Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance: 20 Beaded Jewelry Designs

Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance: 20 Beaded Jewelry Designs

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by Maggie Meister

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This entry in Lark Jewelry & Beading's bestselling Beadweaving Master Class series showcases the amazing work of renowned beader and teacher Maggie Meister. Drawing on patterns and motifs as diverse as classical Roman arts, Middle Eastern textiles, and European architecture, Maggie has created 20 exquisite projects for beaders to make


This entry in Lark Jewelry & Beading's bestselling Beadweaving Master Class series showcases the amazing work of renowned beader and teacher Maggie Meister. Drawing on patterns and motifs as diverse as classical Roman arts, Middle Eastern textiles, and European architecture, Maggie has created 20 exquisite projects for beaders to make that incorporate a variety of stitches.
Her magnificent pieces include wonderfully creative earrings, necklaces, and cuffs, among them a Matriarch's Cuff, which builds on the design of a 17th century Jewish wedding ring; a Sappho Necklace that incorporates designs from ancient mosaics; and a Santa Sofia Pendant that borrows shapes from the onion-dome church steeples found throughout Europe.
The book includes a gallery of the artist's work.
Maggie Meister was a featured artist in the book Masters: Beadweaving. Other books in the Beadweaving Master Class series have been authored by Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Laura McCabe, Sherry Serafini, and Rachel Nelson-Smith.

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"If you're a beading-book collector like I am, Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance will be next on your list. Loaded with 20 gorgeous projects and beautiful color photos, this book offers a challenge to experienced beaders looking to take it to the next level. Chapter two is a workshop of 10 stitches: peyote, ladder stitch, brick stitch, square stitch, herringbone, right-angle weave, Nepal chain, St. Petersburg chain, and beaded backstitch, as well as a helpful tutorial on combining stitches. Many of the designs are comprised of two or more components, and Maggie suggests using the individual components as a jumping-off point to create something else." - Bead&Button magazine, December 2011 issue
Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance is a wonderful book that belongs in the library of all serious seed-bead artists.” - Cynthia Rutledge
“Maggie Meister has compiled a brilliant compendium that’s bound to inspire all of us. Each of the 20 remarkable projects is broken down into crystal-clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful photos and spectacular illustrations. Meister has captured the spirit of historical form and design in a modern interpretation of the ancient craft of beadwork. A must-have for any bead library.” - Laura McCabe

"Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance is filled with sumptuous designs that are reminiscent of a museum collection of rare and exquisite jewelry." - Craft Gossip
"The book is exquisite. I'm inspired." - The Bead Dreamer
"Yes, it is THAT GOOD. You just can't beat the projects she offers. There are 20 designs in this book, a nice balance of earrings, necklaces and cuff style bracelets. For the intermediate to advanced seed beader, this book will be a a joy to play with." - Sig Wynne-Evans
“This is a truly remarkable book. Precise instructions and skillfully drawn diagrams complete each project. Nothing is left out. Her book is a creative adventure.” - NanC Meinhardt

"(A) high-quality, comprehensive tutorial ... for someone interested in honing or expanding their beading skills. A lovely book." - Caryn Rupert on York Blog
“Maggie Meister takes you on a creative voyage. Maggie perfectly catches the essence of great historical artwork in her beadwork masterpieces.” - Sabine Lippert
“All of the jewelry I thought to be very beautiful, and I think the general concept of the book - connecting bead weaving to classical ancient elements - works wonderfully. I would suggest this book more for intermediate level beadweavers. There is lots of inspiration here for the novice, but for those with experience, I feel the projects are very doable.” [5-star review] - Jewelry Making
"Create some masterpieces at home with Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance. Meister gives a good reference to fall back to on how to do the many functional stitches: peyote, ladder, brick, square, herringbone, right angle weave, Nepal chain, St. Petersburg chain, backstitch, and combining stitches. Meister's ability to replicate an object from mosaics or classic architecture into a wearable piece of jewelry is inspirational, and her Classical Elegance is recommended to both novices in beadmaking as well as those experienced in jewelry creation." - Renee Shelton
“Gorgeous projects and solid technical information ... this book is inspirational in all the right ways!” - Beading Arts
"In Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance, beadwork designer Maggie Meister shares 20 unique jewelry projects, from sparkling cuffs and dramatic earrings to elaborate brooches and garden-inspired necklaces. Even the most complex beading patterns are made achievable, thanks to clear diagrams and instructional text that breaks each technique down into basic steps. To create the designs for this book, Meister drew upon inspiration from a number unexpected sources - including Moroccan tilework, Greek poetry, and Spanish architecture - and it shows. Each of the pieces featured in this book is a blend of classic beadwork elements with bold patterns and distinctive details for a truly eye-catching and original result. If you're looking for a fresh take on beaded jewelry that is both inspiring and informative, then Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance is a must-have for your creative library." - CRESCENDOh blog

“I greatly enjoyed reading this lavishly illustrated treasure. I also enjoyed the added variety of options and ideas she gave with each design, for example, her pendant that could be re-sized for earrings or multiplied for a bracelet. In the introductory section on stitches she included valuable information on how to combine or switch between types of stitches. This is something that is not even mentioned in beginning beading books. Her Basic Beading Kit will be a starting point for all my future projects. Her ornate closures were in keeping with each piece she designed, adding to the historic feel. I tried the St. Petersburg chain and found her instructions well written and the graphics easy to follow. Just looking through the book and seeing the objects she was able to interpret in beads and the gallery of even more elaborate pieces inspired me.” - Linda Feinberg, Chicago Metal Arts Guild blog, March 2012

Product Details

Lark Crafts
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Beadweaving Master Class Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Maggie Meister's designs came to fruition when her family moved to Naples in 1998 and her lifelong passions in history, archeology, and beads merged. She teaches workshops in the United States, Italy, Germany, and Turkey, and her work has been exhibited in Milan and Capri. Maggie's designs have been published in various publications such as Beadwork, Bead & Button, RavennAntica, and Masters: Beadweaving (Lark Books, 2008). She lives in Norfolk, Virginia. Learn more about her at

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Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance: 20 Beaded Jewelry Designs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LAJewelryDesigns More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, I feel as though I've stepped back in time. Maggie Meister of Amphora Designs has managed to recreate the essence of century's old jewelry designs, but in seed beads. In Chapter 3, she shows a gold seed bead bracelet that is so breathtaking and the original that inspired the design. It's truly fascinating to read the history behind the designs in this book, all museum quality pieces. This is a must have for any serious seed beader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Maggie's designs are timeless! The detail and attention to authenticity is superior. Designs lend themselves to all levels of beaders.
MrsRh More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book!! The patterns are beautiful!!! Ms Meister is one of our national treasures in beading design!!! Must buy if beading is your passion!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago