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The Beaded Garden: Creating Flowers with Beads and Thread Paperback – September 1, 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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"This book is beguiling." - Bead Society of Great Britain Newsletter

About the Author

Diane Fitzgerald is an internationally recognized bead artist, teacher, and the author of several books including Beading with Brick Stitch and Netted Beadwork. She is continually creating new designs for beadwork jewelry at her shop, Beautiful Beads. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Crim on March 1, 2006
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I just LOVE this book! I started a project as soon as the book arrived and have finished several others since. The instructions are clear,concise, and easy to follow. The stitches used are peyote, brick, and herringbone, to create AMAZINGLY beautiful and dainty beadwork gardens. I have made french-beaded (wire construction) flowers for many years and though I still enjoy the vintage-style that they create, the wire structure has never thrilled me....so this book (utilizing thread construction) really excited me, and it has delivered everything that the Vibrant Book Cover eludes to! I am especially fond of the mini flowers and have made an entire batch of "thimble bouquets" using the tiny treasures within a sewing thimble for the "flower pot". They are going to be favors for a Spring Luncheon I am hosting for my special friends and I can't wait to hear their "oohs" an "aahhs". I think if you love beadwork and exquisite flowers you will ADORE this book. It holds a place of honor in my bead box....not even admonished to the bookshelf where the majority of my 30+ beading books reside. Have fun!
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This book is different from other books on beaded flower construction. Instead of using wire frames and filling in with wire strung beads petal by petal, this book uses peyote, brick, and herringbone stitches to sculpt each flower. The look and approach is completely different. So if you love the idea of beaded flowers, but the look of the old fashioned wire ones don't turn you on---this is your book!

The book also has great photos, instructions, and inspiration.
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The book is well written, with clear instructions, excellent diagrams and a lot of good information and background for the projects. Additional articles included are very helpful. A lot of good information is available in this book. One can easily become inspired to higher levels of creativity with the suggestions here.
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This book is just fantastic.The patterns of all the florals and insects are just beautiful;but most of all her instructions are clear and easy to understand.Love the book.

Kasey Toledo Mazzara
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I am a seasoned beader and wire worker but have only in the last few months branched off into the wonderful and adictive world of seed beads, but this book just does not have the proper amount of visual instructions even for my newness to the craft. I find my self thumbing through the pages wistfully wanting to do some of the very interesting projects with in, but sadly I have not as yet been able to put one of the projects into use. I esspecialy would like to make the tiny versions of daffodils...someday after a few more classes I hope. If you are a non visual learner and can pick it up from written instruction this book would be great for you.
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This book is just delicious! The color photographs leap off the page, inducing severe inspiration; the author's instructioinal graphics are clear and her directions concise. I highly recommend the book.
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This book is just a wonderful tool if you want to make flowers using bead weaving instead of wire. The projects are well laid out and directions are so easy to follow. I received the book and started a project that same day, as I was just too excited to wait. I keep this book within easy reach all of the time, as a flower or two always comes in handy when you are looking for that different or special "finishing touch". I can really recommend this book to anyone who loves beading and flowers and don't believe you need to be an expert to enjoy making the projects or following the well written directions.
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I have been beading for many years and found this book one of the easiest and most fun to use. I wish I would have had this one when I started out. I have made all the flowers in the book and have been inspired to try a few not in the book. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and once you learn a few techniques you can create your own fantasy flowers. I highly reccomend this book to all level of beader.
Nancy
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