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I Can Right Angle Weave: From Basic Stitch to Advanced Techniques, a Comprehensive Workbook for Beaders (I Can Series) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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I've made quite a few of Mabeline's designs before, and she really excels in her instructions, as she does in this book. She includes an excellent diagram for almost every step that shows the exact thread path for each step, as well as follow-along written instructions. In the book, the instructions also read up and down on the page in a vertical frame, as opposed to her other instructions, which read on a horizontal frame and are harder to bead from if keep your bead instructions in a binder as you bead, as I do.
One of the previous reviewers mentioned that the book should include designs that use two needles, but I don't agree that that would be appropriate for a beginners-focused book like this. In her classes, Mabeline often uses two-needle RAW, but I think that doing so in this kind of book would throw off the audience for which it is designed.
Also, even though this book isn't spiral-bound, it still lies flat when you're beading from it, and it stays open while doing so.
Since Mabeline's designs are so exquisite, I was hoping that more of the designs would contain her usual "bling" factor. Don't get me wrong -- the book still contains beautiful projects, but I was hoping for a few more projects that involved the intricate thread paths and more use of the crystals that she's known for. That being said, it's still a lovely book.
On a side note, if you live in So Cal and get a chance to attend a book signing, I'd encourage you do to so since she's including four extra patterns for free that are really lovely!
A super way to learn yourself, or use it to teach others Right Angle Weave!
Each project takes the bead artist one more step to fully conquer Right Angle Weave and make it a favorite beading technique. I CAN Right Angle Weave is a MUST for any bead artist's studio whether a beginner or a seasoned RAW bead weaver.
It is going to be at hand's reach in my studio to help me take the step from intermediate RAW lover to Advanced RAW lover.
In the past I have purchased some beading books that ended up as "Coffee Table" books because, while the designs were beautiful, the instructions weren't clear enough for me to advance to the point where I could complete a pattern, or in some cases the supplies needed were hard to find, or too expensive.
I look forward to using Now I Can Right Angle Weave to make some special gifts for friends and family - and of course for myself!
The Little Engine That Could
As I was reviewing this new beading book published by Lark Books author Madeline Gidez, I kept thinking about the children's book, "The Little Engine That Could." The moral of this wonderful little story is "don't give up."
Some of these beaded woven structures have been very daunting to me. But, almost similar in age to the biblical, Job, I don't give up.
The excellent instructions in this book are complimented by a multitude of well defined diagrams and twenty five projects which range from simple to challenging. Each one is presented in large enough print for these ancient eyes. We are taken along thru this book, sometimes huffing and puffing as the designer increases and decreases the structures to create bracelets, earrings, and necklaces of many styles and colors. Her arrow language is easy to follow along each and every curve, twist, and bend.
The gallery pages are filled with wonderful examples of imaginative creativity. These artists, like the little engine, proved that they "could."
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I am a newbie beader & as such, whenever I look at the popular beading magazines or other instructional books, I normally find the stitching diagrams & instructions totally... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pokemom
This is a fabulous book - easy to understand and great projects!Published 21 months ago by Linda O'Brien
Great book. This book has excellent illistrations. Very user friendly. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I wish there where more books out there like this.Published on June 11, 2014 by LyndaRita
I really like the patterns in this book. I HOPE I CAN MAKE SOME NICE ITEMS WITH THE PATTERNS IN IT.
Nice book of patterns, Quick shipping! Would order from this person again.Everything just as beautiful. The book has great instructions and patterns. Can't wait to get started!!!Published on March 3, 2014 by Kimberly A Stepp
This book is very helpful. There are easy to follow directions along with detailed diagrams for each step. The author is a very gifted teacher. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Sara
I love this book. As a beginner, I like books that are easy to follow and have realistic projects. This book fits the bill.Published on February 20, 2014 by Jean M Giesswein