- Paperback: 86 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (September 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144998052X
- ISBN-13: 978-1449980528
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry Paperback – September 17, 2010
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First introduced to beading by her then future mother-in-law almost twenty years ago, Karen has been playing and experimenting with them every since. She now resides in Seattle, Washington, where she continues to explore as an artist, teacher and student. She has taught classes and workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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While I find Ms. Williams' designs to be enchanting, the book didn't really meet my needs and I found better tutorials online for free. Specifically, my criticisms are:
1. When starting, she advises you to string all different sizes of beads on your first string. I did this but found it very difficult to work the peyote around them. Other teachers tell you to start out with a few lines of plain old single-size bead peyote, which is what I did the second time, and I found that to be much easier. I was then able to add my bridges and various size beads.
2. The book focused too much on choosing colors and beads. Already a rather short book, having many pages devoted to artistic preferences was a waste. I would much rather see more photos of completed and in progress free-form projects than color wheels and lessons on design.
3. The book should have more photos of free-form peyote stitch projects. The few that were there did not at all satisfy me. It is much easier for me to develop my own ideas by looking at examples than by someone telling me what colors go together. If the author does not want to show her projects for copyright reasons, then she should not be writing books.
You can learn from the book, but I found that there are better ways.
She covers design, fit, materials, stitches, techniques, and even color. The information on creating color palettes alone is worth the weight of the book in gold. She talks about how bead color and bead finish affect your design and even shows us how to make freeform beaded beads. The pictures are great showing us each concept as she beads a piece. I don't want to give the whole book away but there is much in it that will animate your creative juices.
If you are looking for a book that inspires you to design your own one-of-a- kind creations then this is the one. My confidence is at an all-time high, I will not play rip-it again. The subtitle of the book says it best. Ms. Williams instructs us on the `Design & Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry' using freeform peyote stitching.
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only found nothing in the book that helped me learn this technique
as I had wanted to