BEADING FOR THE FIRSTTIME
By Ann Benson. When you have this book as a guide, you won't need lessons to become proficient at remarkable beading techniques - and, to make beautiful decorative objects to wear, for your home, and as gifts. Follow the projects in sequence, and easily build your skills as you go along. Master the most basic techniques on 18 spectacular projects. Begin by gluing beads to an ornament that will be the focal point of a holiday tree, and see how to twist beaded wires into flowers and leaf clusters when you put together a napkin ring.
Bracelets are the hottest accessory around, and never lose their chic panache. Clear elastic thread - which is easy to knot securely - is the key to stringing them. One of the most popular techniques is sewing beads onto the surface of fabric. Take a plain, button-down shirt and give it some pizzazz by adding bugle beads, a freshwater pearl, an amethyst, and turquoise and jade chips to the collar. And why stop with fabric-sew embellishments onto the surface of needlepoint canvas. The finished work will look similar to needlepoint because each bead is approximately the same size and shape as a traditional half-cross-stitch.Now you're ready to move beyond the basics with eleven more complex projects that combine two or more techniques, such as a surface-beaded Celtic Knot that becomes a pendant -when strings of beads are attached to two sides.
A greeting card, cut to fit onto the top of an oval-shaped box, serves as the pattern for bead placement, while an eye-catching necklace demonstrates how to join squared needle-weaving to form a tube. You'll then enhance it with a turquoise drop attached to a band of bugle beads. For dramatic effect and elegance, there's nothing like beading.
Hard cover - 112pg.
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