i looked forward to this book. i subscribe to a couple of very good beadwork magazines, and both have published netted projects i'm interested in. while i have done some forms of netted beadwork in the past, i was hoping that this book would give me a better, more complete grounding in netted beading so that i would have more confidence in beginning these projects. i was disappointed.
firstly, the good points: some of the historic illustrations are inspirational--and amazing. the historical background is, for my taste, a bit sketchy, but its there. there are some well-thought-out terms in the basic instructions, but there is at least one diagram that is doesn't match the written information. there are several projects i would like to try. as so often in the beadwork books, the gallery is absolutely mindboggling. how i wish my level of creativity was that high.
now, the drawbacks: the number of historic photos is very small. the diagrams for some of the projects fall into the what-in-heaven's-name-is-that-supposed-to-be category? in a couple, the photos of the finished project don't make matters any clearer. in the group photo of the beaders, at least two beaders are wearing what is sometimes called ogalala lace, but there are no instructions for this work in the book. unlike the other books in the beadwork magazine library i have (peyote and brick stitch, to name two), there are no full page blank graphs for personal use--there is one less-than-quarter page sized graph for a short drop net.
basically, i would say this book is worth buying, expecially if you don't have an embarrassing large number of beading magazine back issues, or, say, horace goodhue's book, _indian beadweaving patterns_. i think my real objection to it is that it isn't up to the standards of the other beadwork titles.