Introduction 4 Essential Ingredients 6 Tools & Useful Extras 7 Tips & Techniques 8 Brick Stitch for Beginners 9 THE PROJECTS Crystalline Snowflake 10 Aurora Star 14 Sirius Star 17 Art Deco Bauble 20 Net & Tassel Bauble 26 Aragon Bauble 32 Georgian Bauble 38 Swags & Tails Bauble 44 Starry Night Bauble 50 Emperor Bauble 58 Anatolia Bauble 64 Snowstorm Bauble 70 Byzantium Bauble 76 Sparkline Icicle 82 Christmas Earrings 85 Christmas Puddings 86 Angel Earrings 88 Santa Earrings 92 Christmas Tree Earrings 94 Index & Suppliers 96
Julie Ashford is the owner and creative force behind the Spellbound Bead Co. Julie has been creating beaded designs, teaching and producing bead kits for many years. The company was founded 32 years ago and as well as specialising in retailing a huge range of beads and related products, Spellbound is best known for its fantastic range of in house designed kits and best selling beading books. She is the author of Spellbinding Beaded Jewellery, Spellbound Festive Beading; Spellbound Festive Beading Two; Spellbound Beaded Tassels and Starting to Make Bead Jewellery.
Less certainly isn't more when it comes to festive decorations - and these beautiful beaded baubles will add a good dash of glamour to any tree. Even if you're new to beading, the opening chapters describe all of the techniques that you'll need and the 18 projects have a star grading: 1 star is the easiest and 4-star projects are built up in several stages, but even the 3-star is described as 'getting more complex, but manageable for a beginner with patience'. They are great fun - and very satisfying - to make, and the results are simply gorgeous. With very clear instructions and diagrams, the beading is surprisingly straightforward. The 'extra info' panels include some useful tips and there are also ideas for adapting some designs to fit larger baubles, and suggestions for using the pieces in different ways. Don't worry if you don't want to be outshone by the decorations as there are also four designs for festive earrings, including tiny trees and a Santa design that's guaranteed to make you smile.-Stitch