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Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – March 3, 2009

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This master jeweler and multibook author spent much time and care figuring out the construction of shaped beads—the two- and the three-dimensional kinds. That means that, thanks to her patience and creativity, handmade beads now can resemble high-end dimensional necklaces and bracelets from designer brands. More intricate than the traditional craft, shaped beadwork begins with a mastery of the peyote stitch, a technique that weaves the thread into a bead twice to create an unbroken surface, then proceeds to making flat geometric shapes (triangle, square, and oval, for instance); open shapes (that is, with “holes” inside); and finally to cubes, tetras, and dodecas (12 pentagons). Although the majority of the book is devoted to the actual fashioning of these bead shapes, Fitzgerald adds her personal inspiration by way of a dozen-plus items to make, including a Celtic trefoil, Berber earrings, and a trillium necklace. A true breakthrough in the art of beadwork. --Barbara Jacobs

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"Diane Fitzgerald, the queen of beautiful beadweaving, takes us on an adventure into creating three-dimensional beaded geometric shapes. Start with two-dimensional shapes and learn how to properly increase and decrease to create angles and curves. Then, move on to create open shapes, and then finally the awesome three-dimensional designs like you see on the cover. Intimidated? Don't be! Diane is a magnificent teacher and takes good care to make sure her students are successful!" - Bead Unique magazine, October 2011
 
"The illustrations are clear, the instructions concise, and there are lots of inspirational photos throughout. For anyone interested in understanding geometric beadwork, this book is a must-have." - Bead&Button magazine
 
"A true breakthrough in the art of beadwork." - Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: Beadweaving Master Class Series
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; First Edition edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592775
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Smith on February 22, 2009
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The chapters cover 2-D shapes, open shapes, 3-D shapes, art deco inspirations, ethnic inspirations, and contemporary inspirations.

The directions are fabulous! A lot like the teaching format of Step-by-Step beads magazine, clearly illustrated with super close up photo's and easy to understand diagrams! Like the title says, it's all peyote stitch with "glue a cabochon or sew on a nailhead/rose montee" for the little stone embellishments.

Unlike a lot of books that fill in pretty pictures, but they aren't covered or mentioned, you can make EVERYTHING you see in this book, no question about it. The really great thing is they're all taught component by component, how you mix/match and ultimately create something is totally up to you so you know your design will be a piece out of your own imagination when you're done!

My personal favorites will mostly be the "open shapes". So much potential to link necklaces, frame beads, and make custom toggles! If you're a celtic nut, she covers a trefoil in her ethnic chapter that's AWESOME!!

I'm so tired of the basic 101 bead books that recycle the same knowledge with different pictures. I hope this isn't the only "Beadweaving Master Class" that Lark Books chooses to publish. Bring on the challenges!! ;-)
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I was thrilled to receive this book by Diane Fitzgerald, absolutely one of the world's most creative beaders and best beading authors. Unlike all too many books, Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork gives beadwork the respect it deserves: Beautiful beadwork is showcased with wonderful photography; the text is well-written and interesting; and Diane's instructions are clear, precise, and supported by good-sized, readable illustrations. Peyote stitch is used to terrific effect in more than twenty breathtaking projects for two-dimensional open- and closed-shaped and three-dimensional jewelry. Beaders will be inspired by the projects and the creative possibilities. This essential book is simply outstanding, the work incredible: It's a "must have right now!" book for all beaders' libraries. For more inspiration, you might also want to buy Masters: Beadweaving: Major Works by Leading Artists (Masters (Lark Books)), a great gallery book featuring Diane and more than three dozen leading beadweavers, and the next book in Lark's Beadweaving Master Class series, Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence: Elegant Jewelry Projects with Right Angle Weave.
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This is the hottest new topic for beadweaving and the author has done an amazing job. Her instructions are very clear and the patterns are based on the basic shapes she has you work through first. There are some gorgeous pieces of jewelry such as pendants, earrings and larger items too. By working through the first section, the beader has the potential to go on and explore this area beyond what is in the book which is the mark of a really great teaching book. In addition to the peyote stitch which is the main stitch, she also covers several other stitches too. The projects do not require a large outlay although I can actually use some of my Bali beads here too. My only complaint is the pale print job. The pictures and working diagrams are fine but the text like all the Lark books I've bought lately uses a print type which is too light and therefore hard to read. Recommended to all beaders whatever your level.
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An ambitious beginner might be able to handle this book. The patterns are not as difficult as they first seem. Once you understand the increases, the step-ups etc. that create the basic shapes, it gets much easier. I say that as an experienced beader who has NOT specialized in peyote stitch. And the patterns are a feast. Beautiful and original designs - the kind of work that moves the craft forward by leaps and bounds, in my humble opinion. I know this will be one of my favorite beading references for years. A winner. Absolutely!
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1. It's a hardcover for a bargain price.
2. The illustrations are really well done. The text seems almost beside the point, since the diagrams are so clear, with the increases done in a different color, both in the jewelry itself and in the diagrams. These are the best diagrams I have seen in a while. Because I'm left handed, clear diagrams are essential.
3. The text is legible.
4. The photography is excellent.
5. The jewelry is really well done. I can't wait to get started.
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I can fully agree with the opinion that it is the "must have" item for devoted beaders. Full of projects, from easy to advanced, full of inspirations. Clear instructions and beatiful pictures. This is the tool you can use to start your own journey. Thanks a lot Diane, we are waiting for more!
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This is a great book by Diane Fitzgeral and one to have for your library. It is full of information on how to make all different shapes in of peyote beadwork. You are not limited to just flat or circular peyote. Her charts and instructions are outstanding making it easy to duplicate and understand the designs. Using her basic instructions for the many shapes, you are not limited in your creativity to enhance these designs, take then one step further and make them your own. I have taken classes with Diane, she is a wonderful teacher, and this is a wonderful book and you'll want to make everything in this book!
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