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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.

Working With Polymer Clay by Lori Wilkes

Necklaceology by Candie Cooper

Rustic Wrappings by Kerry Bogert

The Absolute Beginners Guide to Making Metal Clay Jewelry by Cindy Thomas Pankopf

Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel

Making Wire & Bead Jewelry by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley

The Venetian Glass Bead by Kathy Fox

New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry by Margot Potter

Endless Sparkle by Aimee Carpenter

The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stitching Beaded Jewelry: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started by Lesley Weiss

Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions by the editors of BeadStyle

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!

Simply Earrings by Lark Publishing

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

Earring Chic: 35 Hand-Selected Projects by Jennifer Claydon

A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu

30-Minute Earrings by Lark Publishing


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!

Metalwork Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Classical Elegance by Maggie Meister

Bead Riffs by Rachel Nelson-Smith

Patterns in Polymer by Julie Picarello

Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini

Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson

Mixed Metal Mania by Kim St Jean

Lacy Wire Jewelry
by Melody MacDuffee

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry
by Sue Ripsch

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

Custom Cool Jewelry by Melinda Barta

Heat, color, Set and Fire by Mary Hettmansperger

Metal Clay Fusion by Gordon Uyehara

Metal Magic by Kim St. Jean

Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry by Laura Poplin

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Pat Gray said…
What a great selection - most of the metal working books you've included are already on my Christmas list, but I'm adding a few more, especially "Bohemian Inspired Jewelry". Think I might need to ask for a new bookcase too...