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Book review and giveaway: Mastering Herringbone Stitch

Mastering Herringbone Stitch
By Melinda Barta
Interweave/F+W Media; $18.49

Did you know that herringbone stitch is the second most popular beadweaving technique?  I didn't either, but according to Melinda Barta, editor of Beadwork Magazine, and author of the new Interweave book Mastering Herringbone Stitch, it is!  After looking through this volume, I can see why.

Melinda has included a really introductory section in case you are brand new to beadweaving.  The meat of the books is arranged by increasing complexity, first covering flat herringbone, and then moving on through circular, tubular, and spiral variations.  The projects are wonderful, from the simplest beginner flat band bracelet to the most complicated twisting delight.  Seven beadweaving superstars join Melinda in contributing projects.  And you'll really like this...the project resources are listed in the back.  Yay!

My favorite project is Jill Wiseman's "Rolling in the Deep" bracelet, shown above.  Aren't they gorgeous?  I decided that I wanted to try at least one little sample, just to make sure that the instructions were as easy to follow as I thought they looked.  Yup, they are very straightforward.  I stitched up the little double helix sample shown below in size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads in absolutely no time.


Would you like to win a free copy of this book? Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I won't be able to contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, cyndi at mazeltovjewelry dot com. 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: March 26, 2014  

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Shirley said…
Wow Cyndi, I had no idea there were such gorgeous projects in this book! Yes, I'd love to put my name in the pot. And thank you for all your awesome giveaways!
Kathryn said…
That looks like a lovely book! I would like to improve my execution of herringbone.
Betsy said…
Cyndi thank you for the chance. I am new to beading so winning this book would be great. My email cones up with google
I would like to be entered for the draw. My email is naanpocen [at] gmail dot com.....going to tweet it now, be right back :-)
Armored Mermaid said…
This looks like an awesome book. I even love your little sample!! (:

hbpsab at yahoo dot com

I got side tracked but did manage to tweet it. again the email is naanpocen [at] gmail dot com. Thank you so much for the chance.
Unknown said…
I would love this book.

lindsayd2630 at yahoo dot com
Berina RGA said…
this book sounds interesting.. and the sample you have created is lovely!! I would love to join in... my email ID is rgaberina [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] in
Moxie Craftie
sheilaposter said…
I am a bead book addict and I need another
KayzKreationz said…
This looks really interesting. I've been thinking about trying this and this book would be a help. Plus my mom has really been wanting to learn how to do this and it would be a toss up as to whether I'd keep this for me, or gift it to her to try.

KayzKreationz said…
Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

carbiebash said…
Wow, I just found found your site and I love it. I am new to beading. Just took a class in Bead Embroidery and I am addicted now. Want to start some different stitch work and this book would really help me learn. Thanks for the giveaway anf my email is
Please enter me. I have never done herringbone and would love to try with this book.
Diana S said…
I love Herringbone stitch. This book looks fantastic. I would love to try every project! dianas2743 at gmail dot com
Cyndi L said…
For Jocille:
I would love to win that book by Melinda Barta. Herringbone (Ndebele) intrigues me.
I am .... Jocille Daniel or
jocille @ peak. org
rrjane011749 said…
This is beautiful--can't wait ti give it a try!
I would so love to win this book and be able to expand my stitching abilities. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!!
Anonymous said…
I really need this book as I am taking bed weaving classes and missed the one for herringbone/
Sure hope I win !!!
ladyraven said…
Just started playing with Herringbone stitch.. It's amazing what can be done.. Good luck to everyone.. hope it becomes mine.. I will share it with the members of the High Desert Bead Society.. Prescott Arizona.
TerriSue said…
I would love this book.
lovebirdmom at gmail dot com
Wow Wow Wow…such beautiful designs and I sure love to learn how to do this! Please include me…thks
Paula L Michalowski said…
I enjoy Herringbone and would love to improve my stitching. Thanks for the giveaway.
Paula L Michalowski said…
I shared the link on facebook too.
Carolyn said…
Would love to be in the drawing for Melinda's book.


Unknown said…
loved all the patterns and am trying several, thanks
ACBeads said…
I'm not surprised herringbone is the 2nd most popular stitch. It's my favourite until now. I'm new to bead weaving so that book would be a great help to learn more.

I've pinned about the giveaway:

Thank you, Cyndi.

acbeads @
DVArtist said…
OK let's do this again. Please enter my name in your drawing.
Beadwright (AT) Hotmail dot com
Thank you for the chance to win this book.
char said…
I'd love to have this book. Tubular herringbone was one of the first stitches I learned as a beginner and it was from a kit/design by Jill Wiseman.
cabel at
Pennie said…
I think this book would be used a lot by me and I would love to own it!!!
pennie dot mccallum at comcast dot net