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Creative Bead Weaving - A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches

Beautiful Beading Projects and Top-Notch Teaching

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Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells, published by Lark Books

Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells, published by Lark Books

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Known as the Beadwork Bible among so many, this book alone has taught many beaders how to weave beads using different bead weaving stitches. Unfortunately, it has become known mostly as a Peyote Stitch book, because of the fine lesson offered for this most versatile beading stitch.

But there's a lot more to this volume than just Peyote; Brick stitch, Helix stitches, loom weaving, netting and Right Angle weave are all covered in this book, along with a selection of terrific projects for each lesson.

A Long-Time Favorite Amongst Beaders

Carol Wilcox Wells is known far and wide as one of the pioneers in teaching beading, especially for her lessons in this book, Creative Bead Weaving, A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches. This book contains an excellent section on Peyote stitch and variations, including odd and even count flat, tubular Peyote, increasing and decreasing rows, plus lots of great input about finishing, embellishing, and more. But it doesn't stop there. There are excellent tutorials for other bead weaving stitches, including brick stitch, square stitch, netting, helix stitches, Chevron, and right angle weave, too. Each of these stitch lessons comes with a fun project that will appeal to any level beader; advanced beaders return to brush up on less-used skills and to work some of the charming patterns contained here.

However, this book takes one step beyond teaching the basic steps involved in learning beading stitches, and that is the chapter devoted to combining multiple stitches in projects. That alone, makes this book an invaluable resource for beaders. Once a particular stitch has been learned, the ability to combine stitches in a finished piece often gives a beaded piece just the additional texture or detail that would otherwise be missing. And having the ability to add detail is what can separate the good, well- executed bead design from one that is superb.

A definite must-have, check with your bookseller for the spiral-bound version, which will lay flat when open, making it easier to bead as you learn. Make a great gift and an excellent first-volume for a new beader.

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