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Decorative Beaded Purses [Paperback]

Enid Taylor
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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June 30 2000 Beadwork Books
“The projects use conventional bead-weaving techniques and all are fully charted, with detailed instructions....a delightful and unique addition to bead craft books in public libraries.”—Library Journal. “Twenty-three threaded designs—earrings, scissors case, thimble and scarf holders —will empower even those without the eye for a needle to stitch merrily away; it’s truly any novice’s choice of elegant beadwares.”—Booklist.

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Fashionistas will oh-so-quickly grab onto the techniques and projects detailed by Briton Taylor. Not only are beaded purses quite the carry-all in this millennial year, they also are designed to capture the attention of antiquers devoted to yesteryear's bags. Here, Taylor streamlines the educational process, substituting excellent charts, graphs, illustrations, and photographs for words. In many cases, the step-by-step instructions are superfluous once techniques are mastered. Twenty-three threaded designs to carry and seven variations--earrings, scissors case, and thimbleand scarf holders--will empower even those without the eye for a needle to stitch merrily away; it's truly any novice's choice of elegant beadwares, from the emulation of a peacock tail to a gold-on-gold tote. Barbara Jacobs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner amulet bag book Oct. 19 2002
I wanted to make amulet bags, and as a beginning beader, decided to jump right in and try. The directions are very easy to follow and include little purses using a variety of stitches: peyote, square, brick, and netting. They suggest colors but the user can really use whichever colors they like with the patterns. I do wish more of the patterns had the little flap closings for the purses, since most are designed to be open on top, but I think the author's reason may have been to keep it simple for beginners. I'd also like to ad that the book is in full color with nice glossy paper and photos. I appreciate this since some of the other books I have seen are very low quality with a steep price. If you're new to beaded amulet purses or other small purses I think you will find this book useful....I have!
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I totally disliked this book...if you want to make craft show type stuff then perhaps this is a good choice but I came lloking for info on how to make high fashion high quality beaded handbags likened to some of todays top designers and thisbag did not even stracth the surface of what I needed. I would only suggest this book for those looking to make little trinkets in thier spare time certainly not for resale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concentrates on beaded purses April 4 2003
Start at the cover of this book that features five necklaces. You'll say, "Wow! How can I make these gorgeous little necklace purses?" Author Enid Taylor shows you how. Bead stitching is pretty much the same from book to book, offering the same techniques shown here: brick, square, peyote, and netting stitches. This book is special because Enid shows you how those stitches combine to make a fabulous purse. Enid, a home economics teacher for 24 years, started a craft studio in 1982, so there's lots of teaching experience behind her book. Although her craft studio's focus was on lacemaking, spinning, and needlework, her expertise in beading shines through. Not only are there many techniques shown for the body of the purses, but there are multiple ways shown to make the neckchains and fanciful decorative finishes. If your aim is to concentrate your efforts on amulet necklaces, this is the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, beginner's book! Sept. 4 2002
By A Customer
I disagree with the review that these projects are not for beginners. I bought this book wanting to make a larger evening bag for my wedding, and was so pleased with the results! I had never beaded in this way before, and found the diagrams and accompanying text easy to follow. I have since tried all the stitches in the book and made amulet purses for my attendants. Her instructions make it quite easy to adapt the projects for individual taste, which was good as I did not care for the sample colors and patterns. Great beginner's book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decorative Beaded Purses Jan. 10 2002
By G.N.
I purchased this book second hand through Altextbooks thru Amazon.com. I not only received the book for half the standard price but it was in perfect condition, it looked like it had never even been opened. Amazon and Altextbooks have provided me with excellent service, good quality, and the best prices for beading books I have found. They are my main source for books. Thanks for excellant service even through the holidays! G.N.
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