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The cover picture for this book is wonderful, a bouquet of 14 very fine beaded flowers. The subtitle is; Creating Flowers with Beads & Threads.
Quoting from the back cover , edited and paraphrased. " Making Flowers with tiny glass beads and thread, weaving these elements together with off-loom stitches to make 3 dimensional flowers, leaves, and garden creatures."
More from the back cover
"Create with a variety of stitches including brick, peyote, netting, herringbone & right-angle weave.
Beautiful color photos and easy-to-follow instructions will inspire bearers to cultivate their own bouquets and jewelry."
Recently, several people have asked me for Beaded Flower books, I didn't have any so I ordered 2.
The author of The Beaded Garden, Diane Fitzgerald, is an internationally recognized bead artist, teacher & author of Netted Beadwork & Beading with Brick Stitch.
The first section of the book is Flower Basics. This section covers tools etc.
Then Flower Parts and Leaves. The instructions are very clear and detailed with illustrations. Each part of a flowers, for many different flowers are covered. To explain what I mean. Bulbous Stamen is described Beaded Stems, the Calyx flower petals created,
Palm leaf, Leaf with a jagged edge, Netted leaf. This is just a few of many. Scottish Thistle, Poppy, Roses, Tulips, individually created and described. There are some general instructions as well such a cup shaped flower or eight petal flower.
All through the book are full color pictures of finished projects, flowers, suggestion on things you could make. All diagrams are 2 color, making them easy too read & follow.
I know I have not explained this well. The books's sections are, after the basics:
Flower Parts & Leaves
Gallery of inspiration
and a full index.
I think I described this book backwards. I should have done the sections first, then gone into detail. I got carried away, as you can see.
I highly recommend this book. Perhaps not for absolute beginners but if you know anything at all about beading, this fine book will take it from there.
Published by Interweave Press in 2005, this is a glossy cover paperbound book with 125 pages.