Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Reviews: Beading

I was the lucky recipient of two books to review and I must say I'm very excited to share these with you.  Both of the books are published by Lark Crafts and are part of their Jewelry & Beading series.

The first book, Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini, is full of pure jaw-dropping beauty.  I am simply amazed at the pieces of jewelry created in this book and Sherry shows you how you can create them too.

In this hard cover book, Sherry covers the basics, such as tools and materials; as well as the stitches and techniques you'll need to know to create the projects.  The projects range from brooches, earrings, necklaces to pendants, cuffs, and rings.

The projects are created on a base material, usually starting with a larger focal bead or cabochon.  Then remaining beads are stitched around to fill in the design.
The pages are filled with colorful examples and detailed diagrams.  The gallery is filled with lovely examples by other bead artists.  This book has 128 pages of exciting beading information and you won't go wrong if you are considering adding this one to your beading library.

The author has been creating beaded body adornment since 1997, has won numerous awards for her artwork, and has even designed pieces for some well-known celebrities. Sherry teaches and lectures and her work has been published in major industry magazines.

ISBN: 978-1-60059-672-8
Publisher:  Lark Crafts
Hard cover, 128 pages, $24.95
Available online and/or at a craft store near you

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The second book, Creating Glass Beads by Jeri L. Warhaftig, is brilliant as well.  All the gorgeous beads created in this book are total eye candy.

Again, the book covers the basics by going over the tools and materials, and because you are working with a torch fueled by gas, Jeri covers safety, ventiliation and protection.

This is Jeri's second book on creating glass beads and is geared to expand your beginner skills and develop your artistic voice in your own glass beadmaking.

The book covers many styles of beads and shares wonderful step-by-step photos and discussion in creating the project.  

There are several galleries throughout the book that share gorgeous beads from other bead artists.

And one of my favorite parts of the book is the results by the project testers.  Jeri invited a group of intermediate beadmakers to test the projects. Each project in the book shares the results by these testers.  It's fun to see how they interpreted the project in their way.

This hard cover book is 144 pages and is designed for ambitious beginners and those with more experience to move past the basics.

ISBN: 978-1-60059-582-0
Publisher:  Lark Crafts
Hard cover, 144 pages, $24.95
Available online and/or at a craft store near you

Watch the 3 Creative Studios blog and you'll have a chance to win one of these two books.  The give away will be held in April and will be announced on the blog and in the newsletter.  Don't miss it!