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The Beader's Companion [Spiral-bound]

Judith Durant , Jean Campbell
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May 1 1998 The Companion Series
Beading is one of the fastest-growing crafts today. Here is a resource that will answer every beader’s questions from what type of bead is best for a specific project to what size thread is best for a certain size bead, to how to combine beadwork with other crafts such as weaving, knitting, and crocheting. The Beader’s Companion is filled with definitions and illustrations of beads, tools, and techniques. Beadworkers will find all of the information they need to create beautiful bead projects from start to finish. This easy-to-use package is spiral bound, comes with a clear plastic sleeve to protect it, and includes a fake spine so it can be shelved traditionally.

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“A handy reference.” -- Library Journal

“I’ve personally used this book almost every day since I purchased it.” -- BeadFx, Inc.

“This book teaches all you need to know to be an excellent beader.” --

“This is my favorite all-purpose beading reference book.” --'s Guide to Beadwork

“This is one of those, ‘if I can only have one book, I need to have this one’ type of book.” -- The Beadwrangler

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A Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts Recommended Book for Beginning Beaders

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver for the beginning beader! Aug. 22 2002
If you're just getting started in beading, and have been browsing stores, feeling overwhelmed not knowing what you need to get started, or how to get started, you definitely can use this book! The Companion covers an introduction to EVERYTHING from types of beads and the differences between their finishes, sizing, threads and other equipment, both looming and off loom stitching, stringing, even working with embroidery, wire....and some blank graphs to plan projects drawn according to the stitch (Peyote, brick, square, etc). The book teaches the basic stitches close up and step by step, and each one I have tried has worked out! It comes in a cute size also, and spiral bound so it won't slam shut on you when you're stitching. Keep in mind it does not have any patterns for any projects, but gets you the skills to be able to work with project books, and to go to the bead store and know what to ask for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just The Facts! The Nuts and Bolts, Too! Oct. 19 2000
I live in an area where there are no beading classes/workshops, bead stores, or beading buddies. It's just me with the urge to start beading, NOW!!
I work from my own ideas and designs, I just needed to learn the basics and what kind of beads might work best for the projects in my head. This book fills the bill, and as previous reviewers mentioned, it is compact enough to keep in your beading supply kit. It may not be the only beading book you'll acquire, but it truly is a companion book! Thank you, Beadwork Magazine, for publishing this no-nonsense book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it! Aug. 13 2000
The Beader's Companion is everything it's title suggests.
The Beader's Companion covers beading terminology, how-to bead, what materials are needed for beading. Clear concise directions are included for just about every method of beading, with each method listed on small, sturdy pages. Included with the directions are easy to understand diagrams. And for each method of beading covered, there is a blank beading pattern template.
Frankly, it doesn't get any better than this. Not only is this book a perfect gift for yourself and/or anyone with even the slightest interest in beading, it is also a great travel companion. I take the book with me whenever I know I will have time to bead, while on the road. It is the perfect size, construction, and help to finish any beading project I might be working on.
I recommend this book to anyone who beads, and anyone who would like to learn how to bead. This book is THE Beader's Companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is all you need to start beading. Jan. 4 2003
This book is great for the beginner or advanced beader. The illustrations and instructions are easy to follow. Worth the price and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best for help with 'the projects in your head'... Oct. 29 2002
... as the reviewer Caren said below. I LOVE the fact that this handy little guide wastes no space (and none of my time) with someone else's idea of pretty and-or useful projects. My sole interest is in embroidery with beads -- there are about 10 pp on that, with good stitch-and-bead drawings. You'll also find sections on beads in knitting, crocheting, macrame, stringing, and loom, and off-loom techniques; charts on bead sizes, thread sizes, and types of beading needles; and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for beaders June 23 2001
This book is excellent. If you do any type of beading this book is a must. It is well written. The information in this book is detailed and clear. Recommend this book for all types of beaders.
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