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Spellbound Floral Beaded Jewellery
Designs from The Garden
Julie Ashford

Search Press
22 August 2016/ ISBN 9780956503077
How-To Books/Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Any UK beadwork enthusiast (and quite a few from other countries) will be familiar with the Spellbound Bead Co., who is certainly my go-to stockist for a wealth of jewellery making supplies and their stunning kits. Grab your small beads, needle and thread and get ready to make twenty-five different garden inspired items of jewelry.

Delving into this lovely book is rather like gazing at the company’s stand at a craft fair. I learned how to make pieces using small beads and off-loom stitches from their kits and now sell designs to magazines; this shows the clarity of their instructions and diagrams. If you are a beginner, there are several pages at the start of the book showing the basics, from using a stop bead to finishing off, plus a pretty foolproof guide to brick stitch, herringbone rope, square stitch and working with flower and leaf beads. The rest of the book contains the projects, each one having a skill rating and more than one large photograph of the finished piece plus details. The instructions are aided by color versions of the diagrams in their kits and go through every stage in detail. Don’t be put off by their length; the author is just being thorough, and although sharp eyes are required to read the print which is not large, they are also needed to see the seed beads. This is a large format book and another helpful feature is the spacing out of the instructions and diagrams, making them easier to read and not confusing. The pieces themselves comprise of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins and a small box. Leaves, cherry blossoms, daffodils, sunflowers, butterflies, bees and a colorful bouquet comprise some of the inspirations. My own favorite has to be the final one. which is also on the cover depicting a stunning wisteria. Some pieces are simple and complement everyday items while others are more for special occasions, but all are highly wearable and not “arty” or bizarre. No piece uses anything that is hard to obtain and many beaders will already own enough to make at least one item without going shopping first – always a plus. One of the best beadwork books out there this year and highly recommended.

If you cannot find a good range of beadwork materials locally, try for a list of suppliers.

Everything in this book is available from and can be shipped worldwide. Packs of beads for each project can also be obtained here.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016