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Gift Books for the Holidays

Here are the books that I would most recommend for gift giving this year, whether they're for you or for a beading friend! 

For Beginners: Do you know someone who wants to get started with beading and jewelry making? These are all good books which teach the basics of their various media.

Beading in No Time by Linda Peterson

Jewelry and Beading Designs for Dummies by Heather H Dismore & Tammy Powley

Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads by Kim Gover

Create Jewelry - Glass by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett

Chain Style by Jane Dickerson

Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald

Metalworking 101 for Beaders by Candie Cooper

Crystal Brilliance by Anna Elizabeth Draeger

Bead Embroidery Stitches by Cyndi Lavin (free download)


For Earring Lovers: What more can I say? You can never have too many earrings!

101 Wire Earrings, Step-by-Step Projects and Techniques by Denise Peck

A Year in Earrings: 365 Designs and Variations by the Editors of BeadStyle magazine


For Those Who Want It All: So many media, so little time. Any of these books will help you take your work to the next level!

30-Minute Necklaces by Marthe Le Van

Embellished Beadweaving by Laura McCabe

Totally Twisted by Kerry Bogert

Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton

Ancient Modern Polymer Clay and Wire Jewelry by Ronna Sarvas Weltman

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques by Vannetta Seecharran

Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith

Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller

Custom Cool Jewelry by Melinda Barta

Beyond Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers

Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell

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Unknown said…
Great list, Cyndi! :)
Robbie said…
Wow! Just what I need..more beading books! There are some winners here for sure! Thanks so much for posting!!!
Cyndi L said…
Can I dare to admit that I have *all* of these? Or have had them and have given them away here on Beading Arts :-)