- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Interweave; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596680776
- ISBN-13: 978-1596680777
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fabulous Fabric Beads Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"Your stash of scraps will suddenly become a wonderful way for creating a totally different form of wearable art." - The Detroit News
"One of those high-value craft books that teaches you lots of different craft techniques within a simple project framework." - Craftypod.com
"This combination of various craft techniques mixed with fabric really appealed to me." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"The embellishment techniques, all of which are clearly explained and illustrated, can be translated for use in many other areas, such as card making and creating surfaces for embroidery." - Stitch magazine (UK)
"I think that by the end of the year I won't have seen many better craft books, and certainly not many on this subject. Highly recommended." - MyShelf.com
"30 different custom bead designs for you to learn to make in this fun book. The colors are sumptuous, and your mind will spin with the possibilities!" - Beading-Arts.com
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I am an ADD artist - I love every medium ever created - and my studio is proof! I could never choose between making jewelry, art quilts, dolls, collage, "canvas work" (pastels, acrylic, oil and gauche painting), paper making, cards, stained glass - and those are just the few that jump to mind. That is why I looove Kristal Wick's mesmerizing book. Not only did I find the beads I wanted to make, but I found a plethora of fantastic information! I know many tricks to all sorts of art categories - but Ms Wick taught me several tips, gave me some terrific new ideas, and provided me with more eye candy than I could take in at one (two, three, four...) sitting(s). I have looked through this book so many times already, and have loads pages dog-eared so I can return to them..my little issue is that I'm finding myself marking every page. (The ultimate sign of a good book!)
Another great thing about this book is that you aren't required to amass a pile of expensive tools to complete the awesome ideas she presents - saving you time and money to just focus on creating. I can't wait to get down and dirty with the techniques in Fabulous Fabric Beads - the only problem I have? Which fascinating project do I choose first?!?
The photos are wonderful, they are so clear & the colors are beautiful.
I just can't wait to try the projects. The instructions look like they are very clear & will be easy to follow.
Kristal Wick is a fabric bead goddess, combining scrapbooking, beading, fiber arts, and mixed-media techniques to show you how to create 30 gorgeous beads from rolled tubes of fabrics like muslin, silk, and even ribbon. And she doesn't leave the fabric alone, there are lots of ways you can alter whatever fabric you have and make them even more lush. There is also a number of embellishment techniques to add even more zing to your beads. It's another great way of recycling fabric scraps that would have just gone into the trash otherwise. If you are a crafter, you more than likely have everything you need to get started right away.
The book starts with explaining the materials and tools you will be using to make the fabric beads. Then it goes on to all the ways of creating a variety of surface designs. There are lots of clearly written instructions on how to make the beads easily as well as how to cover inexpensive wooden/ plastic beads too. A chapter on Fabric Bead projects follows with projects to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Finishing it off nicely, the gallery section at the end has even MORE fantastic fiber eye candy.
This book really opened my eyes to yet another use for the fabric scraps I can't get rid off. I rate this as a great and really inspirational book to have in your beadwork/jewelrymaking library. I will be using this as a springboard to see what else I can do with fabric bead creating. I hope Krista will do a sequel to this book that shows even more ways of working with fabric and creating unusual beads.