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Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving: Jewelry Lavished with Fringe, Fronds, Lacework & More (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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"Laura McCabe is among the most innovative bead designers of all time. She’s a prominent member of a select group of young pioneers who have set new standards for all beaders—even the old pros—and we can learn from every gorgeous piece she makes." — Ann Benson
"Laura McCabe’s creative energy is infectious, and she stimulates the creative juices in everyone around her. The beaded embellishment techniques described in this book provide a solid foundation to lead you on your own creative path. The projects are well thought-out and effectively demonstrate the versatility of the embellishment techniques." — Marcie Stone
"Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving is luscious! Lacy, fringed, and opulent interpretations from both nature and imagination, Laura’s work is anything but plain. Rich colors, abundant textures, and even an antique prosthetic eye or two become embellished works of art. Laura says the aim of this book is to 'provide knowledge and inspiration to take your beadwork to the next level by embellishing beads with yet more beads—to create a multidimensional realm of beauty and adornment, all made possible by starting with one single bead.' One gorgeous bead after another, Laura certainly creates beauty in every work." — Craft Gossip
About the Author
Laura McCabe is a noted bead weaver and teacher whose work is sold at boutiques and galleries across the USA, as well as through her website, www.lauramccabejewelry.com.
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This book differs from her first book in that that first one focused on using Swarovski crystals in all of the projects. This second book of McCabe's doesn't have that "bling bling" factor her first book had, but each piece is truly lovely. The pieces are slightly more subdued since they don't use Swarovski crystals quite as much, and instead focus more on using pearls (especially keshis), magatamas, and seed beads.
The book is broken down into several main sections:
* 1: Beads through History
* 2: Basic Beading Kit (goes over supplies that every beader needs)
* 3: Basic Stitches and Techniques
* 4: A Comprehensive Guide to Embellishments
* 5: Approaching Color and Design
* 6: The Projects
* Gallery of projects (by several other beaders, not just Mc Cabe)
The first five sections total 53 pages, and they do a really nice job of covering background, design principles, and techniques. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much space devoted to these important fundamentals. There is a bit of overlap with her first book in some of the stitches covered (such as Ndebele and basic spiral rope), but the embellishments section is completely new and unique, and it covers many unique embellishments, which is an area that McCabe really excels in.
As another reviewer pointed out, the embellishments section is just wonderful. Almost all of the designs are very natural/organic in nature, with designs like sea forms, berry clusters, and various petals.
The patterns/instructions themselves are also very clear and are broken down quite a bit. There aren't as many illustrations as there are in Rachel Nelson-Smith's new book, but the instructions are so clear that the lack of extensive figures/illustrations shouldn't be a problem. Also, there are plenty of illustrations and photos in the embellishments section, so it should be easy to flip back to that part of the book while working on a piece.
As for the actual projects, I was pleased to see that there were instructions for some of the newer pieces that I'd seen on McCabe's website, such as Keshi Pearl Necklace (the cover piece), Dahlia Necklace, A Well-Kept Secret, and April Showers Necklace.
I also love how this new series by Lark is all in hardback format. It makes beading from a book so much easier if the book lies nice and straight while you're working.
As for the target audience of the book, I would say that it is designed more for intermediate and advanced beaders. There are a few earring and ring projects that an advanced beginner might attempt, but you'd probably want to be pretty comfortable reading patterns.
As of writing this review (5/1/10), Amazon doesn't have the "Look Inside" feature available for this book, but, as with all beading books, I usually recommend trying to look at some of the projects before purchasing to make sure that the style of the projects appeal to you. Hopefully Amazon will enable the "Look Inside" feature soon! If you like the necklace on the cover of the book, you'll most likely find that the projects inside are pretty similar in design aesthetic.
The part of this book I find most useful is how to make individual decorative elements, such as a seed bead toggle, and the separate layers of embellishments the author uses to decorate her beadwork. Copying one of her entire necklaces, well, I am not yet that ambitious, nor likely to spend the hundreds of hours (and possibly thousands of hours it would likely take me to copy her Dahlia necklace), and many dollars for a copy of someone else's art. As beautiful as I find most of the projects, I like best having instructions for the decorative elements.