Casual Bead Elegance: Stitch by Stitch

Eve Leder
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Gorgeous stitching projects for every beader!
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In Casual Bead Elegance, Stitch by Stitch, designer Eve Leder offers 24 stitching projects in a wide variety of colors, styles, and skill levels. The book features multiple projects for each stitch, ranging from easy designs to more challenging pieces — perfect for beginners and intermediate stitchers who want to move to the next level.

Projects include:
  • Multiple stitches: Ladder, right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, herringbone, square stitch, circular brick stitch, and peyote stitch.
  • Easy-to-find, affordable materials: Seed beads, crystals, pearls, gemstones, shaped beads.
  • Variety of gorgeous jewelry projects: Rings, necklaces, earrings, brooches.
Author: Eve Leder
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Color photos: 250
Author Bio

Eve Leder started her career as a published craft designer in 2010. A year later, her first published beaded jewelry project was featured on the cover. This inspired her to teach herself more about beading. Her work has appeared in over a dozen different publications: Bead Design Studio, Bead Unique, BeadWork, Crafts ’n things, Craft Ideas, Create and Decorate, Crochet World, Just Cards, PolymerCAFE, Quick and Easy Painting RubberStampMadness, Scrap and Stamp Arts, Soft Dolls and Animals, and Stitch. Her artistic expression can take many forms: beading, crocheting, decorative painting, decoupage, jewelry making, knitting, paper crafts, polymer clay, and sewing. She taught herself most of what she knows. 

If you are interested in seeing more of her work, please visit her blog at

Table of Contents

Ladder Stitch
Learn: Faux Circular Brick Stitch Earrings
Practice: Victorian Romance Ring
Apply: Dream’s Doorway Bracelet

Right-Angle Weave
Learn: Gumdrop Ring
Practice: Racing Stripe Earrings
Apply: Faux Hammered-Metal Link Bracelet

Cubic Right-Angle Weave     
Learn: Topaz and Burned Gold Earrings
Practice: Industrial Sunflower Pendant
Apply: Double Strand CRAW Bracelet

Learn: Modern Romance Ring
Practice: Traditional Triple-Strand Bracelet
Apply: Radiant Sundial Bracelet

Square Stitch    
Learn: Grandmother’s Cocktail Ring
Practice: Vintage-Inspired Dragonfly Pin
Apply: Ethnic Spice Bracelet

Circular Brick Stitch
Learn: Circles in Time Earrings
Practice: Enchanting Butterfly Pin
Apply: Indian Fabric Bracelet

Peyote Stitch        
Learn: Sparkling Mosaic Ring
Practice: Flirty Girl Bracelet
Apply: Candy Wrapper Necklace

Combined Stitches
Apply: Peyote and Square Stitch Pentagon Bracelet
Apply: Ladder and Circular Peyote Stitch Corset Bracelet
Apply: Ladder, Square, and Modified Brick Stitch Princess Necklace

About the Author

The author has written an easy to follow beading book. After the introduction and basics section, one is introduced to the various beading stitches. I have explored many videos in an attempt to master these stitches. With this book, one doesn’t have to stop or pause.  The ladder stitch, right angle weave, cubic right angle weaves, herring bone, square stitch, circular brick stitch, and peyote stitch are all introduced and incorporated in the beautifully photographed examples.
All materials and tools are listed along with some helpful learn, practice, and apply notations. We are invited into an exciting visual class room.  The student is rewarded with a lovely assortment of beaded jewelry and beading experiences. This book goes well beyond Beading 101.

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Casual Bead Elegance is a superb book that reveals how to make bead stitch jewelry (off the loom) in a simple and clear manner, with easy-to-read instructions and full color photographs on coated stock. I’ve made a few of the pieces shown in this book, and I’m hooked.

The author, Eve Leder, advises users to start each project in sequence from the beginning, so you study the projects in detail and learn the basic techniques. Additional designs let you expand on what you’ve learned. Ms. Leder’s purpose is to have beginners realize they need not be afraid of making this jewelry, and she makes it easy.

The book features a wonderful section of “Basics” that discusses beads, tools, terms, findings, threads, colors and the basic stitches. The first section of projects starts off with the basic Ladder Stitch (beautiful in itself), so you can learn to make bracelets, rings and, alternating the stitch slightly, earrings using a circular brick stitch. Each project has detailed instructions with accompanying full-color photos, along with the materials and tools needed, with tips and new terminology. Stitches covered include the right-angle weave, cubic right-angle weave, herringbone, square stitch, circular brick stitch, peyote stitch and combined stitches.

I loved the “Circles in Time Earrings,” and made several after realizing they are not as difficult as it looks. The “Enchanting Butterfly Pin” makes a perfect gift for young and old alike. Absolutely stunning is the “Princess Necklace,” but I admit, I love all the designs in this book.

Beginners and experts will enjoy this stunning instructional booklet that makes beading easy and fun. You’ll love making these beautiful designs as much as I did. And like me, you’ll be sure to keep it nearby to refer to again and again.

Reviewer Linda Morelli

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