Beadwork is fun and the finished results are very rewarding. If you’re just starting in beadwork, or you’re just looking for new and interesting bead projects, you’ll find plenty to do when you read one of the following beadwork books.
For beginner bead workers a book called Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Getting Started Stringing Beads’ by Jean Campbell is a great way to start. Part of a “Getting Started” series, the book starts readers with basic knowledge and techniques and works up to tying knots, working with clasps, building chandelier earrings and much more. The writing is easy to understand and the step-by-step illustrated instructions leave readers with no unanswered questions.
Another great beginner beading book is the Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beading, Illustrated’. The book goes over the basics like color combinations, stringing techniques, various jewelry-making materials, and how to get started. The instructions are clear and precise so the reader not only enjoys the book but has a complete understanding of what he or she has just read. This is a great place to start in the beading world.
After you’ve learned the beading basics a fun project book is Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Simply Beautiful Beading: 53 Quick and Easy Projects’. As stated in the title, the author takes the bead worker through 53 different projects like earrings, chokers, necklaces, hair combs, holiday ornaments and beaded picture frames. In addition, the author provides some learned techniques for choosing beads, prepping for beadwork, and other tips. This is a helpful book with impressive craft instructions.
If you’re aching to learn some bead techniques that are apart from the norm, try Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½The Beaded Garden: Creating Flowers With Beads And Thread’. The author, Diane Fitzgerald, explains the techniques behind making assorted floral arrangements on cloth, using only beads and thread. The designs are lovely and the technique easy to understand.
For those a little more familiar with beading techniques Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Moods in Wire: An Extended Guide to the Fine Art of Wirewrapping’ is an excellent read. A little more complicated than some “easy project” books, author Ellsworth Sinclair guides the reader through wire designs, with or without beads, including making impressive rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other jewelry pieces. It’s important to have some understanding of jewelry wiring before tackling this book, but otherwise, it’s a great book with some new techniques.
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Knit and Crochet With Beads’ is an instructional book for the interesting combination of knitting or crocheting with beads. Author Lily M. Chin guides us through the rare craft of incorporating beads with knitting or crocheting designs. This book is for those advanced in the craft of knitting or crocheting.
Learn something entirely new in the jewelry making world by checking out the book: Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Chinese Knots For Beaded Jewelry’. In it, Susan Millodot explains techniques for tying Chinese knots to make beaded jewelry designs. The book is full of pictures and easy-to-understand directions for creating one-of-a-kind designs that are sure to please and impress the wearer.
Beading is a fun craft that takes some talent, some skill, and some eye for color and beauty. You’ll enjoy working with beads, especially if you use one of these books to guide you into new designs and techniques for making beautiful pieces.