Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Book review: Shaped Beadwork

Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch (Beadweaving Master Class) 

I honestly don't know what I did before Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork came along.  Oh yeah, I remember...I frantically searched through all my notebooks until I found the scribbled out directions that I'd scratched out on the pattern for making a triangle, a square, an oval, a fill-in-the-blanks.  And then if I was able to actually read my own writing...

No more searching.  If you enjoy doing dimensional beading and like your shapes to be precise, you are going to love love love this book.  Even if you go for a more organic feel like I most often do, it's really nice to know the basics of creating shapes well.  Knowing the "rules" always makes me feel more free to experiment.  Look!  I was actually able to count the stitches and create a square.  Trust me...if I can do it, anyone can!


This is a terrific book, but it is a technical one.  You'll want to have it as a reference more than for your coffee table.  Not that it isn't pretty, because it is!  There are both illustrations and photos to walk you through the steps of creating two dimensional and three dimensional shapes of all sorts, and projects from Diane's personal favorite inspirations to help you put it all together.  
  
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2 comments:

WindyRiver said...

I recently bought this book and really like it - the directions are clear and the diagrams are also clear and helpful.

Cyndi L said...

I really love how easy the instructions are to follow. I'm not much for being careful and counting, so this book has been quite helpful to me :-)

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