The Beader's Companion Spiral-bound – May 1 1998
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A handy reference. -- Library Journal
Ive 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. -- Knitaddicted.com
This is my favorite all-purpose beading reference book. -- About.com'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 BeadersSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Initially I thought this book was too basic. That being said, I felt it was missing some information such as an image of average necklace lengths and I would have liked to have seen more brief considerations (things to look out for) or suggestions; not enough to add tons of content but a mention so you know what to google if needed (the "Answer Book" series does this well). Addition of these points would have given this book a 5 star rating. The section on findings I felt was lacking -- I found a better reference chart in a Beads and Buttons magazine. I know this isn't meant to be an encyclopedia but as a reference it should include all common types.
The pictures in the off loom stitches were great; a photo paired with a simple drawing of the thread path. Simple but easy to understand even if you haven't done the stitches before or quick to remember how to if you have.Read more ›
The book begins with descriptions of the various kinds of beads, threads, cords, bead wax and needles that are currently available. Especially helpful are the sections on "Matching Thread to Bead," "Choosing the Right Needle" as well as the information on seed bead sizes and types. Two chapters on bead weaving come next -- the first covers off-loom beading and includes various peyote stiches (even and odd flat stitches, circular and tubular stitches and the Native American or "gourd" stitch); the square, ladder, brick and netting stitches; several variations on the right-angle weave stitch; the herringbone and the daisy chain. The next chapter covers loom beading with lessons on how to set up a loom (including instructions on how to make your own loom) and how to do basic weaving, adding weft thread, increasing and decreasing beads, etc.
The next section is called "Stringing Beads" and begins with a brief description of how to make a simple beaded necklace; the instructions that follow on how to make a knotted bead necklace (with knots between the beads like a pearl necklace) are much more thorough.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book is great for the beginner or advanced beader. The illustrations and instructions are easy to follow. Worth the price and more.Published on Jan. 3 2003
It is a very good feature to give us the opportunity to review a few pages at this website, BUT these samples would be MUCH easier to read if they were RIGHTSIDE UP.Published on Dec 15 2002 by Ruth
... 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. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002
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. Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by Sharon L. Cissell
I bought this book because it was recommended as a good beginner's guide and I must say that it is. I can also see using this book when I become more experienced. Well.. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2000 by Dawn Jenkins
Do not make the mistake I did and buy a lot of books first to get started in beading. This book covers all the questions you will have. Read morePublished on April 7 1999