Showcasing the latest innovative craft pairing, beads and crochet, this guide provides a comprehensive overview of bead crochet that includes history, tools, beading stitches, and basic crochet techniques. A dozen exciting projects are included that use a variety of cords and yarn sizes, thicknesses, and textures to create clothing accessories, jewelry, and sculptural pieces. Projects are offered at all skill levels, and each one is presented with step-by-step instructions and simple illustrations, along with helpful hints and tricks to simplify each technique. A colorful gallery full of original work profiles talisman necklaces, groom’s prayer beads, a variety of miser bags, and a Vermont wilderness bracelet.
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Bethany Barry is a self-taught beader who opened a series of bead and handmade jewelry stores in Florida, California, and New Jersey. She lives in Forest Dale, Vermont.
One look at Barry's snazzy bracelets, necklaces, and doodads, and handicrafters will rush out for supplies. The idea that such dynamite-looking jewelry can be created at home is really exciting. Of course, there's a catch: experience in both beading and crochet is a must, despite sections on basics that Barry herself admits aren't really enough for beginners. But readers skilled in both crafts will have a great time. A full-color photo of each finished project faces a list of required materials, which is accompanied by a handy listing of page references to tips and techniques found elsewhere in the book. A scattering of diagrams accompanies instructions that carry crafters from setting the pattern and making that all-important sample swatch to applying closures and finishing touches. And if that's still not enough to whet the appetite, Barry concludes with a glorious photomontage of spectacular creations, a "Gallery of Bead Crochet." Add this beauty to collections where beading books are popular. Stephanie Zvirin
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