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Knit and Crochet with Beads Paperback – May 1, 2004
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Everything's coming up beading these days--especially with two veteran artisans intent upon showcasing what can be done with baubles and bugles and all kinds of small stones.
Knitting wizard Chin, author of Urban Knitter (2002) and Mosaic Magic (1999), concentrates her third how-to book on the myriad ways to incorporate beads into knit and crochet projects--more than 25, ranging from a bespangled Grace Kelly-style collar to a wondrous Homage to [Keith] Haring jacket in purple chenille. In essence, she separates the book into techniques, differentiated between three interpretations of beads entangled in yarn: those integrated into the fabric, individual strands with beads woven in, and beads applied onto the finished fabric. Each pattern features at least one color photograph, charts or illustrations, and directions that even a beginner could follow. A bit advanced for the rank novice, yet enticing designs for anyone to try. Glossary, suppliers, and further reading appended.
Doelp takes the art of beading quite literally, using as her inspirational springboard the extraordinary, intricate immortelles, or French Victorian beaded mourning wreaths. Giving kudos to her mentor Virginia Nathanson, she briefly covers the history, then expounds on the basics and four techniques (continuous loops, continuous crossover loops, basic frame, and continuous wraparound loops), with accompanying directions. Project number 1, the classic poppy pin, features excellent step-by-step photographs that capture the beading process. From that, readers are encouraged to try the other 29, whether it's a lifelike draping wisteria or a 150 percent fantasy bouquet. New techniques are flagged and explained well, such as outlining and striping; occasional design tips enhance the do-it-yourselfer's pride of accomplishment. Metric conversions and information on contributing designers appended. Barbara Jacobs
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"A must-have reference for adventurous knitters and crocheters." -- Knitter's magazine
"Fashion-savvy designs for all skill levels Easy step-by-step instructions and illustrations." -- DIYnetwork.com Editors Picks, Jewelry-Making Must-Haves
"If you already have the basics and can follow a pattern, this is the book for you." -- Upper Midwest Bead Society
"If you like beads and crochet then this is a must have for your crochet library." -- BellaOnline.com
"Its a magical combination [yarn and beads], great projects, and instructions you can follow." -- Crochet Fantasy
"Lilys experience as a knitting teacher shines through in her lucid text Her elegant and stylish designs are accessible and appealing." -- Creative Knitting
"Shows readers how to take their needlework up a notch by creating outerwear and accessories that are guaranteed to dazzle." -- Vogue Knitting International
"The ultimate guide to beading for knitting and crocheting." -- Crochet
"This book is fantastic and worth the price The details and illustrations are superb. [It] should be an all-time best-seller." -- Knitting News
"This book is filled with stylish, elegant designs an excellent technical reference, and should serve as an inspiration for a lifetime." -- Crochetme.com