The Illustrated Bead Bible: Terms, Tips & Techniques

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From Abalone and Abija (a circular African trade bead) to Zen Beads and Zipper Stitch, this lavish glossary contains a goldmine of beading information! Eager beaders will discover an astoundingly broad overview of the subject, with definitions for every entry that cover historical background, technical details, and cultural customs. The topics include tools, materials, bead types and skills, finishes, and even the countries famous for advancing the art. Plus, nearly 500 photographs showcase beads, gemstones, findings, and pieces from around the world. See the many ways beads are worn, woven, strung, decorated, painted, and used for accessories. As a bonus, line drawings illustrate exactly how to work the techniques, and informational charts and graphs help crafters try their hand at creative designing.
A Selection of the Crafter’s Choice Book Club.

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*Starred Review* Clinical psychologist, Native American, and author (Creative Native American Beading, 2005, and Native American Beadwork, 2006), Geary combs the planet to gather common terms, common questions (and their answers), examples of extraordinary stitches, and tables and charts guaranteed to help guide beadmakers through the amazing variety of bead decisions. She starts with a panoramic perspective of beading history, with a tribute to the first guru of beads (Horace Beck’s The Classification and Nomenclature of Beads and Pendants, 1928), and includes the anatomy and different shapes of beads. Throughout the easy-to-read narrative are fascinating facts, such as bottle beads being the name for African beads crafted from recycled Coke bottles and the fiction that Manhattan was sold for $24 in beads to the Dutch. All the Ts—tips, terms, and techniques—are covered in glorious detail, accompanied by color examples, illustrations, templates/graphs, and pictorial data, from the traditional Mohs scale of hardness to lists of glass-bead finishes. The majority of the book is devoted to the glossary, yet don’t overlook its value nor the very practical directions and wealth of information Geary has amassed. --Barbara Jacobs

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