see detail and partially out of focus. There are some interesting travel photos, also very small.
There are many large color photos of models (all probably 16 and all looking down for some reason) in evocative settings and poses, setting the mood for your use of the patterns rather than actually detailing the construction of the beaded edgings (not all crocheted), or settings. To my taste in a crafting book, large pictures showing antique furniture and models are not what I want to see... there could have been more close ups of the work, clearer shots of the work in progress... there is dialogue that sometimes sounds as if advertising the finished item, about a stole "With lace flowers bordering its fringeless edges, it emanates a captivating aura anyway you wear it". The items are presented on a page, as a work in progress without detail about the process, the model and settings across, the patterns do not follow, the patterns are grouped in the back of the book requiring flipping back and forth. Many of the pictures that accompany the instructions are small, grainy, and all are black and white.
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