Beading for the Soul: Inspired Designs from 23 Contemporary Artists

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This collection of projects inspired by myth, symbolism, religion, and personal beliefs is designed for beaders and artists interested in imbuing their work with meaning. The 26 designs range from necklaces and bracelets to wall hangings, bags, an heirloom box, and even a mobile. Each piece has a distinct focus and specific purpose that is elaborated on by its designer, who writes about the significance beading plays in his or her life. The designs are divided into chapters focusing on different aspects: ...
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This collection of projects inspired by myth, symbolism, religion, and personal beliefs is designed for beaders and artists interested in imbuing their work with meaning. The 26 designs range from necklaces and bracelets to wall hangings, bags, an heirloom box, and even a mobile. Each piece has a distinct focus and specific purpose that is elaborated on by its designer, who writes about the significance beading plays in his or her life. The designs are divided into chapters focusing on different aspects: protection, healing, strength, good fortune, prayer, bonding, and remembrance. A wide range of techniques is offered for beadworkers, with some as basic as knotting, seed beading, peyote stitch, brick stitch, ladder stitch, and bead embroidery stitches. More specialized techniques include bead weaving, beading on screen, and painting on glass. Beyond the projects inside, this guide is a starting point for an artist's own creativity and self-expression.
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"I'm just in awe of the gorgeous work in this book." - BellaOnline

"Inspires reader[s] to add spirit as a main element when beading...meaningful project ideas for every skill level and personality." - The Arizona Republic

"This is an excellent book." - Workshop on the Web

"The stories provided by each artist add that 'little something extra' to this book." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"An excellent guide for any bead lover." - Vision Magazine

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The stories provided by each artist add that 'little something extra' to this book.
Vision Magazine
An excellent guide for any bead lover.
Library Journal
These two collections of projects by various bead artists are notable for innovative design and expansion of beadwork into new areas. Baskett's (Making Beautiful Hemp and Bead Jewelry) book includes fanciful beaded embellishments for household objects such as candleholders and furniture as well as jewelry and accessories. In Cannarella's (Family Scrapbooks: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) book, the artists draw inspiration for new and original projects from ethnic and religious uses of beads. These include the use of Native American fetishes, healing milagros charms, eye beads, and scarabs. Crafters are encouraged to use materials that have special significance for them personally. Both books have many new ideas for beaders and are recommended for public library collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781931499460
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Cannarella is one of the founding editors of Threads magazine and a former editor of PieceWork magazine. She has been crafting for more than 20 years and is the author of several historical biographies for children, including volumes on Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Harry S. Truman. She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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