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Easy-to-Do Beadwork Jewelry, Flowers and Other Projects

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Book Name: Easy-to-Do Beadwork Jewelry, Flowers and Other Projects

Author: Joseph Leeming

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN #: 0486446085

Cover: Paperback

# Of Pages: 96

Illustrations: B & W drawings

Experience: Intermediate

Book Review

Beading will never go out of style and even though Easy-to-Do Beadwork was originally published in 1954 most of the ideas are still popular today. What I like about this book is that for a thin book it is jam packed with information on beads, beading and a large number of projects you can do with beads. And if you are an enthusiastic beader, you can take these beading projects and turn them into gifts for friends or make your own unique jewelry.

Easy-to-Do Beadwork is divided into 10 chapters that cover everything from Types of Beads, Bead Weaving, Bead Embroidery, Tile Bead Table Mats and Coasters, Necklaces and Bracelets, Rings and Earrings, Handbags and Purses, Various Articles, Flowers and All Kinds of Beads. After reading the important information on beading and weaving and looms in the first chapters you are ready to get started. Some of the projects are more general description of the technique (i.e. bead embroidery) rather than sstep-by-stepinstructions to make the craft so you would already need to know how to do embroidery for these projects. Other projects such as tile bead table mats and coasters cover in great detail the techniques and methods for making these projects as well as the detailed drawings of the patterns and complete instructions for the process.

I like Easy-to-Do Beadwork because for an experienced beader the ideas are interesting and fun. I wouldn’t recommend this book for beginners unless they are really motivated and quick learners because some of the techniques are somewhat complicated.
The only things I didn’t like about this book were the lack of color photos of finished projects (but remember this book was originally published in 1954!) to see the possible color combinations and overall look of the beadwork included in this book. Only a few of the project ideas are dated but everything comes back in style at some point and beading is always popular


  • Greeting Cards
  • Mosaic Pictures
  • Doll’s Jewelry
  • Miniature Furniture
  • Beaded Flowers

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