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This photo-intensive guide is a comprehensive resource for creating off-loom beadwork, from simple stitches that any beginner can do to more advanced techniques that you can work up to as you build your skills. Every page includes detailed colour photos and diagrams that make it easy to follow along. You'll learn how to weave the peyote, ladder, brick, square, right angle weave, and herringbone stitches, as well as make beaded netting and create beaded clasps and other decorative details. Plus, you'll get patterns to make modern, stylish pieces, from necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to napkin rings.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Beadwork. How to Use This Book. Beads Used for Bead Weaving. Beading Needles and Thread. More Tools and Supplies. Chapter 2 Essential Skills and Techniques. Prepare a Length of Thread. Stitch Beads Together. End a Thread by Weaving-In. Begin a New Length of Thread. Learn the Knots Used in Beadwork. Keys to Successful Bead Weaving. Correct a Mistake. Beading Instructions and Patterns. Chapter 3 Peyote Stitch. Weave Flat Peyote Stitch. Create Tubular Peyote. Stitch Multiple-Drop Peyote. Zip-Up Peyote Stitch. Perform Peyote Stitch Increases and Decreases. Make Circular Peyote. Learn Dutch Spiral Stitch. Peyote Stitch Graph Patterns. Chapter 4 Beaded Netting. Create Flat Horizontal Netting. Create Vertical Netting. Make Tubular Netting. Make Circular Netting. Netting Graph Patterns. Chapter 5 Ladder Stitch and Brick Stitch. Weave a Row of Ladder Stitch. Transition into Flat Brick Stitch. Create Tubular Brick Stitch. Perform Brick Stitch Increases and Decreases. Create Circular Brick Stitch. Brick Stitch Graph Patterns. Chapter 6 Square Stitch and Spiral Rope. Create Flat Square Stitch. Create Tubular Square Stitch. Try Multiple-Bead Square Stitch. Make Square Stitch Increases and Decreases. Perform Circular Square Stitch. Square Stitch Graph Patterns. Stitch Spiral Rope. Chapter 7 Right-Angle Weave. Create Flat Right-Angle Weave. Create Tubular Right-Angle Weave. Make Right-Angle Weave Increases and Decreases. Perform Circular Right-Angle Weave. Right-Angle Weave Graph Patterns. Chapter 8 Herringbone Stitch. Weave Flat Herringbone Stitch. Create Tubular Herringbone. Perform Herringbone Increases and Decreases. Try Circular Herringbone. Herringbone Stitch Graph Patterns. Chapter 9 Details and Jewelry Finishing Techniques. Make Beaded Picots, Fringe, and Drops. Make End Loops and Attach Findings. Create Loop Clasps. Stitch a Peyote Toggle Clasp. Chapter 10 Beginner Projects. Patterned Flat Peyote Bracelets. Flat Peyote Stitch Bracelet with Picots. Tubular Peyote Napkin Rings. Netting and Right-Angle Weave Earrings. Tubular Brick Stitch Slider Necklace. Flat Square Stitch Finger Ring. Flat Herringbone Bracelet. Chapter 11 Intermediate Projects. Circular Peyote Briolette Cap Earrings. Horizontal Netting Anklet. Tubular Netting and Peyote Bezel Necklace. Spiral Rope and Herringbone Pendant Necklace. Embellished Right-Angle Weave Bracelet. Circular Brick Stitch Fringe Earrings. Herringbone Rope and Peyote Leaf Necklace. Index.
Chris Franchetti Michaels is a writer and jewelry artisan specializing in beaded designs, wirework, and metal fabrication. She is the author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading, Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, and Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips. Chris has appeared on several episodes of DIY Network's "Jewelry Making," and her designs have been featured in popular books.