Synopses & Reviews
Dazzled by the beautiful beadwork of native peoples near and far? This new book by Mel makes learning to create beautiful necklaces, chokers, bracelets, belts, pouches and headbands a snap. The rich mix of culturally diverse seed bead patterns found in this book will satisfy the young beginner, the advanced worker and the holiday gift maker. The double bonus? The projects result in elegant, beautiful and surprisingly fashionable pieces of jewelry anybody would be proud to wear on any occasion. From Zulus to Guaymis, from Guatemala to Egypt, here are large, graphic illustrations of the threading patterns for a wide range of beautiful seed bead jewelry, from simple Y necklaces to elaborate Romanian collars; several original designs are provided as well. This book is a must for crafters working with seed beads as it provides many useful design concepts in its patterns for necklaces, chokers, bracelets, earrings, belts, pouches and headbands. The Methods and Materials section is comprehensive and full of useful hints for working with seed beads in general, from how to set up a workspace and lay out a design, to what to do when a flaw is found in a finished piece. Clear concise instructions alongside the diagrams ensure a good understanding of each project.
The book starts out with two simple necklaces, then zooms into space with starry holiday patterns for 10 minute earrings, a necklace and bracelet. Then it's on to snowflake patterns that show how to incorporate medallions into earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Next are simple chain link patterns that turn into beautiful flower chokers. Native American patterns for flower and leaf necklaces, as well as friendship bracelets and a flowingtipple necklace, follow. After a braided headband, simple daisy chain patterns are presented, along with directions on turning them into wide flowery band bracelets and a daisy purse. Elaborate patterns for a very regal necklace and colorful Romanian collars follow. The la