Creative Beading Vol. 8: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead&Button Magazine


This volume of Creative Beading includes more than 75 projects to inspire beaders. Each of the book’s three sections, single-stitch, multi-stitch, and wirework & stringing, contains a wealth of editor-tested projects by many well-known designers. This book also includes thorough sections on basics, tools, and materials. This is one of the only book series that compiles almost every project from a year’s worth of magazines. The large number of projects this book offers, and the great quality of this hardcover...
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This volume of Creative Beading includes more than 75 projects to inspire beaders. Each of the book’s three sections, single-stitch, multi-stitch, and wirework & stringing, contains a wealth of editor-tested projects by many well-known designers. This book also includes thorough sections on basics, tools, and materials. This is one of the only book series that compiles almost every project from a year’s worth of magazines. The large number of projects this book offers, and the great quality of this hardcover book makes it a great value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871167682
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Company, Books Division
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 476,798
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents


Tools & Materials

Single-Stitch Projects

Fire flower
Create a sparkling centerpiece with lively layers of delicate peyote petals

Bella’s pearls
The Belle Époque of the late 19th century meets the 21st century in this contemporary take on a fashion standard

Fashion at your fingertips
Create a chic ring with pearl and crystal accents

Ride the wave
Undulating waves of peyote stitch tumble ’round a sturdy core

Zigzag scallops
Freshwater pearls dangle from the points of this clever necklace

Herringbone highway
Lanes of herringbone stitch pave the way for accents of pearls and fire-polished beads

Buttoned up style
Highlight beautiful buttons in your beadwork

Herringbone in a hurry
Learn a faster way to work flat and tubular herringbone.

Tila token
Two-hole Tila beads lend stability to this delicate beaded band.

Pretty pearls
Diagonal right-angle weave aligns tiny pearls in neat rows, creating elegant wear-anywhere accessories.

Crystal caps
Weave a lovely crystal topper for a large pearl or gemstone, and then enclose the bead within a seed bead cage.

Cocktail cuff
What a combination! Take a classic pearl cuff and embellish it with sparkling margaritas to create this glamorous bracelet

Crystal tapestry
Use bicone crystals to give this piece the look of cloth with a sparkling floral motif

Power trio
Embellish a supple spine of cubic right-angle weave with sparkling seed beads

Creating connections
Shape rows of cubic right-angle weave with three simple connecting techniques

Standing ovation
Combine several bead styles to take the guesswork out of this daring cubic right-angle weave design

Hollywood squared
Sporting all the glamour of the golden age of Hollywood, this captivating cuff is a style essential

Mesmerizing masonry
For easy shaping, nothing beats brick stitch

Double duty
This reversible bracelet is a stitcher’s delight, providing lots of options to play with color and patterns

Hogarth crystal curve
A beading fluke turned into a twist of fate and a super-sparkly necklace

Springy spiral bangles
Beading wire lends structure to a favorite spiral stitch

Russian wraparound
Bugles chase spinning seed bead bands in an easy rope technique

Fluffy beads
Embellish a beaded bead with rings of crystals for a light and airy sphere with sparkly appeal

A bead chain runs through it
Weave strands of seed beads and crystals through colored chain for a supple, stylish bracelet.

Enchanted gazebo
Construct open-air beaded beads with bugles, pearls, and crystals, and then string them with bead caps, rondelles, and pearls for a classy vintage look.

Spring fling
Stitch a vernal garlandto wear year-round

Captured cosmos
Stitch a beaded universe at the center of a chain-link star

Elegant dangles
Briolette dangles nestled in a chain of seed beads create a beautiful, classic line. Who knew elegance could be so easy?

Classic contours
One three-dimensional technique makes many components in this regal necklace

Retro daisies
Darling daisy motifs dance along a netted base

Point of connection
Bicone crystals play peek-a-boo, letting square crystal components take center stage

Spellbinding spangles
Use modified right-angle weave to create sparkling pearl nests

Exploring the angles
Angled beads nestle together to make spiky flower shapes

Gift-wrapped glam
Wrap crystal clusters with ribbons of seed beads and top them off with a crystal bow, creating a glittering accessory perfect for gifting

Show off your shapes!
Four favorite bead shapes work harmoniously in this elegant bracelet

Cubes and circles
Fashion a pretty everyday bracelet with a simple pattern of circles and squares

Wreathed rivolis
Sandwich a crystal stone between two filigree rings, and you have an innovative bezel plus a base for intertwining loops of seed beads and bicones. Link a series of rivolis for a bracelet that’s a little metal, a little magic.

Bugle core
So often relegated to decorative fringe, bugle beads form the foundation of these elegant earrings

Queen of the tile
A regal but wearable chain offers a subtle nod to Macedonian majesty

Circle meets square
Forget round pegs and square holes — pearls are the perfect fit for these beaded cubes

Filigree fanfare
Rows of beaded fans run through a framework of filigree beads

When it reigns…
Jewel-tone beads and metallic accents lend the look of royalty, minus the silver spoon

We’ve got Christmas covered
Wrap up your holiday gift list — long before Thanksgiving! — with traditional ornament covers

Count your chickens
Lighten up with an airy bracelet and a whimsical parade of poultry

Sew fun
Use a notion from your sewing box as a template, creating the perfect introduction to this versatile technique.

Bakelite delights
Combine bead embroidery with chunky vintage findings

Soutastic soutache!
Learn to make sinuous shapes with beads and soutache (pronounced SOO-tash) braid, a common element in the French art of passementerie. Apply the basic techniques in a cute pair of earrings.

Multi-Stitch Projects

Hot dots cuff
Get your bling on by stacking two kinds of sequins to make sparkling dots of color

Fashionista rings
Bejeweled treasures provide instant gratification

Neptune’s garden
Create an underwater vision of botanical bliss for your wrist

Elementary engineering
Multiple components work in concert to showcase an art-glass bead focal

Vines and flowers
Combine stitches to create a feminine bracelet that epitomizes the word “pretty”

Daisy chain
Make a beaded daisy chain just like the real thing

Victorian charm
Draped seed beads paired with dramatic fringe make for old-world charm

Go for a spin
Drop beads accentuate a sculptural spiral centerpiece

Glittering globes
Dream up any color combination, from ethereal to bold, for this elegant ornament

Colors in motion
Create bold yet flexible waves of color with a variety of right-angle weave techniques

Putting on the glitz
Express your unique style with the right combination of decorative accents

Ravishing rosettes
Stitched in one continuous path, this well-formed necklace is a holiday must-have

Tila tapestry
A crisscrossing pathway of beads adds a lacy look to this sturdy tiled bracelet

Bejeweled garland choker
Crystal stones make pinch-me perfect dangles

Midnight sun
Capture a crystal in a crossweave bezel nestled in a band of netted stars

Belle of the ball
Stitch a versatile beaded motif that exudes romantic sophistication

The Quetzal’s tail
Two stitches become birds of a feather in this necklace

Echoes of Nefertiti
Regal components evoke visions of the past

Fool for flowers
At first glance, this fetching floral cuff appears to be bead embroidery, but don’t be fooled

Natural surroundings
A multi-stitch beaded bezel and tubular bracelet straps provide the perfect environment for a stone cabochon

Bezeled crystal stones and embellished ladders create an exciting explosion of beadwork

Other Techniques

Floral abundance
Chain stitch seed beads and sequins into a bountiful necklace

Byzantine balance
Alternating Byzantine links take a plain jump ring bracelet to the next level

Crystal-linked chain mail
Lighten up and brighten up a chain mail bracelet with Swarovski crystal links. Metallic hues blend seamlessly with the chain for the look of fine jewelry

Fantastic features
Although sequins aren’t strong enough to hold up in a chain mail design on their own, it’s no reason to discount them as a design element. Enlarge the holes in the sequins, and pair each one with a closed ring to use them in this easy weave

Reversible chain reaction
Begin with a basic European 4-in-1 chain, add half-Persian edging, and connect the edges to create a double-sided bracelet of interlocking chain mail weaves

Chained reaction
Combine large- and small-link chain in mixed metals with wire-wrapped briolettes for an up-to-date delight

A little bit of sparkle
Add a small splash of color with carefully placed crystals and bright beading wire


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