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The Complete Guide to Beading Techniques: 30 Decorative Projects (Beadwork Books) Paperback – February 10, 2001
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The beginning of the book has some great basic beading information concerning the materials needed for beadwork. The book focuses on seed beads. There is a nice listing of the types of beads you may purchase, an explanation of how they differ from each other, and pictures of the various beads. There is also an excellent section on on threading materials. Since threads used for beading can range from very fine for the smallest beads to heavier threads for knitting and crocheting, the descriptions given can be very helpful. The end of the book has a glossary of beading terms, which could be quite helpful.
I believe that this book falls short when it comes to explaining beading techniques. I do not think that the book would be the best one for a person new to using seed beads and to beadweaving. The instructions do not have much detailed information. I prefer the book Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide To Classic Off-Loom Stitches by Carol Wilcox Wells. I think it has better diagrams for some of the techniques. I would also recommend Findings & Finishings: A Beadwork How-To Book (Beadwork How-To series). Sharon Bateman has some excellent basic stitch information at the end of the book. Both of these books also have information on the materials used in beadweaving.
My only other concern is that some of the patterns, and particularly the graphs, go too far into the binding to make it easy to use the pattern from the book. Some charts may need to be enlarged to make them user friendly for me and I fear I may need to cut some of the larger charts out of the book to use them.
All in all, I like most of the patterns in the book. I think a beader with some experience would find the book most useful.
As the title said, its complete. All of the techniques I could think of are in there, plus some I never heard about.
With all of the techniques shown, there are very well written and diagramed instructions, a sample to do to try the technique, and a project that uses that techniqe. There is even a sampler project using all of the samples of each technique at the end.
The photographs are beautiful. The projects they depict are bold, vibrant, and useful at the same time. The pictures of bead crafts that are show as examples of what can be done with beads are stunning.
Besides all this, the section where the tools and wares of beading are mentioned is good. This section also has a how to do basic beading stitches section as well - including the looom.