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The Beader's Companion Spiral-bound – May 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press; Spi edition (May 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188301056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010560
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.” -- 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 Beaders

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Format: Spiral-bound
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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Format: Spiral-bound
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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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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By Laura Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26 2014
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What I love about this book is that is not wordy which means there isn't a heck of a lot of page flipping needed. At the very end of the kindle book, is the index which includes links to all the tables and helpful tips; paired with the back button, this book can be quick and easy to navigate (something you want for a reference book). This book doesn't take up too much space on my phone so it is ready if inspiration hits me on the go (ultimate portability). Some of the charts are linked to a pdf download to print. This is better than the print version because you get clean graph pages without needing a copier. Also the fact that size dependent charts are printable for accuracy (screen sizes do vary), you could laminate it to have perfect to scale size reference that will take up little space.

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.
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This book is so little and cute and darling, it will happily go with you wherever you go with your beading projects, tucked in a bag if you take your beads to the beach or the park for an afternoon picnic or if you're traveling and want to work on a project enroute or even if all you plan to do is sit on the couch and do beading while you watch TV. It is aimed at both novice and experienced beaders and, for the most part, includes precise, detailed instructions and clear drawings for easy stitches that new beaders will find easy to follow as well as complex weavings that will definitely challenge those with more experience.
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.
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