Stitching with a Handful of Beads

Carolyn Cave
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Bust your bead stash & make gorgeous jewelry!

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Each of the 25+ projects in Carolyn Cave's Stitching with a Handful of Beads only use 2-5 types of seed beads, crystals, pearls, and shaped beads.

Use the beautiful beads you already have - your favorite styles and colors - in these stash-busting earrings, rings, ropes, pendants, and bracelets!

Author: Carolyn Cave
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Color photos: 80
Author Bio
Carolyn Cave is a self-taught bead artist from Alberta, Canada, who loves to fulfill her creative passions by making jewelry and other articles with beads. She has been published in Bead&Button magazine, Beadwork, and other publications. She is also the author of Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads.

"There are no mistakes when you create, only possibilities. I create what I love, and I love what I create. I am thankful for having been given this opportunity to design projects for these pages." -Carolyn Cave

Carolyn Cave and Kalmbach Books have provided an outstanding new offering in the world of beading: Stitching with a Handful of Beads.  One look at the cover says it all: this is a unique guide to making some of the loveliest necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings around.  At first blush, the designs are so beautiful that I was sure they’d be too difficult for me to make, but with Ms. Cave’s illustrated instructions, making these designs was less daunting than I thought. The wonderful intro section covers beads, tools and materials, as well as basic techniques and terms.  I especially appreciated the section on making chains and the various stitches, a few of which were new to me, such as the St. Petersburg Chain and the Albion Stitch.

I love the full color photos of the finished designs, as well as the intricate illustrations that make it easy to follow the various stitches to make the designs.  I have to say, Ms. Cave makes following her instructions easy.  The designs are all exquisite and many of the resulting necklaces and earrings are simply breathtaking.  Of course, I have my favorites: “The Waterfall Necklace” using the St. Petersburg chain stitch, the magnificent and eye-catching “Khione Bracelet”, and the superb “Serenity Bracelet” using pearls and seed beads.  All these designs would make wonderful presents for friends and family, but don’t tell anyone: many of these finished pieces are so magnificent that I’m keeping a few for myself!

Stitching with a Handful of Beads is a book you’ll want to keep by your side, next to your jewelry supplies. It’s one you’ll refer to again and again as a source of inspiration and one that will stir your creative ideas for years to come. - Linda Morelli, MyShelf Reviewer

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