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Beading on a Loom [Paperback]

Don Pierce
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Book Description

March 1 1999 Beadwork How-To
Focusing specifically on loom bead weaving, this book provides extensive information on building a loom, loomwork techniques, and design techniques. Beginning with a brief history of Native American and African beadwork, it also explores European bead manufacturing. Special attention is paid to Native American beadwork, including wampum and glass beads and box, bow, heddle, and Apache looms. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations are provided for the entire weaving process, including loom construction, warping, basic weaving, weaving triangles, finishing, and correcting mistakes. A section on contemporary loomwork includes 40 unique works—ranging in size from a tiny amulet bag to a wall hanging of the Boston skyline that contains 190,800 beads—by 20 different artists.

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“Don Pierce is one of the finest loom artists the bead world knows . . . This is a beautiful and must-have book.” -- About.com’s Guide to Beadwork

About the Author

Don Pierce has been a bead artist for 12 years, has taught in workshops around the country, and is part of the Portland Bead Society. He lives in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT for a beginner April 4 2003
There are no simple projects here. From the outset, the book will discourage the beginner with the complexity of the 17th-20th century beaded items shown, although I enjoyed studying the photos of complicated beadwork on European purses, African Masai, Seneca, Winnebago, and other Native American pieces. Don's projects, in spite of detailed instructions, are going to require a lot of effort, even from an expert. There is plenty of inspiration from the 37-page gallery at the book's end. If you are intent on tackling loom weaving at its most complex, here is your book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calling All Designers Aug. 6 2003
This is not a beginner's looming book, nor is it a pattern book. It is a book that will help you understand the history of loomed beading, how to do it, and how to design your own patterns.
I recommend this book for beaders who are experienced with looming and want to expand their horizons, because it will do that.
I will admit tho, I think this book is worth it for the eye candy alone!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beading on a Loom Jan. 27 2002
This is a nice book with great pictures. However, I think it is important to note that if you are searching for a beginner's how to loom book, this might not be a good starting point. The author does include many patterns and some lovely photos of exquisite loomwork, but the patterns are for folks who have some loom experience behind them.
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