Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags Paperback – May 27 2003
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It is far easier these days to extract ideas and patterns from specialty crafts magazines than it is to compile a book without previous editorial references. In these two new offerings from Interweave, the muse is Beadwork magazine and its talented contributors.
Designer Campbell acts as selector for 30 unusual beaded bag patterns, one in a series sponsored by the magazine. More than a dozen artists draw upon a variety of techniques, including knitting and crocheting, to produce purses in different design styles. There's a bead-decoupage plastic box, with decorations applied on top of special tape. Existing fabric purses are embellished with abstract art deco-like motifs or enhanced by highlighting existing patterns with beads for a three-dimensional impact. Directions are flawless, with all the requisite information and visuals, yet only a few explained techniques (appended) and the absence of "difficulty" designations make this collection one for experienced beaders only.
In contrast, Minneapolis artisan Fitzgerald strives to attract a broader audience, including a chapter on the basics as well as an intriguing cultural survey of Chinese, Indian, American European, African, Egyptian, and Greenlander beading traditions. What's more, the dozen and a half projects act as a far better definition of netted beadwork than the half paragraph proffered by the author; these connected bead fabrics range from a 1920s-inspired flapperlike bead necklace to an ultramodern ruffle bracelet or sea moss necklace. Instructions for each are detailed enough that, in combination with the explanation of fundamental stitches, novices might feel confident to tackle the projects. A 15-page gallery showcases the best of beadwork at the hands of artisans. Barbara Jacobs
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"Consider this compact volume a take-along book of projects to dream upon." - Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot magazine
"If you never thought about creating a beaded bag, the ideas shown within these 134 pages should spark a desire." - Embroiderers' Guild of America
"The thirty projects are all quite different and are offered by a number of wonderful beaders... This is a fabulous book not to be overlooked if you love beaded accessories designed by some of the best in the beading arts!" -- Pretty Kitty Dog Moon Jewelry
"This is one book which can fit into a Christmas stocking!... The book showcases the work of some highly creative artists. It is an inspirational book especially for those who love both beads AND bags." --Beading Gem
"Whether you're beading a bag for yourself or as a gift, you'll find beautiful photography, clear illustrations, and more than enough projects to inspire you for years to come." --Beading Arts
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While on a vacation I decided to experiment with making amulet bags and bought several books on beaded bags & amulet bags. At first this book is very appealing, the projects look interesting, the photographs are lovely, and my overall sense of this book was that the projects would be good intermediate level ones. But once I began to work with some of these projects I quickly found myself badly confused. The directions are not always clear, and there are no illustrations to show how various steps are done. Some projects have clear, direct instructions which are easy to follow, while other projects left me just confused.
As noted in another review, the physical format of this book is problematic for anything other than casual reading. I love Beadwork magazine, but this book just didn't measure up to the magazine. I would not buy this book unless it was used or deeply discounted. There are much better books on this subject.
As she says, "Page through the beautiful projects and select your perfect bag. You're about to make a stunning fashion statement!"
The thirty projects are all quite different and are offered by a number of wonderful beaders. Jean Campbell herself has designed three bags, and some of your other favorite beaders are represented as well, such as Jamie Hogsett, Dustin Wedekind, and Robin Atkins. There are plenty more too! If you love the unique and like wearable art, this book is going to be a great addition to your library.
Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, 30 Designs is a blast to own and to learn from.
The opening bag is from the editor, and is titled "Fancy Dress Bag". It is an amulet bag, in the glorious colors of olivine, topaz and spring green with golden freshwater pearls. What a delicious bag to make and to own! It has an air of celebration which the reader will respond to instantly.
Moving to a different style entirely, "Emese's Bag", designed by Robin Atkins, is full-on gorgeous. Very feminine, primarily in pinks and green tones, this bag is made of cloth completely embroidered with beads of all sizes and shapes, including seed beads. bugles beads, drop beads and coin beads. It is encrusted with brilliant color and yet not a heavy looking bag. This is a little treasure of a bag and one anyone would be proud to carry and to have created herself! The inside is lined with a pretty cotton print fabric which goes with the flower garden feel.
Jamie Hogsett's "Off to Market" bag is knit using beautiful cotton and ribbon yarns and "candy-like resin beads". This carrying bag is amazingly pretty in gray-blue and green tones. The reader will be knitting as well as embellishing this stunning piece with gorgeous beads in green, gray-blue, light olive, dark olive, aqua and lavender. It is a slouchy shaped bag with incredible energy and appeal.
The sienna colored "Lotus Bag" by Dustin Wedekind is smashing, using purple/bronze silk fabric and seed beads in metallics, blues and clear colors. This bag is pure prettiness. The lotus pattern beaded on the front of the pouch shaped bag is offered in the book as a transfer so that the reader can recreate the pattern to perfection. This bag has sweet tassels on the closures and trimming the bottom.
No matter what your taste is, you will find a sweet bag to match it in Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags 30 Designs, edited by Jean Campbell. This is a fabulous book not to be overlooked if you love beaded accessories designed by some of the best in the beading arts!
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