Jean Campbell is the editor of Beadwork Magazine, the author of 'Bead it with Beadwork', 'Beaded Cords, Chains, Straps & Fringe', and the co-author of 'Beaders Companion'. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota in Studio Arts and Santa Monica College of Design Arts, and Architecture in Furniture and Product Design.
Bead up a storm of unforgettable pieces with this lovely book. If the complexities of peyote and right angle weave are beyond you, then no worries with this user-friendly collection of projects using larger and more eye-catching beads. Just string them on, one by one and admire the view!
There is no gallery here, just lots of beautiful pieces made by a collection of people who will mainly be familiar to readers of Bead & Button. Each piece comes with instructions, and not much of this is required due to the simplicity of bead stringing. That is not to say that there is nothing to offer more advanced beaders, as surely there is plenty of scope for making changes and style is not measured by how complex the piece is. I would hesitate to recommend it for complete beginners as it assumes some prior knowledge of beading, although pages devoted to different kinds of beads and findings, plus tools and even some knots are given at the front. Several pages of just made up earrings and bracelets whet your appetite first, sans instructions but these are surely not necessary for any bead stringer worth their salt (ie not a beginner). Most of the main pieces with instructions are necklaces, but there are a few bracelets in here as well. All are lovely, none are advanced to make.
If you live outside the US many of the large and lovely focal beads will elude you but this book was published initially for the US market. Fortunately, I found enough interesting beads to make up several projects for myself and thus this book is guaranteed a space on my keeper shelf.* Myshelf.com *
Dec 07/Jan 08
The follow up to Stringing Style, this book includes basic wirework techniques and projects. It includes over 40 projects from Beadwork Magazine, along with 12 new ones. We espcially liked the pages that showed lots of bracelet and earring variations, giving you lots of ideas for playing around with designs. We felt this book had a lot more to offer than the first in the series and really liked a lot of the work it included.* Bead *