I am really in love with Anna Elizabeth Draeger's new book, Crystal Brilliance. And I'm thrilled to have a copy that I can give away to one of you, compliments of Kalmbach, the folks who bring you Bead & Button magazine among others!
Anna does cover the basics of bead weaving, tool, materials, and that sort of thing, but the organization of the book allows you to jump right straight into the projects if that's what you want. I love the way she has arranged her projects by style: classic, romantic, geometric, and organic. I dashed right for the organic designs, with names like "Clusters", "Droplets", and "Aurora". Love it. I used a variation on the instructions for "Aurora", which is a necklace, to quickly stitch up these earrings in well under an hour. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. I didn't follow them exactly, but that's not Anna's fault :-)
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Would you like to win a free copy of Anna's book? Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: June 9, 2010.
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Oh - and I'm loving the bead embroidery book...It's something I've wanted to do but haven't really tried on my own, so the book looks to be a great tool to help me out!
And, Thanks for the great blog. I love your posts and just wanted you to know.
I wish I will be the lucky one.
By the way, I am making a giveway on my blog too, and you are more than welcome if you join....
Oh please pick me! I just love crystals & this looks to be the perfect book.
Thanks for organizing this awesome contest.
Thanks to you for being so generous! The bedaing community is so awesome -- so many talented and generous people.
Thanks for your offer and website.