A couple days ago I received two brand new releases from Kalmbach to review and thought I would do both for today.
First up is Multistrand Jewelry, which is a compilation of projects from Bead Style magazine. And while it does contain previously published projects, this particular book has the added value of a two page spread filled with tips on working with being successful with multistrand designs. In addition, each project includes a “secrets for success” tip, which is very invaluable.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, and kind of wish I had read some of these tips a long time ago rather than having to struggle. Because I don’t do many multistrand projects, I still learned some valuable things I didn’t know that may be common knowledge to those who do them all the time (I don’t know…) I’m definitely seeing moremultistrands in my future. I love the complexity and lushness of the designs.
The second book I received is Metallic Seed Bead Splendor by Nancy Zellers.
As you probably know by now, I am NOT a seed beader kind of person. I can only give my opinion based on my observations. Obviously, the theme of this particular book is using metallic colored seed beads. The designs vary widely between simple, chic, and streamlined, and very complex looking, with a lot of stuff in between.
The stitch basics covered in the techniques section: flat and tubular peyote, zipping up, ladder stitch, brick stitch, tubular herringbone, square stitch, right angle weave, circular right angle weave, and St Petersburg chain.
I took a few photos of some of my favorite designs, and also to show you some of the range. Keep in mind, the photos in the book are beautiful. The photos below are from my iPhone, then filtered through instagram.