The photography of the tatted lace and the beaded lace in this, her 17th book is remarkable clear and close up. The definitions used incorporate traditional tatting terms along with abbreviations developed specifically to explain the Beanile Lace techniques. They need to be studied carefully before beginning a Beanile pattern. Although some parts of the pattern directions appear algebraic in nature a quick read of the definitions makes it all easy to follow.
This half-sized book offers 9 patterns and variations. Both color and black and white photos
with numbered diagrams. This study of beaded pearl tatting will offer unique ways to incorporate multiple colors of beads with at least two colors of thread in one pass.
"Tatted Lace of Beads
The Techniques of Beanile Lace"
by Nina Libin
Nina Libin first brought fresh insight into the art of creating beaded tatting, or as she says, tatted lace of beads with her first book, "Tatted Lace of Beads The Techniques of Beanile Lace" (1998). She led tatters on a journey of discovery and exploration of the many possible combinations of beads, threads, and knots. As a primer for learning the basic stitches in tatting, it offered step by step instructions and detailed illustrations showing the movements of the hands. It went on to examine multiple traditional ways to incorporate beads in the tatting.
After grounding the tatter in a solid understanding of tatting enhanced with beads, she led us beyond the ordinary to explore beading enhanced by tatting. Here a new art form is created from the merging of these two traditional crafts. This merger brings to life delicate tendrils of filigree lace glistening with beads and gem stones. And such three-dimensional beaded tatting encourages the creation of stunning jewelry and appliqués. It can be formed into clothing accessories and used to replace the traditional elements of Irish Lace Crochet to awe-inspiring effect.