A Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages Paperback – Dec 1 1999
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From the Author
The beauty of America's cultural diversity is that beadwork artists can incorporate so many wonderful ideas presented in the beadwork worn by its citizens. I continue to be fascinated by cultural diversity, and am working on a third beadwork book that will focus on using many of the techniques I've described in my first two books to create designs that mimic glamorous, fashionable, faceted jewelry . . . keep a lookout for it!
About the Author
Mary Ellen ("Mel") Harte is a biologist, mother and craftsperson whose passion for pattern overflows into her other passions, beadwork and folk dancing. An avid collector of ethnic textiles and crafts, she continues to create new beadwork designs as she borrows from the richness of other cultures. Mel migrates between Berkeley, CA and the Colorado Rockies.
Top Customer Reviews
The designs include a wonderful variety of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, ranging from sweet and delicate to large, complex, and dramatic. The cover photo gives a good idea of the variety of projects inside, and even if you just find a few that you want to do, it would be worth the low price of the book.
The instructions are okay. They are written in paragraph form, which makes it difficult to find your place again when returning to read them. I'd prefer the instructions written as Step 1, Step 2, etc. to make them easier to read, but the drawn diagrams showing how the thread passes through the beads are very good; they are large and easy to follow.
One little problem is that none of the instructions tell you on which page to find the photo of the corresponding project, so you have to look through the book to find it. To solve this, on each instruction page I wrote the page number on which to find the appropiate photo. Otherwise, I think this is a very good investment for people who like the intricate work with seed beads.
I would suggest a basic knowledge of beading, but it's not necessary. A lot of patience for beginners is helpful.
I have completed 1 project from the book and it was well received as a gift for a family member.
I highly recommend her other book too.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is wonderful for a beginner. The only problem I had with this book is that it is falling apart....maybe that is because I refer back to it all the time!!Published on May 8 2009 by J.I.T.
I'm an older adult, and even I don't know what this means "11/º". The projects do not provide a materials list. Read morePublished on July 7 2007 by C. Edwards
This is a excellent book for the bead lovers. It contains the patterns of some stunning collars CLEARLY.Published on Dec 28 2001