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Beaded Christmas – A Book Review

I have been busy this week reading three new books by Katie Dean – all are themed around a Beaded Christmas and the three sub topics are Gifts & Cards, Table and Decorations.  The books are published by Vivebooks https://www.facebook.com/Vivebooks

katie dean beaded christmas table

I found the ebooks really easy to read on my Mac, and even though I prefer paper for tutorials, it was just as easy to read on my screen, and even better was being able to zoom in as much as I needed to on the diagrams themselves.  This feature would be a huge bonus to those with sight challenges.

Whilst reading through the intro I found myself reading…. now that may sound odd but it isn’t really.  With beading books I usually skip the intro and parts about materials,  beads etc and skip right through to the projects.  Not this time.  The information and detail in the first section of all three books is brilliant and so easy to read, and sometimes we all need a reminder to go back to the basics.   I was delighted to see that when I clicked on the video part within the book I could see a video showing the technique I had selected, so cool and so useful for beginners or someone needing a memory jog on how to get started.

I had to try something out from the books, and I went for a project from Gifts & Cards, the piece that is on the cover actually!  I haven’t finished it yet, but a photo of my work in progress is below.  I didn’t have size 8 beads in the right colours so I went down a size for the beads required and the design still worked perfectly!  The instructions are clearly written, the diagrams are perfectly understandable and best of it was how quick the first wreath was to make, it took me a little over 30 mins.  I can see that I will likely be making a few in the sizes in the book for tree decorations soon



If you are a beader looking for inspirational gifts, table decorations and sweet motifs to bead and add to cards (and I thought for bookmarks too) then you must invest in these three books, you will not be disappointed.  For those that know me well, you’ll know that avoid wire work but I think I may be tempted to try a little after reading Katie’s book!

Thanks for reading.



Book Review Time – Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies

Hello everyone… it has been a busy few weeks with  lots happening.  I had a holiday, I had shoulder surgery and have been at home recovering.  Due to the surgery I haven’t been beading very much, and what I have done has taken 3 times longer than usual as I keep having to take breaks.

On the upside, I have finally gotten around to reading some of the books that Lark have kindly sent me to review 😉

The first one I am reviewing is Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.

I did actually buy a copy of this before my review copy arrived and I actually made one of the designs from it too… I made Verticals – photo below.


Now onto the book.  I mostly enjoyed this book, the diagrams and photos are clear although at time the instructions are not so easy to follow for complete beginners.  Thankfully I could understand most of the designs, although I have only made the one.    I really like the way that chatons and rivolis are captured to show more of the crystals, although I have yet to try it out and see if secure.   I have found in the past that customers tend to fiddle a lot with their jewellery, and as such I am not sure whether this technique of holding in the crystals would stand up.  I will try to get my hands on some chatons to try it out, I think I would like to try the Three Crosses Necklace first – the simplicity and elegance of that particular design really appeals to me.

The book is a glorious riot of colour and beautiful beads and crystals and is lovely to read, there are a lot of tips and new techniques for me to try and I look forward to being able to get stuck back into it very soon.

You can buy your own copy of the book at Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348157489&sr=8-1

Or if you pop along to my beady page on facebook –https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations and help me get up to 800 likes I am giving away this review copy to a random fan.  Get over there…