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Book Review- The Big Book of Beading Patterns
From the editors of Bead and Button, this book collects 102 patterns.
The introduction illustrates the seed bead stitches the patterns use. Then it goes into the patterns.
The patterns are printed large enough and in full color to be very easy to read. They are diverse, ranging from bold graphic styles to delicately shaded animals. There is something for every pattern collector in this book I think. Pendants, amulet bags, bracelets and earrings patterns, as well as an intricate pattern for a light shade.
The chapters separate the patterns by style instead of by technique or type. The first chapter is Animals which includes insects, birds, lizards and mammals. It starts with an elegant, stylized spider in square stitch, and also has hummingbirds, pandas, butterflies and beetles.
The next chapter, Geometric and Abstract Designs is probably my personal favorite. Patterns inspired by textiles, architecture and pop art have lots of bold color and work very well for all sorts of settings.
Holiday patterns include sweet designs for Valentines, fun designs for Easter, some great patriotic designs for the 4th of July and Memorial Day, as well as a couple Halloween patterns and a whole bunch of Christmas patterns.
Mythological patterns has fairies, a mermaid, a gryphon, a unicorn and a nicely done stylized devil and angel kaleidescope amulet bag pattern.
Plants, Flowers and Landscape patterns has several styles, impressionistic, stylized, and realistic patterns for flowers and scenery.
Miscellaneous Patterns is a catch-all for all the rest. A lovely pendant frame for a photograph, buildings, paintings and other nice and contemporary patterns in this chapter.
The final chapter is the one I referred to above, a gorgeous, intricate loomed light shade/lantern. The frame needs to be order for the piece, it's a big, impressive piece of beadwork. The light shines through the beads and the stylized natured inspired pattern is classic, each side of the shade representing a season. Fall leaves, summer sun and dimensional accents made with beads.
It's a lovely book with lots of great patterns.
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