Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Book Review Ultimate Beading Bible

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This new title in the bestselling Ultimate series reveals all the techniques you need to begin beading - all the main crafts that use beads have been brought together in one book. The first chapter takes a brief look at the different ways of working with beads and covers the tools and basic techniques you will need to get started, as well as taking a detailed look at the ready-made beads available and how they are best used. The following chapter covers making beads in several different materials; although ready-made beads are easy to find, making your own can be very easy and is the ideal way to add a unique personal touch to your work. It also includes a section on using found materials as unusual beads. The chapter on bead jewellery covers basic jewellery making techniques and then moves on to threading ideas, and how to incorporate beads with different materials and techniques to make more unusual pieces. In the wire work chapter you will learn how to use wire and beads together for more than just jewellery - this section also covers ideas for decorative items and card making. Bead looming and weaving are traditional techniques for creating closely beaded work, which can be used for everything from vintage-look decorative straps to ethnic bracelets. Beads can also be worked in to knitting and crochet projects as you work; all the basic techniques for doing this are included in chapter 5, along with some unusual beaded stitches to try. The final chapter on beaded embroidery covers the different ways to combine beads and fabric or thread, from how to add a few random beads for a little sparkle to creating luxurious beaded fabrics or heavily beaded fringing.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Collins & Brown (1 May 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909397180
ISBN-13: 978-1909397187

About the Author
Marie Clayton is a professional writer, who has worked on a variety of sewing and needlecraft books including Ultimate Sewing Bible (9781843404118) and Make Your Own Clothes (9781843403890). She currently lives in London.
Materials and Tools
Making Beads
Bead Jewellery
Wire work with Beads
Bead Looming, Weaving and Knotting
Beaded Knitting and Crochet
Beaded Embroidery
Suppliers and Useful Websites


Ultimate Beading Bible is a complete reference book perfect for both beginners and the more experienced.  This book covers lots of beading techniques, the section that I was interested in was beaded with knitting and crochet.  This book is well written with clear instructions.  Each beading technique has a project that is very easy to follow.  This book is full of information and a handy reference book to have if you ever want to use beads in your sewing, knitting or crochet projects.

Ultimate Beading Bible is available from Amazon

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