I’m attracted to beads. I love them on bracelets, necklaces and am fascinated by the patience of the person who places them so strategically on purses, tee shirts, jeans and more. I have a confession, I want to learn how to bead!
Thanks to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beading Basics I can go at my own speed and learn this beautiful art. There’s sixteen chapters grouped into four sections of the book that guide me in my quest to bead. The first part talks about The Venerable, Adaptable Bead. Here the reader is introduced to beads, the tools and vocabulary of beading and how to interpret design.
The second section digs a little deeper into what you need to string a bad, the basics of bead stringing, off-loom bead weaving, getting started on a loom and more about looms.
The third section talks about wire. The types of wire, basic wire-work techniques, and more.
Finally, part four takes on beads on fabric, around the house and more. Covering beads in stitches, elegant embellishments, decorating with beadwork, a safe and organized work area and even how to make your own beads!
Like all Complete Idiot’s Guides, Beading Basics is precise. There are illustrations and step-by-step instructions. I enjoyed reading about the techniques and am looking forward to taking some time to sit down and implement them. I’ve made paper beads with my girls and it has been a great experience. I am looking forward to now learning how to make wooden and clay beads with them.
I wish there were colored photographs. There are photographs through-out the book, however, I don’t think a black and white pictures does justice to beads that are vibrant and rich in color or placed so impeccably that they transform into a work of art.
If you’ve been admiring bead work from a far or have an interest in learning this art form, I encourage you to check out Georgene Lockwood’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beading Basics. It’s a great start to creating beaded pieces for yourself and others.
About the Author
Georgene Lockwood (Prescott, Ariz.) began writing about crafts over 25 years ago and began beading 16 years ago. She has written for Bead & Buttonmagazine and has authored 10 books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Organizing Your Life. She is a member of the Mountain Artists Guild and shows her work regularly in their gallery.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Beading Basics
ISBN: 9781615641369, October 2011, $16.95
Author: Georgene Lockwood (Prescott, Ariz.)