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Exquisite Stitching with Multi-Hole Beads
Renee Kovnesky

Kalmbach Books
01/01/18/ ISBN 978-1627004336
Crafts & Hobbies > Jewelry & Beadwork > Beadwork

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Exquisite Stitching with Multi-Hole Beads is a new release from Kalmbach books. Like all the jewelry how-to books from this respected publisher, this paperback book is designed to help the novice learn the skills for making various projects, and for the expert to have a reference book that provides ideas that stir up a designer's creative juices. Naturally, there's an extremely helpful section on materials and techniques, and the projects are broken down into sections for the various types and shapes of beads, including pearls, fire-polished, crystals, or rectangular, round, square, triangular, etc.

The book is 8-1/4”x 10-3/4” with full color photos on coated stock. Each project -- and there are 25 designs -- shows a finished piece, with a list of items needed for the project, detailed instructions on completing the designs, and even wonderful tips. The necklace, bracelet, earring and pendant designs are absolutely exquisite and, as the title suggests, delicate and visually stunning. They are so magnificent that I could easily imagine them being worn by the rich and famous. The projects use both single-hole and multi-hole beads, and although the resulting designs look quite expensive to make, they are not.

Renee Kovnesky has her own Etsy shop where she sells her patterns, and she also teaches at beading shops. With this new release, we can learn in the comfort of our own homes from this highly talented jewelry designer. Just one look at the cover and you can see why she's so popular. I especially love her “Dancing Angels” and “Pearls on Parade” necklaces, and found them easier to make than I first imagined. I'm sure you’ll find your favorites as well.

Exquisite Stitching with Multi-Hole Beads is a must reference book for any jewelry maker who loves working with beads.

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Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2017