Designs for Beaded Jewellery Using Natural Materials

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This wonderfully inspiring book shows twenty-eight gorgeous designs for jewellery made with natural materials such as coral, wood and mother of pearl combined with beautiful beads and threads. There are precise details of the materials needed for the designs which range from classic to ethnic and from sporty to elegant.

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Maria di Spirito works at Fantasy Craft in Milan, a specialist supplier of jewellery components which also runs courses in artistic jewellery making. For information about jewellery making materials and courses, contact the website: www.fantasycraft.it

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Feb/Mar 07 This is a collection of jewellery designs for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, each one using a wonderful selection of semi-precious stones, wood, mother-of-pearl or shells, mixed with 'fantasy' yarn, cords and wire. (Particular favourites are the Wisteria and Luanus Shells Necklaces and the Cornelian Shells Pendant). If you love working with natural materials, then you will enjoy browsing through the pages of this book and finding inspiration to create your own unique jewellery. Again, as in the companion volume, instructions are minimal, so would not suit a complete beginner, but the beautiful photography of each finished piece may tempt the newcomer to beading to have a go at some new techniques or to try adding more than just glass beads in their beadwork. Heather Fenn-Edwards * Bead * Dec 06 Maria Di Spirito runs a shop called Fantasy Craft of Milan, and in these two lovely books she showcases some of the innovative materials stocked there. If you live outside Italy there is a wealth of beads still available, and you can substitute some (sadly not all) of the amazing fibers she uses. Anybody who has been intrigued by DMC's new Desire range (see www.dmc.com for more details) will be keen to obtain these books. They show you how to combine, to great effect, beads and fibers as well as more conventional stringing materials to great effect. The photos are stunning, and you will look as though you bought these highly fashionable pieces in an upscale boutique. Beginners beware however, as many of the fanciest pieces come with scanty instructions so I would suggest that this is a book aimed at the experienced beader. If you have reached the stage where a photo and a few lines of description are enough to set you off then you will have no trouble, and it is good to find books that do cater for the more advanced beader. Knotting, crochet, braiding, macrame (try those Scoubidou techniques), wirework, stringing...it is all in here with a great modern twist. * Myshelf.com * Feb 07 This wonderfully inspiring book by Maria di Spirito shows 48 gorgeous designs for jewellery made with natural materials such as coral, wood and mother of pearl combined with beautiful beads and threads. There are precise details of the materials needed for the designs, which range from classic to ethnic and from sporty to elegant. * Machine Knitting Monthly *

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