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Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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“If you love the intricacies of working with seed beads and weaving them into beautiful and wearable jewelry pieces, then you will love this book. What Jill Wiseman has been able to do with this book is to take standard beadweaving stitches and enhance them with fabulous bead combinations and elegant components. Total beginners will have to take the time to practice the stitches, but jewelry makers who already have some beadweaving experience will be able to jump into many of these projects. Seed beading projects take a lot of time to make, but that is the nature of the medium. With these projects, the time is well spent. They are really all just gorgeous. I seriously cannot see one piece that I would not love to wear.” --About.com Jewelry Making
"...presented in full color with tons of photographs, a strong treasure trove of information for any jewelry do it yourself-er.” --Midwest Book Review
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The focus of the book, as you can tell from its title, is on beaded ropes. Lest you're worried (as I was) that it would only contain necklace projects, I hope you'll be happy to note that it contains several bracelet and earring projects -- and even a stunning ring called Ziggurat Ring.
It is organized as follows:
* Chapter 1: Supplies and Techniques
* Chapter 2: Spiral Ropes
* Chapter 3: Peyote Ropes
* Chapter 4: Netted Ropes
* Chapter 5: Herringbone Ropes
* Chapter 6: RAW Ropes
* Chapter 7: Other Stitches
If you flip through the "Look Inside" feature of the book, you'll notice how lovely all the projects are. I always know that I'm going to love a new beading book when I flip through it and immediately want to start making everything in it -- which was also the case here. In addition to the projects, the Gallery section contains lovely, inspiring eye candy not only by Jill, but also by the likes of Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Melanie Potter, Nancy Cain, and others.
As with the other books in the Lark Master Series, the instructions are precise, the diagrams are excellent, and the supply lists are clear. I also love how these books are hardback, since they are so much easier to bead from.
On a personal note, if you've ever taken a class with Jill or are friends with her on Facebook, you'll know that she is one of the sweetest and funniest people around -- and a bead artist who truly lives and breathes beads.Read more ›
One of the benefits of attending a class taught by a master is that she has many - and shares some of her - little secrets, secrets that don't often find their way into instructions for individually published designs in magazines or kits. Throughout Beautiful Beaded Ropes, you will come upon items from Jill's own treasure chest of beading wisdom, some in call-out boxes, others hidden as little gems within the instructions themselves, each priceless. They range from advice on how to hold a spiral rope to avoid getting thread caught in the winding beads to the secret for how to keep the bubbles in the Bubbles and Bumps necklace from collapsing. You will experience more than one "why didn't I think of that?!" moment during your time in this class.
More advanced beaders will appreciate some of the twists and turns Jill takes with traditional techniques.Read more ›
From cover to cover, it's as if Jill is sitting beside me teaching me privately. Her unique voice and design sense is palpable throughout this book. The projects are amazing and as you read them, you will be amazed at how Jill takes the humble rope to the next level with embellishments and personal touches that are surprising and make you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself. This book is for everyone! For the beginner, Jill is very thorough in her basic information and does not throw you into the deep end. The simplicity of design, excellent illustrations and well written instructions are just a starting point for Jill's projects. She encourages the reader/beader to ask, "What if I do this? Change that?" I've already started on the first project and plan to make every project in this masterful book, even if it takes a lifetime.
Well, it arrived yesterday and I am amazed. It is truly a "tour de force." Not only is the content fantastic, the layout, typography and photography are stellar. Kudos to Lark Books and to Jill...both of you obviously know what you're going.
I cannot wait for my supplies arrive so I can begin my first project. Just as Julie worked her way through Julia Child's Art of French Cooking...I plan to work my way through Jill's Beautiful Beaded Ropes.
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Great book, somehow my original went visiting. Glad it is now available again.Published 13 days ago by Marlene Smith-Brownell
Nice variety of projects. There are several jewelry pieces I am interested in completing.Published 1 month ago by ZT
Love this book. Jill is the best at giving instructions and explaining it all. Very nice book as well...Published 1 month ago by Terry