Netted Beadwork Paperback – May 27 2003
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It is far easier these days to extract ideas and patterns from specialty crafts magazines than it is to compile a book without previous editorial references. In these two new offerings from Interweave, the muse is Beadwork magazine and its talented contributors.
Designer Campbell acts as selector for 30 unusual beaded bag patterns, one in a series sponsored by the magazine. More than a dozen artists draw upon a variety of techniques, including knitting and crocheting, to produce purses in different design styles. There's a bead-decoupage plastic box, with decorations applied on top of special tape. Existing fabric purses are embellished with abstract art deco-like motifs or enhanced by highlighting existing patterns with beads for a three-dimensional impact. Directions are flawless, with all the requisite information and visuals, yet only a few explained techniques (appended) and the absence of "difficulty" designations make this collection one for experienced beaders only.
In contrast, Minneapolis artisan Fitzgerald strives to attract a broader audience, including a chapter on the basics as well as an intriguing cultural survey of Chinese, Indian, American European, African, Egyptian, and Greenlander beading traditions. What's more, the dozen and a half projects act as a far better definition of netted beadwork than the half paragraph proffered by the author; these connected bead fabrics range from a 1920s-inspired flapperlike bead necklace to an ultramodern ruffle bracelet or sea moss necklace. Instructions for each are detailed enough that, in combination with the explanation of fundamental stitches, novices might feel confident to tackle the projects. A 15-page gallery showcases the best of beadwork at the hands of artisans. Barbara Jacobs
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If you need a reference for all netting emergencies, this book must be added to your library. -- Bead Society of New Jersey newsletter, Fall 2003
Top Customer Reviews
Netted Beadwork starts with a brief history of netting and some great pictures. That's commendable, as is the brevity of that section. This is a how-to book, and most of the book focuses on that. There is a tool and technique section that is brief, to-the-point and useful without slowing you down.
For the rest of the book, there are beautiful color pictures and clear diagrams of how to make the pieces, along with instructions in writing. The diagrams are clear for the most part, and the thread path instructions show variations immediately. That means that once you understand how netting works and begin to wonder "could I do it this way . . .?" you'll see the answer. A nice touch, indeed.
Then there are the netting instructions for those of us who are wild at heart--freeform netting, layered netting, and projects for those of us who mix beads in a palette and love to wear them that way.
For the formal and traditional beaders, there are many projects, from ornaments to pouches, and yes, the never-say-die amulet bag. But the misers' pouch, also in the book, has more visual interest and appeal.
The gallery is as it should be--full color, one project per page so you can soak in the color and design elements, and generous in scope and amount.
Also nice is the index, which so many books don't have any more. It makes projects and techniques easy to find.
So why are there only four stars?Read more ›
I would target this book for a beginner or perhaps intermediate beader. A true novice may have trouble figuring out how to relate the instructions to the photos of the projects. There are no bead counts or specific material lists. You won't find detailed instructions for making your project look just like the example.
I think that an advanced beader will be disappointed by the simplicity of the projects and the limited scope of the techniques. The book is restricted to irregular, vertical, and horizontal netting. You won't find information about incorporating other stitches into the work. I'm okay with that - it's a book about netting, after all. However, I really would have enjoyed seeing examples of other forms of netting, such as the more complicated thread paths commonly seen in Ukrainian work or any of the American (e.g., Ecuadorian) styles. Even if these techniques were beyond the scope of the instructions, they could have been included in the gallery.
Overall, a very nice book. Diane does an excellent job covering *basic* netting techniques. This a good introduction/reference for a beginner and one of very few books that focuses on netting. It's more of a technique book than a project book.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
All her stuff is fabulous, but I have to say this is one of her best yet. You are not just getting instructions, but the illustrations actually open your mind to new color... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Meg Sumner
Diane Fitzgerald's Netted Beadwork provides a survey of the netted beadwork technique, which requires fewer beads, works up quickly, and looks like lace. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Midwest Book Review