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Those Bad Bad Beads
Virginia Blakelock, 1990

8 1/2 X 11, Spiral Bound, 105 pages, B&W graphs. $15.00

A classic title, this timeless book has it all.

Written before the current bead craze really began, Virginia had it all under control. From discussions and descriptions of particular bead types, to constructions of intricate, large-scale loom neckpieces, she has provided us with the best basics.

Primarily a loom weavers book, Virginia does not stop there. Netting, Peyote, advanced loomwork, fringe, finishing, embroidery, African weaves (RAW, Ndebele and Quad Helix) and broad collars are all covered in a loving, easy to read detail not provided by many books.

This is a how-to book, so don't look for patterns. Do, however, look for the finest tutorial to be found in the basics of loom and many other techniques. No beadwork library is complete without it, and it should be considered a first purchase for new beaders! Virginia is a superb teacher, and a gifted writer. Do not fail to add this one to your collection!

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