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Great Designs for Shaped Beads: Tilas, Peanuts, and Daggers Paperback – September 4, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I have all of Anna's books and hope she writes many more.
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I have purchased at least 15 beading books. Generally I am pleased if I like 4-5 designs in each. This book is amazing---received my copy yesterday and can't wait to try some of... Read morePublished 28 days ago by E. Rich
What can I say? I love everything by Elizabeth Ann Draeger. Great little book for unusually-shaped beads.Published 10 months ago by J.C.L.
So many patterns for Super duos etc. but only one for 2- hole daggers. Was hoping for more 2-hold dagger patterns.Published 18 months ago by DordieD