This is a book I was personally very excited by the cover when I first saw it. Beaded Allure is a collection of 25 seed bead projects that are just gorgeous. Written by Kelly Wiese of The Bead Parlor and published by North Light Books, it lives up the promise of the cover.
This book is for seed beaders who love romantic, elegant, feminine styles.
The introduction introduces you to the tools and stitches you'll be using including how to make pretty little picots, a wonderful explanation of a circle stitch technique, diagonal peyote and tubular brick as well as the more common stitches. After that, you get into the projects.
The projects are mouthwatering if you love romantic jewelry like I do. They have easily gotten components such as rivolis and seed beads. The first project is a fringed netted princess length collar that's fairly simple to make, after that, the projects get more complicated, intricate and gorgeous. The Dew Drop Bracelet is a pretty little heirloom lace netted bracelet with a ruffled dimensional flower as the centerpiece and in the center of that, a sparkly rivoli. The Reversible Pendant Lariat features a long net beaded rope finished off with a pair of rivolis on each end that are bezeled so whichever side shows they look wonderful.
Scallops, flowers and netting techniques done with a lot of sparkle are the focus of this book.
If it seems like 25 projects aren't that many, it's a nice sized book because the projects are explained and photographed in exquisite detail with new techniques taking pages to explain so it's almost like being taught in person. New seed beaders may find some of it difficult, but they will be able to learn the techniques from this book. People who have been doing it for years will find projects they will love in here and be inspired to mix and match components and techniques to create their own masterpieces.
You can get this book from your local bead store, MyCraftivity.com or below from Amazon.com
North Light Books provided this review copy of Beaded Allure to me free of charge.
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