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Tapestry Bead Crochet: Projects & Techniques Paperback – September 7, 2010
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"Tapestry Bead Crochet by Ann Benson should be in your collection if you love ornate, beaded projects that have a vintage flair like (her) peacock bag and leopard-print pillbox. Using three crochet stitches, beads, and instruction from Ann on the included DVD, you can learn to make 18 projects included in the book." - Craft Gossip
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Ann Benson is the author of more than a dozen books on crafting with beads, as well as numerous successful science fiction novels. She currently runs Beads East, a bead shop and studio in Manchester, Connecticut.
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Tapestries predate the 3rd century BC. The terms "tapis, tapisserie, tapisser = tapestry," originates from France with the earliest written reference of 1476. "Tapestry" means to create a surface depicting a richly complex design, which can include symbolism, a story or a mystery. In the beginning, tapestries were woven, then over time, tapestry motifs were made using textile techniques such as embroidery, crochet, knitting, stitchery, decorative needlework and beading.
Bead knit and crochet bags spanning that past 200 years, often have scenic-pictorial designs, or period subjects such as Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Egyptian from the opening of King Tut's tomb. Ann combines traditional and contemporary patterns for the bags such as pictorial, bargello, paisley, animal, floral, and hexagon. Bag closures include drawstrings, metal handles, zippers and bead crochet rope handles. The peacock bag with gussets is perfect to match my hairpin lace peacock shawl. The bags are larger sizes; not tiny pendant bags.
Ann loves to design bead crochet jewelry and her tapestry crochet is perfect for creative and stimulating patterns. Bags are the primary projects; along with cell phone cases, an eyeglass case, a treasure box, leopard skin pillbox hat (wow), and rings for your fingers. She provides instructions to line bags, hats and containers with color photos. Lining often enhances the finish of a bag or even a treasure box. I do wish she had included the dimension, length and width, for each item. She does list the number of beads or stitches in the beginning rounds/rows plus dimensions for the linings. Bead and thread identification, bead crochet how-to, charts and how to follow them are provided Beading finishes and tubular bead crochet are explained with step-by-step color illustrations.
You should know bead single crochet and other basics, not just slip stitch, to work most the projects. To top it all off, a DVD is included with the book. Tapestry Bead Crochet will amaze and inspire you. You will want this book, I beadjest you not. Lydia Borin, The Beadwrangler
I rate it as a three star not because of the fact that bead crochet is not for me, but because I did find the instructions lacking a bit for a complete beginner. For example, in the introduction section it says to string 3-4 rows of beads when you're just starting, but then the very first, and simplest, pattern says to string the first 7 rows, which really was a big mistake, and wow did I make a lot of mistakes. I just ripped the whole thing apart and vowed never to try again (I am not a quitter and rarely do I not follow through on what I start).
I'm going to give it to a friend at work who already knows how to bead crochet and maybe she can make amazing and wondrous things.