Mastering Beadwork

Mastering Beadwork : A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques

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Are you a new beader seeking solid beading foundations? Or are you an experienced beadworker wanting to refine your skills? Mastering Beadwork is your ultimate resource for beading knowledge-it's a project book plus reference tool wrapped up in one. Based on years of teaching experience, Carol Cypher presents easy-to-understand instructions with informative sidebars to help anyone master beading techniques. Each of the 13 techniques are explained in detail, then further explored with projects to enhance the beader's skills and confidence. The 63 projects included here-ranging from bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings to findings, closures, beaded beads, and other beaded objects-teach a single project or technique but are arranged to build skills at any level. You'll also find suggestions for personalizing and expanding on each project or pattern. Learn all the basic beading stitches-from peyote, spiral, vertical and horizontal netting, bead crochet, right-angle weave, triangle weave, daisy chain, ladder stitch, ndebele, brick stitch, African helix, and more. Mastering Beadwork is a classroom in a book, an all-in-one reference guide, and a compendium of beading techniques. It will supplement what you've already learned in beading classes, set you on the first steps to beading confidence, and infuse your work with inspiration.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 196 x 238 x 28mm | 780.17g
  • Interweave Press Inc
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • 65 colour illustrations
  • 159668013X
  • 9781596680135
  • 63,931

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"This is a must have, must do, don't miss ... for those who want the basics covered, then want to take it up a notch or two or three." --"South Jersey Bead Society" Like a well planned cook book this easy to understand colourful guide will be a favourite. The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat on the work space making it easy to use. The glossary contains useful tips and essential information for the beginner or the more experienced, great tips and methods are included. Most stitches are covered with plenty of interesting examples. Each section contains all the detailed information needed to complete the project with clear colourful diagrams. Many of the projects also include "Did you notice" and "Try this..." pointers. Lots of different clasp ends are worked throughout the book. This is sometimes the hardest part of finishing a project off so I'm certain that the clasp instructions will be extremely useful. I would recommend this book to all beaders as there is certainly something to inspire you to create another masterpiece or two, a good choice for the bookshelf. Lorraine Whitehouse-Bead Society of Great Britain

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About Carol Huber Cypher

Carol Huber Cypher is an accomplished beader and feltmaker who has studied felting for more than 20 years. She often teaches feltmaking alongside beadwork at national bead shows in addition to conferences, guilds, colleges, seminars, museums, and stores. Carol is an adjunct faculty member in the fashion program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has appeared on PBS' Beads Baubles and Jewels, the DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, and is the author of Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads (Interweave Press, 2005) and Mastering Beadwork (Interweave Press, 2007). Carol lives in Esopus, New York.

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