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Book review: Beadweaving - Beyond the Basics

Fons & Porter/F+W; $24.99

Yay!  I have been wanting to learn how to do diagonal RAW, and it is included in this new book!  Beadweaving - Beyond the Basics, by Kassie Shaw teaches some new intermediate variations on right angle weave through 24 beautiful projects.  There is a progression through the projects of idea building upon idea, but it's not absolutely essential to work straight through.  Kassie wants to inspire people to use the ideas as jumping off points for personal design work.

There are three chapters, each featuring a different variation.  First, double diamond RAW starts with a base of RAW but adds a second pass of beads, one in each "corner".  Second, faux RAW, which is also known as "modified RAW".  You add a bead between each RAW unit so that you don't have to switch directions in stitching.  And third, layered RAW, which produces double sided ropes with the heft of cubic RAW, but more flexibility.  Other stitches are included in the book (herringbone, peyote, and St Petersburg chain), but these take a back seat.

The illustrations and directions are excellent, and basics are included in the front to refresh you on the basic stitches before you take off with the variations.  One of the most exciting things to me is that this book presents so many new bezeling possibilities.

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