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Casual Bead Elegance
Stitch by Stitch
Eve Leder

Kalmbach Books
December 13, 2016/ ISBN 978-1627003124
Crafts & Hobbies/ Jewelry & Beadwork

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Casual Bead Elegance is a superb book that reveals how to make bead stitch jewelry (off the loom) in a simple and clear manner, with easy-to-read instructions and full color photographs on coated stock. I’ve made a few of the pieces shown in this book, and I’m hooked.

The author, Eve Leder, advises users to start each project in sequence from the beginning, so you study the projects in detail and learn the basic techniques. Additional designs let you expand on what you’ve learned. Ms. Leder’s purpose is to have beginners realize they need not be afraid of making this jewelry, and she makes it easy.

The book features a wonderful section of “Basics” that discusses beads, tools, terms, findings, threads, colors and the basic stitches. The first section of projects starts off with the basic Ladder Stitch (beautiful in itself), so you can learn to make bracelets, rings and, alternating the stitch slightly, earrings using a circular brick stitch. Each project has detailed instructions with accompanying full-color photos, along with the materials and tools needed, with tips and new terminology. Stitches covered include the right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, herringbone, square stitch, circular brick stitch, peyote stitch and combined stitches.

I loved the “Circles in Time Earrings,” and made several after realizing they are not as difficult as it looks. The “Enchanting Butterfly Pin” makes a perfect gift for young and old alike. Absolutely stunning is the “Princess Necklace,” but I admit, I love all the designs in this book.

Beginners and experts will enjoy this stunning instructional booklet that makes beading easy and fun. You’ll love making these beautiful designs as much as I did. And like me, you’ll be sure to keep it nearby to refer to again and again.

Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2016