The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques
by Sara Withers & Stephanie Burnham
Feel the need to bead? Tired of admiring beaded artwork you cannot afford, or is the wrong
color? All you need to make fun, fashionable items is in here. Beginners (and anybody
else with a beading skill to learn) are in safe hands with Search Press' masterly and
exhaustive Encyclopedia series. This is also a book essentially aimed at Brits -
none of those gorgeous but impossible-to-source outside of the States items are in here.
This is not to say that it would only be useful to people resident in the UK - far from
it - but any Brits reading this ought to be cheering as this isn't just another book for
the US market.
This useful primer takes you through the beading process from buying essential tools,
types of bead and what they are called, all about findings and threads and then it is
on with the techniques. These begin with bead embroidery, and cover knotting, wirework,
crochet and knitting, loomwork, offloom stitches and stringing to name some. Absolutely
everything to do with beads isn't covered, but then I have never seen any book that does
all this; it is simply too huge a topic. There are instructions to work through some quite
nice pieces, although nothing to set the beading world alight. This is basically a primer
from which to learn the methods, and projects tend to be to illustrate these techniques
and learn from doing which is the best way. At the reverse is a list of UK shops and websites
for obtaining beads and beading advice which is so useful, and the inevitable gallery of
work. Rather misleadingly some of these gallery pieces are shown on the cover. I do wish
books only showed pieces the book had instructions for on covers. My verdict? This is an
attractive and user-friendly book that most beaders (except for real experts) will welcome,
as you truly can learn from it and that is really the most any how-to book can aspire to.
If you cannot find the materials locally try
Searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
at Amazon.com US
Rachel A Hyde|