Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: 'The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques' by Sara Withers and Stephanie Burnham

The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques, by Sara Withers and Stephanie Burnham, 2005, Running Press, $27.95, hardbound, 160 pages. Category/Genre: how-to/crafts. Cover: detailed. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

This book is a how-to course in traditional and contemporary beading techniques. Section One covers tools and materials, such as pliers, wire cutters, threads, and findings. Here the authors also discuss the many different kinds of beads available. 

Section Two outlines techniques, most of which are for jewellery making, but the authors say you can also experiment with making decorative or household items. The techniques discussed are: bead embroidery on fabric and paper, beaded fringing, threading, working with memory wire, making ear wires, chains and pendants, wrapping beads, bead loom techniques, and more. The directions are clear and precise, and come with colour photographs detailing the process. 

The last section is a gallery of works from designers to give an idea of what can be created with beads if you apply your imagination. 

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