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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600599222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600599224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun projects, well diagrammed, great book for beginning beadweavers Feb. 25 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Diane Fitzgerald is very well known in the beading community, she's been writing books and helping beaders learn new techniques for years.

This collection of her favorite projects is a great resource for people who are just starting with bead weaving. The projects are dramatic, wearable and use a variety of stitches that are diagrammed well enough for a beginner to follow.

Each of the projects has complete instructions. So instead of an introduction providing an overview of materials and techniques, it starts with an introduction to Diane Fitzgerald and her contributions to the beading community written by another notable luminary, Jean Campbell. Then it gets straight into the projects.

Starting for absolute beginners is the One to Many Strand Necklace, which is an older project of Diane's that works just wonderfully with today's trend for statement necklaces. The many strands are dense and heavy with seed beads, and well balanced by graduated beads in the "one strand" part.

Then the projects get more complicated, ropes worked around cord cores, peyote, netting, brick stitch and square stitch, hexagonal weaving and other stitches.

My favorite projects in this book are:

Apple Blossom Necklace- A netted tube worked over a core and accented with a bead embellished ribbon flower

Button Doll Ornament- this little button man reminds me of necklaces I strung for my daughter when she was little. A simple thread path to make something adorable

Yao Necklace- A very dramatic looking necklace made in motifs which are square stitched

Shimmering Waves - Super easy peyote variation that makes a gorgeous necklace

One of the things I like best about this book is the supplies for the necklaces are very easy to find. Very standard bead types make it a project book that's very accessible. A good bead store should have everything you need except for some supplies you might need to find at a craft or fabric store.

Advanced beaders who want more of a challenge might be happier with Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork or Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my bead site- BellaOnline Beadwork. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Add this to your bead book library! Feb. 20 2012
By Mona Isaacs - Published on
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Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects is another great addition to my bead book library. This book includes projects with a range of techniques and skill levels so its a good choice for anyone looking for some inspiration. The directions are exactly what we have come to expect from Diane - very easy to follow with great tips included.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Love it! Feb. 26 2012
By Kristal Wick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Can I just say every time I've bumped into Diane Fitzgerald, I feel I should curtsey as one would in the presence of royalty, such as a queen. Of course I'm usually wearing sandals or Crocs; neither lend themselves well in curtseying not to mention, Diane isn't decked out in a ruffly, layered, poof skirted ball gown either, so I just say "Hey Diane." But we all know she is indeed seed bead royalty!

And I have the pleasure of perusing through her latest book from Lark due out March 6, 2012, Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects. With 24 delicious projects ranging from Stringing to Beadweaving; a lovely Forward by the renowned Jean Campbell; and an inspiring Gallery, she finally got me! Diane's 11th book has captured me with it's simpler projects and I've got a needle threaded with a pile of seed beads ready to start her Diamond Chain Bracelet project before I've even finished looking through the entire book! I've always admired her innovative and complex designs yet felt afraid to move beyond my safe and beloved peyote stitch to try any of her fancy masterpieces. This book has changed all that for me.

Diane makes it very enticing to dive in and join her on her personal beading path. The quality of the images is spectacular as well as the easy to follow colored diagrams. I also must comment on the friendly font and layout of this book-simply delightful and inviting. I love her wide range of techniques and skill level of the projects presented. Gotta' go now, Diamond Chain Bracelet is calling me, no wait...maybe I'll start with Midnight wait....
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Collection of older and easy projects Feb. 22 2012
By M. Poller - Published on
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Most of the projects are necklaces and were designed apparently early on in her career. So none of her exciting work seen in her recent books can be found here. However, there are still several that I found interesting: Yao and majesty necklaces, Fortune teller beads, Midnight snowflakes, art deco necklace, diamond chain bracelet, button doll ornament, zipper bracelet and Canterbury necklace. Projects seem to be quite easy for a beginner to make. Book lies flat and has good print and color. one page index. No long pages of general instructions. Especially recommended for the beginner. Others should look first.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing Feb. 24 2012
By Dinah Lee - Published on
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I love Diane Fitzgerald's work, and was so excited when it came. I was very, very disappointed. There are only two or three projects I would even consider. The rest look very amateurish or are for beginning beaders, as in people picking up a beading needle for the first time. And button dolls; REALLY?