Kalmbach Books' most recent release of Beautiful Beadweaving
is subtitled “simply gorgeous jewelry” and,
indeed, they told the truth. The cover itself shows one project
that is absolutely stunning. As a lover and designer of jewelry,
I couldn’t resist this book. If you’re proficient
at making and designing jewelry, you’ll love the projects
revealed in this book as a source for making new designs of
your own. For beginners, the projects are not only beautiful,
but expertly illustrated so that each step can be easily followed
to provide results of which you can be proud.
Lam provides the guidance and illustrations that will help
you create stunning pieces to compliment any outfit. Like
most books on jewelry making, the author provides a brief
section on materials, basics, and the basic toolkit, but it
is the “Techniques” section that I found most
helpful, with its clear color illustrations showing various
stitching techniques. They are easy to follow – as well
designs shown in full-color on coated stock are really stunners.
I couldn’t wait to get started on the “Trivoli”
pendant, using colorful beads I had in my inventory that match
several items of clothing in my wardrobe. I absolutely love
the result! Now I can’t wait to get started on the other
necklaces, earrings, bracelets and bangles shown in the book.
Beadweaving is a great resource book and source of inspiration.
I believe it’s also one that all beaded jewelry makers
will want to have in their library. It is definitely a keeper
for me, and one that I’ll refer to again and again to
get new ideas for making jewelry not only for myself, but
as gifts for friends and family as well.