Synopses & Reviews
For the true aficionado, nothings more exciting than a one-of-a-kind, beautiful beadbe it a flameworked glass orb or a glistening cut gemstone. But what can the obsessed beader do with all those amazing collectables that never fail to catch the eye? They can make these 30 spectacular pieces of jewelry, all dedicated to showcasing the most exquisite beads available! Even newcomers can achieve success, thanks to a thorough basics section with enough hand-holding for the most intimidated beginner. The instructions cover it all, from fashioning a simple ear wire to enlarging the beads hole. Create a lariat with one large, stunning bead on each end. Coil silver wire around a purchased chain, and add carved wooden beads. Loop candy-colored resin beads onto stretchy elastic cords for bold, slip-on bangles. Theyre fun to make and to wear!A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
"Simply Bead and Wire, Simply Charms, Simply Earrings, and Simply Necklaces each contain projects pulled from one or more of Larkand#8217;s beading titles. There are so many great projects in these books that I want to run pull out my bead stash and get to work! I especially love the elongated coin charm bracelet found in Simply Charms. If your budget is tight but you need some jewelry making inspiration, take a look at theseand#160;titles from Lark. The price is right for each of these books and#8212; and the finished projects look like a million bucks!" - CraftGossipand#160;"Simply Necklaces is a book that has 23 beading projects. The first part of the book is about basic techniques to create beading jewelry. It covers bead types, making knots, simple loops, oxidizing and much more. The projects are super fun and easy to make. I am sure you will be able to find a great project in this book and use those beautiful beads you may already have in your home.Thirteen designers participated in this book." - Lorena Anguloand#160;"This entry in Larkand#8217;s new, budget-priced 'Simply' series focuses on beaded necklaces. After a brief overview of types of beads commonly used in necklaces and basic principles of necklace design, the projects take center stage. The format is learn-as-you-go, and most of the projects involve simple stringing and eye-catching focal beads. There is one pattern that uses circular peyote stitch, and there are a few wirework patterns. As with most books of stringing patterns, it is unlikely that beaders will be able to replicate the necklaces, but the projects will inspire novice beaders who want to make their own necklaces." - Library Journal
The gorgeous lifestyle store French General has legions of devoted fansand#8212;and its founder, designer and stylist Kaari Meng, has created an exquisite book based on the boutique's beloved aesthetic. Inspired by vintage French beads, these 36 simple but gorgeous jewelry projects go month by month, season by season. With evocative names like Les Grandes Vacances (Vacation by the Seashore), La Rentrand#233;e (Back to School) and La Saint Valentin (Valentine's Day), the 12 sections each feature three pieces of jewelry-including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
These 20and#160;attractive necklaces, selected from the popular bookand#160;Bead Love for this pamphlet at a great price, are perfect forand#160;bead aficionados and general crafters! Easy to make and versatile, they showcase beads ranging from glistening cut gemstones to flameworked glass orbs. Create aand#160;beaded lariat, a wrapped loop with a bead suspended between lengths of chain, and more. Detailed instructions are, of course, included!
About the Author
After studying jewelry-making techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Kaari Meng sold her designs to specialty shops including Bergdorf Goodman, Anthropologie, Sundance Catalog, and Peruvian Connection. In 1997, her business evolved into French General, a Soho retail store selling a French-inspired lifestyle that included textiles, ephemera, and household items only found in France. The shop moved to Los Angeles four years later. Kaari has designed quilting fabrics for Moda, wallpaper and home dand#233;cor items for Fabricut, and scrapbooking supplies for Jo-Lee's Boutique. Over the years, Kaari wrote five books for Chronicle and Lark Books highlighting all of the elements the French General brand had evolved into. Her home and shop have been featured in Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Romantic Homes, and Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazines. Kaari lives in Los Feliz, CA.