Today I'm reviewing two more books to give away!
"30 Minute Bracelets" by Marthe Le Van
This 136-page paperback book contains a whopping 60 projects for bracelets. While most of the bracelets are made with metal, there are some in cut from leather, some are strung, and some use simple bead-weaving techniques. Each projects states clearly at the top of the page what you'll need to know in order to complete each bracelet.
The projects are for the most part quite unique (one uses an antler tip, one uses sewing snaps) but here's my main problem, and it's a big one -- there are no step-by-step instructions. There are also NO instructions for any of the basic techniques, and there are a lot of techniques. Most jewelry designers will not have all the skill sets necessary, so I would use this book as a Look Book and a jumping-off point for your own creativity.
"Dimensional Bead Embroidery -- A Reference Guide to Techniques"
by Jamie Cloud Eakin
This 160-page hardback book is a gem for seed bead lovers! You'll learn surface stitches, bezel stitches, edge treatments, and attachments. Following these in-depth instructions, you'll find nine projects (including one for a brooch and one for a purse). The gallery is inspiring and gorgeous (as is the entire book).
This book will appeal to all skill levels. After looking at this book, I think I may have to try some of this out!
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(If you are a non-US reader, I can ship you this book
if you would share in the shipping cost.
You can figure shipping at www.usps.gov.)
This is a fast giveaway!
Winners will be announced on Friday, September 14th.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book Bead Soup.
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