Synopses & Reviews
Take aand#160;fun class with incredibly popular Japanese beader Sonoko Nozue as if you were right there in person at a bead show -- but instead of learning one piece, you'll make 25!and#160;This unique entry in the best-selling Beadweaving Master Class series --and#160;Sonoko's first book in English -- offers 25 stylish projects showcasing her signature melding of traditional Japanese style with modern dramatic flair. Theseand#160;designs are romantic, exquisite, and one-of-a-kind. Sonoko's instructions include illustrations as well as some inspiring beauty shots of the jewelry featuring lovely model photography with aand#160;gorgeous Japanese aesthetic.and#160;A gallery ofand#160;additional beadwork fromand#160;Sonoko will further inspireand#160;beaders in their creative explorations.and#160;Other books in the series include Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies, Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork, Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence, Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving, Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance, and Rachel Nelson-Smith's Bead Riffs.
"(Sonoko's)and#160;jewelry is made for fashion, but in a way that it can be worn with everyday clothes too. As always Lark has taken an artist view and brought it forth in print. This book is elegant in it's entirety. The instructions are easy to follow and the photography is exceptional. This instructional book is truly one you must have. Sonoko takes time tested stitches and creates jewelry with sophistication and polished designs. Each of the 127 pages of the striking book will keep you intrigued." - The Beadwright blog
and#160;"All the pieces in this book are extensively diagrammed with very clear thread paths. The instructions are complete and easy to follow. The bead projects ... use simple stitch techniques in unexpected ways. The designs are sculpted one pass at a time, starting with a base stitch. They are curved and shaped with different bead counts and sizes to create shapes that are wearable and won't flip or gather. A lot of the designs show how effective monochromatic color schemes can be using different bead finishes. The curves on some pieces are like mathematical models, and look like they have more planes than you'd believe possible. It's very wearable and elegant." - Shala Kerrigan, BellaOnline.com
and#160;and#8220;Theseand#160;exquisitely beautiful jewelry designs capture the delicacy and grace of the Japanese aesthetic for both novice and experiencd beaders to enjoy. Many will recognize Sonoko from BeadandButton shows as the elegant lady in a lavish Japanese kimono. Now you can enjoy all she has offered in her classes through the pages of this book. Each project takes a fresh approach to a familiar technique, resulting in classic wearable adornments that will stand the test of time and can even become family heirlooms.and#8221; and#8212; Diane Fitzgerald
and#160;and#8220;I was one of the fortunate workshop participants who studied with Sonoko, the preeminent Japanese master instructor, at her 2005 BeadandButton debut. Her teaching style is beautifully presented with clear and concise illustrations in this comprehensive book. Sonokoand#8217;s brilliantly designed and refined work reflects the Japanese aesthetic beautifully. This is a must-have book for any beader from beginner to advanced.and#8221; and#8212; Nancy Cain
and#160;and#8220;Sonoko Nozue is a master of graceful design. Her projects tantalize with lush texture, fine details, and layers of interest. Her elegant color palettes evoke a classical and timeless age. She manages to take the simplest stitch and elevate it to a new level by making a seemingly minor change, creating a whole new world to explore. Each time I pick up this book, I find more to absorb and delight in.and#8221; and#8212; Jill Wiseman
and#160;and#8220;Sonoko is a national asset for Japan and a treasure for the beading field. Her expertise and masterful skill in seed beadweaving is extraordinary, and these projects beautifully showcase her remarkable talent. The distinctive blend of classic design incorporated into contemporary style makes this book highly relevant to all readers. The unique techniques, as well as the inspirational gallery of work by this gracious artist, will stimulate my own creative endeavors.and#8221; and#8212; Melanie Potter
"The latest book in the Beadweaving Master Class series is rich and rewarding and will make you feel as if you are taking a class inand#160;Japanese beadwork with Sonoko Nozue. Filled with 25 spectacular beading projects from this master of beadwork, you will not be disappointed with the luxurious beauty of the projects. As in all books from Lark, the photography in this book is exceptionally stunning. Highlighting Sonokoand#8217;s jewelry in color, the otherwise monochromatic photos shimmer with vibrancy." - Craft Gossip
"Sonoko Nozue is a gifted master artisan.and#160;Her 25 jewelry designs are exquisite. Her color palette is captivating.and#160;I canand#8217;t wait to collect my tools, beads, and thread, and get started." - Razine Wenneker
Take a master class with Japan's first lady of beadwork--Sonoko Nozue! This unique entry in the best-selling Beadweaving Master Class series--and Nozue's first book in English--offers 25 projects showcasing the artist's signature melding of traditional Japanese style with modern dramatic flair. Overflowing with crystals and pearls, these pieces are lush, romantic, and one-of-a-kind. A gallery of additional works from Nozue will inspire advanced jewelers in their creative exploration, and the images and design throughout beautifully capture an appealing Japanese aesthetic.
Upscale, elegant, CHIC: these 25 handcrafted projects look like the fine jewelry you'd find in high-end boutiques. But why splurge when all it takes to make them are some seed beads and intermediate-to-advanced skills? Featuring a variety of stitchesand#8212;including the author's newly created right-angle ladder stitchand#8212;these stunning pieces cover everything from earrings to brooches. Gorgeous photographs, diagrams, and helpful tips make the beading process simple and pleasurable!
About the Author
Amy Katz has been beading for 20 years and teaches beading workshops and classes across the country. Her designs revolve around the "high-end" jewelry store look using quality seed beads, crystals, pearls, and more. She is the coauthor of Beading Across America (Kalmbach), and her website is BeadJourney.com. She lives in Fairfax Station, VA.