Bead Stitching Handbook

From Bead&Button Magazine
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Looking for information and instructions for the major bead stitches? You’ll find it all in Bead Stitching Handbook.

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This complete reference to bead stitching techniques — the only one of its kind just for stitching — includes clear, step-by-step illustrations and instructions for 15 different bead stitches, plus variations, a project for each stitch, a bead key for the classic and brand-new bead shapes available today, and more than 300 tips and techniques. It’s the perfect reference manual to keep in your workspace or beading bag. You’ll turn to it again and again!
Author: From Bead&Button Magazine
Size: 7.25 x 9.40625
Pages: 128
Color photos: 235
Table of Contents

Introduction from the editor

Basic Materials
- Seed beads, crystals, pearls, gemstones, glass, art, multi-hole shaped beads, and more
Basic Techniques
- Knotting, making loops, opening and closing jump rings
Basic Bead Stitches
- Peyote, herringbone, RAW, CRAW, brick, ladder, netting, fringe, bead embroidery, spirals, chevron, chenille, St. Petersburg chain
Other Jewelry Techniques  
- Macrame, kumihimo, bead embroidery, soutache embroidery, loomwork

- 20-30 projects showcasing the techniques
- Index


You know those super-clear instructions that you get from Bead & Button magazine (or from any Kalmbach publication, for that matter)?  Well, here is the handbook that you've been waiting for, that puts all the instructions for all of the stitches in one spot: Bead Stitching Handbook by the editors of B&B!  Here's a list of the stitch instructions that are included:
Peyote, netting, ladder, brick, square, herringbone, right-angle weave, crossweave, fringe, bead embroidery, spirals & helixes, chenille, chevron, St Petersburg chain, loomwork, and bead crochet.  Wow!  All the fundamentals in one handy book.
The book also includes the variations of each stitch, so for example, you'll get instructions for flat, circular, and tubular, plus how to increase and decrease.  AND it also covers special tasks the stitch is really useful for, like creating bezels with peyote stitch, stitching two-drop, diagonal, Dutch and Cellini spirals, etc.  There are tips included for using shaped beads with certain stitches too.  
Bead Stitching Handbook has 20 projects included, but it would be worth it even without them!

- Cyndi Lavin,


What do you do when you have forgotten how to make a particular beadweaving stitch? I am not a beginner but my memory certainly needs refreshing now and then.  I usually have to either hunt through books or on the internet.

Wouldn't it be useful to have a handbook to refer to?  Just one source to consult should one be stuck.

Turns out there is such a handy guide.  Kalmbach recently sent me Bead Stitching Handbook for review. It is suitable for both novices and more experienced beaders. 

The book is divided into 3 main categories. The first section covers the essentials.  Some useful charts include the seed bead finishes one. See how the semi matte metallic beads defer from the straight metallic ones?

Another chart which I found useful was a simple list of Swarovski crystal sizes. For example, SS19 refers to crystal sizes of 4.4 - 4.6 mm.

I also appreciated the section of needle sizes for particular seed beads. The easiest way to remember is to relate the needle size number to the bead size. So a #10 needle is best suited for 6/0-11/0 seed beads. The number 10 is between that range of seed bead sizes. Neat.

The book also covered the basic tools although they did not include anything about looms. Probably because there are so many on the market and everyone has their own preference and needs.

The middle section of the book covers the basics for 16 stitches plus a section on combinations. A pretty comprehensive approach to all of them especially the ever popular peyote stitch.  Everything from how to do even and odd count, tubular vs circular peyote, shaping and zipping, peyote clasp, diagonal and spiral peyote and 4 bezel shapes for rivolis (round, square, navette (marquise shape),triangular).

Did you know the Cellini spiral (a tubular peyote variation) was developed by Virginia Blakelock and Carol Perrenoud?  I didn't!

The final section of the book is made up of 20 creative projects by different designers. The projects are each based on a particular stitch. Shown below is a selection of my favorites.

This handy reference book is highly recommended for all beaders. A very useful addition to any beader's library, one which you will use time and time again.

Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem

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