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Great Designs for Shaped Beads: Tilas, Peanuts, and Daggers Paperback – September 4, 2012

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About the Author

Anna Elizabeth Draeger is the author of Crystal Brilliance and an associate editor at Bead&Button magazine. She writes the popular column "Ask Anna" and contributes many original project designs. Since 2009, Anna has been an ambassador for the CREATE YOUR STYLE with CRYSTALLIZED[trademark] - Swarovski Elements program, a handpicked worldwide network of designers who are known for their unusually creative use of these Austrian crystal beauties.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164957
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After her book 'Crystal Brilliance', it really didn't surprise me that this book is stunning. I love the designs. Almost every design in the book is begging me to get the beads out and start stitching and that's pretty amazing. The designs are clever, interesting, lovely, and even adorable. Some are very dainty and pretty and others are more geometric and less 'girly' looking and lots are somewhere in between.

The book is divided into sections of projects for Tiles & Tilas, Peanuts & Berries, Daggers & Drops, and Creative Combinations. Anna's designs show the shaped beads being used in novel ways that are very attractive. As a matter of fact she has created the first designs I have ever seen featuring Tila beads that I would actually want to make. Projects in the book include bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, beaded beads, a bangle, a pendant, and components that can be used to create a variety of projects.

One thing I really appreciate about this book is that the introduction section introduces you to the types of beads featured in the designs, the focus of the book: tiles and tilas, peanuts and berries (I'd never heard of berry beads before), and daggers and drops. She skips the pages and pages of info on all kinds of thread, needles, beads and tools that you usually see at the front of most beading books - and usually don't need or read. (Thank-you!!) A brief "Basics Review" section is included in four pages at the back of the book - just the right amount of such information. If you need more than that it's time to break out your beading basics books.
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Anna Elizabeth Draeger's Great Designs for Shaped Beads focuses on the wonderful shapes and colors coming out for beaders like two hole tile beads, daggers, peanuts, berries and lentils. The projects are designed for beadweavers.

She starts with a very short introduction which covers the various bead types she'll be using. It explains the differences between Tila beads from Japan and the molded Czech two-hole tile beads. It discusses the various sizes of daggers available and introduces shapes like half daggers and berry beads. It also offers tips about working with peanut beads.

Then straight into the projects. The very first project is my favorite. Using Tilas set on the edge to create open diamonds for a bracelet. The stitch works well stacked up into a wide cuff, but also can be used to make stackable wrist candy bracelets.

You will find projects using right angle weave, St. Petersburg chain and peyote. Using the bead shapes creates different looks than you've seen before.

The various techniques can be used as components in pieces of your own design as well, which makes it my favorite kind of beading book. One that can inspire. The wonderful cubes made using Tilas, seed beads and crystals are very sharp looking beaded beads that are quick to make. The chevron chain variation is a light look that could be embellished easily to create something very intricate. I'm envisioning it as the base of a statement necklace.

I also really like the petal pendant which uses daggers and drops to create a piece that reminds me of the 1950s-1960s costume jewelry I love.

The diagrams are clear and easy to follow, and the written instructions make sense. The supplies for the pieces are easy to find and fairly inexpensive.
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There are some good and imaginative patterns here, but the written directions are horribly written. I wonder if there were people who tested these patterns before the book went to print. I also discovered that the author doesn't lay out all of the supplies needed. I was in the middle of a project, and only then discovered thatI needed certain beads that were not in the supply list.
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The is definately a keeper. It shows many ways to use the newly shaped beads that come out. I have several ideas that were sparked by this book. I particulary like the bracelets using the tila beads on edge. Only an expert designer would think of that.
I have all of Anna's books and hope she writes many more.
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Love the book cannot wait to make all the different projects, already started on some, it is a great way to learn how to use thos odd shaped beads, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
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Don't buy this book!! I love the patterns in this book -- however, finding the beads for some of the designs is impossible. I have been all over the internet and can't find what I need. I even contacted the author via e-mail but she never responded. No help there.
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Great instructions and photos...I couldn't wait to use the new beads that I had been wondering what to do with. Very innovative and creative!
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I am trying to expand into different types of stitches and bead weaves. This book really helped to make it more simple. I really liked the use of interesting shapes and designs. This book is not for a beginner but is great for intermediate beaders or as a inspiration to those who know all of the different types of stitches but would like to use different shaped beads. Fun Book.
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